Once used as a base by notorious smugglers, The Hawkhurst Gang, this 14th-century pub now has a more respectable clientele – think local families, friends and colleagues out to enjoy good conversation and great food and drink – but has certainly lost none of its charm and character. Exposed beams, inglenook ﬁreplaces, cosy corners and rustic furniture set the scene for pub dining at its best, with a menu of reﬁned, seasonally changing dishes and timeless pub favourites, all made using the best local produce. You might start with a crabcake, salad leaves and sweet chilli sauce, followed by pork and beef meatballs served with mashed potato and ﬁre-roasted red pepper sauce. A board of steaks and specials is available, and a ﬁrst-rate selection of beer and wine can be ordered at the bar. In the summer, you can enjoy your meal or beverage al fresco in the lovely beer garden overlooking the village green – it’s the ideal way to unwind after a country walk.