The Plough Inn

“Downland pub with a passion for Kentish produce”



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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 unique place with a genuinely warm welcome for travellers, diners and drinkers alike. The Plough Inn is a special place with a special past and a special present. The Grade II-listed medieval Wealden Hall house is lovingly preserved in all of its authentic glory. Today, it's home to a restaurant and bar, and is set in a tranquil garden with low-key luxury-style accommodation tucked away in a newly-built Kent barn. Set high up on Kent Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a little island of peacefulness where wonderful English things have been preserved and are waiting to be rediscovered.

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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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