Thanks for calling in.
Our last port of call in Sandwich is The Salutation, now a boutique hotel and restaurant. It was built in 1912 by Sir Edwin Lutyens on the site of a market garden and pub, which is how it got its name, for three wealthy brothers. It was the first building to be granted Grade I listing.
Our lunch there was delicious, particularly my lemon tart with the thinnest, crispiest brûlée top and the lemonyist ice cream and crumb.
There's a cafe and shop selling unusual plants that have been nurtured in the garden. It is the gardens, designed by Lutyens himself, that are absolutely wonderful with a surprise round every corner. As you snake round, the plants not only look great in their flowerbed but blend in with others across the garden. It was such a bright day, photos were difficult, but it was totally full of colour.
This was a stunning area with lavender surrounding pink roses under the sculptured holm oaks.
A remarkable place and well worth a visit. Their Afternoon Teas sound really tempting . . .