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.
Lamberhurst village is also near the popular Kent attractions of Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells and Bayham Abbey, making it the perfect place to stop after a day of sightseeing.
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 that is evolving at an unnerving 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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