Leaving Canterbury by the Dover road, you will come after three miles to Bridge, and there in the centre of the village The White Horse stands to welcome you.
This inn was once a ‘baiting’ or halting house, hardly distant enough from Dover for a full stage but convenient for a change of horses.
Shoeing the horses changed at the inn would be hot work and the pint of Kentish ale literally at the elbow a pleasant means of returning patronage; and so, no doubt, both smith and innkeeper prospered through the centuries until the New Iron Age.
The White Horse is old, as may be seen from the Tudor fireplace in the large bar with its moulded beams above.
Dimly seen in the background of the cellar behind the bar are many barrels with neat linen covers, waiting to be broached, for here all beer is drawn direct from the wood. The front of The White Horse is Regency, or very early simple Victorian. There is a car park and, behind, the kind of garden only Kent can produce — but then it is in the heart of the Garden of England and Bridge is surrounded by orchards, parks and
the seats of the gentry and nobility, most of whom, one is glad to hear, are content to share their wide domains, temporarily at least, with those who can appreciate to the full the beauties of nature.
53 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5LA
Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 12 noon – 5pm
Dinner: Monday – Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 5pm – 9.30pm Sunday: 12 noon – 8pm