In the quiet hamlet of Underriver near Hildenborough stands the delightful White Rock Inn; a traditional family-run pub set in the heart of rural Kent. The oldest part of the pub dates back to the early 19th century but it is believed that a building may have stood on the land hundreds of years prior to the existing one due to its prominent location on the village trading routes.
The White Rock Inn is very much a traditional English pub, with period oak beams, warm lighting and cosy fires and a bright and airy restaurant that can hold 30 people. The garden, however, is the key, with a large and beautifully-kept garden where the pub holds barbeques and charity days in summer and it has enough space for a marquee, playing host to many weddings over the years. There's even enough room to tether your horse or for ramblers to enjoy a quiet pint and take in the views with the family dog. More unusually, there is a petanque pitch (they hold open petanque nights on Tuesdays) and the chance to join in the old-fashioned Kentish pub game of Bat and Trap. The drink proves as good as the setting, with the ever-popular beers such as Harveys, White Rock bitter and Doombar.
I don't really want to repeat what others have said but have been going here for a few years now and I agree with the other positive reviews, it is consistently good. Service is excellent, menu is great and if they don't have quite what you want then they will organise it for you. Prices are reasonable for freshly cooked food and you are not rushed to vacate your table. Special days, like Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day, etc. special menus are provided.
A great country pub, with great food in a wonderful location. The landlord is a top man and keeps a good pint - try pint of Doombar & Mild. Sit in the garden for an hour or so and its almost like being on holiday.
If you try one new pub in Kent this year make it this one.
You might be forgiven for thinking it's another run of the mill country pub that tries it's best to serve up good food to supplement earnings for it's ever decreasing beer sales.
The venue is really rather special, surrounded by fields and countryside. There's a good choice of beers on tap and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
The food is excellent. I could hear Gordon Ramsey screaming "keep it simple" as I ordered the Chateaubriand, but was amazed. It was as good as West End eating and I was not disappointed. All meats are sourced locally and it was fresh and perfectly cooked.