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Top five things to do in Westerham

By January 28, 2022No Comments


Just a few miles from London but with the countryside on its doorstep, it’s easy to see why Westerham is one of Kent’s most desirable areas to live. A picturesque town with trendy cafes, restaurants and even its own brewery, Westerham has plenty to offer residents and visitors. In this blog we take a look at some of its top selling points.

Historical sites – Chartwell and Quebec House

Did you know, one of Westerham’s most famous residents was Sir Winston Churchill? Chartwell, his family home for over 40 years, is now owned by the National Trust and proves an ever-popular visitor attraction, with regular exhibitions and events. The site is fantastically preserved with beautiful gardens for walking, as well as a shop and cosy café for those frosty winter days.

A couple of miles down the road is another National Trust property, Quebec House. Built in the 1500s, the building has a unique and varied history spanning centuries. Most notably, the property was the childhood home of General James Wolfe, who was born there in 1727. Wolfe is most famous for leading British troops to victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec, and the house was named after the battle in his honour.

Country walks

Situated in the Garden of England, Westerham offers seemingly endless countryside, from rolling hills to woodland to expansive open fields. Whether you’re a dog person or simply love an afternoon walk, Westerham is the place to get your nature fix. Highlights include: Squerryes Park, home to a Grade I listed 17th century manor house, winery and vineyard producing English sparkling wine; and Emmetts Garden, another National Trust highlight, with exotic shrubs, a formal rose garden and picnic meadow.

Trendy pubs, restaurants and cafes

Westerham offers a great variety of local pubs and restaurants in close proximity to the centre of town, creating a small close-knit community feel. The Grasshopper on the green is a traditional village pub with low ceilings hung with antique jugs, offering delicious home-cooked food. If you fancy something slightly further from home, Napoli E is located just off the high street. With the same cosy feel, it offers a tasty range of pizzas, pastas and other Italian cuisine.

Westerham Brewery

Brewing has a long history in Westerham dating back to the early 1600s. Following the closure of the historic Black Eagle Brewery in 1965, 40 years later Robert Wicks decided to bring brewing back where it belongs. Today, Westerham Brewery is an award-winning brewer of real ales using British ingredients. They have even recreated some of Black Eagle’s famous brews using freeze-fried yeast samples saved by the Head Brewer. You can give their beers a try yourself by visiting their tap room and shop on Beggars Lane, just a short drive from the town centre.

Boutique shops

Westerham has everything for your day-to-day shopping needs, as well as a wide variety of unique clothing boutiques, interior design stores and gift shops. Find beautiful home furnishings at The Vintage Home Company, browse for new additions to your wardrobe at Hopps and Manuka Shoes, or pick up your favourite sweet treats at Chocs on the Green!

If you’re considering moving to Westerham, take a look at our luxury family homes in Westerham Heights. This private gated development includes nine new three, four and five-bedroom homes with private gardens and parking spaces. To register your interest, email info@epicho.co.uk.

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