Historic hotel invests in modern accommodation for Olympic visitors

Posted: 09 February 2012

Blog category: News

The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham, is preparing for a busy Olympic summer by refurbishing its guest rooms in a fresh, complementary style.
Brewer Shepherd Neame has redecorated and equipped the hotel’s 24 rooms with new furniture and lighting, complementing the period charm of the 17th century pub with modern, comfortable accommodation.

For the first time, the Dog and Bear Hotel can offer a room fully-equipped for disabled visitors, including a wet room. Guests, who can now book online, can choose from one single room, one with a four poster bed, three family rooms and 19 doubles and twins.
Licensees Brian and Anne Hogg have run the Dog and Bear for eight years, having previously managed Shepherd Neame inns, including The Woolpack at Chilham and The Crown at Sarre, for a total of 15 years.

Anne said: “We are delighted with the refurbishment which keeps the historic character of the pub while bringing all our rooms and facilities up to the high standards our visitors require. We now offer better quality and value for money and we are looking forward to Easter and the Olympic summer as well as welcoming guests for weddings and other social events.”

The pub occupies a prime position in Lenham’s picturesque historic square. It is ideal for special occasions, conferences and business meetings, offering a function suite with its own bar and patio garden suitable for up to 50 guests.

The Dog and Bear Hotel, which dates back to 1602, was visited by Queen Anne in 1704 and her coat of arms is displayed above the door. Its rich history pervades the building, with its large open fire, oak beams and courtyard.

Shepherd Neame’s distinctive Kentish cask ales are available, as well as a wide selection of wines from some of the world’s leading independent estates.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet close to the A20 and just 10 minutes from Junction 8 of the M20, the Dog and Bear Hotel makes the perfect base to visit Leeds Castle, and other Kent attractions.