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The building dates back to about 1585, though possibly not originally a pub, it is soaked in history, housed in a charming grade II listed, white weatherboard clad exterior. The pub's interior is divided into separate rooms with areas featuring wooden beams and low ceilings, lending the place a cosy atmosphere. There is a large garden out back alongside the large car park. The inn is mentioned in Dickens' 'Pickwick Papers' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', Keats is said to have written 'Ode to a Nightingale' in the garden. But references to the highwayman Dick Turpin being born here are false since he was born in Essex. Good selection of imported beers and close to the Heath and Kenwood House. It can get very busy at the weekends so don't be surprised with a long queue just to get a drink on a busy, sunny, Sunday afternoon. Food served: 12.00 - 22.00 (21.00 Sun, 10.00 - 22.00 Sat). LocAles can include Portbello and Sambrook's. Bus: 210 plus the rare/elusive 603 (only 4 times a day Mon - Fri).