FOOD+DRINK WINTER Warmer PUBS cont. The Green Man The Milk House SISSINGHURST www.themilkhouse.co.uk Sissinghurst is such a beautiful part of Kent, and any pub located there will naturally have its fair share of visitors. But the fact that the Milk House is traditional, comforting and a true hub of the local community makes it all that much more special. This building was once a 16th-century Tudor hall and the owners don’t want that fact hidden – there are gorgeous wooden beams that exude history and a large open fireplace that one can’t help but want to sit by when it’s roaring away during the winter. Local wines are a big feature on the menu and there’s a wide range of food to choose from including items from the ‘grazing menu’ if you only want something light to nibble on. The Green Man HODSALL STREET www.greenmanpub.co.uk Hodsall Street is a tiny village near to Meopham, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with its central pub, The 86 The Bricklayers Arms Green Man. This pub is what anyone looking for the quintessential Kentish country pub would imagine – and yet here it is in real life. Ideal for stopping off on a wander through the Kentish countryside, this has become something of a destination pub in recent times, thanks in part to the enormous and tasty menu and the ambience of comfort and ease. Lovely at any time of the year, The Green Man really comes into its own during the winter – with an open fire, low ceilings, beams and a team of friendly staff, it’s a gorgeous place to be. There is often live music at The Green Man, so you can pop in for a moment and stay for a while. The George & Dragon SANDWICH www.georgeanddragon-sandwich.co.uk The George & Dragon in Sandwich was originally built in 1446, and it retains so much of its traditional charm that it’s like stepping back in time when you walk through the doors, although there is a modern touch to the place reminding you that we are (thankfully) in the 21st century, after all. With craft beers and an impressive wine list as well as a lovely menu, this is the kind of pub where you can sit and while away the hours in complete comfort. The Bricklayers Arms CHIPSTEAD www.the-bricklayers-arms.co.uk The Bricklayers Arms can be found in Chipstead, a delightful village just outside of Sevenoaks. It sits on the edge of a lake, so immediately there is the added bonus of beautiful views, but besides that, there is a level of comfort and tranquillity that makes this one of the cosiest pubs in the area. Serving Harvey’s Best Bitter from the barrel and with real ‘pub grub’ on the menu (with locally sourced ingredients forming the bulk of the dishes), The Bricklayers is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The name comes from Churchill, who was a master bricklayer and who lived at Chartwell, just a few miles away in Westerham.