We are open on Bank Holiday Mondays; drinks and pizzas available!
A 16th-century country pub in the picturesque village of Charing Heath, between Maidstone and Ashford.
See below for details of dates and prices.
Festive menus now live on our menus page - bookings being taken!
Christmas opening times:
Christmas Eve - 12:00 - 23:00
Christmas Day - 11:00 - 14:00
Boxing Day - 12:00 - 20:00
New Year's Eve - 12:00 - 00:00
New Year's Day - 12:00 - 20:00
Family friendly, with an invitation extended to well-behaved dogs, it’s a relaxed and homely place to savour exceptional ales, wines and spirits, plus a delicious menu of home-cooked country style food.
Built in 1562, the pub exudes character and charm with authentic oak-beamed ceilings and wooden paneling - but it’s not the only historic building around these parts…
Just off the M20 near Leeds Castle, the Red Lion makes an ideal stop-off for a country pub lunch on a day of historical appreciation.
The Red Lion in Charing Heath has rich history, having been built as a thatched farmhouse in 1562, in the reign of Elizabeth I.
An ale and cider licence was granted in 1709, before the Red Lion 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.
Visitors here can see for themselves a piece of the pub's fascinating and somewhat spooky history - a child's leather shoe found in the chimney during refurbishment. Dating from circa 1850, rumour has it that strange things occur if the shoe is taken off the premises…