Although not a tradition English Tea Room, the Chilston Park Hotel offers an excellent place for lunch, afternoon cream tea inside one of the most beautiful hotels available in Kent.
I go on record to say that Chilston Park Hotel bakes the best fruit scone in England and the presentation of the afternoon cream tea is second....to none!
I highly recommend Chilston Park Hotel and as you would expect, tons of free car parking.
Pippa's Tea Rooms
The Corner House, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PQ Telephone: 01622 851360 Open Facebook Page Lenham village is close to the North Downs and is an excellent location to start exploring the surrounding countryside. Used as a market place for many hundreds of years, the square remains the focal point of the village, flanked by medieval houses, shops, restaurants, public houses and Pippa's Tea Rooms.
I have visited Pippa's Tea Rooms for a considerable amount of time over the years; and it is situated overlooking the Village square. There is ample seating inside and out, and the beautiful old surrounds inside a marvellous building is just bliss.
In the summer months, it is worth the drive to Pippa's Tea Rooms (even snow months too!). The atmosphere is typical of an English Tea Room and the old beams and fire place are really lovely. Sadly, the fire place is not open but an electric fire place sits nicely, and the owenr has decorated the fire surround to make it feel and look homely.
I must confess that I really do like the winter months at Pippa's, especially at Christmas. Something warm and nice eating a lovely freshly prepared meal, drinking tea and looking out from the window in a cold and damp English winter month! Sitting inside enjoying the food, tea and warmth is something really special and you are not far away from either Ashford, Kent or Maidstone and close to the M20 if you want to explore the area even more.
All food is freshly prepared and include toasted sandwiches, jacket potatoes, and a special board which features the day's special meals. I can fully recommend the home made fish pie which Sandra and I enjoyed immensely. Supplement it with a fresh baguette and a pot of tea to enjoy it thoroughly. Also, the fresh baguette with crispy bacon and cheese with a generous side salad is a favourite of mine.
I can fully recommend Pippa's Tea Rooms. To really enjoy it, pop along, have a meal and explore the little shops adjoining the tea rooms. I normally buy Sandra a gift in the shop next door to Pippa's.
Contact Joe Ellis:
Joe Ellis' English Tea Room Guide PO Box 262, Herne Bay, Kent, England, CT6 9AW Telephone: 01227 376180