Kent architecture

Pubs with Kent’s best views for a drink this summer

What’s better than a pit stop in a pub on a summer’s day? One with a nice view, of course.

There are plenty of pubs across the county with stunning views of the city, coast, countryside and more, so sit back, relax and enjoy a picturesque pint this summer.

TOWN

The Old Buttermarket has been at the heart of Canterbury for over 500 years. Photo: Google Maps

The Old Butter Market, Canterbury

This charming pub, tucked away in a corner of Canterbury’s Burgate district, is a fun and quirky place to stop for a pint after exploring the city. Known by locals for its unique character, range of authentic ales and home-cooked food, such as pies, burgers and fish and chips, this pub has stood the test of time, having been in place in the historic square since over 500 years. What is perhaps its most appealing factor, however, is its stunning views of the magnificent cathedral. Take a seat in front of one of the county’s most beloved buildings and soak up the small-town culture.

Where: 39 Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HW. Find opening hours online here.

COASTAL

Admire St Margaret's Bay from The Coastguard.  Photo: Shepherd Neame
Admire St Margaret’s Bay from The Coastguard. Photo: Shepherd Neame

Coastguard near Dover

Closest to France sipping a pint on the Kent coast, The Coastguard is the closest UK pub to our European neighbours. Located on the edge of St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, the pub has overlooked the seafront for over 300 years and has served food and drink to countless visitors to the nearby White Cliffs. The menu offers traditional fare such as steak and chips, beer-battered fish, and Sunday roasts, as well as light snacks and breakfast options. With spectacular ocean views, an outdoor veranda, summer barbecue area and maritime-themed décor, this coastal pub is the perfect nod to the English Channel.

Where: The Bay, St Margarets Bay, Dover, CT15 6DY. Find opening hours online here.

The Old Naptune pub is a must visit along the Kent coast.  Photo: Shepherd Neame
The Old Naptune pub is a must visit along the Kent coast. Photo: Shepherd Neame

The Elder Neptune, Whitstable

One of the county’s best-known pubs, the Old Neptune has become a landmark of the Kent coast. This pub and its garden are unlike any other as they stand proudly in the middle of Whitstable Beach. You can feel the sand and pebbles under your feet as you sit on the picnic benches and gaze out to sea from one of Britain’s only beach bars, while enjoying a glass of chilled wine, bigger or refreshing. beverage. During the summer months the pub also has a beach barbecue serving freshly prepared burgers and hot dogs, as well as the usual menu of traditional British dishes.

Where: Marine Terrace, Whitstable, CT5 1EJ. Find opening hours online here.

Enjoy great views from inside or outside Zetland Arms in Deal
Enjoy great views from inside or outside Zetland Arms in Deal

The Weapons of Zetland, Deal

There’s nothing quite like a cool, refreshing drink after a day at the beach, and that’s exactly what you can get at the Zetland Arms. This seaside pub in the village of Kingsdown, Deal, has a spacious seaside seating area that takes you straight from the pebbles to the patio. Sample real local ale from Kent’s Shepherd Neame brewery while overlooking the coast and, weather permitting, you can even dine alfresco at sunset with a number of freshly caught fish and seafood dishes sinned.

Where: Wellington Parade, Kingsdown, Deal, CT14 8AF. Find opening hours online here.

COUNTRY

The Five Bells Inn is the perfect country pub
The Five Bells Inn is the perfect country pub

Five Bells Inn, near Ashford

Nothing evokes the Garden of England better than the Five Bells Inn. This 16th century tavern is tucked away in a quiet part of East Brabourne, near Ashford, and overlooks the scenic hills of Kent’s North Downs. This cozy country pub uses local produce from its own neighboring farm, Mill House, to create a menu of hearty dishes such as Kent lamb gratins, seasonal vegetable soup and daily fresh catches. If you need food on a summer walk in the hills, this is the place to stop and take in the natural beauty of the county.

Where: The Street, East Brabourne, Ashford, TN25 5LP. Find opening hours online here.

LANDMARKS

Ye Arrow in Rochester sits just below the city's castle and cathedral.  Photo: Google Maps
Ye Arrow in Rochester sits just below the city’s castle and cathedral. Photo: Google Maps

Ye Arrow, Rochester

One of the only city center pubs to make the list, Ye Arrow manages to retain stunning views while being in the heart of the city. Around the corner from Rochester’s beloved Main Street, this pub looks ordinary from the front but, to the rear, is a perfectly positioned pub garden in front of the striking castle and cathedral. Admire the charming cobbled streets, historic buildings and majestic architecture, while sipping a drink al fresco on a hot day. The pub is open until late at the weekend, so you can stay until it gets dark and watch the castle light up in bright colours.

Where: Boley Hill, The Precinct, Rochester ME1 1TE. Find opening hours online here.

RIVER

The Albion Taverna in Faversham sits along the banks of the creek
The Albion Taverna in Faversham sits along the banks of the creek

The Albion Tavern, Faversham

While the exterior of this tavern may look dated, the pub itself is anything but. Serving a menu of delicious Mexican flavors with dishes such as pulled beef barbacoa tacos, pulled duck fajitas and chimichurri sirloin steak, as well as gourmet desserts and fruity cocktails, this place offers a unique alternative to the many boozers traditional in the city. There are also a number of real ales on offer for those who fancy them, with beer supplied by Shepherd Neame Brewery just 300 meters away. And, best of all, the tavern sits alongside Faversham Stream, overlooking bustling banks, picturesque sailboats and rushing water.

Where: Brents Front, Faversham, ME13 7DH. Find opening hours online here.

The Three Daws offers stunning river views from Gravesend Pier
The Three Daws offers stunning river views from Gravesend Pier

Three Daws, Gravesend

This historic inn has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 450 years. Dating back to at least the 1500s, the tavern is steeped in tales of ghost hauntings, smugglers, press gangs and more from its storied past. Today the Three Daws is as bustling and bustling as it has ever been, with visitors flocking to the riverside pub to take in views of the water, Gravesend Pier and passing ships go in and out of Tilbury. From cocktail parties to disco nights, this pub is a far cry from its 16th century roots, but has retained much of its charming traditional decor.

Where: Town Pier, Gravesend, DA11 0BJ. Find opening hours online here.