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From Michelin-starred restaurants to perfect pub lunches and tip-top afternoon teas, Ashford and Tenterden deliver the real meal deal.

Excellent eateries abound.  These are just some of the most talked about places; let us know your favourites, so we can share them with others.

Foodies flock to The West House in Biddenden, where Graham Garrett serves up the cuisine that's won him a Michelin star.  Expect prime Kentish ingredients to be transformed into complex dishes bursting with flavour.

At the Swan at Chapel Down Winery irresistible meals are created with produce that comes from within 25 mile, with first-rate meats, veg, fish, cheese and fruits to the fore.  The Secret Garden has added a shabby-chic Glass House to its atmospheric eating venues, ideal spots to sample local produce=packed lunches, dinners and afternoon teas.  There's formal French and English dining on offer at prestigious Eastwell Manor where both dishes and surroundings are utterly elegant.

Dinner at Elvey Farm sees you eating amid the beautiful beams of a 16th century barn; more fine Kent produce fills the menu, enjoy it to the full by staying in their boutique guesthouse. 

Ashford, Tenterden and the surrounding villages are stacked with cosy inns, where warming fires and weathered woodwork set the scene for everything from tasty, great-value bar foods to on-trend, gastropub fare.  

Then there's Afternoon Tea.  The wealth of tempting spots in which to sup range from quaint village tea shops, via Kent's famous oast houses, to country house piles.  Highlights include Biddenden's beam-packed Bakehouse ; the quintessentially English Miss Molletts Tea Room; engaging Tea at the Oast; pretty Shelly's Tea Rooms at Chilham; and art-themed Bloomsburys, which even offers glamping on the side.

And for an eating experience that's both quality and quirky, book a table on the Wealden Pullman; the authentic 1920s dining car of the Kent & East Sussex Railway, where uniformed attendants dish up classy meals.


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