Inn keep­ing with pop­u­lar de­mand

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

The 600-year-old Wool­pack Inn is an award-win­ning pub with a fam­ily touch. Af­ter 30 years in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness, the Green fam­ily made the move to Kent, buy­ing the te­nancy at the Wool­pack in Chil­ham. Three years later, af­ter sub­stan­tial ef­forts to bring the pub back to its hey­day, it is a suc­cess­ful pub of­fer­ing qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­fresh­ments and home-cooked food, all com­bined with a gen­uine wel­come to all. Along the way the team at The Wool­pack placed sec­ond in The English Tourist Board Beau­ti­ful South pub of the year and sec­ond in the Kent Times restau­rant of the year. Serv­ing a home-cooked menu with lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents, sim­ple hon­est food is the or­der of the day. While they sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses such as Worces­ter Eggs of Chartham, Laughton Duck­lings of Faver­sham to lo­cal graph­ics firms, Book­ers of Can­ter­bury are their pri­mary sup­plier. Es­sen­tial back-up sup­plies are also pro­vided by Book­ers. In ad­di­tion to a var­ied menu of­fer­ing a wide range of food, there are weekly spe­cials and a £7.50 two-course deal open to all dur­ing the week. The Wool­pack is open for food from 8am to 9pm daily. With 14 rooms, this fam­ily run pub com­bines great hos­pi­tal­ity and a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion to make a trip to re­mem­ber. Nes­tled in the shadow of a Nor­man Cas­tle, and with its vast oak beams and in­glenook fire­places, it is said to be haunted by the ghost of the Grey Lady who wan­ders the main build­ing. With a known his­tory of land­lords dat­ing back to 1485, the Wool­pack has al­ways pro­vided a wel­come break. The rooms have a his­tory of their own, hav­ing once been sta­bles, a work­house for the poor, a garage, a chapel and now a ho­tel. The Wool­pack is at the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and caters for lo­cal events on and off the premises through­out the year. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of The Wool­pack, The White Hart Inn, Worth­gate Place, Can­ter­bury, was taken on in Fe­bru­ary this year. Un­der the guid­ance of El­iz­a­beth Green and just a twominute walk from the High Street and ad­ja­cent to Dane John gar­dens and the cas­tle ru­ins, the pub is a real gem boast­ing Can­ter­bury’s largest beer gar­den. The White Hart is built on the ru­ins of St Mary’s Church and the small park next door was once the church’s grave­yard. Tomb­stones re­main lined up against the park walls while the cel­lar of the pub, once used as a mor­tu­ary, still has a body chute. The White Hart also serves a home-cooked menu us­ing lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents. Like its sis­ter premises, it is fam­ily and dog-friendly with a warm wel­come from its young and vi­brant team. It is well worth the short walk away from the mas-pro­duced high street food to sam­ple proper home-cooked meals.

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