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“A fun pub”
Review of The Spotted Dog

The Spotted Dog
Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Penshurst
Price range: US$9 - US$24
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: What you get at The Spotted Dog, Penshurst, is an independently run lovely old rambling 15th century white clapboard building (which started life as several cottages), paneling, low beams and three open fires. It is warm and welcoming in winter but equally enticing in summer. The pub is positioned in beautiful countryside with tiered beer gardens at the front and back, the latter affording an outstanding view.This is a family-friendly pub where the older generation, children, tourists, walkers and dogs are all welcome. The food is mostly traditional English with some gourmet specials and fish dishes with fresh fish delivered daily. Consequently, the specials board changes daily.Being a free house there are always three different beers available, normally a Larkins, Harveys and another guest beer. The wine list is extensive and includes wine by the glass.
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We knew within moments of entering that we'd picked the right pub to have lunch. There were pithy sayings and one-liners all over the place, and a pinboard full of rather risqué postcards, so it was obvious that humour was appreciated. The building itself was authentically old, but sympathetically furnished, and the toilets were pristine. The beer was very well kept, and our food was tasty - freshly cooked, and very generously portioned. A lovely little pub.

Thank Horleylad
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

It was a wet Friday night and our plans were to walk from campsite to Kentish Horse for dinner. 4 adults. 4 kids. 2 dogs. Unfortunately we were informed that private party in their main restaurant and due to weather, their garden was a non starter. Other pubs in area unable to accommodate due to being full or no dogs policy, then I remembered The Spotted Dog a few miles away. No chance of getting in there I thought but to my surprise were able to fit us in, dogs no problem (in bar area). What a lovely meal we had also. Great choice for bar food (believe you get the full restaurant menu). The special of the night was pork belly strips which we would happily return to have tomorrow ! Good service as well. We will return next year on our camping trip.

Thank Readern
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

Had a great meal last week at this quaint pub … table for 8.

Phoned at lunch time and were asked for a deposit - good idea hopefully to stop 'no shows'. Glad we booked as it was busy.

Service … quick to take drink orders followed by orders for our food. Food all came together despite us ordering different items - delicious and well presented.

Spotted Dog is a rustic pub so please do not expect pristine white table cloths but what you get will wholesome food.

Toilets outside and not suitable for disabled - as many steep steps.

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Thank EyeSpyaFly
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic warm and welcoming country pub. Friendly staff, great food and lovely outdoor views. Love the drink of the week specials too!

Thank Alexandra E
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

I visited here with my daughter in late 2017. We sat outside at the rear of the pub, with a view across the valley. It was a lovely sunny day. I can't remember what we ate as it was a while ago now, but I know we said that we must go back, it was very enjoyable.

Thank A5223EKmargaretb
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