Grasshopper on the Green
“Local brews and modern home-cooked cuisine”
Overlooking Westerham’s pretty green, the more-than-800-year-old Grasshopper takes its name from the coat of arms of local merchant Thomas Gresham, founder of London’s Royal Exchange in 1565. The bar’s low-beamed ceilings, hung with antique jugs, and its winter log fire are particularly appealing, as are Westerham brewery’s Grasshopper and British Bulldog real ales. House specials include home-made steak and ale pie and the ‘Winston Whopper’ home-made burger. Ask long-term hosts Neale and Anne Sadlier for directions to Chartwell (NT), Sir Winston Churchill’s former home.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Sports TV
- Main course from: £8.95
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
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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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