Ryarsh is a picturesque Kent village nestling amongst the North Downs and easily accessed from the motorway which is only five minutes away.

At the heart of the village is the Duke of Wellington, a charming pub and restaurant housed in a 16th century building, that offers a warm welcome, good beers and wines and superb cooked food.

The interior is traditional, but homely with stripped floors and wood panelled walls creating a relaxed, informal atmosphere. There are two distinct bars; one mainly for dining, divided by a magnificent Inglenook fireplace - perfect for those cold winter evenings.

The pretty garden area is perfect for summer alfresco dining and there’s also a petanque court where club members meet and practice each week.

Although the perfect place for a family meal, the pub is also a very popular stop off point for keen walkers passing through the area.

The owners, Jon and Helen pride themselves on offering a warm welcome to their customers and have built up an enviable reputation in the area for their wonderful home cooked food, made from local produce where possible.

The Spring/Summer menu offers an array of tried and tested classics as well as a Tapas menu which offers exceptional value for money with dishes starting from just £2.95. There’s also a daily specials board, a take-away service and an outdoor catering service.

Trad Jazz, by the ever popular Dr Jazz has been a feature at the Duke for 40 years playing the first Thursday of every month and if quiz nights are your thing then there’s a cash jackpot available every other Sunday starting at 8pm.

We arrived early Friday lunchtime and were the first to be seated, but the restaurant quickly filled with a mixture of families, couples and walking groups.

I chose the Buffalo Mozzarella and tomato salad and my dining partner chose the Beef Chilli Nachos to start, both of which were tasty as well as nicely presented. On to the mains and I chose the Pan Fried Duck Breast with Risotto Cake and Brandy, Wild Mushroom and Spinach sauce. The duck was beautifully cooked and the accompanying sauce complemented the meat perfectly. My dining partner chose the Chicken Enchiladas which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Desserts include Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Panna Cotta, Ice Cream or Sorbet, as well as a selection of cheese and biscuits.

The food served at the Wellington is of a high standard and the service was perfect - friendly and attentive but not overly intrusive. In conclusion I would have no hesitation in recommending the Duke of Wellington whatever the occasion - you certainly won’t be disappointed.


Birling Road
West Malling  ME19 5LS

Tel no: 01732 842318

Restaurant opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 12noon - 2pm
& 6pm - 9pm

Fri & Sat: 12noon - 9.30pm
Sun: 12noon - 9pm



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