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Man of Kent, East Peckham

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Ignore the comment about local stag parties I've been going to this pub three times a week for the last 18 years and I've never seen a Stag party once, I think someone is trolling and sorry but no voluptuous landlady either, just good beers, a friendly atmosphere and great setting by the river.
chrismm - 30 Dec 2013 16:49
Went here with a friend. Yes a FRIEND. I have at least one. Made-up friend is very tall so he had to duck - beware of low ceilings. Look out for local stag parties and voluptuous landlady. Sit outside by the river and watch the Chubb to pass the time. Very nice setting 9/10
benton - 10 Apr 2013 11:42
A lovely old building by a small river makes for an idyllic setting. Little headroom inside adds to teh character of the place. A nice reange of ales, I had the Lancaster Bomber, however, no ciders on tap
Buster_M - 4 Mar 2013 11:06
My wife and I called in here yesterday afternoon. The last time I'd visited I was with my mate Smudge who at 6'8" had problems with the low beams. At 5'8" even I had to stoop a little, but that is part of the charm of the place. Pleasant landlady and four real ales, I chose Adnams. Sat outside and watched the numerous Chubb in the steam. A nice clean place and one I should have visited more in the thirty or so years since my last visit.
Paul_Rochdale - 24 May 2012 09:40
very good venue for the lads just 1 in the glass gets you a 20min lapdance from the land lady and a copy of the latest east peckham parish news land lady works very hard and I would not hesitate to recommend this venue to any stag party thanks mark oasis limos
viscount - 8 Sep 2011 12:27
Pleasant to sit outside in the sun (too tall to fit inside comfortably)
with frontage to the stream which goes under the bridge here,
Lots of tame chub to amuse you
Various guest ales of varying quality ..
Cannot speak for food as not eaten here....
In all, not bad helped of course by its unique setting
kisstaker - 25 Apr 2011 10:41
Went in here for first time yesterday. First thing the struck me, literally, was the low beams. If you're 6' or over forget this pub unless you want to walk around hunched over. Food quite good although it's the smallest piece of fish i've ever had with fish n chips before. Chips were excellent though and nicely presented. Not too many real ales on when we visited so I plumped for a pint of Amstel which is one of the few lagers I can drink. 7 for a Malibu and pineapple and a pint is not cheap though. Would probably not visit again as so many better in the area.
meland - 24 Jan 2010 07:52
I went on the afternoon of the beer festival. I didnt use all my beer tokens so I asked if I could change them back. The landlord was very shirty. I did get my money back in the end. Just something to watch here.
Tobias10 - 19 Aug 2009 07:49
Now changed hands yet again, Neal and Laurence have the pub running smoothly with fantastic food in a traditional pub setting.
chrismm - 24 Dec 2007 12:04
Pub has changed hands now. Really friendly landlord and lady and bar staff. Pub was really busy on the weekend I went. Food was great as was the beer. The setting by the river is idyllic (when the suns out).
Great place for a relaxing drink amongst a friendly crowd.
jrewing - 30 Jul 2007 14:48
visited the man of kent on recomendation of a friend. glad to say ,was not dissapointed.very friendly barstaff,great atmosphere and the food was top notch !
will be returning shortly for more of the same. cheers
ploughmans - 14 Apr 2007 11:12
what has goen on?? this pub has gone so down hill, the blonde bar maid has gone so has the owner? very poor still got boaring harveys on. no other ales on.
anonymous - 12 Mar 2007 21:37
Hold your breath, this place is changing hands at the end of Feb, so no food at present and gorgeous Kimberley the super barmaid has gone off to Greece :-( Hopefully the new couple that are coming in will get it back to its old self as soon as possible.
chrismm - 6 Feb 2007 13:14
This has recently (Nov) had a change of management and it is miles better, Food is now excellent, the Harveys is back on and there is a friendly and knowledgable landord, together with a gorgous barmaid ! (Fri/Sat night). Excellent.
chrismm - 4 Dec 2006 13:36
I heard that this pub was in the taste of Kent awards nominees, so we pop in on Saturday night to have a bite to eat and drink, when we walked in we greeted with a cosy fireplace, and friendly staff, some very good ales where on offer along with a good sized menu, we sat down in the old shop, which used to be a post office, we ordered @ the bar and sat down, our starters come out in good time which where very nice and then we where asked with me wanted our mains straight away or have a few mins, we took the few mins breather, our main course arrived i had steak and it was very well cooked, and my wife had fresh penne pasta with squid, all very good again, overall we had a very good experience and will send our views to the good pub guide. 8/10
kentpubreview - 11 Oct 2006 12:12
