The Black Horse Inn is a relaxed and unpretentious, rural, family run Inn set in the Kentish countryside. Its three main offerings: food, drink and bed and breakfast rooms make it a unique and quite frankly stunning bed and breakfast. Whether stopping for an evening on the way to the continent, using it as a base to visit the historic Kentish countryside and landmarks, a discerning businessman staying on business or a romantic getaway, the Black Horse Inn has something to satisfy all of their guests needs with their modern Kentish barn-style rooms in the grounds of the period Inn. Set in the hamlet of Thurnham, a stone’s throw from Maidstone, Kent’s county town, the Black Horse Inn offers a change of pace. “Bed and breakfast in Maidstone, but in the countryside”.
The 18th century Inn offers some of the finest bed and breakfast accommodation in Maidstone, and although not situated in the Inn itself, the bed and breakfast is conveniently located in a series of separate Kentish barn style buildings close to the main Inn. The surroundings are idyllic, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and historically significant. Situated on the Pilgrims Way the route the Pilgrims took between Winchester and Canterbury, to the shrine of Thomas Beckett and mentioned in the ‘Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer. The Inn has offered food, drink and bed and breakfast for weary travellers for hundreds of years.
In addition to the bed and breakfast, the restaurant and bar are renowned throughout Kent for providing an excellent range of dishes, prepared from fresh, local produce by a brigade of talented chefs.
The restaurant menu is large and varied and can cater for those just looking for a sandwich or light lunch, a classic pub meal or indeed a full a la carte offering, washed down with a glass of wine from a local vineyard or a well-kept local real ale.
The Pilgrim Suite offers an excellent opportunity for those looking for a wedding venue, conference venue, or those wishing to celebrate a special occasion to do so in marvelous countryside surroundings. Seating up to 100 people and offering a completely private dining experience for you and your guests, the convenience of the bed and breakfast rooms means your guests can relax in the warm surroundings without a care in the world. The venue and gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for the smaller more intimate occasion. Equally the Pilgrim Suite can offer a stunning rural location for conferences and corporate events.
The bed and breakfast also offers a unique selling point for those travelling with pets. As a pet friendly bed and breakfast, one of very few in Kent, the Black Horse Inn offers a dog friendly environment for those travelling with their hound. Guests are not only able to bring their dogs with them to stay (cleaning costs will be incurred), but also eat with them in the dog loft, with the same menu choices as the main restaurant!
The reception office is located at the bottom of the main car park, please do not bring your luggage in with you to check in as you will need to move your car to the car park closest to the annex of rooms you will be staying in.
Any guests checking in after these times are required to collect their key from the bar area where are member of staff can direct you down to your room, once again please do not take your luggage into the pub.
Bed & Breakfast Accomodation in Maidstone Kent:
The Black Horse Inn prides itself on the quality, cleanliness and functionality of its modern bed and breakfast rooms. Situated on the historic Pilgrims Way, in the hamlet of Thurnham, near Maidstone in Kent, the bedrooms provide a quiet and tranquil getaway for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Located in the grounds of the 18th Century Inn, famous throughout Kent, the Black Horse Inn bed and breakfast offers a rural setting for your stay in a traditional Kentish inn, and a quintessentially English pub to enjoy your evenings in. It is the benchmark for bed and breakfast in Maidstone, shown by the continued expansion of the business and development of bed and breakfast rooms over the last 10 years.
However, although ideally located in the Kentish countryside, in a unique location totally away from the hustle and bustle, the bed and breakfast boasts excellent transport links to business in London, Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Medway Towns, Kings Hill, Ashford and the coast. From the motorway, customers have a very short 5 minute drive to the bar. Holiday makers access to rail links (Victoria Line to London from Bearsted station), Ashford International, and the channel tunnel rail link are convenient and all within an hours drive.
The bed and breakfast rooms are all large and spacious with what you would expect from any bed and breakfast, they all have an ensuite bathroom, double bed, complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate, television with freeview and complimentary access to the wifi.
As well as these facilities there is an excellent choice for breakfast: with a full English if you dare, eggs benedict, eggs royale, or alternatively you can create your own breakfast.
The Black Horse Inn: Restaurant in Maidstone
With ceilings adorned with hops, nooks and crannies, wing backed chairs and welcoming fireplaces, the Black Horse Inn offers a truly perfect setting for a meal with friends, a special occasion, or a romantic meal with your loved one. Tucked away in the north downs as it is, the Black Horse Inn is still only a stones throw from Maidstone, and definitely worth taking the short trip out into the countryside.
The emphasis at the Black Horse is on quality food, all locally sourced, from high quality suppliers, the meat in fact being delivered from a butcher only a mile down the road. The theme for the food is varied, an excellent selection of traditional English dishes in keeping with the traditional countryside location of the Inn, which also offer excellent value for money. The restaurant also offers an exciting selection of a la carter dishes and regularly changing specials, to keep the offering fresh and varied. The restaurant menu will really get your tastebuds going, and all of the dishes are lovingly prepared onsite by our talented brigade of trained chefs.
The ale and wine offering at the Black Horse, has a similar ethos to the food. To use locally sourced suppliers, Brewers and wineries to provide a wide and varied selection of products that are able to stand up against more mainstream competitors.
Alongside main stream brands such as Peroni, Heineken and Amstel on the bar, Curious Brew from Chapel Down winery in Tenterden is offered as a lager alternative. This is a delight: crisp, dry and refreshing. Having this on the bar really stands the Black Horse Inn apart from others locally. The ‘infamous’ Biddenden Cider is also available on the bar and at 8% abv is not for the faint hearted. Definitely for a bed and breakfast guest!
Alongside main stream brands on the bar, Curious Brew from Chapel Down winery in Tenterden is offered as a lager alternative. This is a delight: crisp, dry and refreshing. Having this on the bar really stands the Black Horse Inn apart from others locally. The ‘infamous’ Biddenden Cider is also available on the bar and at 8.4% abv is not for the faint hearted. Definitely for a bed and breakfast guest!
The Black Horse Inn also offers one of the best selections of real ale in Maidstone. With 4 hand pumps that change ales frequently, offering an excellent variety of local ales from the Whitstable Brewery, Westerham Brewery, Old Dairy Brewery and Musket Brewery to more countrywide ales from further afield like Sharp’s Brewery, Adnams Brewery, Fullers, and Wells and Young’s and even as far afield as the Caledonian Brewery. There is something for everyone.
The extensive wine list covers all needs and tastes but also adds some local variety with the addition of several award winning English wines, also from Chapel Down on the Weald of Kent. There is a wine to match all of the food on the menu, including a selection of ports and dessert wine.