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The best Cream Teas at the Seven Wonders of the Weald

Written by Vanessa Moore on

The Seven Wonders of the Weald are a collection of some of Kent’s Finest attractions.  After a day exploring one of these, why not indulge in a delicious cream tea?  And what’s more, there is a Seven Wonders Annual Pass which you can buy which will give you one free admission to each attraction.  Priced at just £30, this represents great value for money, which means you can visit more of the attractions and enjoy more cream teas too!  The following are all part of the Seven Wonders of the Weald collection:-

Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent

Full afternoon teas are available for £15 per person in the cosy Tearoom or sheltered Grade II listed  courtyard at this stunning country house, which  is located close to Hever and Penshurst.  There is no obligation to pay for admission to the castle to visit the Tea Room or the grounds, but you will need to book in advance for the Full Afternoon Tea.  Light lunches, coffee and local wine, fruit juice and ice cream are also on offer.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Kent

Enjoy the magic of a ride on a steam train coupled with Afternoon Tea!  Two delicious warm Fruit Scones, Butter, Strawberry Preserve and Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream are served at your table with a selection of cakes and tea or coffee. £6.95 per person plus fare. A chilled 200ml bottle of Prosecco can be added for an extra charge too.  Booking is advisable and there’s a whole host of other catering options on board.

The Brewhouse Cafe at Knole

Located within magnificent, historic surroundings, the Brewhouse Café offers visitors a very special setting to enjoy the seasonal menu as well as an indulgent cream tea.  One of the best views of the estate and parkland is from the cafe’s rooftop terrace where you can take in the view of over 1,000 acres of parkland.

Scotney Castle, Lamberburst, Kent

A country house with a beautiful garden and fairytale moated castle, the tea-room at Scotney Castle serves fresh, seasonal, locally sourced food and is open daily from 10am.  There’s a choice of delicious hot lunches available between 12-2.30pm or lighter options including freshly made sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, cakes and scrumptious cream teas. 

Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden, Kent

Sixteen acres of wonderful gardens and ten acres of woodland, with lovely view across the Kentish Weald, Hole Park Gardens can be found between the pretty village of Rolvenden and the charming town Cranbrook.  Hole Park is renowned for its delicious homemade cream teas, all prepared on site by Clare, wife of Edward Barham, the owner of these beautiful gardens.  It’s the homemade touch that makes them such a success, serve with whipped cream and locally made jam from The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company.

Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden, Kent

Kent’s original commercial vineyard which is still run by the Barnes family and is set in twenty-three acres just outside the picture-perfect village of Biddenden.  The vineyards produce white, red, rose and sparkling wines, all pressed and bottled on site, as well as cider, mead and farm pressed juices. 

The coffee shop is open daily and serves a selection of locally produced cakes.  Visitors can walk through the vines, look round the winery and taste the wines and juices in the shop, which also sells locally produced jams, chutneys and products.

You can buy a Seven Wonders Annual Pass from our office in Cranbrook (at 15 High Street – opposite Llyods Pharmacy) or at http://www.sevenwonders.org.uk/pass/

For opening times, please visit the attractions’ own websites and for more details click here Seven Wonders 

Vanessa Moore

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