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Smarts Hill, Penshurst TN11 8EP, England
+44 1892 870253
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Living in London you often dream of a traditional pub lunch. Yes, there are plenty of gastropubs around with rare breed meats and craft beer. But the mind wanders, and sometimes takes you out of the smoggy metropolis, into the Garden of England which is Kent. What a pleasure it is, then, to discover a perfect beef and venison pie... More 

Thank Karoline1988
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Sunday lunch with a a generous portion of Sunday Roast, nice choice of wines in an excellent atmosphere.

Thank Sandy D
Alicante, Spain
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an old word pub and restaurant. Was taken here with family and we had a great time. We sat near the wonderful wood fire which just added to the experience. Food was wonderful, great choice, nice wines and sweets. There is the possibility to eat and drink outside in the garden, to cold for us in Feb.

Thank Diez66
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

Simply the best Sunday lunch I have ever eaten, lovely old pub with polite staff A must on a Sunday, will return Compliments to the chef

Thank Carol R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

On a cold winters night the visit to this pub by our group on a pub and culture weekend was brilliant. Great choice of beers and a very friendly welcome. Food was excellent, huge steak and kidney puddings and a good variety of old school desserts. Service was very quick considering how crowded the pub was

2 Thank SH60
Pembury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Arrived without a reservation for sunday lunch at 1pm, they managed to fit us in between table reservations, friendly and pleasant service with great food

Thank johnjws2013
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Went here for lunch with a group of friends on Sunday. I'd been once before, but years ago so was hopeful that it would still be good. We were not disappointed. The roasts were absolutely gorgeous (and so many options!) those in our party who had the vegetarian lasagna said it was the best they'd ever had, the service was... More 

Thank Monita_Le_Roux
Croydon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Took a while to drive to this place which I had passed before and had often wondered what it was like inside, so decided to visit one miserable afternoon in December with friends, well worth a visit! we had previously emailed to make a booking at 3pm. Nice log fire ,low ceilings, quirky place old woldy,which we all liked had... More 

Thank rubydooby33
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Running a rambling club (d'you see what I did there?) that meets every month I am pushed to find a different pub to have our well earned Sunday lunch at. We have been here before but not for a few years now. The Spotted Dog did not disappoint. There were only a few of us this time but the consensus... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Four of us went for a pre Christmas meal. The food was excellent althiugh my fish pie was a little dry everybody else enjoyed theirs very much, especially the sausage and blackpudding Wellington a lovely flavour

Thank Teddyboy2010

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $24
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Smarts Hill, Penshurst TN11 8EP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Sevenoaks District  >  Penshurst
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 870253
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?