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The Black Horse Inn

Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD England
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Restaurant and pub with exposed beams, hops and open fireplaces serving real ales, wine and spirits. 34 Kentish barn style en-suite rooms in the grounds provide a peaceful haven. Ideal for business guests and tourists. Close to Leeds Castle and only a 50 minute train journey to London. Lovely large gardens and outside dining areas to enjoy the warmer months of the year.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Car park
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
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Iron
Flatscreen TV
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English
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MisterTrick wrote a review 23 Feb
Manchester, United Kingdom37 contributions26 helpful votes
We booked three nights accommodation in order to visit relatives and to see some of the attractions in Kent. We have stayed here previously and enjoyed it. This stay was just as good. The accommodation is in comfortable cabins and meals are served in the pub itself. We had been warned at the time of booking that the meal service on Saturday evening was likely to be slow as they had a big party. It *was* a bit slow of course, but forewarned is forearmed. By comparison, service the rest of the time was exemplary. The evening meal menu board had attractive specials as well as the regular dishes. Breakfast is served efficiently, but feels wonderfully relaxed, with all the options you would expect. We will be back.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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austinsmrs wrote a review Aug 2022
Stoney Stanton, United Kingdom103 contributions66 helpful votes
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Excellent stay in a dog friendly lodge. Breakfast was superb and the site well equipped. We had a lovely meal outside seating was lovely with dog friendly seating and hook up staff great and polite. Our first experience of a dog hotel and we will definately be back
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chelle180 wrote a review 16 Feb
Kent, England19 contributions11 helpful votes
The food was nice, although it's a very poor selection for vegetarians as there is only one choice each in starters and mains. However, I've been several times with family and every time the service is incredibly slow. This visit was by far the worst. They made us book a very early table at 6.15pm as they said that was all they could accommodate for a party of 9 people. We didn't get starters for over an hour and then another hour later for mains and another 45mins before the desserts came out. There seemed to be plenty of serving staff, but they could do with a couple more chefs. We had to wait so long because the same chef makes the starters and desserts!!! Maybe train a server to add ice cream to a pre-prepared apple crumble. Overall, we were there for over 3 and half hours. Far too slow service.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Give yourself at least 3 hours
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Naomi K wrote a review 11 Feb
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From the moment you walk into The Black Horse you feel welcomed and well looked after. All the staff are lovely and over the countless times I’ve been feels like I’m going to see friends and were treated like friends, rather than just customers. One of the many things I love about going! We are frequent diners and visitor in the week as well as weekends. We have made our way around Kent pubs trying to find the perfect roast that tastes just like mums. I can honestly say The Black Horse ticks every box! They do the best pork belly and I’m so glad it’s made a come back to the menu. I’d like to thank Mikayla, the girls and boys for always making us feel so welcome and giving us top tier service 🤍
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Chris B wrote a review Dec 2023
Frankfurt, Germany94 contributions70 helpful votes
Great pub/restaurant/hotel, cleverly rebuilt/restored. The hotel rooms, laid out behind the pub are comfortable, the food at both the evening meal and breakfast was very good, and the owner and staff welcoming and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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EdB222 wrote a review Nov 2023
Guildford, United Kingdom563 contributions155 helpful votes
We stay here each year for our visit to the Vineyard and Winery Show at Detling Showground. It’s a traditional pub with real fire and leather furniture. Food and drinks are first class. The purpose built rooms provide a bed and breakfast accommodation with spotlessly clean bedrooms with en suite. Bedrooms are not very well sound insulated.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: A little hard to find. Rooms not ideal for physical disabilities.
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Dawn B wrote a review Nov 2023
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Terrible service and no real apology or explanation. Starters not ordered by waitress, then when the main was ready we were offered the starter to be brought out at the same time with the main. No one checked at any time if we would like another drink. Felt like we were just left and no care was taken.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Sunday evening
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Lace wrote a review Nov 2023
103 contributions79 helpful votes
Was looking forward to a family meal tonight. Table wasn’t ready when we got there, ordered our starters and our mains. Waited 25mins then waitress comes over and says your mains are ready. Yet we hadn’t even had our starters yet. The waitress said we can have our starters with our mains? Which we said no we want our starters then mains. She then came back and said the chef we not delay your mains so you can have your starters but then have to chose something else for main you won’t be able to have a roast as they are ready now. Disappointed and frustrated we decided to just have our mains. Roast was okay not the best. We decided to not have a dessert and go else where for dessert because the service had been so bad. The waitress did admit that she forgot to put the starters through the system but still that shouldn’t have happened.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Liz A wrote a review Oct 2023
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom44 contributions13 helpful votes
This pub/restaurant I have visited over my lifetime since growing up in Maidstone. It is rustic, full of charm and a sense of a place dating back over 300 years. Food was good and for the first time, stayed overnight and the bed was extremely comfortable. However, at dinner the service was a little slow, cajun onion rings only tasted of deep fat frying and portion sizes on the small side. At breakfast, items put on plate after saying did not want them, mushroom was cold and fried bread only shattered when cut, so over cooked. Enough food available to not feel hungry but attention perhaps needs to be given to timing. I also feel the accommodation is a little overpriced even though location is superb for recreation and lovely views.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Ralph H wrote a review Sept 2023
Blandford Forum, United Kingdom41 contributions7 helpful votes
Family evening meal. I ordered ox cheek. Well overpriced for what I was goven. Cheek tender but utterly tasteless. No seasoning, jus disappointing as again no flavour. Dophiouse potatoes OK but again no favour except heavy salt. Cabbage disappointing. Please let me know if you would like me to teach you how to cook and I.prove this dish....it is not worth 32!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Black Horse Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Black Horse Inn?
Nearby attractions include Kent Owl Academy (3.5 miles), The Extraction Room (3.1 miles), and Mote Park (2.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Black Horse Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Black Horse Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Black Horse Inn?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Black Horse Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Funky Feast, Giggling Squid - Maidstone, and The Ringlestone Inn.
Is The Black Horse Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.04 miles away from the centre of Thurnham.
Are pets allowed at The Black Horse Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Black Horse Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Leeds Castle (3.4 miles), Stoneacre (2.7 miles), and Kit's Coty House (4.2 miles).
Is The Black Horse Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.