In the first of a new series on pubs with outside space, we swerve the jam-packed seaside boozers for these quieter watering holes with great views and vibes
Kingsdown is a dream coastal village, whose narrow main street tumbles downhill to one of the most famed beauty spots on the Kent coast. Here, occupying a remote corner overlooking the White Cliffs, is a beachside pub on the shingle, its outdoor benches overlooking beach huts one way, curving bay the other. There is also a rear courtyard, with parasols and the odd tropical pot plant if you need to escape the sun. Should the Zetland itself be too busy, walk five minutes round the corner to the Rising Sun, an attractive weatherboarded watering hole built in 1692 at the foot of the hill climbing up into the village. Its more trad pub garden has covered outdoor seating, a lawn and lots of tables. Both pubs serve Kentish-brewed beers and decent enough seaside pub grub, with plenty of fish options.