THE OLD WELL RESTAURANT
Howfield is located in the heart of the “Garden of England” as Kent is often known, and is within in easy reach of active fish markets around the East Kent coastline. With the most amazing producers of fruit and vegetables, cheese, livestock, game, juices, bread, ice cream and much more right on our doorstep, we feel that we cannot do anything less than pledge to source as much of our food for the restaurant locally.

We have also built a kitchen garden in order to grow our own herbs, unusual salad leaves and edible flowers. Howfield Manor Hotel is a member of Produced in Kent, reflecting our commitment to using locally-produced food from award-winning local producers.

The Old Well Restaurant is situated in what would have been the chapel when the Manor, originally known as “Haghfeld” was a dairy run by monks as part of the Priory of St Gregory.

The Manor was established in 1181, and it is thought that the flint-dressed chapel building dates from this time. With a low-beamed ceiling and leaded windows, the Restaurant has an intimate feel, in which to enjoy freshly prepared locally produced food, all served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

For private dining and family celebrations, the Oak Room is now available, please contact us for further details.



HOWFIELD MANOR HOTEL
In the year 871, duke Elfred gave to archbishop Ethelred, and the monks of Christchurch,the parish of Chartham,towardstheir ‘cloathing’, asappears by his charter then made,or rather codicil; and this gift of it was confirmed to them in the year 1052, by king Edward the Confessor; and it continued in their possession at the time of taking the general survey of Domesday, in the year 1084,in which it is thus entered, under the title of Terra Monachorum Archiepi, i.e. lands of the monks of the archbishop, as all lands belonging to that monastery were. HOWFIELD is a manor in this parish, lying in the north-east part of it, adjoining to Toniford. It was formerly spelt in ancient records both Haghefelde and Hugeveld.

  871 – Howfield given to the monks of Christ-Church Canterbury.

1084 – Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury establishes The Priory of St. Gregory and bestows Howfield to the Monks of the Priory.

1181 – Chapel (now the Restaurant) and medieval hall built at Howfield.

1536 – Henry the VIII starts the dissolution of the Monasteries. Howfield is given to the Master of the Rolls, Sir Christopher Hales. A powerful and wealthy member of the Court, Hales had been responsible for prosecuting Thomas Wosely, Thomas Moore and Anne Boylen.

1541 – Through Marriage to Mary Hales, Howfield passes into the hands of firstly Alexander Colpepper and then Sir John Culpeper of Wigsell.

1630 – Mary, The Fane Westmoreland, widow of Francis, takes possession of Howfield. Francis had previous been both ‘Knight of the Shire’ for Kent and MP for Maidstone. Mary eventually went on to own both Apethorpe Hall and Lacock Abbey.

1638 – Howfield is ‘alienated’ to William Man Esq, a gentleman of Kent.

1761 – Mr Edward Robert, of Christ Hospital London, Inherits Howfield.

1796 – Howfield is Sold to Sir George Gipps, MP for Canterbury. The Gipps family, build up an extensive property empire, including Howlets and Thanington.

1920 – Howfield is part of a 350 Acre farm, growing fruit and flowers and run by the Mount Family.

1970 – Howfield becomes a Hotel, with the main extension being built in the 1980’s.

2007 – The Hotel shuts and falls into a state of disrepair.

2009 – Completion of the Oak Room and Manor Room extension as well as a total refurbishment marks the re-opening of Howfield.

Howfield is located in the heart of the “Garden of England” as Kent is often known, and is within in easy reach of active fish markets around the East Kent coastline. With the most amazing producers of fruit and vegetables, cheese, livestock, game, juices, bread, ice cream and much more right on our doorstep, we feel that we cannot do anything less than pledge to source as much of our food for the restaurant locally.

We have also built a kitchen garden in order to grow our own herbs, unusual salad leaves and edible flowers. Howfield Manor Hotel is a member of Produced in Kent, reflecting our commitment to using locally-produced food from award-winning local producers.