LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK

When it comes to food and drink, Kent knows what's good. Here we'll give you some ideas of the best places to visit both in Cranbrook, and surrounding areas in Kent for those of you who intend to explore the area. 

 

Cafes

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Arthur's

Cranbrook - 11-13 Stone Street, TN17 3HF

Dog friendly dining is M.O. for this coffee joint, which is well loved by Cranbrook folk for their sound menu. Savoury or sweet, you can't order wrong but you will want to go back for more!

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The Wendy House

Cranbrook - 27 Stone Street, TN17 3HF

Here you will find the perfect spot for brunch. Not a morning person, but keeping it real with off-peak meals? Join them for afternoon tea! With a counter full of sweet treats and irresistible milkshakes, your diet can wait 'til Monday.

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Food For Thought

Cranbrook - 2-3 Imber Court High Street, TN17 3DF

Don't miss this little cafe, tucked away but still on the high street, Food For Thought stands out with their Fair trade coffees and teas. Like most eateries in Kent, Food For Thought are proud to use fresh, locally sourced ingredients on their menu. If the weather permits, you can sit outside in their secluded garden.

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Gulliver's Play Cafe

Cranbrook - 23 Stone Street, TN17 3HF

If you're visiting with young children and want to grab a bite to eat somewhere that your kids are free to play while you relax - Gulliver's Play Cafe have you covered. They serve fresh food for kids AND grown-ups so no need to worry that there will be something on the menu for the little ones. Check out the upcoming events on their website to see if your stay coincides!

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Hartley Coffee House

Cranbrook - Hartley Dyke Farm, Hartley Road, TN17 3QG

A short walk to the top of the lane and you will find Harley Coffee House, an airy cafe with outside seating that looks over the orchards. Be sure to visit the fishmongers while you're there for top quality catches.

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Hawkhurst Fish Farm - Waterside Cafe

Hawkhurst - Hastings Road, TN18 4RT

Relax and enjoy your day at Hawkhurst fish farm, whether you're a keen fisher yourself, or just happy watching, the fish farm is a great day out! Take your family to the Waterside Cafe and watch the shimmering water whilst enjoying something to snack on. 

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Frankies Farmshop

Staplehurst - Staplehurst Nurseries, Clapper Lane, TN12 0JT

If you fancy visiting Staplhurst Nurseries then stop by Frankies Farmshop. Offering light bites, and brunch options on the healthier side, enjoy Frankie's selection in this lovely open space.

 

Pubs and Bars

The George Hotel

Cranbrook - Stone Street, TN17 3HE

A huge favourite with the locals, The George Hotel always has a buzzing atmosphere. Taste their delicious menu, or stop by for a few drinks. The George has been open since 1300 and has hosted King Edward I as well as Queen Elizabeth I in 1573, why don't you see what the fuss is all about? Oh, and dogs are welcome too, what more could you ask for?

Tel: 01580 713348

White Horse

Cranbrook - Carriers Road, TN17 3EX

If The George isn't your kind of gaff, try out the White Horse, conveniently just a stones throw away. Check out their Facebook page to see if they have any upcoming live music nights.

Tel: 01580 720727

The Milk House

Sissinghurst - The Street, TN17 2JG

Another favourite of the locals, this buzzing pub is dog friendly and has a lovely large outside space with a play area for children. Visit the bar after dining in their restaurant - visit their website for menu hours. Don't  miss out on their amazing wood-fired homemade pizzas!

Tel: 01580 720200

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Larkins' Alehouse

Cranbrook - 7 High Street, TN17 3EB

An award winning micropub run by a local family serving mainly local ales, ciders, wines and spirits. It may be small, but this place has huge character and a buzzing atmosphere. Dare to try something different from their ever-changing board of local brews. 

Tel: 07917 252585 / 07786 707476

The Goudhurst Inn

Goudhurst - Cranbrook Road, TN17 1DX

1 minute down the road from The Peacock, The Goudhurst Inn is a sophisticated bar an restaurant with food as stylish as their decor. This family-friendly bar is spacious inside as well as on their outside terrace - a perfect setting to sample the wine from their award-winning vineyard and winery, Hush Heath Estate.

Tel: 01580 211451

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The Three Chimneys

Hareplane Road,Biddenden TN27 8LW

The Three Chimneys at Biddenden is a beautiful old building, surrounded by exceptional scenery and steeped in local history. Once you step through the front door, dark oak beams, aged hops and a roaring fire in the winter great you, creating an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation. We typify everything you would expect from a traditional Kentish pub and much more.'

Tel: 01580 291 472

The Bull 

Benenden - The Street, TN17 4DE

This comforting haven sits in the village of Bendenden, in between the village green and the village hall. The jolly atmosphere is complimented by friendly service and cosy surroundings. Take a look at their menu and find all the classics plus more! Don't leave the dogs out, they're invited too!

Tel: 01580 240054

The Queens Inn

Hawkhurst - Rye Road, TN18 4EY

Established in 1561, this old pub has been given a modern makeover, making it a stylish, yet cosy setting for a few drinks. Alternatively, sit in and taste their wonderful menu. Either way, you'll receive service with a smile and a feeling of satisfaction when you leave. Because it's Kent, this is another dog friendly pub for you.

Tel: 01580 754233

The White Lion

Tenterden - 57 High Street, TN30 6BD

Amongst many chain restaurants and competing pubs in Tenterden, The White Lion stands out. The outside seating area and inside bar are always buslting, yet the dining area remains calm and relaxing. We definitely reccommend you try out The White Lion in Tenterden, and you can experience the excellent service yourself.

Tel: 01580 765077

 

Restaurants

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The Hive

Cranbrook - 19 Stone Street, TN17 3HF

Eat, Drink & Socialise

A central location and free parking throughout Cranbrook means that everyone can make the most of the social space that The Hive offers.

From casual lunches in the Buzz Lounge to social events and parties, 

Tel: 01580 715772

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The Poet

Matfield - Maidstone Road, TN12 7JH

The Poet offers an informal yet refined dining experience in the heart of the Kent countryside. Set in a charismatic 16th century building, diners can expect food of the highest standards, made using the finest local and seasonal produce and lovingly prepared by a small team of chefs led by co-owner Petrus Madutlela.

Tel: 01892 722416

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Mumtaz Mahal

Cranbrook - 3 High Street, TN17 3EB

The Tandoori take away every town needs.  Usefully located in between the pubs and micro-pub in Cranbrook, you don't have far to walk if you' want a pint whilst you wait for your order to be prepared.

Tel:01580 712068

To book, text: 07510172072

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The Great House

Hawkhurst - Gills Green, TN18 5EJ

This 16th century pub, historically known as smugglers den, has a wide range of stock in the bar, as well as a cosy dining area. As a venue of Elite Pubs, The Great House celebrate locally sourced food, quality wines, imaginative cocktails and good times.

Tel: 01580 753119