Often referred to as “the Jewel of the Weald”, the ancient town of Tenterden is steeped in heritage and today prides itself on its picturesque high street packed with historic shops, pubs, restaurants and houses separated from the carriageway by wide expanses of tree-lined grass verges.
Fresh food, cheeses, meats and wines (as well as lots of crafts) can be found in the Friday market and street stalls in the high street, and the County market in Church Road, while the recently built Market Square Cellars provides yet more local produce. And for those keen on a spot of wine tasting, check out Chapel Town winery set among 22 acres of vineyards, which also has a wine and fine food shop and a The Swan at Chapel Down Restaurant.
There is also a wide range of tea shops, pubs, restaurants, wine and food shops and farm shops within the town offering quality food, wine and beers including The Vine Inn, The William Caxton, The White Lion and The Woolpack Hotel as well as Silcocks Farm Shop, which offers organic meat and dairy produced sourced by the Fenton family for over 25 years.
Meanwhile, the Heritage Trail takes in museums, historic churches, Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian buildings, while the town is also home to the Kent and East Sussex Railway where you can board a steam train through the Rother Valley to Bodiam Castle.