Sevenoaks is a haven for London workers, looking to get out of the city, start a family and still get time to actually see said family. It's located less than half an hour away from central London, giving most commuters an even shorter journey than they experienced when actually living in London! It's surrounded by Kentish countryside and protected historic sites and boasts not only a huge number of lovely restaurants, well-thought-of schools and a Waitrose, but also a glorious selection of National Trust properties.
Among these include Knole Park, Ightham Mote, Emmetts Garden and Chartwell. All of these properties stock local produce in their gift shops, including Goupie (not to toot our own horn); but if you're not purely a member of the National Trust for the gift shops, they also present a lovely option for a good weekend out.
Goupie is lucky enough to visit these various locations for tasting sessions every now and then. We can honestly say it's a delight to attend, and we often have more than one volunteer desperate to go!
If you are looking to coordinate your visits with some free chocolate tasting, we currently have the Ightham Mote booked in for Father's Day between 12:00 and 14:00!
When you're not prowling the outskirts for protected properties, you're likely to peruse the inner town of Sevenoaks. It's not large, by any standards, but it certainly has a natural charm about it!
Just off to the side of the centre, you'll come across The Chocolate Shop, which is every bit as tempting as it sounds! Offering milkshakes in the summer and hand-made chocolate goodies like a Belgian chocolatier all year round (not to mention Goupie).
We're delighted to have been selected as part of their offering, as we've never considered ourselves posh enough for a real chocolate shop! If you are a chocoholic, we definitely recommend a visit to The Chocolate Shop...
So there you have it, our round-up of the best in Sevenoaks! In conclusion, a National Trust crawl appears to be in order, with a chocolate shop finish!
Let us know how you get on...