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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
USD 10 - USD 26
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Bar, British, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The spotted dog pub was a delightful experience . An ancient heart ,the building is enticing from the outside ,as well as when you cross the threshold inside. Warm and cozy , welcoming staff greet and serve you, with stable food for hungry appetites. Mag...ensured that we were seated comfortably for dinner, with lighting lowered, (as requested) and extra candles on our table. Down to earth prices on the menu. Completed the enjoyment of the meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a joy to find this unspoilt pub and lunch on the terrace with spectacular view of the Eden Valley during tough bike ride up and down the hills of the Weald. Friendly welcome and service from the new owner and team, decent enough food...and lovely pint of Harveys. Forget Wetherspoons - this is what a pub should be.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

Called in before the end of lunch as the food and service has always been good Today sadly sat at a table waitress never bothered to mention drinks offers or lack of available items on menu Ploughman's stated crusty bread but came with 2 slices...of non fresh bread albeit replaced later with ciabatta Table next to us were getting full attention on everything they asked for but we never got our bill went up to bar and paid never got asked by the gentleman how everything was Would have given lower than 3 stars had it not been for previous good visits Have to ask where is the new owner only seen him once Only Mags left who seemed to be covering for waitresses lack of interestMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 30 August 2021

Tucked away with plenty of outdoor seating. Very good food. Great and very helpful staff. The larkins beer is so worth a try, could actually drink quite a lot of this. You can smoke outdoors and bring your dog outdoors an added bonus as there...are a lot of lovely walks around here.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 30 August 2021 via mobile

Charming old pub with plenty of history and delightful staff. It also has great views from the back garden. We only dropped in for drinks on a walk; can’t vouch for food but it looked v good.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 22 August 2021 via mobile

Had a lovely last minute meal out with the family. Great service, very welcoming. Food was lovely, generous portions, very tasty, and lovely and hot. Would definitely go back and would recommend to others

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 21 August 2021 via mobile

What a lovely evening spent rediscovering this excellent pub. The staff were excellent, welcoming and relaxed . The food was great, freshly cooked and huge portions . Definitely will be back soon.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021 via mobile

Sadly a pub that has lost it’s charm. After 25 years of visiting this pub as a local, I took my wife for a surprise meal after 18 months since Covid 19 started believing that like all hospitality venues in the area, they would be...keen to get back to business and give a great service, To the contrary, it was the opposite. We were met with untrained staff that couldn’t serve us or other customers properly, no management on hand to direct any order and structure and a menu that had hardly anything available (despite being told only an hour before when booking it was). The final straw was when my wife’s food (her 3rd choice) was served without a plate. Won’t be rushing back or recommending this venue which seems to be relying on its 501 year history rather than its ability to offer customer service.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 6 August 2021 via mobile

Very good meal and extremely good value for money. We popped in earlier in the day and booked. Staff were very friendly indeed. When we returned, again a warm welcome. We had Sussex Best and Chiddingstone Cider to drink. Shared a starter of Pate... this...was amazing- generous and plenty for 2- actually a terrine made of ham hock and black pudding (which we probably wouldn’t have ordered if we’d known); it was lovely, beautifully seasoned, generously portioned and delicious with baguette and salad. My partner had the burger which came with smoked bacon and mature cheese (no extra to pay as is often the case) with good (but not superb) chips and salad. The menu states ‘curry of the day’- which today was either Thai or chicken masala (which I chose). It came beautifully presented with poppadom (I think fried fresh), rice, some salad and mango chutney. It was all delicious, not very spicy but tasty and a sufficient portion. The pub is quirky and been there for 500 years, low ceilings and beams, with seating outside to the front and back. We were impressed. It was a bit out of the way but we had a lovely meal there (we’d give 4.5 stars if possible). They’re having a ‘relaunch party’ on the 7th August with a new menu etc to celebrate reopening and change of ownership. We wish them well. If you’re after a reasonably priced supper in a quirky pub with friendly staff, this is a good option!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 August 2021

Having been unable to visit the pub in some 3 years my expectations were high as its always been a most delightful pub to frequent. On mains, my burger meal and friends lamb chop looked and was tasty and eventually after selecting two wines out...of stock, was eventually happy with a red Merlot. On the starters though, we both ordered 2 x Garlic bread with cheese which not only took ages to arrive, it was disappointing, simple and basic but is also dreadfully over priced @ £4.50 per person. Waitress service was very good and ambience and gardens remain lovely. Just a little fine tuning to those areas mentioned above and my visits will then become far more frequent.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Wendy M
17 October 2016|
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Response from Clare J | Reviewed this property |
Yes pint and sandwich type of pub , they also do coffe and cakes during the day . Dogs are also made very welcome
28 September 2016|
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Response from Sonia V | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. Why not call them and ask
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20 June 2016|
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Response from Fiona E | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for not seeing your question - but it's obviously been answered and I hope you had a good meal/drink there!
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The Spotted Dog is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4