FOOD & DRINK

Kent has some of the best produce in the country and this is reflected by all the great places to eat in the area!  Whether you're looking for a cosy pub, a light bite or fine dining, there's something for everyone. 

While the village centre is only a short walk, there is a bus stop right outside the house which takes you into Hawkhurst in just a few minutes. A list of local taxi firms can also be found here.

HAWKHURST - DINING

The Queen’s Inn - closest to the B&B, serving small plates and main meals

The Great House* - a modern take on the country pub with a varied menu and wood-fired pizza

The Eight Bells* - locally-sourced seasonal food in "The Moor" area of Hawkhurst

The Prince of Kent - Indian restaurant with dining and takeaway next to the Royal Oak

The Royal Oak - large pub at the village crossroads with popular carvery nights

*our favourites

FURTHER AFIELD - recommended places to eat

The Bull, Benenden - a cosy, traditional pub right on the edge of the village green

The Castle Inn, Bodiam - welcoming, traditional pub with a varied menu

The Curlew, Bodiam - sister restaurant to The Smallholding, offering shared plates

Galapagos Restaurant, Wadhurst - Latin American dining and steaks in an old coaching inn

Hoof, Rye - upscale burger restaurant using locally farmed beef and potatoes from Romney Marsh

Landgate Bistro, Rye - modern bistro using locally sourced ingredients

Montalbano, Tenterden - homemade, regional Italian dishes at this family-run restaurant

The Smallholding, Kilndown - creative seasonal food with an emphasis on farm to table cuisine

The Swan Wine Kitchen, Tenterden - restaurant above the Chapel Down winery

The West House, Biddenden - Michelin-starred restaurant, classic dishes with a modern twist

The White Dog Inn, Ewhurst - family-run country pub with a large beer garden and views

The Wild Mushroom, Westfield - modern Sussex cuisine in a converted farmhouse

WINE TASTING

Kent is at the forefront of the UK wine industry with its favourable climate and "terroir" and there are a number of unique wineries, each offering tours and tastings within a short distance. If you'd like to visit more than one, we'd recommend looking at Wine Tours or Kent and Vine and Country Tours.

 

The closest vineyards to the B&B:

Oastbrook - our nearest producer, offering still and sparkling wine (tours only)

Sedlescombe - organic wine producer offering wine sales, tastings and tours 

Biddenden - Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard with a large shop as well as tastings and tours

Oxney - largest single organic estate in the UK (shop open all week, tours Saturday only)

Tillingham - experimental sparkling and still wines based on organic and biodynamic principles

Chapel Down - Kent's most well-known English winemaker with very popular tours

Hush Heath - tastings, tours and platters in an impressive California-style winery

Carr-Taylor - guided and self-guided tours at one of Kent's longest-running wineries

Gusbourne - award-winning sparkling wine served in a sleek visitor centre