Visiting and need some insider recommendations? We’ve put together our dream itinerary for a day in Kent.
Enjoy an action-packed day out, taking in some iconic views and nature, gorgeous art and interiors plus some smashing food and wine. You’ll need a car for this one.
Breakfast at The Good Shed
Begin your day out at this award-winning independent restaurant and farmers market in Canterbury. The Goods Shed is a unique space with great local food stalls plus our pal Clive Barlow, a Master of Wine who has a small but perfectly formed collection of wines to buy (including ours). The Goods Shed make amazing breakfasts with ultra-local produce and proper coffee to set you up for a day of adventure.
A Walk at Stoneacre
Built in the 1480s, Stoneacre is a beautifully restored medieval yeoman's house, set in a carefully tended garden surrounded by some glorious country walks. The interior contains a fascinating collection of medieval sculptures and woodwork collected by the property’s last owner Aymer Vallance. Open spring and summer.
Tour, Tasting & Lunch at Westwell
25 minutes from Stoneacre it’s us! Come and enjoy a guided tour around the estate and learn about our approach to growing and making wine. After the tour, we'll bring you inside the winery where you can taste through our wines and enjoy a light lunch at our cellar door. The tour and tasting lasts approximately two hours and involves a walk in the vineyard on uneven ground, so do come with suitable footwear and clothing for potential wet and cold weather.
Art at Turner Contemporary
Built on the site of the boarding house where JMW Turner stayed during his visits to Margate, Turner Contemporary has been inspired by the life and work of the artist who found inspiration in the town’s skies and light and believed in the power of art as an agent for change. Check out the gallery’s latest exhibition and then relax in the café while enjoying views of the harbour.
Dinner at Angela's of Margate
Angelas or Dorys in Margate - We couldn’t choose between these two sister seafood restaurants so we chose both! Angelas and Dorys both serve delicious, local seafood and simple, seasonal vegetable-based dishes. We love their food so much that we always stop for a plate or two when we're delivering wine. Owner Lee tells us that our Amphora is Tracey Emin's favourite. Angela's also has three carefully designed, beautiful rooms above the restaurant - so if all that fresh air and culture’s tired you out, you could end your day here.
Sleep at Updown Farmhouse
Updown is a beautiful 17th-century former farmstead just outside Deal, Kent. The house has been beautifully updated to provide a total of six stylish rooms. The conservatory restaurant is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday.