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The Three Chimneys
“Pretty village pub with excellent cooking”
Its original small-roomed layout and old-fashioned furnishings make this 15th-century timbered pub a classic. Further atmosphere is provided by low beams, wood-panelled walls, worn brick floors, log fires, evening candlelight and nothing electronic except the till. From the Garden Room and conservatory customers can access the secluded heated patio and huge shrub-filled garden. Bar snacks are served all day, but the kitchen is at the top of its game so a meal here should not disappoint. You could start with warm mushroom, bacon, brie and caramelised onion tart; or parcels of deep fried breadcrumbed brie with an apple and celery salad and fruity Cumberland sauce. Continue with Wilkes pork and sage sausages, mash, spring greens with port and red onion gravy. Harvey’s and Adnams ales and the heady (8.4 per cent ABV) Biddenden cider are tapped direct from the cask. The village sign depicts The Biddenden Maids, who were conjoined twins born here in 1100.
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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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