Red Lion, Charing Heath, Ashford

Welcome to the Red Lion, Charing Heath

Nestled away in the Kentish countryside, between Maidstone and Ashford

Welcome to the Red Lion

The Red Lion is a beautiful 16th century country pub, situated in the heart of the Kentish countryside - close to the M20 and Leeds Castle, just off the A20 at Charing.

We are a friendly, family and (well behaved) dog welcoming pub, offering a fantastic range of Shepherd Neame ales & lagers as well as a delicious menu.

All of our ingredients are locally sourced, where possible.

Red Lion, Charing Heath, Ashford
Red Lion, Charing Heath, Ashford

A bit of history...

Originally a thatched farmhouse built in 1562, the building’s history can be traced back to the reign of Elizabeth I.

An ale and cider licence was granted in 1709 before it officially became an Inn later that century.

The pub has been trading ever since - including a period of time when it doubled as a postal sorting office.

Customers can see for themselves a piece of the pub's fascinating history - a child's leather shoe found in the chimney during refurbishment.

Dating from 1850, rumour has it that strange things occur if it is taken off the premises.