Cabbages and Kings

For our short break in Kent we stayed at Cabbages and Kings B&B in Halstead. The Georgian flint house was originally built as the village post office and grocers around 1830. This is my review for Trip Advisor:

If all you want is a place to rest your head at night, there are run-of-the-mill b&bs and hotel chains that do the job. But if you want something special – from the warmth and chat of hostess Jane, to the care and attention in the service and decor, and, above all, the incredible breakfasts – then don’t hesitate: this is the place. Cabbages & Kings is in an excellent location, only 18 miles from central London (easy rail connection), yet arriving via the M25 motorway in only 5 minutes you’re in the lovely countryside of the North Downs. We stayed here as base for exploring places like Down House, Charles Darwin’s home (5 minutes by car, bus connection), Sissinghurst and the Kent coast around Dungeness (50 minutes by car). There are lots of opportunities for walks in gorgeous countryside – or you can go for culture and sightseeing in London or the characterful towns of Kent and West Sussex.

We were welcomed by Jane on arrival with a pot of tea and scrumtious cakes in the lovely garden. But it is the breakfasts that will live on in the memory; from extraordinary fresh fruit-laden meusli to amazing pancakes, also with fresh fruit of superb quality.

Or you can have more traditional fare – everything carefully prepared fresh. Vegetarians (like myself) are enthusiastically catered for – and if Jane offers to do you one of her specials, don’t hesitate, go for it! For evening meals the local Cock Inn is just over the road and does reasonably-priced home-cooked food with good beer; and 5 minutes drive away there’s an absolutely fantastic Indian restaurant that should not be missed. Jane has lots of info, guides and maps. In short, this must be one of the best b&bs in Britain – and it’s reasonably-priced.

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