The Chaser Inn, Shipbourne

One of the best things about living in my beloved Kent is the sheer amount of beautiful walks you can go on – up hills, through fields, along the coast, into woods and the list goes on. One of the other things is the amount of good pubs that accompany said walks and most of these pubs can be found to sell some pretty good food.

Circular walks are always the way to go in my book – I like knowing I’m going to end up right back where I started. There’s a great 4 mile circular walk in Shipbourne that takes you through some of Kent’s most lovely countryside and via Ightham Mote which is a great National Trust house. It also starts and ends with The Chaser Inn a fairly decent pub and the original property in the Whiting & Hammond pub chain. Continue reading “The Chaser Inn, Shipbourne”

The Castle Hotel, Eynsford

I first came across The Castle Hotel in Eynsford after a very good friend of mine mentioned that she had an amazing meal there and had noticed an incredible selection of cheeseboards on offer. Mention cheese to me and I am there.

But it’s not just cheese that The Castle do well at, as we found out when five of us went on what must have been a very busy Mothering Sunday (I managed to get the very last table of the day when I rang up way in advance). As you walk through the door you are greeted with wafts of the most incredible smells, making you instantly excited to eat and most importantly you are welcomed with lots of smiles and warm hellos from a really great team of staff. Continue reading “The Castle Hotel, Eynsford”

Kentish Hare, Bidborough

Sunday Roast. I’m British and yet the thought of a roast dinner fills me with something akin to dread. I married a man who feels exactly the same as me, which is good as when Sunday rolls around I never feel the weight of any expectation to spend hours in a kitchen slogging over creating non-lumpy gravy and praying that my Yorkshires have risen. There is just something about them; I don’t like having a huge amount of food on my plate, I don’t like the overcooked vegetables and stodge.

Anyway this blog is not here for me to wail about what I don’t like. What my OH and I have had to accept is that our families love Sunday Roast dinners, and we love them, so compromise has to be found. Therefore, many moons ago, I asked on my social media accounts where people felt the best place for Sunday Lunch in Kent was. I got many (I mean I say many but this blog is quite new and I have to accept that my posts don’t get quite as much traction as I would hope) anyway I got a few responses and one of them was The Kentish Hare. I had a look online and liked the look of the menu and it was nice and close to where my Papa and sister live and thus a booking was made.

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