Tucked away in the Garden of England, Boughton-under-Blean is off the tourist trail yet perfectly situated for exploring the Weald, Whitstable, Seasalter and the Kentish coast as well as nearby Canterbury. It has two excellent village pubs that both serve food within walking distance as well as a local shop and church and an array of great walks right from our doorstep.
What to see
Home of the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale has lots of events going on all year round. From daily orchard tours to cider festivals, it’s well worth a visit.
Famed for its antiques, the market town of Faversham is a delightful place to while away an afternoon, hunting for hidden treasures. There is also an antiques and vintage market on the 1st Sunday of every month.
Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours
Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer, dating back to 1698 and possibly earlier. To try some local ales and learn more about the country’s oldest beer, why not take one of their excellent tours?
The beautiful country estate is a stone’s throw (or an orchard lined walk) from our front door. Owned by the Dawes family for over 300 years, the Edwardian gardens, stunning views of the Kent countryside and charming tearoom are well worth a wander.
Whitstable and Canterbury
Whether you’re after boutique seaside strolling or shopping amongst historic buildings, for quintessential English charm, both the wonderful seaside town of Whitstable and the magnificent city of Canterbury have something to offer.
Macknade Fine Foods:
An unforgettable experience that will plunge your taste buds first into a world of fine, local, organic and unusual delights.
Best of Faversham Market:
Locally produced arts, crafts and gourmet food on the 1st Saturday of every month.
Where to eat
The Sportsman has held its Michelin star since 2008 for consistently serving good food in relaxed and informal surroundings. The tasting menu is to die for and if the weather is nice, you can sneak a glass of Pol Roger up to the sand dunes to watch the sunset. Advance bookings essential.
Wheelers Oyster Bar
Wheelers is the oldest restaurant in Whitstable and has a reputation to match. If seafood is your thing, this is the place for you. It’s BYO too. Booking essential.
The Three Mariners
On the outskirts of the small village of Oare, this Grade II listed pub dates back to 18th century and serves fine food and ale. Log fires, sunny terraces and a view out to sea make it a great place to dine.
East Coast Dining Room
For chic dining and elegant service, the East Coast Dining Room is a great place to enjoy seasonal produce on British and Mediterranean flavours.
Situated down the wonderfully named Plumpudding Lane, The Dove is a small country pub and Ben has earned a reputation for dishing up some of the best plates of fine food (make sure to try the local fillet steak). Chris and Dee are fabulous hosts and the outside bar is worth a visit alone. Booking advised.
This elegant Georgian house is the perfect setting for Michelin starred chef David Pitchford’s cooking. Vegetables come from the walled garden and local game and fish from Whitstable and Hythe. Booking advised.
The best meze outside of the Mediterranean, Jojo’s is laid back, intimate and packed to the brim with great food and atmosphere. Booking advised.
Things to do
Walks and picnics
There are plenty of lovely spots we can recommend for you to enjoy more of Vickie’s cooking. We provide gourmet, meat based picnics from £20 per person or seafood and shellfish from £25 per person.
Take your pick of the many Faversham food trails. You have the choice of coastal, orchards, woods, creeks and nature reserves.
With the wild food days in Kent known as some of the best in the country, The Wild Kitchen offer the most delicious introductions to foraging.