If you are staying at Bedgebury Camping and fancy a break from the campfire one evening or simply fancy sitting in a pub garden with a pint of the local brew, it won't be hard to find somewhere. Local establishments include The Green Cross, The Goudhurst Inn and The Star & Eagle.
Kent has long-standing connections with beer brewing as a result of the hop farming industry which still exists today in many parts of the county, particularly the Weald of Kent. There are a large number of excellent country pubs in the villages surrounding Goudhurst where beer from Kent's breweries can be sampled.
In the village of Goudhurst there is The Star and Eagle with its breathtaking views across the Weald and The Goudhurst Inn with its reinvigorated decor and menu. We also have The Vine, a family owned pub in the very heart of Goudhurst, with a garden overlooking the pond and a courtyard garden at the rear. The pub prides itself on serving locally produced beer, wine and spirits and locally sourced fresh food. Food is served outside or in either the pub or the grill restaurant which used to be the village meeting room in Victorian days.
Several other local pubs in the area have gardens with some providing play areas for children. These include The Gun & Spit roast in Horsmonden, The Peacock near Cranbrook, The Great House in Hawkhurst and the Ewe and Lamb, which is in between Cranbrook and Rolvenden Layne.
Dog-friendly establishments are within easy reach and include The Three Chimneys at Biddenden, The Peacock in Goudhurst, The Bull at Sissinghurst and The Bell in Staplehurst. They may stipulate that your pet is kept on the lead.
Many of these places provide delicious food – both at lunchtime and in the evening and booking is recommended.
For something more formal, Goudhurst and the surrounding area boasts a large number of excellent restaurants. The Curlew at Bodiam is famous for its locally sourced salt marsh lamb while the Green Cross Inn in Goudhurst has built its reputation on excellent sea food and fish dishes. Rankins in nearby Sissinghurst boasts recommendations from the Michelin Guide and the AA Restaurant guide and bases its menu around seasonal and locally produced prime ingredients.
Booking is recommended in all these restaurants.