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The Old House, Ightham - pub details

Address: Redwell Lane, Ightham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 9EE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29254) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Borough Green & Wrotham (1.5 miles), Kemsing (2 miles), Bat & Ball (4.1 miles)

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Good pub (no sign outside) serving great ales by friendly Landlord.
pwilkins - 16 Oct 2015 12:37
I hadn't visited the Old House for 15 years, and apart from a TV in the bar - for the Boat Race, and otherwise sparingly used - happily virtually nothing had changed. The right-hand room has been spruced up, but the conviviality centres around the counter in the main, small bar. At least half a dozen ales from microbreweries are served direct from the cask, plus three real ciders and a perry; Kentish Pip cider was absolutely delicious, and dispensed at just the right temperature. Landlord is very friendly and welcoming. Thoroughly recommended, but note the restricted opening times.
Viewfinder - 12 Apr 2015 14:18
Brilliant choice of ales - landlord and customers very friendly. Given a few tasters and all were in top notch condition. The Fyne Ales Jarl was superb and is something of a regular. A must visit for hopheads.
spoinge - 29 May 2014 12:45
Have not been back for maybe half a year for a multitude of reasons.CAMRA trips are not to be missed and when the OLd House is the venue, it becomes an event.

My return was welcomed like the return of a prodigal son and was immediately into conversation with a lovely labrador owner who clearly knew everyone. Being introduced to people, having educated discourse on wherever the conversation may lead....this truly is an English trait that may only survive in this antiquated gem. Dogs in the bar, lots of free nibbles and wit.

The Landlord Nick and his regulars are both informed and informative about what really matters. Beer!
Where else can you converse with drinkers about the differing bittering and aromatic properties of Cascade, Crystal, Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops and actually have someone who knows their relative alpha acid levels and actually blind tasted a beer and guessed correctly the hop varieties used. Yes Jarl does taste like grapefruit and now after 45 years drinking real ale I know why !

Beer served in quarts, if you have you own a glass safely stored behind the bar. Clive, you are a gentleman for even allowing me to try your ale bucket. My heart went out to the big Yorkshireman whose lead crystal jug had met with an unfortunate end. But he laughed it off made a quip or three and then bought us all a round. I am now as a result convinced that all beer produced in Lancashire is unfit for human consumption unless it uses water from the river Ribble which starts in "Gods Own land". This pub even tolerates lager drinkers provided they remain subdued, it was a pleasure to meet you "Pickle" and I admire you for sticking to your pleasures against the prevailing "religious" system espoused with such passion and conviction.

The Old House is the complete package. Fantastic beer, amazing educated, fun loving and eccentric conversationalists and a totally charming time capsule of a building. The loss of the empire can only be attributed to the demise of such institutions. I even agreed that we should invade "occupied lower Kent" , thats France to most of us, purely on the basis that harrying the French is a traditional summer pastime and we could get back to the Old House for the evening session.

No need to ask who gets my vote for Pub of the year.

Sessionmaster - 23 Jul 2013 13:39
Staid stolid traditional and utterly sublime.

They have lapsed into the murky world of selling lager. Luckily the word has not got out as there were no visible signs of peasantry. Dog lovers, beer lovers and conversationalists. Hunting , right wing politics and cricket. No sign of a TV with the latest turgid instalment of "premiership" United versus City.

A true gem. 11/10

Sessionmaster - 7 Sep 2012 18:27

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