insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 55

FOOD+DRINK Ultimate THE T N E K Pub There is nothing like a proper, traditional British pub. And there is nothing like a proper, traditional Kentish pub – the best of the best. WE’VE HAD PUBS, INNS, TAVERNS, WHATEVER YOU LIKE TO CALL THEM, EVER SINCE THE ROMANS INVADED IN AD43 – WE CERTAINLY DO HAVE A LOT TO THANK THEM FOR, AND TODAY THESE SYMBOLS OF BRITISH CULTURE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN SIMPLY A PLACE TO HAVE A SWIFT DRINK. Crawl Kent itself has a wide variety of pubs that range from the chic bistro to the village local, and each one has a charm all of its own. But the best way to experience each different type – and each different tipple – is to try insideKENT’s Ultimate Kent Pub Crawl! 1) The Bickley 2) The Windmill The Bickley is a pub of two halves. It is located in leafy, suburban Chislehurst, and yet it feels like a modern city pub, but you don’t have to travel too far to get there. The selection of beers and wines at The Bickley is excellent, each one having been researched before being added to the list. And the food is of excellent quality too; this is a pub that the whole family can visit and enjoy. Live music on a Saturday, roasts on a Sunday, special cocktails on a Thursday, steak night on a Wednesday… Take your pick, because any night is a good time to visit The Bickley. Once the winner of ‘The Most Improved Pub of the Year’ by the West Kent branch of CAMRA, the Windmill – owned by Goacher – is somewhere you can go and be guaranteed a warm welcome. Customer service is key here, and with such a great atmosphere created through simple attention to detail, it’s no wonder that this one- time run down pub in Sevenoaks is now a thriving and much-loved part of the local community. As a bonus, there are a range of local ciders and, of course, real ales on tap – and some excellent food too. In the summer, the patio garden is a delight. The Bickley, Chislehurst Road, Chislehurst BR7 5NP 020 8468 7613 The Windmill, 1 Windmill Road, Sevenoaks TN14 6PN 01732 463330 55