Some pubs are so out of the way that it makes no sense for anyone but locals to visit, but The Lamb Inn does its best to attract casual drinkers.
It’s not that The Lamb is miles from civilisation, there are houses all around and the M25 is only a few hundred yards away, it’s just that it’s not very easy to get to. The pub hugs a narrow, twisting road which it is hard to imagine many bothering to drive down an even fewer walking along pre or post booze.
Not that it prevented a motley crew from navigating the terrain like mountain goats to find the bar on the warm Friday afternoon that I visited.
A spattering of friendly locals sat nattering at the bar, out the front and out the back.
There was even a lovely pair of happy dogs.
Way back when, The Lamb was two cottages that were converted into an ale house and 150-odd years later you can still see how it was transformed.
Inside is cute, with a small bar and enough seating despite the lack of space.
A pair of Lennox Lewis’ shorts and a framed England rugger shirt are pinned proudly to the wall.
The range of drinks is small, though being a Shepherd Neame pub, it is high quality. I settled for an Asahi (£4.20 a pint).
While the inside is cute, the outside is gorgeous. Painted white, with lovely hanging baskets, the front is pretty as a picture. To the right is a petanque court (pitch? Lane?), which is fun, and the small back garden is attractively paved with flowers growing from old beer barrels.
The Lamb Inn, Swanley Village Road, Swanley
How it rated:
Atmosphere*** Friendly locals
Decor**** Very pretty
Drink** Small range but good beers
Price** Not cheap