Had a meal in this pub on Sunday, nothing special I have to say, really nice setting by the river but some of the concrete slabs on the patio seem a bit wobbly so watch out ! Beer seems to be a bit of a random selection but generally ok. Worst problem was the attitude of one of the bar staff, she seemed more interested in arranging the crisps than serving anybody even with people stood at the bar.
anonymous - 23 Aug 2006 17:49
Great pub and excellent food which you could not fault. My evening was sadly ruined by a buch of lads smoking dope in the beer garden which I had to explain to my six year old daughter. Bar staff spoke to them but did not point out that what they were doing was unacceptable and I suspect would have joined them for a puff or two had it not been so busy! Have written to the owners but priobably won't go back.
anonymous - 15 Aug 2006 12:13
I had a meal last sunday, and i must say it was great, the sunday roast beef was pink and perfect, and the cheeseboard was very large, will suit 2/3 people( i left with a doggy bag!!), the staff where nice helping out other customers that where sitting around me, i also enjoyed one of the best pints of westerham ale that i have had outside robert wicks brewery,"WELL DONE", i have passed my comments on the the good pub guide as well...
anonymous - 4 Aug 2006 11:00
Visited last night and they had no ales at all and ran out of San Miguel after my husband had had two pints. One poor little barmaid struggling to serve everyone and doing a great job in the circumstances. No specials on the board other than pizzas. I agree that the food is well cooked and fresh but main courses are uninspiring pub grub although first courses are a little more cosmopolitan. Lovely setting beside a river with huge fish to throw bread to but they need to raise their game a little to get a return visit.
Antique - 13 Jul 2006 11:27
I hadn't been to this pub for some time - it went through a spell a few years back when it was pretty dire, and I stopped going there. Dropped in recently, encouraged by the comments on this site. I don't think it's quite as fantastic as the most enthusiastic of them suggest, but all the same, it's pretty good. The beer was excellent, though expensive (2.60 for Westerham Finchcocks 3.5%) Still, it was in first class nick, and the best Westerham beer I've tasted. The setting's great, of course, and the service was friendly and efficient. The natives seemed friendly, too. I shall definitely be back.
earlydrinker - 11 Jul 2006 21:59
good food nice beer
batman - 29 May 2006 16:42
Found this pub on this website mid-morning Sunday. We come from Surrey so don't know this area. Liked the pub a lot. Unfortunately, the weather was not good enough to sit outside - should think it would be great on a sunny day. Our roast lamb was some of the best we have ever eaten anywhere. Do try the cheese board too. My husband ordered it for himself but it would have fed all four of us easily. Went away with a doggie bag. We had a very nice and reasonably priced lunch in comfortable surroundings with friendly staff.
maggie2 - 16 May 2006 17:13
In my mind this is as close to perfect as a pub can be there is a courtyard garden by the river where you can count the fish. the food is cooked to perfection and presented well (I've paid a lot more in some pubs for micro wave food in the past but never agian).The staff are friendly,there is a selection of real ales. I could go on forever put just read the comments by John Pettet and Plasma there spot on
psycho2 - 15 May 2006 11:17
Personally I think this is one of the nicest Country pubs I have ever visited. Ok the ceilings in places are very low, but the decoration, the atmosphere and location make you realise its going to be fun and thats before you even try the beer (Top Marks) and the food (Lloyd Grossman would wax lyrical for days about the quality). Warm and friendly all year around and an amazing Beer Garden. I just know that the landlord wont rest happy till all aspects of the place are perfect! Well Done guys!
plasma - 10 Feb 2006 09:32
The pub is just two minutes' walk from the Medway's banks, in a peaceful location on the edge of East Peckham in a little hamlet of Little Mill. Lying close to a hop farm, it is surrounded by orchards and oast houses. The area is crisscrossed with public footpaths, including the famous Medway Walk. To one side of the inn, the River Bourne runs within six feet of the large and attractive beer garden. People come from miles around to feed the huge Chubb that make this river their home. Harveys and Adnams are the resident ales, and there are two additional guest ales. There's an impressive selection of wines, as well as a good complement of spirits and soft drinks, and a not whisky shelf. The food is also worth a special trip, as it is home cooked and home prepared, as well as a special board including seafood dishes, superb salads, delicious Sunday roasts and many other tempting options. The menu changes with the seasons, to ensure that the freshest ingredients are always made use of.
It is advisable to book for Sundays as word is getting about that the food is good!!

John Pettet - 19 Jan 2005 09:12

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