The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh

We discovered this fantastic Kent pub in the village near the “Malthouse Barn” where we spent a long weekend this January. We ended up staying near Hastingleigh because I searched the English Country Cottage website for a cottage in walking distance from a pub and the ‘barn’ near Hastingleigh was the result. The pub just happened to be this amazing old Inn which was recently taken over and restored by ex-antiques dealers, so they’ve done a wicked job. You can see a picture of the lovely fireplace via this page (of their website which i’ve just discovered!!):
They are in the Good Beer Guide 2007 (quite a feat for such a new Real Ale serving pub) and have a pet Owl… Oh yes, we got the full lowdown from the lovely landlord Ron. He runs a music festival in the village at the end of the summer, so perhaps then is a good time to go check out the pub and area.

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