The West House Restaurant with Rooms
“Historic weaver’s cottage is the setting for great contemporary cooking” - AA Inspector
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This charming, tile-hung, 16th-century weaver’s cottage in the picture-perfect village of Biddenden, The West House has all the twisty beams and interesting nooks and crannies you could possibly wish for. This is a family business, with husband and wife team Graham and Jackie Garrett running the kitchen and front-of-house respectively. There’s a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the dining room, with fresh flowers on the unclothed tables and fantastically seasonal dishes on the menu. Graham is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate of using the best possible produce in the most interesting ways, with an emphasis on simplicity and depth of flavour. A beautiful piece of main-course turbot is set on smoothly rich and creamy potato purée with crunchy pickled cucumber running through, along with light horseradish sauce that adds further complexity. Finish with mango cheesecake, accompanied by a divine mango sorbet and a refined and punchy mango salsa with a gentle kick of chilli.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 32
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 28
- Wines over £30: 54
- Wines by the glass: 22
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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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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