The Bull at Benenden
“Village pub known for its pies and much more” - AA Inspector
When Princess Anne attended the famous girls' school in this quintessential Wealden village, the 17th-century Bull was no doubt strictly out of bounds. So, while she would undoubtedly have noticed its huge chimney and chinoiserie windows, she would not have been able to admire the bar's enormous inglenook fireplace, nooks and crannies and antique furniture. Nothing has changed, except perhaps the then concept of a guest ale to accompany today's brews from Larkins of Kent, Harvey's of Sussex, Biddenden-brewed cider and Kentish white wines. Sandwiches and ploughman's head the traditional pub-grub menu, on which you'll also find the Bull's much-admired home-made pies, suet puddings and burgers; scallops and mushrooms in white wine cream; and beer-battered haddock.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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