Public House of the Month

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Huntsman

Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Winners of the Hall and Woodhouse 'Business Partner Public House of the Year 2015'. Emma and her team work hard to make sure ever guest enjoys their trip to the Huntsman. Enjoy the great food, fine wine and friendly service in this quaint public house.

Eridge, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9LE

Tel: 01892 864258

  • Dogs Allowed
  • Regular Entertainment
  • Garden
  • Car Park

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Posted on August 2015

Congratulations to the Huntsman in Eridge who have won this month's Pub of the month and who have also been shortlisted for this year's BP Public House of the Year. We caught up with Emma Welch to see what she had to say.

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How and where did you start in the hospitality industry?

Forte Posthouse, 1995, as a Sunday girl.

How has your previous work differed from your current one?

I was a professional Cowgirl competing in Cutting based in Dallas Fortworth, so it was quite different!!

What do you like best about managing your public house?

Training the staff and watching their growth as well as providing a sanctuary for the guests.

How do your team sum up the Hall and Woodhouse values?

We are a little part of the BIG family.

What’s your favourite pub event of the year?

The Huntsman Ball, it’s become a firm fixture in our guest’s calendar with over 500 guests in attendance partying the night away. It’s great to see all ages raving together and having a great night, I wish we could do one a week.

How is your pub part of the local community? And what kind of people do you have visiting your pub?

The pub is rural and is not in a key community area so we've spent 5 years putting the community into the pub. Our cliental are so very varied but there is something different happening 3 times a day to cater for as many as possible. It’s a great mix and deciding to refrain from TV, fruit machines, background music, Wi Fi and Social Media has meant our guests have to actually talk to each other thus creating interest in one another and establishing a community to be proud to be a part of. 

What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?

We are in the biggest climbing centre in the South East with x 4 Outdoor venues and x1 Indoor within 2.5 miles. Route 21 cycle path passes our door and the Spa Valley steam train drops off practically in our garden. There is a good selection of rambles through breath taking countryside right on our doorstep and the Royal Tunbridge Wells historic Pantiles is great for a shop and is jst 3 miles away. We are directly on a main line train station to London Bridge to great access to and from the big smoke.

And lastly, if you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?

Golden Glory with Sword in the Stone Pie. (Banoffee where the caramel is a little on the hard side and is served with a knife standing in it) The Beer is quite sweet so is a great substitute to dessert wine (more commonly paired with Pudding) and the bitterness really balances the caramel with the peachy undertones bringing the banana to life.