Chefs at the 16th century inn work with the seasons, so the menu changes regularly and manager Nicole Joubert says sourcing ingredients locally is important. Ingredients are the best, and many of their suppliers are local. Botley Hill Farmhouse even has its own herb garden in a sunny spot to the side of the inn.
Although the full dining experience is not to be missed, this is still very much a pub and the new owners have put a great deal of thought into the drinks offering. Cask conditioned ales – brewed at Westerham Brewery and Reigate’s Pilgrim Brewery – sit behind the bar in refrigerated jackets, and there is also an interesting selection of bottled beers, including Bohemian Rhapsody, a craft beer from Westerham Brewery. Cider drinkers won’t be disappointed either, with Wobblegate supplying traditional still cider Brighton Rocks on draught, plus bottled Summer Breeze with elderflower and Pink with fresh blackcurrants; all are made entirely from Sussex apples.
When it comes to wines, sourcing directly from vineyards results in a choice which is far from run-of-the-mill. There are many unusual wines on the list and buying direct means they offer great value for money. Many are available by the glass so people can come and try something different and perhaps have a Bar Plate alongside it, which are lighter bites such as chicken goujons with chipotle mayonnaise; Scotch egg with a little jar of homemade piccalilli or perhaps fresh tortellini with herb oil and parmesan.
Sitting amidst stunning countryside between Woldingham and Tatsfield, Botley Hill Farmhouse is well-placed to offer refreshment to cyclists, walkers and motorists. The little rustic tea room at the side of the main Farmhouse, The Sheep Shed, serves drinks, snacks, cakes and light meals. In the summer sun-seekers can take full advantage of the large terrace and stunning views at the hilltop kitchen, The Chicken Shed, which cooks rotisserie chicken and vegetarian falafel fresh every day.
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New weekend breakfast menu
From a sustaining Full English (sausage, bacon, egg, fried potatoes, black pudding, mushrooms, baked beans or roast tomatoes and toast) to a delicious Welsh Rarebit on toasted Chalk Hills Bakery sourdough, or maybe a tasty bacon bap, breakfast at Botley Hill Farmhouse is a real treat. There's a warm welcome for all the family and the children's English breakfast will go down well with the youngsters. If the weather's fine, sit outside and enjoy breakfast alfresco.
Botley Hill Farmhouse serves breakfast on Sunday 9am - 11am.