Pub of the Week: The Pepper Box Inn, Ulcombe

Posted: 31 December 2013

Blog category: Pub of the Week

Full of character, The Pepperbox Inn is a traditional family run pub situated in Ulcombe near Maidstone - heart of the Kent countryside. Located a short distance from Leeds Castle on the greensand way and the south eastern toll ride, the pub is in an ideal spot for walkers & riders alike, and is happy to accommodate groups. The pub can be found just a 5 minute drive up winding country lanes from the A20 and is a 10 minute drive from junction 8 of the M20 (Leeds Castle exit).

Set high on the Greensand Ridge, one of the greatest vantage points in the county, the pub boasts outstanding views of the weald of Kent from its large, hop covered terrace and, for the colder months there are comfortable leather sofas next to large inglenook fireplaces inside.
The Pepperbox is steeped in local history and has been run by the same family since 1958 – three generations of Shepherd Neame tenants ensures that the pub can offer an experienced warm welcome to customers old and new.

First generation tenants Jack & Betty Wood first came to the Pepperbox in 1958, when the Inn was still known as the Horseshoes and the name 'Pepperbox' (which refers to an early type of pistol) was only a local nickname, the name was officially changed by Jack during the 1960's. Records show that not long before the pub had also been the village shop including bake house & butchery, some of the butcher’s hooks still hang from the beams in the main bar. 

The Pepperbox has had a few changes in its time, with an extended dining area and larger kitchen, but the overall charm and warmth remains the same as it always was, with the main bar still characterised by the large inglenook fire and the hops that hang over the many tankards of the pubs regulars who have come and gone over the years.

To find out more about this fascinating pub or for bookings don’t hesitate to get in touch with them via phone (01622 842558) or online