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Eating and shopping at Chiddingstone Village

Shopfront window in Chiddingstone village, Kent
Shopfront window in Chiddingstone village | © National Trust Images/Jo Hatcher

For such a small village, Chiddingstone squeezes in plenty of opportunities for relaxation, refreshment and even a touch of retail therapy. There’s a charming tea-room and restaurant, a local shop and post office that could be the country’s oldest, and even a small furniture store.

Tulip Tree Tea Room

This converted coach house features a charming courtyard and quiet back garden, as well as a wood-burning stove for the chillier months.

Along with cream teas and delicious cakes, the Tulip Tree Tea Room serves breakfasts – ranging from a traditional full English to vegetarian and healthy options – and light lunches, including sandwiches and salads. There are chilled beers and wines available too.

For the latest menu, see the Tulip Tree Tea Room website.

The Castle Inn

A traditional English village inn with great food and drink, a cosy interior and a pretty garden that’s perfect for soaking up the summer sunshine.

A Grade II* listed building, which dates back to the early 15th century, The Castle Inn features many historic features such as the fireplaces, tiled floors, oak panelling and bars.

With a focus on local produce, freshly prepared food and a handpicked selection of wines, spirits and beers, including the much-loved Kentish real ales from Chiddingstone’s Larkins Brewery, The Castle Inn offers a real flavour of England.

Tulip Tree Shop

Also known as Chiddingstone Stores and Post Office, this may be the oldest working shop in the UK, dating back to 1453. Today it offers groceries, greeting cards, sweets and ice creams and a range of gifts and souvenirs.

The Attic

Tucked away in the space above the Tea Room is this emporium of home furnishings and accessories, including some one-of-a-kind pieces.

Part of Chiddingstone Village in Kent showing the Post Office and general store

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