The Windmill, found in the beautiful village of Hollingbourne, is one of chef Richard Phillips’ collection of pubs and restaurants. Full of distinctive character and very much part of the local community, it’s the ideal place for a relaxing lunch, a quiet drink (Doom Bar, Hoppin’ Robin or Flintlock Pale Ale are the real ales on offer) or a more formal dinner. On the menu might be salt and pepper squid with soy ponzu sauce to nibble on while you choose perhaps pan-fried scallops, cauliflower purée, beignets, coriander and pickled cauliflower, followed by roast breast of Gressingham duck with sweet chilli lentils and potato rösti.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £15
- Open all year
- Wide selection of ciders
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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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