The unusually named Who'd A Thought It is located in the quiet village of Grafty Green,…
Creeper-clad stone gables and arched windows mark out this imposing building as something special. There’s a touch of Victorian Gothic about this eye-catching pub, built originally as a hunting lodge. The grandeur remains inside too, with open fires, bare boards, scrubbed old tables and a hop-bine dressed bar groaning with venerable hand pumps. The separate clubroom has comfy settees, log-burner and a baby grand just itching to be played. It’s a popular destination for seafood lovers, with ever-changing dishes filling the specials board. A starter of duck rillettes; or half a pint of shell-on prawns could be followed by grilled skate wing with caper butter; or whole crab salad. If you really want to push the boat out, and the time of year is right, ask for the fruits de mer – just give the chef 24 hours’ notice. Drinkers are rewarded with a fine cellar, plus a selection of Kentish ales and ciders.
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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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