The Barrow House has much in common with nearby sister-pub, The Milk House. Its white weatherboard exterior has all the traditional features you'd expect from an inn dating back to 1576, when it was built using timbers from sailing ships (back then it was called The George – the new name refers to an ancient barrow in a nearby field). Inside, it's been given a contemporary makeover, classily done with Farrow & Ball paintwork in chalky blues and creams. These are artfully combined with more rustic features, such as stone floors, antler chandeliers and two open fires in the cosy bar area – which still bears the signatures of American and Canadian airmen who frequented The George when they were stationed nearby during the Second World War.
There are three comfortable and attractive bedrooms upstairs (our only quibble was with the somewhat cramped bathrooms). They're ideal bolt-holes from which to explore Egerton: that rare breed of village that still exudes a thriving sense community spirit. Its dominated by the 13thC ragstone church at its centre, with a network of small lanes leading out of the village, offering stunning views of the Weald of Kent and Ashford Valley.
The menu goes well beyond traditional pub grub, with diverse options for 'Tear & Share', 'Grazing', 'Small Plates' as well as sides and mains.