East Kent Sussex

I started Monday with a short 5k run at 6am through the vast estate and some woodland around. Really enjoyed blowing the cobwebs off after two days in the saddle.

After breakfast we rode 30 min to Scotney Castle. Again the weather promised lots of sunshine so this time we took panniers to store at least our helmets when we were out exploring.

Scotney is yet another very beautiful National Trust property. Parked up at 10am just when they opened and spent the next hour exploring the grounds and the castle ruins. What a lovely place! And hardly anyone here on a Monday morning. We walked down to the castle ruin, then around it and back up to the house passing a few turn offs for other paths. You could spend easily most of the day wandering around on this 700+ acre estate. Yet another one for the must-come-back-list.

After a lemonade at the café on site we headed off down to Hastings taking the tourist route swapping most of the A21 for A268 and A28. It was a bit busy with lots of villages and towns on the way slowing us down to 30mph every time, but still very lovely scenery with stunning houses and green landscape all around. We had passed from East Sussex into Kent in the morning. No we were going back and forth between the two as the road wound its way down to the coast.

Arrived in Hastings 12:30 near Old Town. Putting helmets into panniers feels like I forgot something not lugging my stuff around, haha. Walked along George Street and its shops. Stopped at a chocolate shop (can’t walk past this and not buy chocolate) and had fantastic coffee.

Old Town

Had ice cream by the beach and that was really it. Sure, we could’ve gone up to the castle but we had other plans.

Hastings is alright.

Took the very busy A21 now heading North to stop at the Road 1066 cafe around 14:30. Had heard it was a biker place and it sure was! There were even a few bikers around on this Monday afternoon. Must be quite the meeting place on weekends. Great to see two fellow lady bikers! Had a light lunch, then rode the remaining hour back to The Dorset Arms.

Route 1066 café. Loved it.

Had quick showers and got a taxi to Royal Tunbridge Wells 16:30 as we had missed the 16:10 bus and didn’t want to wait another hour. The short 15min drive was made even shorter by a happy chatty driver who didn’t quite approve with our first choice of destination as it was “all inside” with no outside seating on such a lovely day.

Indeed Fuggles had no outside seating, but it was a proper by the book craft beer bar. Our first choice The Pantiles Tap was closed Mondays, but looking at Fuggles we weren’t too disappointed at all.

I had a Winter Bock, then raspberry sour. Rich went for a fruity pale and then a strong stout. Before we left we saw couple in there who are staying in the same place at The Dorset Arms. What are the chances!!!

Fuggles

I was really struggling now, yawning all the time. So tired!!! before we knew it it was already 18:30 so we walked down througg the empty high street towards The Sussex Arms for some more drinks and hopefully food.

Found it to be a really nice down to earth rock pub, unfortunately no food on Monday. Boo. Where to now. Most places were shut. We had passed a Thai on the way which looked good and you know what, we really fancied Thai.

So back up the road to Kai’s Kitchen. Nice little place half the tables taken, which is a good sign on a Monday night. Very friendly lady showing us our table and taking orders.

Food was simply amazing! Absolute top quality and taste. Rich’s Tom Ka soup was rich in flavours and my prawn and squid fishcakes with plum sauce very tasty too. I had a Massaman and Rich a red curry, both again exceptionally good and mine seriously had half a chicken in there, no kidding. We also had a mint and chili rice which we had never had before and it was to die for!

As we stuffed our faces we saw that same couple again having their dinner here as well. We’re they following us??? We could’ve shared the taxi, haha.

Called our taxi guy and he was indeed free to take us back just before 9pm. More stories from his illustrious life and a chat about which country has the best Shawarma, hahaha.

Back in our room we just slumped on the bed, so tired and so full. What a brilliant day we had!

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