The Milk House

The Street, Sissinghurst, Kent TN17 2JG

01580 720200 • fresh@themilkhouse.co.uk

Village Pub

Situated in Sissinghurst, one of the most picturesque corners of Kent, The Milk House is a village pub at the heart of the community. A former 16th century hall house, with timber beams and a Tudor fireplace, the pub welcomes loyal locals, along with visitors from further afield, serving a selection of local beers, cask ales and great wines by the glass, including several from the area’s renowned vineyards. Our bar Grazing Menu is available throughout the day to enjoy in front of a crackling fire during winter or on our sun-soaked terrace in the summer.

Dining

The Milk House prides itself on its food keeping it simple by working with the seasons and using only the freshest produce from local suppliers to create an unfussy menu with something for everyone. In addition to our Classic Menu with its range of classic pub fare, our Dining Room is open for lunch and dinner with a menu offering a more adventurous selection of starters, main courses and puddings. Our Sunday Lunch Menu includes a choice of delicious traditional roasts and alongside these menus there are wholesome choices for children to keep both the young and grownups satisfied!
TMH Goats Cheese & Fig Tart
TMH Crab & Crayfish
TMH Risotto Primavera
TMH Scallops with Chorizo
TMH Moons Green Cured Pork
TMH Feta, Fennel & Couscous Salad
TMH Prawn Cocktail
TMH Chicken Caesar Salad
TMH Cob-nut Plaice
TMH Hazelnut & Galliano Custard Tart
TMH Sausages
TMH Liver & Bacon
TMH Fish Finger Sandwhich
TMH Red Mullet
TMH Corned Beef Hash
TMH Roast Lamb
TMH Gooseberry Fool
TMH Twice-Baked Cheddar Souffle
TMH Veal Escalope
TMH Panko Prawns
TMH Eggs in the Pan
TMH Goats Cheese, Beetroot, Orange and Tomato Salad2
TMH Cranachan Pot2
TMH Salmon Gravadlax
TMH Gypsy Tart
TMH Tea-Smoked Duck
TMH Raspberry Creme Brule2
TMH Beetroot Risotto Balls
TMH Plum, Almond & Angelica Tart
TMH Autumn Dining Menu Beetroot Carpaccio
TMH Autumn Dining Menu Figs on Gypsy Toast
TMH Autumn Dining Menu East Meets West Cheese
TMH Smoked salmon, crab & crayfish terrine
TMH Slow-cooked Old Spot Casserole
TMH Autumn Classic Menu Seven Bean Salad
TMH Fish and Chips
TMH Pork Rillettes
TMH Puy Lentil, Celeriac, Hazelnut, Apple & Mint Salad
TMH Trout, Chive & Tarragon Tart
TMH Lamb Shank Pie
TMH Lemon Sundae
TMH Rhubarb & Pomegranate Cobbler
TMH Sumac-crusted Sea Bass
TMH Kentish Blue Panna Cotta
TMH Nutmilk Halibut
TMH Anchovy Galette
TMH Beetroot Salad
TMH Artichoke
TMH Mushroom Pancakes

We accept online bookings for parties of less than ten. If you’d like to book for a larger group, please drop us an email to check availability. Please note that for for groups of ten or more a discretionary service charge of 10% will be added to the bill and we require tables to pre-order 24 hours in advance.

We have a really busy Dining Room so we allocate a certain length of dining time for each table, but if you’d like longer just let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. We don’t currently take bookings for tables in the Bar or on the Terrace, but if you call ahead we can let you know how busy we’re looking. On Sunday the Dining Room is closed from 3pm but our Classic and Grazing menus are available until 9pm.

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Rooms

For those who want to spend a little more time in the village, The Milk House also has four beautifully-appointed bedrooms: two double rooms, one twin room and a family room which sleeps up to four people. Spacious and light, the rooms have been styled to feel relaxing and ‘home-from-home’, with comfortable beds, luxurious en suite bathrooms and scenic views of the village and surrounding orchards. An overnight stay is completed with a hearty breakfast.
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Prices range from £80–£140 for a double room, depending on the day and the season. Please click below to search rates and availability. Guests are welcome to check in from 3pm onwards and we need them to check out before 11am. A valid credit or debit card is required to confirm the booking. If the booking is cancelled less than 28 days before arrival then a 50% charge may apply. In the event of a ‘no show’ the full cost of the booking will be charged. Additional beds are available for £10 each. During peak season, a minimum two-night stay may be required for weekend bookings.

