Located in the medieval hamlet of Tyler Hill and surrounded by ancient woodland, only five minutes from Canterbury and 15 minutes from Whitstable, The Tyler’s Kiln is a destination pub not to be missed. Reopening in January 2015 following a multi-million-pound two-year renovation project, this unique venue wowed more than 30,000 visitors in its first year and has quickly risen to become one of the top pubs in Canterbury and the surrounding area on TripAdvisor. The Tyler’s Kiln received the coveted accolade of Pub of the Year in the Kent Food & Drink Awards 2016, as well as Best Pub & Casual Dining Venue Canterbury in the Lux Food & Drink Awards 2017. It has also won more than 30 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards, and it’s easy to see why. One visit is enough to make you a regular.
Celebrating Tyler Hill’s 700-year-old tile-making industry, the bar area is dominated by a huge brick-built kiln containing two roaring open fires. It is open on both sides, so there’s plenty of space for visitors to cosy up next to the fire in one of the comfy leather armchairs. Next to the bar is a village shop selling all the essentials, as well as locally made jam, chutney and honey. Upstairs you’ll find a private dining and function room that seats up to ten, a hidden snug that seats up to 12, and a museum featuring original 700-year-old tiles discovered by Channel 4’s Time Team, and original Tyler Hill pottery and metal artefacts, dating back 1000 years.
The restaurant has seating both upstairs and downstairs, and boasts mouth-watering lunch and evening menus that change with the seasons. The Tyler’s Kiln has gained a reputation for serving high-quality home-cooked British cuisine using locally sourced produce wherever possible. Lamb and beef raised in Tyler Hill feature on the menu from time to time, and the traditional Sunday roast, offering a choice of four meats and vegetarian options, is extremely popular. A children’s menu is available at all times and half sandwiches are also on offer for those with smaller appetites.
Those visiting in the evening might like to start with the Camembert sharing board, served with red onion chutney, toasted focaccia, Parma ham, pitted olives, marinated tomatoes, pork and chorizo croquettes, salad and aioli. Main-course options include the simply heavenly pan-roasted duck breast, served with Dauphinoise potatoes, parsnip purée, seasonal vegetables and redcurrant jus, and the delectable vegan-friendly option of sweet potato, chickpea and coconut curry. There are also plenty of wonderfully traditional options like the 28-day-matured sirloin steak with fi eld mushrooms, balsamic-glazed vine tomatoes and triple-cooked chips. For dessert, the dark chocolate and honeycomb mousse, and Baileys cheesecake are hard to resist.
Regular events include the steak and wine night every Tuesday (£19.95), American night every Wednesday (£16.95), the Ceramic Sessions live music on the first Sunday of every month (free entry from 5.30pm) and the quiz night on the last Monday of each month, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Over the past year, the passionate team behind The Tyler’s Kiln has added to the already extensive list of reasons to visit. This charming establishment now boasts a uniquely special beer garden, making The Tyler’s Kiln the perfect spot all year round – on a sunny day, there is no better place to while away an hour or two with a refreshing drink. The garden features stunning floral displays, a herb garden (which comes in very handy for the kitchen team) and a spectacular waterfall that is illuminated in the evening. You can still enjoy this most idyllic of settings when the weather turns colder, as the beer garden has heated seating. Gather a group of friends, order some food and sit back and relax – you may find that you never want to leave.
Car parks to the front and rear of the venue and on-street parking mean that visitors can easily reach the inn, and a half-price two-way taxi service is available for those spending £40 or more on food or drink, so you don’t need a designated driver. Visiting your new favourite has never been so easy.