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“Nothing is too much trouble” at David and Rona Pitchford’s covetable Georgian manor house on the outskirts of Faversham – the very model of an unpretentious country restaurant-with-rooms, with “exquisite personal service” overseen by the hosts themselves. Inside, all is cosily domestic, although the refreshingly restrained menu suggests serious culinary intent (despite some determinedly old-fashioned touches). For more than three decades David has honed his own version of Anglo-French cooking, relying on top-drawer ingredients and well-tutored expertise to deliver the goods. The seasons matter here, with pickings from the manor's own walled garden, local game and fish from south-coast boats deployed in harmonious ways. Among his “simple but elegant” offerings, you might find a pressing of confit chicken with Agen prunes ahead of a lamb bonanza accompanied by a fricassee of peas, broad beans and rosemary jus or hake fillet in company with cauliflower, saffron potato and beurre blanc. To conclude, try the famed deep lemon tart or the hot strawberry soufflé. “My dream destination for a really spoiling weekend away”, drools one adoring fan.