Both the Granary and the Courtyard have their own self-catering kitchens and there are BBQ areas for both. At the campsite you may cook with your camping stoves and BBQs or even over a fire in a fire pit. Our village Butcher’s shop, Doughty’s, stock a wide range of food items apart from their excellent meat from locally reared animals. They sell a range of vegetables, home cooked pies and sausage rolls, cheeses, jams and chutneys, bread and milk, bacon and eggs and even chocolate bars.
If you yearn for a break from the household chores and cooking, we are very lucky to have five good pubs and a very good cafe within three miles of Palace Farm, and two more cafes and several more pubs within five miles of us.
The Chequers Inn in our village of Doddington, a Shepherd Neame pub, is less than 0.4 of a mile from us and takes about eight minutes to walk and less than two minutes by bicycle. The Chequers is the heart of the village and is well supported by locals and visitors alike. With a good selection of beers, wines and spirits and a very popular menu this pub is a must for many of our guests. You can sit in the Restaurant, in the bar or outside at picnic tables at the front, at the rear is a sizeable garden with seating and children’s playground.
Throughout the year the pub hosts many Friday night Open Mike evenings, on Thursday evenings it is the “Home” of DUM, Doddington Ukulele Movement, they often gather to play after 10pm when their practice night has finished. The local Guitar Club meets on a Wednesday evening and you can be sure of a very entertaining evening.
The Black Lion at Lynsted is 2.2 miles and is a 5 minute drive, a 10 minute cycle ride or a 50 minute walk. This is a free house serving Gaucher’s (Maidstone Brewery) beers and a wide range of other drinks. The chefs in the kitchen turn out good food which is served in the pub with one end of the main bar reserved for dining. It is busy friendly pub and prices are very reasonable. A smaller bar has a pool table and there is an outside garden with good seating and children’s play area.
The Carpenter’s Arms at Eastling is 2.7 miles, a 6 minute drive, 15 minutes cycle ride or about one hours walk. Another good Shepherd Neame pub serving good food with a smallish but popular restaurant. There is some seating outside when the weather is fine.
The George Inn at Newnham is just 1.7 miles, about 35 minutes to walk or 9 minutes to cycle. This is very much a restaurant pub serving good food and the usual drinks and beverages served by Shepherd Neame pubs. This is a lovely cosy pub with lots of wooden beams and places to tuck yourselves away for a quiet drink. The restaurant is quite large and can cater for groups if needed.
The Red Lion, Milsted, Yes, they come in two colours, this one is red. This is 2.7 miles from Palace Farm, a 6 minute drive or 1 hour walk or a 15 minute cycle ride. A lovely free house serving a range of beers from around the country and makes a good alternative to Shepherd Neame beer. This is a popular traditional pub with a good, larger than average restaurant. Service is always good and friendly, and the pub is getting a reputation for good food, wines, beers and spirits.
Further afield there are many more good pubs and restaurants, In Teynham pronounced Ten Ham, 3.5 miles, there is The Dover castle Pub, Shepherd Neame, a good food pub again with a good reputation, in Teynham there are two more pubs, one with a Chinese Restaurant, a Chinese Take Away and a Fish and Chip shop with restaurant (serves breakfasts). Rodmersham Green is 3.5 miles with The Fruiterer’s Arms pub, a free house, and Rodmersham Coffee Shop, well worth a visit. In Lenham, 4.5 miles is The Dog and Bear Hotel, Shepherd Neame, serving good food and breakfasts, The Red Lion (popular name!) a free house serving good drinks and food, a popular Fish and Chip shop with a modern restaurant and a Chinese Takeaway and Restaurant. In the opposite direction the Alma at Painters Forstal, another Shepherd Neame pub, serves good food and drinks etc.