Terrace

Whether you are joining us for lunch or dinner on the terrace or relaxing with a drink and something from our Grazing Menu on the lawn, our garden is a great place to while away the summer months. Our outside bar – the TMH Hopper Hut – is inspired by the temporary huts provided for hop-pickers on Kentish farms in the 19th century. It’s the perfect ‘hopstop’ for a cold bottled beer, jug of Pimm’s or glass of rosé in the sunshine!
Our terrace is also home to a traditional wood-fired pizza oven serving homemade pizzas topped with local charcuterie, cheese, seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs, perfect for sharing (or not!) around our large community table. Alongside our adult options, there’s a Children’s Pizza Menu, flatbreads, and perfect ‘piccolo’ pizza portions – bite-sized samples from our classic selection…!

PIZZA MENU

Our delicious wood-fired pizzas are served on the Terrace and in the Bar from 12–9pm during Spring, Summer and Autumn. Pizza is not available in the Dining Room.

Events

We host a range of food and music events throughout the year, including our annual four-day festival for all the family – Milk Fest! Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see what we’ve been up to recently, or learn more about what we’re planning next:

 

JULY TO AUGUST – RICHARD HEYS

The wonderful work of local artist Richard Heys is adorning our walls until August and it looks fabulous. Richard strives to create paintings with presence, atmosphere and countenance. He works in a beautiful light-filled studio in East Sussex and is particularly inspired by the shapes and moods of the South Downs.

In his painting, Richard explores light and darkness and pure lyrical colour journeys, working with transparency and glazing to create vibrant surfaces. He enjoys finding tools and techniques that disguise the hand of the artist.

Richard is an artist member at the Chalk Gallery and exhibits regularly at the Ashdown Gallery. He will be donating 15% of all proceeds from his exhibition to West Kent Mind.

 

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND – MILK FEST

Save the date for this year’s Milk Fest, our annual four-day feel good festival of food and music for all the family. Last year was fab and this year’s set to be just as much fun.

 

31 OCTOBER TO 17 NOVEMBER – ART WITH HEART

From Monday 31 October until Thursday 17 November, we are looking forward to showcasing over 20 fantastic works of art, photography and sculpture that have been generously donated by our very talented artists from the local area and the South East. This special exhibition will be in aid of Save the Children, culminating in an exclusive art auction on Thursday 17 November at The Milk House.

Milk Fest 2016

A FULL FAT FESTIVAL OF FOOD & MUSIC FOR ALL THE FAMILY

In celebration of all the good things in life, we hope you’ll enjoy our four-day full fat festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. After all the fun of last year, Milk Fest is back and better than ever. Kicking off on Friday 26 August, we’re planning a long weekend of fun all the way through to Monday 29 August. It’s set to be a feel good feast of fun for the whole family.

We’ve put together a programme that showcases the cream of Kent, with music from top local talent and fabulous food and drink from some of our wonderful providers. From cocktails to hot dogs, face-painting to theatre, there’ll be something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

To mark the occasion, we’ll also be putting our Full Fat Festival Top back on tap at just £3 a pint. A tipple or two of this bespoke Kentish bitter, crafted just for us by Old Dairy Brewery, is sure to get you in the party mood. So bring a rug, make yourself comfortable, tuck into some fine festival fodder and enjoy the tunes!

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FRIDAY 26 AUGUST – SUMMER SPRITZERS & TWILIGHT TUNES

Milk Fest kicks off at 6pm on Friday night with some very special summer spritzers, colourful cocktails created to make your evening sparkle. Let your hair down and have fun with a flamboyant Flushed Flamingo, an exotic Tipsy Toucan or a raucous Pickled Parrot. As the sun sets over the Terrace, there’ll be music from singer/songwriters Chaz Stapley and Sam Easton, followed by some fiercely good folk rock from the Van Susans. A perfect start to your long weekend!

 

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST – FAMILY DAY AT THE SEASIDE

Grab your flip-flops and settle into a deckchair on Saturday while the kids enjoy the bouncy sandcastle, face-painting and buckets of fun in the sandpit. Alongside all this there’ll be jolly entertainment from Beautiful Creatures Theatre, making a splash with an interactive walkabout performance hosted by Applause Outdoors. Have a peek inside the Octopot for a larger than life seafood surprise that’s guaranteed to delight.

