A luxury foodie weekend with Royal St George’s
When it comes to the crème de la crème of golf breaks, a visit to the 149th Open hosts, Royal St George’s has got to be up there. Play the course where history has been made across 14 Open Championships and walk in the footsteps of the world’s golfing greats. And, as this weekend should be all about the very best Kent has to offer, we recommend extending your stay and experiencing some of Kent’s famed food and drink for the ultimate luxury break.
The course that’s on every golfer’s mind this summer, Royal St George’s Golf Club is one of England’s most picturesque links courses, with beautiful views across Pegwell Bay and a coastline edged with chalk cliffs. Founded more than 100 years ago, it’s no secret the course is deceptively challenging, with rolling fairways, blind tee shots and the UK’s tallest and deepest bunker that all make for a thrilling round.
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Just a few miles away in Barham village, Simpsons Wine Estate produces some of Kent’s finest wines, with an ethos that links their expertise in French winemaking with the iconic characteristics and nuances of the Kent North Downs terroir. A tour and tasting here is a must, whether you choose one of the Friday evening Sunset Sessions or a weekend tour. Whenever you visit, you can expect beautiful views across the idyllic Roman Road Vineyard, followed by a tutored tasting of a selection of their exquisite wines in The Glass House Tasting Room.
Whitstable oysters, Romney Marsh lamb, Kentish strawberries…the Garden of England boasts an impressive foodie repertoire and a range of delectable produce, so a cookery experience at Deal’s Chequers Kitchen is the perfect way to celebrate those culinary credentials. Learn the art of pastry-making, discover artisan bread-making, or master any number of international cuisines on a cookery course, or settle in for a relaxed supper or lunch and let their expert chefs take care of the cooking.
With over 350 cottages to choose from, a stay with Kent and Sussex Cottages can offer anything from a coastal hideaway minutes from Royal St George’s to a rural sanctuary in the heart of Kent’s rolling countryside. Whether you’re in search of cosy log fires, a traditional oast house that’s oh-so-Kentish, beach huts, or luxury hot tubs, your perfect staycation location is just waiting to be discovered.