History of The Knowle


The Knowle was built in the 1850’s by the rector of Higham, a great friend of Charles Dickens whose house he shared at ‘Gad’s Hill Higham’ whilst The Knowle was being built. Dickens later became a frequent visitor. The Knowle is set in 14 acres of orchards and old english gardens, now the home of Lyn Michael Baragwanath who turned their house into a restaurant in 1980.

Our aim is to offer a relaxed, unhurried and personal service in elegant surroundings where flexibility and style are major considerations. We avoid the pomp and ceremony associated with many country house restorations, making it affordable to all.

We specialise in English food, cooked to order and would quote ‘Egon Ronay’ from the famous food guide…

“The Knowle specialises in large portions, fresh produce and does not pander to modern fads”.

Over the years we have become one of Kent’s most popular and historically interesting wedding venues. We will always be happy to show you around, be it a wedding, private party or that romantic dinner for two.


“ Relaxed, unhurried and personal service in elegant surroundings ”

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