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A Kent country pub that comes into its own during the summer. As the picture above indicates the pub has a splendid garden that gently falls away from the pub down to the River Darent. The garden boasts a small menagerie, large children's play area, an outdoor barbeque, petanque court and a marquee. Many of the facilities at the pub are available for private hire.
The pub itself has three bars and a restaurant (30 covers), two bars (one non smoking) at the front and a third bar and the restaurant looking out over the garden to the rear. A Free House, the Cocks serves the usual range of beverages and I enjoyed a pint of Ruddles County on our visit. The bar menu includes sandwiches, several pub grub favorites (jackets, basket meals, cod and chips, plougmans) a restaurant menu, specials board as well as a barbecue (in summer) fired up in the garden selling burgers and hot dogs.
It's a great place for kids in the summer, there's a lot for them to do (relatively speaking) and lots of space for them to do it in. The pub host the Riverside Folk club on Sunday evenings (open mic) and has a senior citizen discount in the restaurant on Tuesday's and Thursday's.
Jennie and Nigel Archer are the proprietors of the Fighting Cocks, it's been a pub since 1818 and as its name suggests had an association with cockfighting. Even retaining a cockpit until the middle of the last century.
There is ample car parking at the pub and it is easily reached from Bluewater, Brands Hatch and the M25, A2 and M20.
We will be going back, and if I can find the old guitar it might even be on a Sunday evening!
The Fighting Cocks
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