World War II pilots once relaxed at this 14th-century coaching inn – stamps on the restaurant ceiling mark downed German planes. These days, guest ales from microbreweries such as Old Dairy are supported by a vast wine list offering 23 by the glass. A smoker (imported from Texas) and Big Green Egg BBQ are the workhorses of the kitchen and the bar menu offers the likes of Korean fried chicken wings and smoked pork ribs. From the main menu, a starter of chicken liver parfait, spiced pear pickle and saffron fruit bread, might precede bream fillet, borlotti bean paprika cream, black pudding and cavolo nero. Finish with raspberry sherry trifle and lemongrass custard.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £12
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
- Micro Brewery Ale
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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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