The Hook and Hatchet at Hucking has reopened after a two year closure when local residents tried unsuccessfully to purchase the public house and operate it as a community resource. Shepherd Neame sold the Hook and Hatchet to Allan Bishop and Sharon Hodgson in February and it has just reopened as a free house with a gastropub style menu plus an attached campsite.
The Hook and Hatchet is next to the Woodland Trust Estate in Hucking which is popular with walkers and especially dog lovers. It is also near the historic Pilgrim’s Way from Winchester to Canterbury and the North Downs Way National Trail. It is also popular with horse riders and there are facilities at the public house for tethering horses. The new camping facility is the only campsite in the Hollingbourne area which accepts tent campers. The Caravan Club site at Junction 8 of the M20 only accepts caravans and motorhomes.
From Hollingbourne the Hook and Hatchet can be reached at the top of Broad Street Hill and by turning left at the top of Hollingbourne Hill and then left again past Saint Margaret’s Church.
The new owners have introduced a number of regular events including classic car Sundays, SAddle Up Satursdays, and Open Mike Nights. The new telephone number is 880272.
For more information please go to http://www.hookandhatchetpub.co.uk
Pictured below is the Hook and Hatchet before the recent takeover.