Find the Timber Batts pub, deep in the countryside between Canterbury and Ashford. The building dates from the 16th century, and having been through stages off involvement with the local hop-growing industry, became an inn in the 19th century. It has all the beams and fripperies we associate with unspoilt pubs.
On the food front, what's on offer wouldn't be out of place in a small French brasserie.
So expect 'Moules Mariniere'; 'St. Jacques au bacon' (scallops) and 'Potage du Jour' to be among the starters.
'Confit de Canard'; 'Filet de Boeuf Grillé' and 'Carré D'Agneau Roti' among the mains.
Desserts are traditional, with probably 'Crème Brulée'; 'Profiteroles' and 'Tart Tatin' among the offerings.
The cooking is accurate, and a good time seems to be had by all!
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30; set L £16 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £25; set L Sun £20.50 (2 courses) to £25.65
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.30 (Sun & Mon 21.00); mains about £13 to £25
- Seats: 50, plus 40 outside
- Wine: as can be expected, a French list, in which all the major regions are covered. Prices kick off at £17
- Wheelchair access: Yes, with difficulty, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Ashford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, 24th Dec to 3rd Jan
- Outside eating