Set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills and woodlands, Tillingham is quite a sight to behold. On a clear day you can see all the way across the Tillingham River valley, to the sea and the Romney salt marshes beyond. The views are marvellous, but fortunately, the rest of the offering at this renovated 13th century farm more than matches up.
Tillingham is hotel, restaurant and winery, home to vineyards, fruit trees, ancient woodland and livestock. Eleven rooms sit at the heart of the farm, in what was once a hop barn. The farm itself is still fully functioning, and the combination of progressive farming techniques and ancient traditions forms the backbone of the food and drink offering - Tillingham wines are available to taste by the glass in the purpose-built tasting room, and also in the restaurant.
Speaking of the restaurant, Tillingham received a coveted Michelin Green Star in 2022 - a new annual award fom the guide that 'highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices'. Tillingham grows much of it's own produce, and really focuses on sustainability and limiting food waste. Though the restaurant started off serving a set menu, Tillingham has transitioned over to an a la carte menu that showcases the best ingredients, cooked simply, either grown on the farm or sourced from the best producers in the local area. Try salsify, soft boiled egg and lardo to start, followed by braised squid, guanciale, chilli and chickpeas, or grilled beef onglet with January King cabbage and coolea.
There's also a very affordable lunch menu served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as wood-fired pizzas served daily and a casual wine bar where you can enjoy Tillingham's own wines.