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The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh - pub details

Address: The Street, Hastingleigh, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5HU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29555) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Wye (3.4 miles)

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The Bowl Inn was pub of the day for us. It's high up in a remote village. But it's a fascinating family-run business where the landlord is very keen on engaging you in conversation. If you don't mind the F word, you'll get along fine! The bar area has lots of old signs and curios dotted around. Outdoors, you'll find the gents, a barbecue run by the landlord's son come rain or shine (for us it was rain), a fine garden with a former cricket pitch behind, an antique store to the side and an owl of all things slap bang in the middle! The landlord was recounting some interesting stories. But he seemed very proud of his pub and so he should. He has just been recognised by the local CAMRA group, who have voted it their pub of the year. Hopdaemon Incubus & Golden Braid & Ripple Steam IPA were the 3 real ales on offer. Biddendens Dry was available in bottles. Well worth a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Jun 2012 21:40
This is a fabulous pub in a lovely Kentish village perched on top of the North Downs. The landlord was a really funny guy and most helpful with my walking ideas. The beer was equally fine. The interior is lovely and the best bit is the small old public bar at the front which has been extremely well done up like an American 8-ball pool parlour with one table in the middle. The garden is great and dog very friendly. Will definitely return. PS there is a good beer festival here, too.
BiffoBeer - 23 May 2011 16:21
I can see where the last reviewer is coming from - it's run in a way that people immediately love or hate. But for me, the Bowl at Hastingleigh is a brilliant pub. I�d never been there before today. Four of us cycled up, and two of us drove. Next time, I'll be a passenger in the car. It's a bit "up".
Four ales, and the landlord is quite a character � treating everyone as an old friend, even if he�s only just met you. The beer selection was fine, and I had a couple of pints of the aptly named �Full Steam Ahead�. A roast beef baguette, a bit of a laugh with the pub dog, all too soon it was time to leave.
Will certainly be back.
MankyBadger - 30 May 2009 17:48
What a pub! And what looked like a great selection of wonderful beers. I could only have a half, so I opted for the Nelson's Mild (sorry the name has gone out of my head) which was excellent. Would have loved to stay for more but I had to drive!
smiles - 24 Mar 2009 21:57
What a fantastic pub !
A local's pub that isn't a local's pub....if you see what I mean :-)
The Landlord (Ron, from earlier reviews?) is a gentle giant with a wonderfully droll sense of humour and treated us all like he had known us for years despite this being our first visit. Beer was very good and sandwiches looked lovely although we had already eaten, unfortunately. There is a pleasant garden as well with a pet owl although as the weather was miserable, we chose to stay in the warm.
When it was time to leave, everybody in the pub (and there were quite a few of them) made a point of saying goodbye.
A pub I would be proud to have as my local (which sadly, it isn't really). In fact, I am almost loathe to write about it in case too many people find it !
We will certainly be back.
Cover_Point - 2 Aug 2008 15:19

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