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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