We stayed at the House of Agnes. http://www.houseofagnes.co.uk which is 5 minutes from the train station.
Parts of the house are over 600 years old and it was mentioned in a Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. It is a really, really lovely place to stay. It is a little bit more expensive than other hotels/ B&B’s in the area but well worth. (I managed to find a discount for my stay compared to the usual price but, now, having stayed there, I would be happy to pay the non-discounted price. It is definitely worth it.)
Booked through Booking.com. When looking on the website, other hotels also had very good reviews, were slightly lower in price, but there was always a ‘but’. Usually, relating to the noise. We stayed in a stable room which is a part of a new set of rooms built in the garden. The room and on-suite were very nice. The rooms had everything we needed: tea, coffee, kettle, biscuits, water, hairdryer, toiletries etc. Even though the railway line runs along the back of the room, the trains didn’t keep us awake at night and you could only hear them very faintly anyway.
Breakfast was lovely. A wide variety of cold breakfast items. A freshly cooked hot breakfast also provided, with very personal touch, attentive staff.
EatingFor dinner we bought our food from The Olive Grove http://olivegrovecanterbury.co.uk/. Really beautiful food: large portions, very healthy, filling and tasty. Staff are very kind and considerate. We didn’t eat in the restaurant but took it back to the hotel. They provided us with plastic cutlery.
We ate: vegetable soup which came with pieces of French bread, vegetable kebab whichcame with pitta bread, chips, a mixture of salads. I even requested some hot milk one night (which I drink before bed) and they gave me some in a takeaway carton!
Thank you so much for making our trip so lovely.
We also ate in the Veg Box http://thevegboxcafe.co.uk/ Really lovely food; very large portions; easily shared between two. The only problem was that it is so popular that there was no room inside to sit so we had to sit outside and it was cold!