Review on Dering Arms
The Dering Arms at Pluckley was built in the 1840's originally as the hunting lodge serving the Dering Estate, one of the largest estates in the area at the time. It's actually a replica of the main manor house (only to a smaller scale), and the grand façade features mightily impressive Dutch gables and other architectuctural features.
Long-serving owner Jim Buss runs the kitchen personally, undertaking the main cooking himself in order to maintain the high standards. Over the years he has gained a love of fresh fish and seafood, which he now specialises in. Every meal is prepared to order, using only the finest of fresh produce often supplied locally. Jim says 'I am not prepared to take short cuts and everything is home-made on the premises, even down to the marmalade offered to residents at breakfast.'
Seasonal seafood is the kitchen's forte and the regular menu is boosted by daily blackboard specials like moules marinière and monkfish with bacon, orange and cream sauce. Dering Ale (the house beer) is brewed especially for the pub by Goacher's of Maidstone, and Jim Buss is also keen to promote real ales from other independent breweries. The wine list is broad enough to cater for all tastes and there are some real gems which are very reasonably priced.
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Seafood / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Fri (12.00 - 3.00pm Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express