The Old Bank
“Make an investment at this well-respected culinary establishment” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Set on Westerham’s high street, The Old Bank generates an upmarket, clubby atmosphere. Decor is as you’d expect from an old bank; darkwood tables and floors, racing-green leather banquettes and sage green walls with framed fivers and photos. The open kitchen at the rear adds a buzz, while service is professional, relaxed and chatty.
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- Closed: 27 July to 7 August, 25 December to 12 January
- Cuisine style: Contemporary British
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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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