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The Mark Cross Inn

Muddy says: Just 5 miles from Tunbridge Wells, this newly-refurbed pub offers good family food and alfresco dining with incredible views across the countryside.

In the heart of the countryside, this cosy village pub gives a warm welcome to all with friendly staff and a homely feel inside. It recently benefited from a total refurb both inside and out and now looks rather fabulous (well don’t we all after a decent make-over darrrling).

The new General Manager, Joel Dos Santos, his wife and Husky dogs all live and work at the pub and have brought a fresh vibe and energy with them. Inside there’s loads of characterful, rural pub features – the walls are covered in pictures (many with a local theme), the bookshelves are bursting with masses of quirky tomes and there’s roaring fires in the winter.

This isn’t fine dining, but rather classic pub fare, with a new and updated menu offering daily specials. It’s a good option for family meals out – and popular both with grandparents and kids alike.

Food is served all day every day from 12pm with breakfast served at the weekends, the menu changes to move with the seasons and there’s even some locally sourced produce coming from the pub’s own veggie garden.

The pub itself is nicely tucked back off the main road, with a decent sized car park and a view. Oh and what a view it is (see above). Sit on the sun terrace overlooking the large beer garden (perfect for summer days) and the decent children’s play area (go on boot ’em out!).

With loads of country walks nearby and the Sussex Country Gardener (decent garden centre) just over the road this is the kind of place you can pop in with the family for some relaxed weekend, or after-school, dining.

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