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The Kentish Hare, Bidborough - pub details

Previously called: The Hare and Hounds

Address: 95 Bidborough Ridge, Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0XB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21671) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Leigh (2.1 miles), Tonbridge (2.4 miles), High Brooms (2.5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.4/10 (rated by 14 users)
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Three of us plus the dog went here on Friday 6th June at 8.30pm. The pub has been refurbished with the heritage pastel shade exterior paint finish with stencilled detailing. The interior has had similar redecoration treatment and consists of a separate restaurant eating area, which we didn't go into, and the Library Bar. This has a wooden floor and appropriate decor for socialising with tables and chairs and bar stools. Dogs are welcome here. The pool table I seemed to recall has gone. It appears the entrance lobby has an area for muddy boots so walkers are probably still welcome. Both the areas had a few people in. There were three Real Ales on. I had to ask which was the weakest because the clips had no information apart from the name. Biddenden Cider was also on Draught and the bar staff were pleasant and friendly. A pint of Hare Bitter,Pint and a half of Biddenden Cider,packet of crisps and two portions of nuts came to £15.55 . The nuts were a mixture of salted nuts and cashews served in a small pot on a napkin on a saucer. There were no tear off the display and rip open packet nuts here as well as no dry roasted nuts. I was surprised at the cost of this modest round however the beer was very good. The toilets are near the entrance door and were very clean and tidy and the garden is level accessed through the well lit car park. There are picnic benches with parasols in a paved area set in attractive planting. The pub is very smart and I feel that one is paying for it with these prices. The phrase 'style over content' comes to mind when I am served a handful of nuts in this manner. This is quite a lucrative way to sell peanuts. We probably won't be going back here as it's not a village pub anymore. It is more like a select/ designer restaurant and drinking hole. My wallet is still recovering in therapy. Check the opening hours as I think it is closed on Mondays.
The rating I have given this establishment is based on the experience as a pub rather than a restaurant which is what I think people will come here for.
Chirple - 30 Jun 2014 22:58
This pub is now called The Kentish Hare.
Chirple - 14 Jun 2014 22:17
Popped in here New Years Day for a quick pint whilst walking the dog.Wooden floors in Village bar wellington friendly.Dog friendly.Friendly Landlord serving Harveys Best Bitter which was good.Newspapers on the bar.Pub was fairly empty when i arrived but filled up suddenly when a couple of large family groups of walkers came in.I'll pop in again.
Chirple - 2 Jan 2013 16:11
Closed at the beginning of March according to its website and still closed today when I drove through this village.
paul_d102 - 2 Jul 2012 19:22
Nice pub, friendly staff, child friendly pub, but the garden is small unfortunately.

Lovely fresh food and great choice. Reasonably priced, and good ales and wine.
A definate recommendation!
tantan - 7 May 2010 00:01

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