HISTORY OF FIGHTING COCKS HORTON KIRBY

The building of The Fighting Cocks in The Street, Horton Kirby, is said to have originated in 1776 as a farmhouse, subsequently being converted into an alehouse in 1818. The landlord at the time used to arrange cockfights, hence the name.

The landlord was incidentally fined on three seperate occasions for keeping a gaming house. In those days, cock fighting was OK, but wagering on the result was illegal!. A cockpit existed at the inn until the middle of the 19th century.

During the later part of the century, John Lewis was the innkeeper and was known locally for his benevolance. He was said to throw hot money and raisins to the village children in cold weather. He also happened to have been convicted in June 1890 for selling adulterated whisky and was fined 11s 6d.

Apart from the village's other pub, The Bull on Lombard Street, there are still two other buildings in existence in Horton Kirby that used to be public houses - The Royal Oak and The Churchgate next to the church. There may well be others in the parish.
The large number of public houses at one time in Horton Kirby arose from the area's connections with the smuggling trade. Horton Kirby used to be a staging post on the route of smuggled goods, particularly rum, being transported from Gravesend to South London.
The Fighting Cocks latest owners, Chris and Vanessa Maskery with partner Steve Prebble, took over the business in July 2008 and have since turned it into a multi-award winning drinking and dining venue, with a great atmosphere, copious facilities and many events throughout the year. Our new conservatory restaurant, traditional pub, and vast beer garden surrounded by nature make the Fighting Cocks a favourite amongst regulars, locals and new comers alike, plus our ample catering spaces and picturesque setting make our venue perfect for parties, events and weddings. But don't just take our work for it, have a read of our customer feedback and awards pages.

Christmas Party Night
My colleagues and I had a fantastic evening last night. The menu was varied with plenty of choice. Most of my group chose Turkey and it was beautifully cooked, tasty and came with a good selection of vegetables. I chose Mrs. Manning's pie which was delicious.
The disco was the only thing I personally was not too keen on because it was too club like with not enough other genres mixed in until the last 15 minutes - but then I am probably too old for club stuff! Everyone seemed to be having a good time and the staff were brilliant and couldn't do enough for us. I would thoroughly recommend this pub in. a general way too as the food is always good and has a lovely garden suitable for families especially in the summer. 5 Stars

Trip AdvisorNo1 rated restaurant in the Dartford area
Great British Pub Awards4 time winner at The Great British Pub Awards & voted one of the top 6 pub gardens in the UK at The Great British Pub awards 2017
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The Fighting Cocks Pub & Riverside Restaurant

The Street
Horton Kirby
Dartford
Kent
DA4 9BY

01322 862299

In order to maintain a pleasant enviroment for all of our patrons during the summer months we ask that you respect our dress code; we do not allow Gentleman in sleeveless or vest tops in our pub or garden. Thank you.

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