The Blazing Donkey dates back to 1763, and over the years it's had many incarnations. In 1988…
Blazing Donkey Country Hotel
“Fine Kent farmhouse hotel with a seasonal menu” - AA Inspector
A converted farmhouse that dates back in part to 1763, the Blazing Donkey Country Hotel’s restaurant has all the features of a country dining room; high ceiling, beams and low windows. Some contemporary touches have been added but nothing that threatens the place’s character. The kitchen puts out a fine seasonal menu using only the best of Kent produce.
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- Open all year
- Cuisine style: British
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About the area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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