The Black Horse Inn
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... themselves 'swampies'.
Need we say more?
On the outskirts of Sheerness is an area of the town called Blue Town.
This relates back to the 1700s, when workmen in the Royal Naval Dockyard built ramshackle houses out of short pieces of wood known as 'chips'. Permission to take this wood was only granted if it was less than 3ft in length and could be carried on one shoulder. The name Blue town comes from the fact that the houses were painted with blue naval paint. Those who ...
... an angle to better read the inscriptions. So she knew just where to look.
She soon found the gravestones for my ancestors near the far front of the church yard. I carefully pulled some ivy and moss off the 2 stones and their associated foot stones and could barely read part of the inscriptions as they were very weathered. Anita was such a great help to us, and said that the stones had definitely been moved to their ...
... t gone anywhere off the track, I hadn't done anything truly amazing.
The entries for Laos and Cambodia, however, excited the hell out of me. I couldn't wait to tell the world about these amazing places that people could barely announce, let alone know about. Of course the backpacking world knows all about those places. But I was writing this for ...
... met up for dinner at a cozy upstairs pub complete with red ‘velvet’ booths and carpet galore. Traditional pub grub for everyone!
The next day our hosts took us to High Tea to thank us for coming to see them (!) – such generosity. Champagne was an afternoon indulgence for the ladies while the men opted for the metero gin & cucumber martinis!
We snacked on seven varieties of delicious little sandwiches- with the ...
... it's cause there is! aaah good times...somehow in all this I have managed to lose half a dozen kg's! weird! Aaah, the silly season! Hey, I've got a week or so off now before I'm back to work...my first week off in over 12 months I might add...and loving it!!! Lots of Xmas footy to sink my teeth into! And travel planning!
It won't be spent reflecting or reading anything about cricket...in Tasha's words, don't get him started!
Merry Xmas everyone!!!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Black Horse Inn Maidstone
A fantastic Christmas haven
Stayed for their Xmas break which was from 24-27/12. We had a fabulous time. The room was beautiful, with a little xmas tree and 2 presents. It was lovely and clean. The ensuite had a bath with a shower over and was really spacious. The food was to die for, I couldn't fault any of it. The staff couldn't do enough for you. I couldn't recommend this highly enough. Did I mention the food??? It was amazing!!
Great Pub...great food...comfy rooms and great location
We discovered this when a customer took us here for dinner (from Chatham)...it was so quaint and the general atmosphere was so charming, we enquired about rooms (we were staying at the Chatham Holiday Inn...). At any rate, this is a great place to stay if you have wheels....whether for business or for pleasure...you will be enchanted by the people and the location of the inn (not to mention surprised by the reasonable prices).
Stayed at this place for a couple of nights over a weekend as we went to see the fireworks at leeds castle.
Beautiful setting on pilgrims way
Very comfortable peaceful rooms with friendly efficient service from all staff.Will stay here again.Thankyou
The rooms are lovely and clean and overall we had a pleasant stay but on the first night we ate in the 'award winning' restaurant. The bill was very high for what is essentially a pub and unfortunately the quality did not match that at all. The staff were all untrained students who had no idea how to serve a table. There was broken glass on the table which I asked to be cleaned but never was. We asked for water for the table but were not given any glasses for this and the bottle (aswell as the wine we ordered) was handed to us like a milkshake in McDonalds (ie, handed to me in my hand and not placed on the table). Surely you should pour customers wine into their glass???The service really was bad (not the staff's fault at all) but poor management who obviously want to keep wages low and turnover high, therefore neglecting customer service. Its a shame because the setting is lovely. Would receommend the stay but definately not the restaurant.
Warm welcome, lovely stay
What a treat to stay at the Black Horse Inn! After getting ourselves thoroughly lost in the countryside, our hosts 'talked us in' and met us with a warm welcome. Great food, spacious, cabin-like rooms that were very comfortable and spotless, and lots of charm. Highly recommended!
Well earned praise
The Black Horse is a rebuit pub/restaurant with a seperate development of bungalow rooms a short walk away. They were well appointed and modern, very clean with good ammenities for this class of hotel. The restaurant was excellent, in fact it is as well to book in advance as it is extremely popular. Every thing is cooked to order and as they say themselves it is not a fast food place. The staff were friendly and efficient. My only surprise was that I could not get teletext to work on the modern flat screen TV in the room. We ( a middle aged couple) would definitley recommend it but it is not for smokers!
Had to stop over in Maidstone on a business trip. I chose the Black Horse after looking on TA.
Black Horse Rocks
Great drinks - massive choice including quite a few more unusual options.
Great food - quality but not pretentious.
Good accommodation - away from pub so noise not an issue (still easy staggering distance though!) although walls could do with some soundproofing.
Superb staff - very flexible and understanding with our ever changing schedule and young child.
Very convenient for motorway but still in a quiet, pretty village.
Will be staying there again.
Charming, Comfortable and Very Enjoyable
We stayed at The Black Horse In for 4 nights. It was very clean and comfortable, even after long days of touring the countryside. They have live music every Wednesday night, but we didn't hear a note of it in our rooms.
Jon, the owner, and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful in finding great places to tour. They provided good directions and knew of some "off the beaten path places" to go.
The food was delicious. We ate all of our breakfasts and dinners at the Inn and were very happy we did. Jon was there for breakfast every day and made sure we had exactly what we wanted.
We enjoyed our stay so much, that when we return to Kent, we will look forward to our stay at The Black Horse Inn.