Saturday 29th August 2010
Perry Wood is a somewhat strange place. There are a few houses around the Rose & Crown but it is not a village. It is the woodland that gives the name and it's around on all sides, protected and owned by the local Council. It is near the highest point in East Kent, but that is not very high. Close to the pub is an interesting crossing of single tracked-roads. With not a dwelling in sight there is a rather forlorn looking post box on one corner. Weird or what?
Originally a woodcutter's cottage, the pub has been extended over the years and is noted for its ambience, food and beer. The Beer Festival was held over the August Bank weekend and was in a tent in the garden.
The beers were all cooled, and seven were offered with none from Kent. However, it was an excellent selection, highlights being Castle Rock (Nottingham) Harvest Pale (3.8% abv), Rudgate (York) Summer Hop (4.0% abv), Brew Dog (Fraserburgh) Alpha Dog (4.5% abv) and the utterly brilliant Meantime (Greenwich) London Pale Ale (4.3% abv), a six hop mouth-crinkling bitter. A selection for hopheads!
In the pub's bar there was a selection of beers and the pub's full menu was offered plus, on Sunday and Monday, Hog Roast. Cider aficionados were catered for with Dry and Medium from Pawley Farm in nearby Painter's Forstal and from far away Somerset, Thatcher's. £2.60 for beer and cider, very reasonable indeed! A really good little festival.
This pub has a good range of beers and is worth a visit at any time.
The Rose & Crown, Perry Wood, Selling, Faversham, Kent ME13 9RY. Tel: 01227 752214
Open: Mon 11.30-15.00; Tues-Sat 11.30-15.30/18.30-23.00; Sun 12.00-15.30/19.00-22.30
This pub is in the middle of a rural wood and is quite isolated. This makes it popular with walkers and cyclists. There are no bus routes nearby and it is approximately 35 minutes walk from Selling station.