Red Lion, Greatstone-on-Sea
The pubs we rate highly on Fancyapint? have to be those you would go out of your way to visit, and to find your way to the Red Lion certainly needs a detour from the main roads. But if anywhere's worth bamboozling a GPS for, it's this one. Situated on a quiet country crossroads, the Red Lion feels as deeply rooted in its location as the medieval church it sits opposite. The pub has been in the same family since the 1910s, and the side rooms, bedecked with photos and memorabilia, are strongly redolent of times past. As you can probably imagine by now, the beer comes straight from the barrel, and modern pub trends are so distant that there's more chance this one has a wireless that can still pick up the Home Service than a subscription to satellite TV. Entertainment, however, does come in the form of a piano in the back room and a side room devoted to antiquated pub games (anyone for Toad in the Hole?). As a final treat, the little garden at the back of the pub is a charming spot for when the sun deigns to shine on the Garden of England. The great pubs are about so much than just the beers they offer: they have atmosphere, character and an instantaneous familiarity. All virtues present and correct, in this wonderful, unique pub.
Snargate, Greatstone-on-Sea, Greatstone-on-Sea, Kent, TN29 9UQ
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