History of
The Dering Arms and Pluckley

Recorded in the Domesday Book, Pluckley was once the largest settlement in the area. It was the home of Sir Edward Dering, 1st Baronet, MP for Hythe and Member for Kent in The Long Parliament. The Dering Arms was orginally a hunting lodge owned by the estate and built around the time of Railway line from London to the Kent coast, in the 1840's.



 
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History of Pluckley & The Dering Arms

References to Pluckley can be found in the Domesday Book, at which time it was a more significant settlement than the now much larger town of Ashford, nearby. The village is approximately 5 miles from the M20 motorway, and lies on the long distance walking route the Greensand Way and close to the Stour Valley Walk. Pluckley's claim to fame is the ITV drama series, The Darling Buds of May, was filmed there.

Sir Edward Dering,1st Baronet (1598–1644) was an English antiquary and politician and a supporter of Charles I. Dering represented Kent in The Long Parliament and was MP for Hythe. He fought, briefly, for Charles I during the civil war and through his son Edward, is the 10x great grandfather of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Dering Arms is a historical old hunting lodge, built in the 1840's and now the home of an award winning seafood restaurant. It is recognised and widely acclaimed for its delicious fresh food and its warm welcome.

Old hunting lodge converted to a pub restaurant and bed and breakfast coaching inn for fine food and wines and awarm wlcome in the Kent countryside.