The Spotted Dog
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
A sign above the door of The Spotted Dog bears the saying: ‘Enter as strangers, leave as friends’ – words that certainly sum up the warm welcome I received from proprietor Louise and her staff when I ducked (literally, there are low beams aplenty) into this cosy 15th-century Grade II listed gem on a chilly spring day.
Originally converted from three cottages, The Spotted Dog is perched on a high slope with a terrace at the back that boasts exceptional views of the gorgeous rolling countryside of the Medway Valley. The pub is slap-bang in the middle of prime walking country – and any walker chancing upon it after a hard day’s strolling is amply rewarded.
Seated beneath an array of dried hops and horse brasses, a fi re crackling away in the grate, I enjoyed a plentiful serving of perfectly peppered smoked salmon, tangy capers and wholegrain mustard dressing. This was followed by fresh meaty haddock, in light yet crunchy golden beer batter and a pint of Larkins Traditional – brewed just ten minutes down the road in Chiddingstone – which went down like nectar. The warm caramel chocolate brownie left me glowing with satisfaction.
The Spotted Dog delivers the great British pub experience perfectly and is the kind of place you settle in for the afternoon. With delicious pub fare, superb local ale, friendliness and character in spades, it’s easy to fall for its charms.