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!

Hop along to Easter Excitements in Sevenoaks

It’s all “hopping” and happening in Sevenoaks this Easter holiday season! Take the family out for an egg-citing trail or hunt to catch those elusive bunnies or carrots. Or for a change, hunt for mythical sea beasts in the gardens at Penshurst. Every location has a tempting cafe, so if you just want to watch the rest of the family at work, you’ve the perfect excuse to relax and enjoy your latte and home-made bake.

The list of choices is long, so why not enjoy more than one Easter outing?

Great Comp Garden, Platt, near Sevenoaks

Easter Egg Hunt: Friday 19 - Monday 22 April

Hunt for bunnies in this delightful 7 acre garden.

Hever Castle, Hever

Easter Family fun: 6 - 22 April

Find the golden carrot for a chance to win a golden hamper! Search for the hidden bunnies and enjoy the daily Easter Bonnet making craft activity.

Lullingstone World Garden, Eynsford

Easter family trail and quiz: Easter weekend, 20 - 22 April

Scour the World Garden for clues!

Penshurst Place, Penshurst

What Lurks beneath the Inky Sea: 6 - 22 April

Find mythical sea beasts in the gardens; make a sea beast in the craft workshops in the Old Coach House and enjoy story telling on 21 April.

Riverhill Himalayan Garden, Sevenoaks

Easter Bunny Hunt: 17 - 22 April

Hunt the bunnies in this glorious rhododendron garden!

Please check individual websites for opening hours and prices.

Spring Fling Garden Fair at Great Comp

You know Spring has arrived when the Spring Fling Garden Fair at Great Comp Garden, in Platt, near Sevenoaks, is imminent!  Sunday 9th April, 11 am - 5 pm, is the date for this annual feast of plant and craft stalls.  What's more, you can glory in Great Comp garden's spring blooms and feel refreshed by the home-baked goodies in the Tea Room.

Good whole food!

A treat awaits at Birch's, the newly opened cafe on Seal High Street, on the A25 between Sevenoaks and Borough Green.  This bijoux eaterie serves exactly what it says - good whole food but with health and style being synonymous . . . and mouth-wateringly delicious!  Home-baked, locally sourced produce - definitely a find. Open Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 3 pm; week-ends 9.00 am - 1 pm and closed on Wednesdays.  A tip - street parking or in the nearby recreation ground car park.