The Wheatsheaf at Bough Beech is a beautifully restored pub-restaurant in West Kent, just a few miles across the border with Surrey in a secluded rural spot not far from Hever Castle.
Once a favourite hunting lodge of Henry VIII and now a welcoming retreat full of cosy nooks and roaring log fires, The Wheatsheaf serves an exceptional menu of local and seasonal produce, prepared with an original twist to give diners a truly memorable experience.
Run jointly by Manager Colin Pilbeam and Head Chef David Fuller, The Wheatsheaf is open every day serving an à la carte menu Monday to Saturday at lunch and dinner, alongside a lunchtime selection of 'pub classics' (there may be seasonal fluctuations - please see website). On Sundays, the traditional roast dinner takes centre-stage - a very popular day to visit, so it's definitely worth booking in advance.
Having worked alongside top chefs in countries including Australia, France and Jordan, chef David leads his team to create recipes inspired by a host of global cuisine fused with classic European dishes for an imaginative twist. Much of the produce used in the menus is sourced from small, local suppliers, such as wild venison from the local gamekeeper. A small but growing kitchen garden supplies the chefs with the very freshest fruit, vegetables and herbs in the summer, too.
Local Food Kent says
This is a real hidden gem in the Kent countryside - worth seeking out for a fantastic menu full of beautifully-presented food and a carefully thought-out selection of real ales.
Look out for seasonal tasting menu events, too - extra-special evenings where Head Chef David really gets to show off his skills.
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