The Old Coach & Horses
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
When we visited this old coaching inn, an open fire roared amid an interior that is stylishly modern whilst staying respectful to the building’s history. Upstairs, an exciting collection of smaller dining rooms offers delightful views across the hills – this is a gastropub ideal for gatherings large and small.
The starters we chose set the bar high: pan-fried scallops adorned with crispy wafers of streaky bacon resting on a delicate pea purée, and, in contrast, wood pigeon that was dark and decadently rich. Main courses paid tribute to the roast in a contemporary fashion. Both the belly pork and breast of duck were cooked to tender perfection, complemented by exciting vegetable choices. The raspberry crème brûlée, which offered an exciting twist on a classic dessert, and the unusually light but wonderful sticky toffee pudding, provided an aptly decadent conclusion to a cosy yet impressive dining experience.
The food offering is impressive indeed, but there’s also a range of tipples to tempt every palate. It was heartening to see not only local ales, but also wines from Biddenden – a fitting homage to the beautiful Garden of England that is Kent.