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The Milk House - Pub in Kent

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The Street Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, TN17 2JG, Kent
England, United Kingdom

Dane & Sarah Allchorne
+44 (0)1580 720200(landline)

Sofas in front of the fire, English wines and local ales, ambrosial food and chic rooms, all a short stroll from Sissinghurst Castle

A charming village pub surrounded by apple orchards and bluebell woods, the Milk House is stylish, welcoming and nicely priced. The Sunday lunch is fabulous with seasonal produce mostly sourced within 20 miles. In winter, cosy up in front of the fire, in summer, decant onto a big terrace with an outside bar and wood-fired pizza oven, not a bad spot for a jug of Pimm's and a crispy margherita. There’s a duck pond, lawns for a pint in the sun, then views over open country. Airy interiors have an easy style: woven willow lampshades hanging above the bar, a timber-framed dining room, where you dig into fabulous food, perhaps home-cured smoked salmon, free-range Park Farm beef, chocolate tart with kirsch-soaked cherries; there are matchless local cheeses, too. The lovely gardens at Sissinghurst Castle are close. 

Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.
Food all day
Food is served all day long.

Local points of interest from Dane & Sarah Allchorne:

Local points of interest from
Dane & Sarah Allchorne:

  • Sissinghurst is the perfect place for a family day out with the historic castle and gardens just half a mile's walk from The Milk House. Those interested in gardening can take part in one of the regular events organised by the National Trust.
  • From nearby Staplehurst, you can reach London by train in less than an hour. You’ll also find Frankie’s Farm Shop at Staplehurst Nurseries, selling plants, gifts and groceries and serving delicious lunches.
  • Kent is renowned for it’s vineyards. Sample the best of English wine with the award-winning Chapel Down Winery and Biddenden Vineyards on your doorstep both offering a variety of private tastings and tours.
  • Nearby town Tenterden is great for shopping with lots of interesting boutiques and cafes to explore. Tenterden is also the home of the Kent and East Sussex Railway, one of the country’s finest examples of a rural light railway.
  • You’re a 10-minute drive from Bedgebury Forest, ideal for cycling, riding, walks and picnics. Visit the National Pinetum, the world’s finest conifer collection or Go Ape in the treetops
  • For rainy days there’s the Kino digital cinema in Hawkhurst, which shows a fine selection of art house films. There’s also the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells with an exciting schedule of theatre, music and comedy.
Points of interest

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Lunch from £5. Dinner, 3 courses, from £35. Sunday roast from £15.


Open all day.


The Street Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, TN17 2JG, Kent


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