Good news! There are some GREAT pubs nearby.
The Dovecote in Capel comes highly recommended by certain of our congregation as a proper English pub, with a warm welcome from Nick and Shelley Page and a range of proper English beer - and nice food too.
No muzak. No one-armed bandits. Hooray!
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.
Feb 2009 - Awarded a special CAMRA achievement award for consistently high standards of beer and service: the pub has been included in every edition of the Good Beer Guide for the past 10 years.
The Hopbine in Petteridge (TN12 7NE - near Brenchley) is a smashing little pub, serving Badger beers and great pub food. Mike and B have been here for 25 years, so they must be doing something right! 01892 722561.
Received a CAMRA award for its 25th consecutive appearance in the Good Beer Guide.
The Halfway House is a little further away cross country (5 miles, 20 minutes), but a classic pub - a rambling building full of nooks and crannies (and, allegedly, ghosts). Real ales and local cider are all served by gravity straight from the barrel. Great food too. 01892 722526.
Regular winner of West Kent CAMRA's Pub of the Year; CAMRA Pub of the Year for the whole of Kent in 2006. Say no more.
The George and Dragon is a beautiful Kentish clapboard building, and offers Greene King beers and home made food. 01892 832521.
[The author does not particularly care for Greene King, so cannot recommend or otherwise!]
Also look out for some wonderful craft made local beer from Tonbridge Brewery. Despite the name, the brewery is based in Tudeley; in its early days - before it got too popular! - the beer was made within 500 yards of the church. It still uses local hops. Drink local!
A useful map of the local area can be downloaded here.
The very best option (according to locals) is to take the 15-20 minute drive to Penshurst to the Fir Tree House, where cakes, jams and scones are all freshly homemade by the charming proprietress.
Check opening times carefully.
There is also a wonderful tearoom at Chiddingstone Castle.
A really nice thing to do is to visit Hadlow College's Broadview Gardens, and have tea in their tea rooms. Despite the name, the tea room is open all day for breakfast, coffee, lunch or tea, and you can wander in the gardens and look at the plants for sale for a very therapeutic half hour or so.
The Poacher has an interesting menu, is just half a mile north of All Saints' Tudeley (walkable with care!), and gets plaudits from many locals and visitors. 01732 358934.
Please tell them you are visiting All Saints Tudeley.
Turmeric Gold is an Indian restaurant and bar just 1/4 mile south of All Saints' towards Five Oak Green on the B2017. 01732 361772. Also highly recommended by those in the parish.
The Goldsmid Hall is a superb Arts and Crafts hall which is available for hire; like the windows at All Saints' it was the creation of the D'Avigdor-Goldsmid family. On the west wall is a mural by Estelle Nathan. Beautifully modernised and extended in recent years, it also holds the stained glass window made by Rolf Harris for his BBC TV programme on Chagall.
The Hoppers has stood for 400 years among the hop fields of Kent in the village of Five Oak Green. Originally it was a row of farm cottages, but is now comfortably furnished to provide a bolt-hole for use by churches and charities operating in East London. It is frequently used for youth groups, community projects and church retreats.
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