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“Avoid the Clover Room” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Black Horse Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thurnham
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Avoid the Clover Room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

Stayed for a couple of nights in April 2014, in the Clover room. Room is a good size and is clean, but three main downsides. First, it sounded like it was next to a large water softener/water pump/water treatment room, which makes a pretty loud and constant humming noise which makes it very difficult to sleep. Also, the bed slats were incredibly creaky, meaning any attempt to move on the bed is met with a loud creaking noise and does not allow for a good night's sleep. Last, the TV is exceptionally small given the size of the room. It's placed so high up as to almost make it pointless to watch. Altogether, it did make me wonder how it achieves a 4 star rating.
That said, the rest of it is great - very friendly and knowledgeable staff, incredible food in the pub and in a quiet but accessible location near the M20. Would recommend visiting for lunch but not to stay over.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

all perfect, thankyou- most helpful staff and lovely location. bit difficult to find but apart from that really could not find any fault in the service provided :) slept very well in the peaceful location

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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london
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197 reviews
56 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

Hidden somewhere between the Maidstone one way system and the M20 approach roads The Black Horse is somehow in the countryside. And well worth trying to find for the comfortable bungalow rooms and exceptional pub food. It's a big operation and the staff are weary/offhand - when we got lost and in panic phoned for assistance, the chap who answered couldn't have cared less. We eventually found it and our room in the bungalows at the bottom of the garden, about 250 yards from the main building. This is only a problem if you are infirm (at the bottom of a fairly steep slope) or if it's raining, but on the other hand it's very quiet. The pub dining rooms are very busy but mostly friendly waitresses, if exhausted. Menus were full of choice and the steak and kidney pudding delicious!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank geowk
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nottingham
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48 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Stayed on business with a large party. Firstly, all the staff were great, everyone was helpful and polite, but special mention for Sasha who looked after us in the restaurant, worked tirelessly and was very professional, and Gemma on hotel reception who was very welcoming and helpful. The chalet rooms are clean, well planned and comfortable. The Inn itself is a tradional pub, good atmosphere and nice beers. The food served was quality. Will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank archieNottingham
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east sussex
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33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

from the moment we arrived at the very friendly reception we knew we had made a good choice.we stayed in crab apple room which is like a little chalet with parking outside. the room was immaculate and decorated to a very high standard.plenty of tea , coffee etc and lovely fresh towels. we went to the restaurant and was overwhelmend with the friendly staff and service. we managed to sit on a very private table in a little nook and it was great. food was really really good and was reasonable priced.being a nice warm evening for the end of march it was lovely to see people sitting in the nice gardens.in the morning the breakfast was again excellent with a great full English plenty of cereals and fruit juices and choice of papers !! We would not hesitate to recommend this lovely hotel/pub and we cant wait to return

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sandyEastSussex
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Australia
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89 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Really enjoyed staying for 3 nights at the Black Horse Inn which is situated on the historic Pilgrams Way. The pub is a genuine old style English setting. Our accommodation was in a nearby cabin which was roomy, comfortable and clean. The pub has an authentic old English pub atmosphere and the meals were excellent.Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Collectandtravel
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Epworth
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61 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

Travelling around the South East I found myself in need of accommodation and found the Black Horse on a booking web site. I got a room for £58 b&b which turned out to be outstanding value. Upon arrival I met with the outstanding Sasha on reception who couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you Sasha! The accommodation is in small blocks of charming chalets which are extremely spacious and comfortable. Wi-fi is free in the rooms with a decent signal strength but is not available at all in the bar. The Landlord thinks that people should talk to each other, not sit staring at smartphones and tablets. Brilliant! Within 5 minutes I was chatting away to some locals like they'd known me all their lives. The food is first class as well.
Charming, welcoming, friendly and great value.
I will be back.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Black Horse Inn
Address: Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Maidstone > Thurnham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thurnham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Black Horse Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
17th Century Pub / Restaurant with beams, hops and open fireplaces serving real ales and country wine. 27 beautiful en-suite rooms in the grounds provide a peaceful haven around the duck pond. Ideal for business or tourists. Close to Leeds Castle and only a 50 minute train journey to London. Lovely gardens and outside dining area. Also licensed for Civil Marriage Ceremonies.Fully equiped air conditioned business centre ideal for conferences, meetings and training seating up to 80 delegates ... more   less 
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