Having enjoyed a couple of hours at nearby Bewl Water we popped into The Chequers Inn in Lamberhurst (3 mums and 7 kids). The pub itself is beautiful with lots of character. The staff welcomed the children, aged five to 11, with muddy shoes and it was hot chocolate all round. The children sat in their seats for a good 30 minutes, chattering and laughing. One of the mums ordered a chorizo and tomato ciabatta which for some bizarre reason was swimming in red oil (apparently oil from the warmed up chorizo, with extra olive oil to boot). Unfortunately she couldn't stomach the dish, despite the chef insisting it was fresh and one of his most popular dishes. And, as we were leaving a rather rotund gentleman sitting at the bar, was extraordinary rude, saying he couldn't wait for us to leave so he could enjoy his wine in peace (I would suggest guzzling wine at lunchtime in his own home would have been a better option than a public house). It was rather ironic as us mums were just saying how well behaved the children had been. There was no running around, just laughter! Well, what a grumpy old man! He made us most uncomfortable and the bar staff made no attempt to smooth over the situation, so we left feeling like our feathers had well and truly been ruffled. It wasn't cheap either (over £40 for a round of hot chocolates,a few potato dishes, the chorizo oily number and a sandwich). So, it's a yes to Bewl Water, but I would give this pub a miss if you have children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For our guests looking for an overnight visit we can offer you any of our 5 en-suite bedrooms. Each room is individually decorated offering you privacy and comfort in the beautiful and historic village of Lamberhurst. Relax, unwind and prepare yourself for your busy day ahead, whether it is a wedding or a countryside ramble, our rooms will meet all your needs. With delightful smells of home cooked European food wafting from the restaurant below, you may be tempted to eat in our Hiltonz restaurant before you retire. Jane Austen herself is said to have frequented these rooms and so you are in good company! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Chequers Inn Lamberhurst, Kent