The Black Robin
Covent Lane, Kingston, CT4 6HS
Nestled in the scenic downland of Elham Valley, The Black Robin stands at a crossroads between Dover and Canterbury – a spot once frequented by the highwayman the pub is named for. Nowadays the 18th-century coaching inn is homely and welcoming, with modern touches and a roaring log fire showcasing the historical features. We began our meal with juicy panko-breaded prawns and delicious halloumi fries. For mains I enjoyed melt-in-the-mouth slow-roasted pork belly, complemented by creamy mash, purple sprouting broccoli, black pudding and rich cider gravy. My companion chose equally well with a flavoursome southern-fried chicken burger. Two delectable puddings completed the experience. For me it had to be molten chocolate and raspberry pudding – a magical blend of sharpness and sweetness with homemade salted caramel ice cream. My companion was equally happy with a sumptuous banoffee pie with homemade peanut butter ice cream.