The Ringlestone Inn in the road between the top of Hollingbourne Hill and Stede Hill in Harrietsham is now back in business after over a year’s closure. This reputedly haunted historic public house on the North Downs is on one of the traditional pilgrim’s routes to Canterbury.
Following the sale by Shepherd Neame the public house is now being run by Dalton Hopper and Paoli Rigolli as their first venture in operating a gastropub. An evening tasting menu at £55 is being offered as well as a Sunday lunch menu at £27.95 for three courses.
Following a major refurbishment the Inn has now been open for some weeks and the website is at https://www.theringlestone.co.uk/ Future possible developments include shepherds’ huts for overnight accommodation. The Ringlestone is already highly rated on Trip Advisor.
Long time Hollingbourne residents will remember the 1960’s when the Ringlestone was famous for a landlady who deterred potential customers that she did not like with a shot gun. Her confrontations with visitors made the national press at the time.
Hollingbourne is fortunate to have three public houses in the village which are the Windmill by Richard Phillips, the Sugar Loaves, and the Dirty Habit in Upper Street. Also on the North Downs are the Hook and Hatchet in Hucking and the Blacksmiths Arms in Wormshill. The Park Gate Inn is close by on the A20.
Pictured below are Dalton Hopper and Paoli Rigolli in the Ringlestone.