Ye Maydes Restaurant sits at the centre of the historic and beautiful village of Biddenden. The village is situated amongst the rolling countryside of the weald of Kent, renowned for growing aromatic British hops, luscious summer fruits and producing award-winning English wines.
The village boasts a number of outstanding historical grade I listed buildings dating back to Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean times and has a strong connection with the
settlements of the Flemish weavers.
Ye Maydes Restaurant is named after the legendary Biddenden Maids Elisa and Mary Chulkhurst, born in1100, whom according to tradition were said to be joined at the hip and shoulder and lived an impressive thirty four years. Following their death it is believed that the twins bequeathed 20 acres of land to benefit the poor of the village.
Even today the ‘Biddenden Maids Charity’ carries out the curious tradition of handing out the ‘Biddenden Biscuit’ from the window of the ‘Old Workhouse’ on Easter Monday.