The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun, Kemsing: Address, The Rising Sun Reviews: 4/5

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Adrienne
7 contributions
Traditional pub with homemade ice cream
Oct 2021 • Family
A lovely traditional pub with amazing homemade ice cream. Well worth stopping by especially to sit in the garden half way through a walk on the North Downs Way.
Written October 10, 2021
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Eclectilina S
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Great hidden away rural pub
Aug 2021 • Couples
We just happened to see a notice on a gatepost on a local walk to say the pub had reopened. My partner used to come here 40 yrs ago & although we’d driven past a few times since, always thought it had closed permanently as the sign ( though very nice) is quite faded & old & it just looks like a cottage from the road. However, it’s open again & a great traditional, rural pub. Friendly landlady & a lovely garden. Call to check it’s open if visiting outside busy hours.
Written August 27, 2021
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Clive A Local
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Real & authentic
Aug 2021 • Friends
So pleased to rediscover this pub after 35 years. Blink and you can miss it driving past with the high hedge and faded sign. All these years I'd thought it closed but seems it only did so due to Covid. Went last night for the re-opening and again today. Walked there on both occasions. The re opening night was packed and a great atmosphere. Today SWMBO and I were made very welcome by the landlady and her family. Easy to relax and enjoy a pint or two I doubt you will find such a real, authentic pub that hasn't been "modernised". Hoping to make it my local!
Written August 7, 2021
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JonathanCopping
London21 contributions
Life in the old pub
Aug 2021
Great pub, beer, service, value and live music last night - buzzing atmosphere loved it. Westerham real ales and nice garden
Written August 7, 2021
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Peter Z
Borough Green, UK105 contributions
Please support your local pub. Nice to see one opening for once. Nice garden and ice creams available too. Perfect for bikers o
Aug 2021 • Solo
Re-opening on Friday 6th August 2021!
From 5pm , with live music and food available, including ice cream.
Support your local pub!
Written August 5, 2021
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A1SE16
London, UK10 contributions
Closing at the end of January :-(
Jan 2020 • Friends
A lovely pub which is sadly due to close on 31st January this year. Visited today with 11 other members of London Clarion Cycle Club on our club run from SE London, we were made to feel extremely welcome by the owner, 3 dogs and the cat. The cask beer was of an excellent quality. Very sad to see this pub closing.
Written January 18, 2020
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George F
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THE most quirky pub is closing end of Jan 2019
Jan 2020
Have visted here every year or so and am totaly amazed that it exists. It looks derelict but always serves a fine pint and is filled with 100s of years worth of stuff. It will sadly but not unsurprisingly close at the end of Jan 2019. Read the other reviews for descriptions and warnings. If you always meant to go here (again) go NOW.
Written January 1, 2020
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MankyBadger
Ashford, UK39 contributions
Is this place still open?
Aug 2019
I went there two years ago and found the most rude woman running the place. Been back a few times (including today) and found that despite the sign saying walkers and dogs are welcome, the place is always closed.
Today the place was locked. As we walked away some surly chap turned up in a car and said he wasn't opening today.
I've wasted enough time here...
Written August 10, 2019
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A_Flying_Scotsman
Aberlady, UK214 contributions
Hidden gem, preserved in time. Heartily recommend you visit!
Aug 2019
We walked up from Kemsing village to this incredibly special hidden gem. From the outside, the pub and its sign give the impression of a place long closed, but in fact a living real pub and delicious real ale awaits inside.

The landlady was unlocking as we arrived just after midday on a Sunday. She told us her story and the pub’s story. It had been a farmhouse and cowshed and she and her late husband had taken it over in the early 90s. Business was quiet now, as people were reluctant to walk out or to drive and not drink.

We took some pints of ale and admired how utterly homely and unchanged this pub is. If you like cobwebby Gordon’s at Embankment, you’ll like this. It’s the real deal. Piles of old papers and dusty old photos sit around a room that is part living room (which it is) and part pub. The garden has chickens and cats. By the bar is a friendly dog who beat his tail in excitement at our arrival.

I urge you to visit, as pubs like this are few and far between and fading fast. Go and have a beer and be part of something unique and disappearing.

Next time, I will take a train and walk here along the Pilgrim’s Way from Otford.
Written August 10, 2019
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Leee30
Sevenoaks, UK81 contributions
Cannot compare to other pubs......but you need to go, and quickly
Mar 2019 • Friends
I had read about this pub and wanted to go as its a relic from yesteryear and only 10 minutes from where we live. We went with friends and as I had read about it I knew what to expect and explained this to our friends. 2 pints of bitter, 2 vodka and tonics and 2 packets of crisps came to £12. The Landlady is very nice and we were welcomed, the pub sits in its own grounds in the middle of nowhere, we sat in the garden for probably 2 to 3 hours and 2 cars came past, it really is idillic. I’m not going to go into the pub interior as I’ve never seen anything like it, I’m sure that 100 years ago all country pubs were like this. I love social history and historic buildings so personally loved it. We are planning to go back with other friends but I’m sure it’ll have to be sooner or later. The Landlady has 4 dogs, 2 cats, chickens and 39 cows which she tends in the pub grounds. Go along and see it for yourself.
Written March 3, 2019
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