One Inn The Wood is owned and run by Barry and Sarah Bridge. The premises was previously used as a wine bar. The location is perfect, on a parade of shops next to Petts Wood station right in the middle of leafy suburbia and, one suspects, no similar establishments around. We arrived at around 2pm to find the place packed with friendly and chatty regulars, many waxing lyrical about how the place had brought a sense of community back into their lives and has something that is lacking in most modern “big business” pubs.
I’ve been astonished to hear recently of various aspiring micropubs around the country having had their change-of-use applications rejected by their local authorities. Those planners clearly do not understand what a micropub is. And, surely, part of their job is to understand such things! If they spent some time visiting existing micropubs, like One Inn The Wood, then perhaps they would understand the extent to which micropubs enhance the local area.
There is a choice of 4 or 5 ales. There is a small brick built bar counter , but the ales are poured straight from the cask in a temperature controlled cellar room that is visible through a window. I tried a pint of Plateau by Burning Sky brewery, which was light and hoppy and just what I needed for the long hot ride ahead.
A quite substantial choice of bar snacks is on offer: pork pies, sausage rolls, cheese board…etc.
The decor is simple and pleasant: wood floors, typical high level micropub style seating down one side of the room and more conventional low-level pub style tables and chairs down the other side. There’s even a few tables outdoors at the front, cafe style. Something for everyone. The left hand wall is taken over by a woodland mural. And I could tell we were getting closer to Kent because the bar was decorated with dried hops.
All in all, One Inn The Wood is the perfect community local. Every town should have one.