Well positioned in the heart of the Kentish market town of West Malling, with a pretty walled garden overlooking 15th-century stone barns. The handsome Elizabethan building offers a friendly welcome, whether stopping for refreshment in the stylish bar or eating in one its two dining area, plus a cocktail bar and a pizza shack with wood-fired oven. Local seasonal ingredients are expertly used in menus with a strong French influence. So a glass of wine may be called for – choose from 20 sold by the glass. In addition to the tapas or sharing boards typical starters are beetroot-cured sea trout. Main courses vary from pub favourites such as a selection of steaks, to celeriac, fennel and apple gratin; and Kentish venison burger. Puddings could be chocolate and orange tart; and spiced apple and pear crumble. Sandwiches are served until 6pm.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £12.50
- 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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