The Rose and Crown
“In Kent’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” - AA Inspector
One night in 1889, Hammond John Smith, a local farmer, was drinking in this rambling, low-beamed 16th-century inn, with two others, when an increasingly fierce argument about who could cut an acre of corn the fastest ultimately led to his murder. The reason for mentioning this is that his ghost still occasionally gets up to mischief here, which sounds like a very good reason to visit. Packed with character imparted by the inglenooks, horse brasses and corn dollies, the hop-draped bar offers Harvey's and a range of imported German beers, plus Westons cider. Descend to the restaurant for home-cooked fish pie; lamb shank; steak and kidney pudding; wild mushroom risotto; or a selection of burgers, any of which Belgian cinnamon waffles would follow perfectly. The flower-festooned garden is tailor-made for summer eating and drinking.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Main course from: £9
- Open all year
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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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