Nigel and Louise welcome you. Chandar our new head chef is making the most of fresh food and our new menu changes regularly.

Louise and the kitchen Team

We have two chefs both with a wealth of experience in both traditional country fare cooking
and international cuisine. Chandar is the Head chef and has many years of experience having worked previously at several 2 AA rosette restaurants with in the UK. Having recently joined the team we are delighted to have Chandars input into design of our menu /specials of the day and themed menus. Our second chef Stuart has also a wealth of culinary skills and was a trained pastry chef who is great for all the pies and cakes that are so ever popular.
Finally there’s myself, never too far away from the action in the kitchen. At times it feels double the years but twelve is the number that I’ve been Involved in cooking/menu planning and overseeing Kitchens. At times you feel you should be elsewhere when temperatures, tempers and stress lay heavy on ones shoulders and then everything comes together
and everyone’s happy you feel a sense of satisfaction that makes the effort all worthwhile.


Opening Times as of 1ST OCTOBER 2018

Monday 11.30 - 10.00pm 

Tuesday - Saturday 11.30am - 11pm Sunday 12am - 9.30pm

Food Served

Monday - Friday - 12-2.30pm 6-9pm

  Saturday 12pm - 3.00pm 6.00pm - 9.00pm 

  Sunday  12 - 4pm (last orders 3.30pm)




The Spotted Dog is a beautiful 15th Century country Inn, full of character, located on Smarts Hill in the picturesque village of Penshurst. We are located just six miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells and close to local tourist attractions such as Penhurst Place and HeverCastle. 

The Spotted Dog
Smarts Hill
Kent TN11 8EP

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Have you SPOTTED this takeaway deal

On Thursdays & Fridays


Large battered fish & chips £7.50


Two battered sausages & chips £6.50

Place your orders 0ver the phone if you wish

And we will have it ready for the time you wish to collect

TELE: 01892 870253

CALL LOUISE 01892 870253 / EMAIL


                              "Best Inn in Kent" as stated by Time Out Magazine in London 2010

                                  This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for

Those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and

Services that we offer all our visitors


Access statement for The Spotted Dog Public House



The Spotted Dog Public House is a 500year old building which originally started out as 3 cottages.We are still a traditional country pub with good home cooked food with a great family atmosphere, popular with both locals and visitors.We are located a 5 minute drive from the pretty village of Penshurst , location of the beautiful Penshurst Place which has been occupied by the Sidney family since 1482, The current owner,  The Viscount De L’sle MBE, is her Majesty’s  Lord Lieutenant of Kent. 

We look forward to welcoming you, If you have any queries or wish to make a booking in advance please phone 01892 870253 or email


    ·        We are located 6 miles from royal Tunbridge Wells just of the B2188 in the Hamlet of Smarts Hill of Penshurst

·        For full details can be found on our website in the location section, alternatively you can use the AA route finder by putting in our postcode TN11 8EP for directions

·        There is no direct bus to the door. The 231 bus form Tunbridge Wells to Edenbridge stops at the bottom of Smarts Hill. The service is infrequent, with no buses in the evening, on Sundays or on Public Holidays. The timetable is available at There is no direct bus from Tonbridge.

·        Nearest railway station is Penshurst which is 3 miles away.

·        Taxis are available from Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Hildenborough stations. We can arrange a taxi to pick you from the station if you require.

·        If you require any information about our menu or have any allergies please do not hesitate to phone us, we will be glad to help

Car Parking & Arrival

      ·        We have a large car park with spaces for at least 50 cars available free to all patrons visiting our establishment. The carpark is slightly gravelled and well lit

·        There are no designated disabled spaces, but you are able to park on the road at the top of the steps

·        Both sets of steps into our establishment have handrails. As you look at the building, the left hand side has 17 steps at 5 inches high. The right-hand side has 5 steps at 8 inches high.

·        The main door into the building has a raised step of 2 inches with a drop of 10 inches,  the door height is 5ft.  The floor is then level to a second door.

·        If assistance is required,  please do not hesitate to ask in advance and one of our staff will attend

·        Unfortunately we do not have disabled access for wheelchairs

 Bar & Bar area & dining Area/Restaurant

      ·        Coming through the front door, you will be directly opposite the bar, there are no steps or uneven floors  in this     area.

·        To the right of the main entrance there are ( however many) tables at which you eat.  The tables have upright wooden chairs and cushions for comfort. There is at least 8 inches between the seats of the chairs and the table tops.

·        There are 8 stools located along the bar.

·        There is low background music playing.

·        To the left of the main entrance is a beautiful large inglenook fire, which attracts a lot of interest, with 3 further tables for either eating or just enjoying a drink.

·        Through a doorway, you will find yourself in the restaurant which can seat 33 persons.

·        All tables, both in the bar and restaurant, are waitress service for food orders, but orders can be placed at the bar if you desire.

·        All tables are laid up with serviettes, cutlery & salt & pepper

·        We offer a full menu for lunch & evening, with a changing “special” board. An allergy chart can be provided

·        Monday to Thursday Lunchtime we offer a 2 course set menu for £10.95 or a 3 course for £12.95.

·        Local ales & ciders are available

·        In the bar area,  cards & games are available for entertainment

·        The height of the lowest beams in the bar are 6ft.


Customer Toilets

       ·        Customer toilets are located outside the front entrance.

·        Ladies’ toilets have one small step into the door. There are 2 cubicles, 2 hand  wash basins with easy to use handles a paper towel dispenser. Toilets are 16 inches high with no grab rails.

·        There is no emergency cord

·        Men’s toilet have one cubicle with a toilet of 16 high with no grab rails. There are 2 urinals at 28 inches high, a hand wash basin and a paper towel dispenser.

·        There is no emergency cord

·        There is no wheelchair access in any of the toilets.

·        Both ladies’ and men’s toilets have tiled flooring.



Beer Garden/outdoor Area/Smoking area

       ·        At the front of the property we have 2 terraces which are accessed via the front steps. The top terrace is accessed via the lower by 4 steps of eight inches high. There are tables with seating for 70 persons. Smoking is allowed on both terraces.

·        All tables are wooden with either benches or upright chairs.

·        Eating is allowed at these tables but orders must be placed at the bar.

·        The rear terraces are accessed via a door in the bar area. There is one step of 8 inches onto a brick paved area.

·        The top terrace has seating for 50persons. The wood floor are is non-smoking.

·        The lower terrace is paved with slabs and is accessed by a flight of 12 steps eight inches high with a handrail.

·        All tables on the rear terraces are wooden with benches

·        There is seating for at least 60 persons.

·        Eating is allowed at all tables but orders must be done at the bar.


additional information

      ·        We have two first aiders on site, but all staff are informed on how to call for help if needed.

·        Dogs are welcome within the bar area and water bowls are provided.

·        Internet is available in all areas and is free of charge.

·        We can cater for special occasions in our restaurant for up to 33 people.

·        Our local hospital with A & E access is Tunbridge Wells Hospital, located just outside the town of Pembury. Telephone number  01892 823535

·        Our local GP surgery is Warders, locate in the village of Penshurst

      Telephone  01732 770088.

·        Local accommodation can be found on our notice board just inside a front door.







TN11 8EP



            01892 870253





Hours of operation

            11.30am – 11.00pm

Local Accessible Taxi

            Tonbridge taxis: 01732 387389

            Walkers: 01892 522522

 Local Public Transport

            Bus route  231