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Red Lion, Charing Heath, Ashford

Welcome to the Red Lion, Charing Heath

A Kentish country pub with centuries of tales to tell…

Welcome to the Red Lion

Welcome to the Red Lion, a 16th-century country pub in the picturesque village of Charing Heath, between Maidstone and Ashford.

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.

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

A bit of history...

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…

Food at the Red Lion

There’s little to beat a good pub lunch in a beautiful country pub, and the Red Lion certainly doesn’t disappoint.

A delicious gastropub menu is served six days a week, with traditional classics and other tasty dishes prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

The week’s service culminates in a superb homemade roast every Sunday. Book ahead to guarantee a table.