Ringlestone Inn, Maidstone

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At the Ringlestone Inn a fascinating heritage combines with fine ales, good food and a rural setting to provide the warmest of welcomes.

With 500 years of history, a range of cask ales and English country fruit wines, tempting lunches and evening meals and a large garden, the Ringlestone Inn offers many reasons to visit.

Built in 1533, the pub was originally used as a hospice for monks before becoming an ale house in 1615. Its brick and flint walls and oak beams can still be seen and the impressive inglenook fireplace is a popular spot, especially in winter.

In summer, the landscaped garden and patio provide a delightful setting and walkers exploring the rural hamlet can be sure of a warm welcome upon their return.

The pub’s cosy back room can cater for parties of up to 30 people.

The Ringlestone Inn has received many visitors over the years. It was featured in an episode of EastEnders and on Most Haunted, thanks to some of its more unusual guests. A dog, a mysterious lady and an old gentleman who hangs around the bar are just some of the sightings that have been investigated by paranormal experts.

One popular, live guest is pet barn owl, Bing.