If all that leaves you feeling peckish, tuck into sizzling sausages from the full-fat festival BBQ menu, which will take centre stage on our Terrace from midday to 9pm. Of course, no trip to the seaside would be complete without a chilled cornet, so listen out for chimes of British summer heralding whippy ice cream…

There’ll be a feast for the ears, too, with acoustics from Daniel Rimmer, Valerio Lysander, Alibi and I am Aquitaine, before Box of Frogs and Lee Golledge rock us into the evening!

 

SUNDAY 28 AUGUST – HOMEGROWN & HANDMADE FAIR

Festival fever continues in Sissinghurst on Sunday with our ‘homegrown and handmade’ fair showcasing some of our favourite suppliers. Sample some of the fine Kent produce featured on our seasonal menus from Moons Green Charcuterie, Claire’s Bread, Kingcott Cheese, Wylde & ShrubThe Potato Shop and Kent Crisps.

This top grub happens to be complemented nicely by Bardsley Farms‘ fruit juices and Anno Distillers’ artisanal spirits, while local florist Astilbe & Sorrel will be turning out some pretty posies. Meanwhile our full-fat festival BBQ will continue to cook up chargrilled treats. What better way to while away your Sunday?

Running alongside this artisan fair, there’ll be performances from Ramblin’ Rags, Kyla Stroud, Jack Standen, Nick Eve and The Good Ship Band, with Carly Bryant and Raft bringing the night to an exuberant conclusion.

 

MONDAY 29 AUGUST – VILLAGE FETE THEN DANCE TIL LATE

It’s not over yet! On Monday, you can’t miss the Sissinghurst Village Fete, one of Kent’s most glorious summer events, combined with the hotly-anticipated dog show. We’ll be there, pulling pints from the ‘pop up’ Hopper Hut bar. And at the end of the fete… we’ll be keeping the party spirit alive back at the pub, with Happy Hour from 5–7pm and pizza in the Dining Room (!), for one night only…

There’ll be tunes from Caleb Howard-Almond and Milky Negro, followed by the super cool Tarot Rats and Jet Black Bees. Join us for the Bank Holiday’s last hurrah – and dance your socks off because summer comes but once a year!

 

We’re lucky to be part of a wonderful local community, so we’ll be raising money all weekend for village organisations, including Sissinghurst’s Trinity Church.

Art with Heart

From Monday 31 October until Thursday 17 November, we are looking forward to showcasing over 20 fantastic works of art, photography and sculpture that have been generously donated by our very talented artists from the local area and the South East.

This special exhibition will be in aid of Save the Children, culminating in an exclusive art auction on Thursday 17 November. The evening is currently by invitation only, but if you are interested in joining us, please contact Jan Cobley on 01892 722476 or jancobley.save@outlook.com.

Keep checking our Facebook page for more information about the artists involved and the important work of Save the Children. We will also be sharing updates on Twitter closer to the event using #artwithheart.

Opening Times

Sunday – Thursday / 9am – 11pm
Friday & Saturday / 9am – midnight
Coffees, teas & biscuits served from 9am
Dining Menu available from midday – 3pm and from 6pm – 9pm
Classic Menu available from midday – 3pm and from 6pm – 9pm
Pizza Menu available from midday – 9pm
Children’s Menu available from midday – 9pm
Grazing Menu available from midday – 9pm

On Sunday the Dining Room is closed from 4pm but our Pizza Menu is available until 9pm

Contact Us

The Milk House, The Street, Sissinghurst, Kent TN17 2JG
fresh@themilkhouse.co.uk
01580 720200

Sissinghurst is the perfect place for a family day out, especially during the warmer months, with the historic castle and gardens just half a mile’s walk from The Milk House. Cranbrook, Kent’s smallest town and one of the prettiest, is 1.8 miles from Sissinghurst village. The journey takes five minutes by road, and there are regular buses. Alternatively, a pleasant route can be taken on foot across the fields.

From nearby Staplehurst station, you can reach London by train in less than an hour. If you’re hitting the road instead, our car park is ample. Both The Channel Tunnel and Dover are within an hour’s drive. Gatwick Airport is about an hour away with Heathrow and Stansted not much further.


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