It’s refreshing to see that Garry and his team are keen to restore the Horse and Groom to its roots as a village local. Once the generic Shepherd Neame branding had been stripped away, it was possible to see the remains of the previous, much simpler, signage. Judging by the photographs in the pub, the original lettering dated back the 1930s or possibly even a lot earlier.

And it was the original graphics that was the basis of a painstaking restoration job recently completed by local signwriter Ian Adams (signs of style) – Ian was also responsible for the excellent transformation of the Rushlake Green Village Stores frontage. We understand that Ian has also been commissioned to create a hanging sign for the Horse and Groom – something that’s been sadly missing for some time. There is even a rumour that one day the sign might return to its original location on the green.