The Duke of Cumberland
The Street, Barham, Canterbury, CT4 6NY
Built in 1749, this pub was named after the British army commander who put down the Jacobite rebellion at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and trained his soldiers in the surrounding countryside. The family-run Duke of Cumberland is now a popular and thriving country local, retaining its historical character while offering real ales, home-cooked food, log fires and four-star accommodation. Well loved by locals and visitors alike, The Duke's success was confirmed when landlord and landlady Eric and Helen received the 'Best Newcomers South East England 2008' award at the Great British Pub Awards. The Duke is first and foremost a real English country inn and a community local, hosting live music, darts matches and lively quiz nights. The menu here offers a combination of traditional pub fare and modern European dishes, all freshly prepared on site using locally sourced produce whenever possible. This is top-quality, restaurant-standard food at country-pub prices. If, however, it's just a drink you're after, then cask-conditioned real ales, four lagers, cider and Guinness are always available. The Duke's welcoming atmosphere, enhanced by pleasant background music, lowhanging hops, old prints, soft candlelight and open log fires in the colder months, makes this a perfect spot for relaxed eating and drinking - it would be hard to beat the charm of this delightful country inn.