Editor’s Picks in Kent

(All of which are in our new Travel Guide…)

1. The Secret Garden

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six of England’s medieval queens, a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion and an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous.

2. Woolpack Inn

The Woolpack Inn is an exceptional pub in the depths of Kent offering top notch pub grub, a friendly welcome as well as five beautiful and uniquely decorated rooms. Dishes include Fish Pie, Salt Marsh Beef Steak and Boozy Banana Split.

3. The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed is a daily farmers’ market, providing the best from Kent’s ‘Garden of England’. The on-site restaurant with its open kitchen, serves distinctive dishes created from ingredients sourced from the market. Candlelit in the evening or suffused by sunlight, the restaurant is full of ambience.

4. Saltwood on the Green

Saltwood on the Green focuses on simplicity and pristine ingredients, believing that if they do the hard work up-front by carefully choosing their suppliers and ingredients and work with the seasons, the dishes will create themselves.

5. Rocksalt

On a sunny afternoon, finer views are hard to find in Folkestone than those to be had from Rocksalt. This modern restaurant overlooks the busy little harbour and specialises in the day’s catch by local fisherman wherever possible.

6. The Wife of Bath

The Wife of Bath is a highly regarded, contemporary restaurant serving Northern Spanish inspired dishes and is home to five beautiful en-suite bedrooms. A fusion of rustic and refined, the menu is innovative and utilises the best seasonal produce available, both locally and direct from Spain.

7. The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed is the latest addition from the team at Elite Pubs. This is the fifth of their ventures and a great addition to the family. The pub is unique in the choice of interior being decorated with gardening tools, urns and other agricultural based paraphernalia.

8. Windy Corner Stores

Windy Corner Stores in Whitstable is an understated café/restaurant that prides itself on selling the best of Kent’s produce. The Guardian voted it one of the top ten budget restaurants on the North Kent coast.

9. The Beaney House

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is the central museum, library and art gallery of Canterbury. Housed in a Grade II listed building, this award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of events.

10. Broadstairs

The main attraction in Broadstairs is its magnificent horseshoe beach named Viking Bay. With its cliff top promenade and family activities, the area projects the essence of old-world seaside charm, with its colourful beach huts and anchored fishing boats.

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