Lamberhurst is a sleepy Kent village awash with quintessential Englishlishness in the form of half-timbered buildings, an oast house and a pub whose building dates back to the 12th century.
Or, for a breath of fresh air, head a little further to the nearby seaside town of Hastings on the East Sussex Coast.
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Enjoy a meal at The Chequers Pub
The Chequers is at the centre of village life as it has been since becoming a pub in 1414, making it one of the oldest continually run pubs in England. Famous regular visitors to the Chequer’s guest house included non-other than the author Jane Austen, whose family lived in Kent.
Favourites to try on the menu are the duck scotch egg, pulled pork bonbons, and a selection of mouthwatering desserts washed down with Chapel Down Bacchus white from a local Kent winery.
Wander along Lamberhurst’s High Street
A wander along Lamberhurst’s main street will lead you uphill past several original 17th and 18th-century houses giving the feel of a film set rather than a living village.
Cute clapperboard houses with names like the Christmas House make you wonder how this little pocket of Kent has retained so much charm amidst a world evolving at an alarming rate.
Passing the magnificent oast house with its white turrets and now a cosy family home is a reminder that Lamberhurst was once a centre for Kent’s hop production.
Further along the road, an old fashion HOVIS sign bolted to one of the houses is also a throwback to another, more gentle era.
Walks in Lamberhurst
Several public footpaths give the right of way to walk across fields in Lamberhurst. If you have a dog with you, there is also a large green space at the back of the Chequers Pub where you can exercise it.
Sightseeing near Lamberhurst
Bewl Water – a 12.5-mile walking trail loops around the lake.
Bedgebury Pinetum – walk, run or cycle through the forest.
Tunbridge Wells – a town full of Victorian and Georgian architecture.
Pashley Manor Gardens – one of the finest gardens in England
Hastings – Along the Sussex Coast
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