The Fenn Bell is a 17th century inn on the Hoo Peninsular, Medway, just a few miles from the cathedral city of Rochester.
While there are all manner of pubs, hotels and inns in the countryside, cities and on the coast of Kent, this is undoubtedly one of a kind, because this pub features both a miniature railway, and a fully licensed zoo.
In 2014, licensees Andy and Kelly undertook the mammoth task of building the zoo, and new areas are still to be added, much of it has been completed, with stunning results. In recognition of their hard work creating this unique pub, they received the ‘Award for Innovation’ at the Shepherd Neame Pub Awards earlier this year.
Outside, there is a large paved patio area with views over the large garden and pond, as well as the animal houses and a 7 1/4" gauge miniature railway. Enjoy a pint among the monkeys and meerkats, or take a ride on a miniature locomotive (not always running so check before you travel).
On the bar, you’ll find quality real ales, lager, cider and wines from around the world, as well as your favourite soft drinks, teas and coffee. There is a traditional menu of homemade dishes, and a popular Sunday roast, plus specials and a children’s menu. Thursday night is Curry Night, where you can choose from 4 different authentic curries for just £4.50, all freshly prepared on the premises.
The pub is close to Chatham Historic Dockyard, Diggerland and Rochester Castle, but when this incredible pub is such a star attraction in its own right, why would you need to go anywhere else?
The pub are currently fundraising to support future projects. You can show your support for their work on their Just Giving page.