Pubs, breweries and wineries
In Kent, one is never far from a pub, and Rankins Farm is close to some fine examples of country inns. There’s even a brewery nearby where you can taste traditional Kentish ales, as well as a local winery that produces top quality sparkling wine and cider.
The Bull Inn
Located on Linton Hill, the Bull shares the same spectacular views as the farm, and as such is the ideal place to enjoy a drink or some food in the summer months. The bar serves cask and keg ales from Shepherd Neame, and there’s a cosy restaurant that serves a range of dishes. A traditional carvery is hosted on Sundays.
A large, welcoming establishment situated less than a mile from the farm, the Stilebridge offers tasty food, cask ales and wines, as well as an impressive gin collection. In the summer, patrons can sit outside on the patio and, in winter, there’s a roaring fire inside to make the bar and restaurant wonderfully snug.
The Cock Inn
Rated highly in a number of guides for its beers and food, the Cock Inn is a charming pub in the neighbouring village of Boughton Monchelsea. Close to the Greensand Way, it is popular with dog walkers and its restaurant serves an excellent selection of dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Opening in 2013, Musket Brewery is a family-owned microbrewery based at Loddington Farm in Linton. The brewery currently sells its products in more than 300 pubs and clubs across Kent.
Hush Heath Winery
Set in the grounds of a 14th century manor house, Hush Heath is the only English vineyard dedicated to the production of rosé sparkling wine. A range of tours and tastings are offered to visitors all year round, with guests invited to try the wines and ciders, and dine at the estate’s pub, the Goudhurst Inn.