The Kentish Hare
“Family-friendly pub with top notch food”
The smart building, saved from demolition a few years ago, is distinctive – grey walls, a hare motif and white weatherboarding on the outside lead to a stylish modern interior. In the bar, you’ll find house-brewed real ale The Kentish Hare alongside Harvey's Sussex, and Jake’s Orchard cider; plus an excellent choice of wines by the glass. From the bar menu, devilled whitebait could precede Speldhurst sausages, mash and gravy. A la carte choices start with ‘little dishes’ such as whipped goats’ cheese with beetroot, linseed and pickled shallots, followed by the ‘main event’ dishes of sage gnocchi with butternut squash, parmesan and pickled wild mushrooms; and natural smoked haddock risotto.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £15
- Closed: false
- 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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