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 Kent 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 has 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.
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Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
If you love nostalgia and all that is authentically British, the charming white-weather boarded Old Mill is for you.
Customer care and attention to detail take priority at this proper country pub.
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.
This 400-year-old coaching inn, set right next to the largest village green in Europe, is owned by the village and used by the village, although its reputation for good food and drink spreads way...
In a super setting in the delightful village of Meopham, step inside this pretty whitewashed building to find a vibrant ambience and three open log fires to warm you on a winter’s day.
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.