The Plough Inn

“A lovely spot to enjoy award-winning food and stylish accommodation” - AA Inspector



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Tucked away in a truly tranquil setting on top of the Kent Downs, The Plough specialises in exceptional food and boutique accommodation. This medieval inn is a special place where travellers, diners and drinkers alike can expect a genuinely warm welcome. A separate accommodation wing – newly built in Kentish barn style – guarantees peace and quiet. Six unique mezzanine suites enjoy individual entrances, giving guests direct access to a private garden and the Downs. There’s high standards of comfort, cleanliness and attention to detail, and also simple but genuine pleasures: comfortable rooms with a choice of pillows, Tassimo coffee machines, high pressure walk-in showers, double-ended baths – and cooked breakfasts delivered to your door. Rooms can be set up for couples or families and dogs are welcome. Enjoy personal service that goes the extra mile to make guests happy.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

4 Gold Star Award: Premier Collection
2-Rosette restaurant
The Plough Inn


  • Private facilities annexe: 6
  • Rooms 6
  • Family bedrooms: 5
  • Bedrooms ground: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Free TV
  • Wifi
  • Open parking
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Dinner Served

About the area

Discover Kent

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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