The Imperial is an old-fashioned ‘local’ pub, increasingly rare in these days of theme pubs and trendy bars. Located in the small town of Southborough, just a couple of miles outside the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells, The Imperial is close to many of Kent’s attractive houses, castle and gardens.
A very friendly spot to pass a few hours, this pub is open all day every day, Apart from a fine range of Shepherd Neame cask ales, there is plenty to entertain – darts, pool, fruit machines and juke box, plus a real find – a bar billiards table – a traditional pub game found mostly in south east England. Occasional karaoke and live music sessions take place at weekends.
A small function room can be hired for private parties and events, suitable for up to thirty people, and outside there is a pleasant little enclosed garden with seating and tables.
The pub dates from the Victorian era and its unusual name derives from the Imperial crown, as pictured on the sign, worn by the monarch at the coronation ceremony. Interestingly, previous signs have shown a fine specimen of the imperial butterfly.