The curious name, Hoodener's Horse and equally quirky sign outside this traditional pub in the pretty village of Great Chart close to Ashford, is a reference to the old Kentish custom of 'hoodening' - a ritual shindig played out during the winter solstice, May Day and hopping celebrations. Appropriately, garlands of dried hops decorate the bar.
Despite the English connections, the Hoodener's Horse is making quite a name for itself with its menu of great-value Mexican dishes. Everything is listed on blackboards, from nachos, burritos, fajitas, tortilla 'towers' and the like to homemade chilli and Mexican-style ribeye steaks.
In addition, the kitchen now prepares fresh pizzas with a spicy Mexican theme as well as ploughman's and other pub grub, plus a line-up of comforting English desserts such as homemade blackberry and apple pie, syrup sponge and sticky toffee pudding.
On most days, there's also fresh fish in homemade beer batter. Five well-kept real ales such as Fuller's London Pride, St Austell Tribute and Charles Wells Bombardier are generally on handpump and the pub has a decent stock of reasonably priced wines.
Booking is well advised especially at weekends.
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