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The Chaser Inn

Heading out for lunch with the family? Looking for a good walk that takes in a decent pub for well earned refuelling en route? For non-fussy, decent pub fare in a comfortable, friendly and home-grown environment you can’t go wrong with The Chaser Inn.

Heading out for lunch with the family? Looking for a good walk that takes in a decent pub for well earned refuelling en route? Then this informal, relaxed pub, next to the church and overlooking the common, is a brilliant option. Children are well catered for, there is a lovely beer garden and a dog-friendly section by the bar – all bases covered.

The Chaser Inn is the original flagship pub for Whiting and Hammond and opened in the summer of 2003 following a big refurbishment.  The pub became an instant hit – attracting regulars from near and far – particularly because for the stunning location.

Taking its name from the local Fairlawn Estate where the Queen Mother’s steeple-chase horses were trained, the Chaser is situated in the heart of the British countryside, perfectly place midway between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

Sitting next door to the beautiful church of St. Giles and opposite a large grassy common with spectacular views, it dates back to 1880 when it was built by the Cazalet family. In fact, Major Peter Cazalet trained the Queen Mother’s horses personally; upon her arrival to visit them, the jockeys would wait in the Chaser’s now affectionately named ‘Jockey Room’ to meet her.

Inside there’s lots of different pockets of space – like the Courtyard Room with its retractable roof, so great in summer but also still cosy in winter months. Or enjoy a Sunday lunch in the popular Church Room – an oak beamed dining area, complete with roaring fire.

With lots of possibilities for circular walks (or cycle routes) in the surrounding area – like this one from National Trust property, Ightham Mote, to Shipbourne – The Chaser has become a favourite destination pub for day-trippers.

For non-fussy, decent pub fare in a comfortable, friendly and home-grown environment you can’t go wrong with The Chaser Inn.

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