The Great House
“Family-friendly free house in the heart of the Kentish Weald” - AA Inspector
Tucked away along a lane in a tranquil hamlet is this eye-catching Kentish weatherboard inn. Over 400 years old, it displays equally appealing character in the range of rooms that cater well both for drinkers – beers from the ever-reliable Harvey's Brewery are stocked – and diners. With beams and trusses; open fires and stone floors; country furniture and very eclectic decor, there's a relaxed atmosphere here. This spreads informally through the three dining areas; whilst an orangery and secluded terrace suggest undertones of the Mediterranean linking to the peaceful beer garden. The menus combine classic English dishes with a dash of French brasserie-style cooking. Offering starters like wood pigeon and figs; mains run to Kentish wild boar burger with fried duck egg, streaky bacon, apple relish and chips; or beer-battered fish and chips. Accompanying a meal can be Kentish cider and wines, and the pub hosts a beer festival every year.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £1
- 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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