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The Spotted Dog, Tonbridge

Smarts Hill
Penshurst
Postal town: Tonbridge
TN11 8EP
Phone: 01892870253
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Spotted Dog

Venerable country pub, claiming reasonably plausibly to date from 1520, set in an elevated position with some views of the Wealden landscape through the trees from the split-level terraced beer garden at the back. A smaller area of covered outdoor seating can also be found at the front. The multi-room traditional interior also retains a lot of character, with various seating and dining areas in different parts of the building of different ages. Two real ales on handpump - the local Larkin's Traditional and the ubiquitous Harvey's (£3.90, and in great shape).

On 12th September 2020 - rating: 8
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Kellie ditchett left this review about The Spotted Dog

Fantastic country pub. We really enjoyed our meals and the ale was good. Views to die for from the back garden. All round great pub

On 15th September 2011 - rating: 10
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. Wittenden left this review about The Spotted Dog

A pretty white weatherboarded freehouse, set below a quiet lane. The terraced front area has benches and umbrellas, at least in summer, and is a proper suntrap, the equally terraced back garden has wonderful views over the Weald. Inside, it’s mainly given over to dining, as is the case with most similar pubs. Plenty of exposed timberwork, together with some attractive panelling.As I recall, the food was tasty, albeit with rather small helpings.
This pub seems to have a revolving guest beer policy, with Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter and Larkin’s Traditional as regulars.I admit to have been slightly disappointed with the Larkin’s: it didn’t seem to have that lovely toffeish character that I enjoy. Alongside these two was Wolf’s Golden Jackal, which I consider to be one of the best Golden Ales that I have come across. Also featured, but tried on this occasion, was Lifesaver ale from Bryson’s of Morecambe.

We enjoyed this pub, but it unfortunately is too far from home to become a regular haunt.

On 20th October 2010 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 244 recommendations about 243 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Ashurst (Kent), 2.96 miles, 57 min walk (show)
Penshurst, 3.19 miles, 1 hr 1 min walk (show)
Cowden, 3.43 miles, 1 hr 6 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Spotted Dog, Penshurst
19th Sep 2020, 16:06
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19th Sep 2020, 16:06
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 20 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 September 2020 by paulof horsham
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 September 2020 by paulof horsham
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 September 2020 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 18 September 2020 by paulof horsham
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 September 2020 by paulof horsham
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