From the final resting place of Pocahontas to the former home of Charles Dickens, Gravesham has plenty of history to be proud of.
Such heritage extends to its buildings, with the likes of the Clock Tower at the top of Harmer Street and the High Street’s Old Town Hall standing up as some of the most iconic in Kent.
One of the borough’s oldest structures must be The Three Daws on the east side of Gravesend’s Town Pier Square, a Grade II building with a licence dating back to 1565.
Hundreds of years later and it is still the local of choice for plenty of people, and it could be set to welcome even more after receiving critical acclaim in a national guide to Britain’s best pubs.
The Three Daws has been listed on The Telegraph’s list of the country’s best venues for a Sunday lunch, an accolade that has left staff pinching themselves.
Owner Lester Banks said: “It was a massive surprise. We knew nothing about it at all until people started informing us on Facebook and it was really very surprising.
“It’s very pleasing and everyone really is over the moon. It’s the first time we’ve had something like this happen to us.”
Telegraph restaurant reviewer Michael Deacon would have visited the pub at some point in the last few weeks, but his true reason for being there would have been totally unbeknownst to the staff.
As such, he was treated just as any other customer would be, which is to say extremely well, and he was left impressed by the pub’s collection of “real ales with mysterious names”, including Mild Disobedience and Dartford Wobbler.
It was the food that really stood out, though, with praise for the locally sourced ingredients that make up chef Simon Pritchard’s tastiest dishes.
Singled out for special recognition were the Wet Guinea Pie — a pie of guinea fowl, gammon, and cream — and a two-course suet pudding, half served with beef stew, the other with custard.
Mr Banks continued: “We have created a nice local menu and we hope people enjoy the ambience of the place.
“I think people like the quirkiness of the place. There aren’t many pubs that are made up of a series of rooms like this.”
Each of them are adorned with naval memorabilia, in addition to old photos and stories of the town’s rich history, of which The Three Daws itself is very much a vital part.