“Walk in the footsteps of pirates, smugglers and sailors” - AA Inspector
The creekside Shipwright’s Arms was first licensed in 1738, when the brick and weather boarded pub’s remote location on the Swale Marshes made it a popular haunt for briny ne’er-do-wells; it’s been a favoured watering hole for sailors and fishermen ever since. Best reached on foot or by boat, the effort in getting here is well rewarded, as this charming and unspoilt tavern oozes historic character. Step back in time in the relaxed and comfortable bars, which boast nooks and crannies, original timbers, built-in settles, well-worn sofas, wood-burning stoves, and a wealth of maritime artefacts. Locally-brewed Goacher’s ales are tapped straight from the cask, and make for a perfect match with simple, traditional bar food such as baguettes and jacket potatoes. Alternatively look to the specials board for fresh fish, or the carte for the likes of beef casserole; tomato and spinach risotto; and moules frites. In summer come and support the pub’s Bat and Trap team.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Open all year
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About The area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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