The Old House

The Old House, Ightham Common, Kent TN15 9EE

An old tile-hung cottage pub hidden away on a narrow back lane in the Kent countryside close to the romantic moated manor house of Ightham Mote. It was first licensed as an alehouse in the mid-19th century, but did not acquire a full licence until 1953. The inn sign has long gone.

The unspoilt interior qualifies for a full entry on CAMRA’s National Inventory, and comprises a large public bar to the left of the entrance door, with an impressive inglenook fireplace and a wood block floor, and a smaller parlour to the right.

Another example of those unspoilt, genteel, wet-led rural or urban fringe pubs that are still found here and there in the South of England, but are pretty much entirely unknown in the North.

1 comment:

  1. Professor Pie-Tin19 August 2020 at 18:13

    Wonderful pub, fantastic landlord.
    Drank some excellent West Country cider.
    Ordered a packet of Twiglets and as I opened them the landlord, unbidden, slid over a small plate and squeezed some English mustard onto it.
    A dipping sauce.
    If Middle England had a local the Old House would be it.