At Dover soaring cliffs of dazzling white chalk mark the end of the North Downs, inland the massive towers of Canterbury Cathedral soar high above the town,while at the water’s edge England’s Napoleonic defenses crumble.
Kent may boast 12 blue flag beaches, exciting animal parks, enchanting castles and a maritime history that has shaped its illustrious past, but among the small towns and villages is a less obvious feature - charming rural pubs offering great refreshment and accommodation. Pubs like the White Hart in Newenden are the ideal antidote after a busy day out.
These green rolling hills, wooded valleys and far reaching open landscapes are perfect for exploring on foot, bike or horseback. Along the way are many pubs where you can sample first hand one of Kent’s most famous assets, local wine. The Five Bells at East Brabourne and the Black Pig at Hawkhurst, have both gained much praise for their wines from local award-winning vineyards.
Local is also the keyword when it comes to produce and beer. At The Beacon in Tunbridge Wells they grow a high proportion of their own fruit, vegetables and herbs. The Bull in Benenden was the first pub in Kent to sell 'Curious Brew', brewed at the award-winning winery Chapel Down Vineyard.
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Standing at the heart of one of the Test Valley’s prettiest villages near the River Anton, a tributary of the Test, The Royal Oak prides itself on a high standard of food and drink.
The first thing to admire about the Chaser is the setting on the edge of the common beside a pretty church, making the pub a good place from which to start or finish a country rambler.
A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.
Deep in the heart of the countryside with amazing views across the Wield, this light and spacious village pub evokes all that a traditional British pub should be!
The Griffin is a proper local pub with a truly authentic feel that is matched by few other establishments. Family run with great passion, a devoted crowd flock to the well-stocked bar for real ales...
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
Beacon by name, beacon by nature, this fantastic local pub just outside the spa town of Tunbridge Wells is a shining light amongst Kent’s country pubs.
Standing in the chocolate-box village of Chilham, who could resist this large 600-year-old country inn complete with exposed oak beams and inglenook fireplaces that offer a glimpse into yesteryear?