The White Lion is a 16th century inn located in prime position in the quaint town of Tenderden in Kent. Expect to be surprised, this isn’t just a bog standard, old fashioned shabby room above a pub. There are 14 bespoke bedrooms boasting chandeleries, toiletries by the White Company and decedent furnishings, as well as the country hotel staple – homemade shortbread.


This little gem is far from being a sleepy provincial pub; the atmosphere was buzzing. Locals and overnighters packed out the cosy parlour, filling the pub with a chattering din which makes for a chilled and warm setting.


The food is dependable, sturdy pub grub served with style. We started with hoisin duck, which itched a scratch we didn’t even know existed and left us mourning the small portion. The mains were thankfully more strapping, with succulent and crispy Josper ribs forcing us to gleefully lick the rustic wooden board on which they sat. We also tried the filet steak along with copious side dishes. And don’t miss the sticky toffee pudding before rolling upstairs to your sumptuous boudoir.


WL interior

Unsurprisingly the White Lion breakfast is hearty. They cater for fussy Londoners (I opted for the kale and eggs) as well as greedy gluttons with continental options and a stupendous Full English on the menu. We also recommend popping to Rye on the way home for an afternoon tea among its medieval sloping streets. If you are looking for old charm in snazzy surroundings, head on down to the White Lion to cure those January blues.