The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone - a Tudor village dining experience

Sitting in the heart of this well-preserved Tudor village, The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone dates back to the 15th century.

In spring 2019, it was bought by the owners of the renowned Botley Hill Farmhouse at Titsey near Oxted. The new owners have already breathed fresh life into the old inn, establishing a tasty menu with daily-changing specials, developing a really friendly team and installing eye-catching flowers in baskets and tubs outside. 

Those in the know visit on a Thursday for Local’s Night, when you can have your taste buds tickled by a fabulously priced meal and catch up with friends old and new. And, as they say at the Castle Inn: “It doesn’t matter where you live – as long as you’re at The Castle on a Thursday between 6 and 9 pm, you’re a local to us.”

Sounds tempting? Just visit to sample for yourselves!

Motoring towards . . . Edenbridge Motor Show

We’re motoring through summer towards Edenbridge Motor Show and Music Festival on Sunday 8th September, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm at Gabriel’s Showground, Mill Hill, Edenbridge TN8 5PL.

This is THE event for car and bike enthusiasts, but there’s something for the whole family including music by The Noel McCalla/Derek Nash Band, a host of side stalls, stands and children’s activities plus numerous food and beverage outlets to sustain you throughout the day.

Now in its 6th successful year, the show is proudly presented by Edenbridge Chamber of Commerce supported by sponsors, Gaywood Farm Storage and Small Workshops; Wolfe Westerham Garage, Airborn International Ltd and Oxted Classic Cars.

Admission £5 with children under 14 FREE if accompanied by an adult.

Music at the Mount

Book now for Music at the Mount Vineyard, in Shoreham. Friday April 26, is the date for an evening of wine, food and music, all to put you into a relaxed mood at the start of a Spring weekend. Tickets cost £30/pp and include a glass of welcome bubbles, a cheese and charcuterie platter to share between two, stone-baked pizza slices and music from Jay Scott and The Find.

To book a table at 7.00 pm or 7.30 pm, please call, email or visit our website

T: 01959 524008, option 2 or E:

SDAF Owners Dine Out

Chiddingstone's The Castle Inn and The Wheatsheaf at Bough Beech hosted some very special visitors recently!  This is what the pubs wrote afterwards:

We have lots of  tourists popping  in to refuel after a day out exploring our stunning countryside or soaking up the local history.

Some of them have been signposted to us by one of the many B&Bs in the area. So, we thought it was high time we said thank you and invite the B&B owners in for dinner. 

They were all members of the Sevenoaks District Accommodation Forum and thanks to its chairman Penny Cracknell, we had a lively group of owners join us for a fun evening, hosted by our very own proprietor, Jo Naismith. 

“Nobody has ever invited us before as a collective so this was a first,” Penny told us. “It was a really super evening. The hospitality was brilliant, the staff were enormously enthusiastic and we enjoyed lovely food.”

New and long-standing members of the SDAF met for the first time and within minutes they were swopping ideas and sharing anecdotes.  Members are all the proud owners of one, two or three bedroom B&Bs or self-catering accommodation within the Sevenoaks area - from contemporary chic to historic, four-poster 16th century homes.

Among the party were Drew and Debra Farish, owners of The Barn at Hildenborough, who told us that they had their very first date here at The Castle Inn.

The evening was a two-venue affair – dinner was at our pub then the party moved to our sister pub, The Wheatsheaf, for dessert and coffee.

“It was a lovely idea to split the dinner, as we didn’t realise how close the two pubs were,” added Penny. “As B&B owners, we often recommend The Castle and The Wheatsheaf to our guests as lovely places to go for food, but now we can say that with complete confidence.”

SDAF would like to thank both The Castle Inn and The Wheatsheaf at Bough Beech for their hospitality.  We are always keen to promote Kent produce and Kent businesses by encouraging our guests to visit and enjoy the many delights on offer throughout the Sevenoaks district.  There is so much to enjoy, that one visit simply isn't enough to sample everything on offer!

Congratulations to SDAF member, The Bull at Wrotham

Warmest congratulations to SDAF member, The Bull Hotel at Wrotham, Kent for their entry in the 2018 Michelin Pubs to Eat in Guide.

The Bull offers accommodation, and a restaurant with a creative menu and a rolling programme of entertainment.

Well done to this innovative local hotel, and a Sevenoaks District Accommodation Forum member too.  We bask in reflected glory!

Autumn Extravaganza at Great Comp Garden

It's almost here, the great Autumn Extravaganza at Great Comp Garden at Platt, near Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday and Sunday, 14 and 15 October, 11am - 5 pm, are the dates for this Autumn highlight.  Crafts, plants, artisan food - it's all there for you.  So whether you're seeking early Christmas shopping, Autumn green-fingered inspiration or just the joy of seeing the glories of Autumn at Great Comp, this is the weekend for you.

Normal admission fees apply with 20% day entry discount for RHS members.


Celebrating Ightham at Ightham Mote on July 15

All lovers of Kent artisans, should head for the Celebrating Ightham Fair at Ightham Mote on Saturday 15 July, 10 am - 5 pm, with FREE entry.

Join us for a host of artisan craft stalls, Kent produce, food and zany entertainment.  Be it jewellery, pottery, that ever intriguing bric a brac hunt, Kent cobnut oil, well-being products, individual home accessories or just simply the fun of browsing for the unexpected, you'll find it at Ightham Mote on 15 July.

Add in zany entertainment, music, food, mouthwatering WI home-baked cakes and the glories of Ightham Mote, then this makes Celebrating Ightham an event not to be missed.

Saturday 15 July, 10 am - 5 pm, Free entry to the Mote and to the Fair.

A happy visitor to Westerham Brewery

Eyewitness account from a happy visitor to Westerham Brewery...........Saturday, early June, late afternoon sunshine and the diary empty of other commitments.......what better place than to head over to Westerham Brewery by Westerham Valley Farm? Plenty of car parking space, outside tables (re-think your plans if it’s raining!), lots of people of all ages milling around, eating excellent home made burgers from the food truck and washing it down with local beers, delicious wines that haven’t travelled for miles (although there is an excellent choice of wines from all over the world too) or if you’re into the serious stuff, locally produced gins. We went hoping for a good early evening out but came away with a feeling that far exceeded our expectations.

This place will become a destination very soon I’m sure. Discover it now before everybody else does!