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With its handsome white paint and red brick exterior and cosy wood and brick-accented interior, the Wateringbury in Maidstone is every inch the classical British country pub.
Located on the main A26 Tonbridge Road about four-and-a-half miles west of Maidstone town centre, the Wateringbury is a traditional-style country pub with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that encourages long lunches and lingering dinners. The pub takes its name from the village in which it is located, which is, in turn, believed to have taken its name from the Saxon word ‘Wotringberia’, meaning a ‘low and watery site’. Low and watery indeed it is with the River Medway running along the town’s southern edge.
Inside the Wateringbury, a neutral, earthy palette of brown and beige tones dominate the décor with exposed brickwork and rustic wooden beams adding further warmth and charm. Classic pub fare combined with occasional specials draw in dining families as well as guests who are staying overnight at the Premier Inn next door.Read more...
The Wateringbury draws in a mixed crowd, ranging from Kent residents enjoying family catch-ups and days out with friends to guests who have travelled from much further afield. Guests from the hotel next door often pop in to the pub for drinks or dinner as do passers-by who are attracted by the roadside pub’s inviting façade and suntrap beer garden.
Just two miles from the Wateringbury sits the David Williams-designed Kings Hill Golf Club, whose challenging championship course is often counted among the best in Kent. Golfing enthusiasts can swing their way around undulating fairways and impeccably sculpted, USGA specification greens.
About a 10-minute drive south of the Wateringbury sits a popular day-out destination for local shooting clubs: the Yalding Rifle Range. Clubs such as the Yalding Rifle and Pistol Club and the Tin Shed Air Gun Club, hire out the range for meetings during weekday evenings and on Saturdays. On Sunday, the range is rendered silent and no shooting is allowed due to its proximity to a local church.
For families, the biggest lure to this part of Kent is probably the 400-acre Hop Farm on Maidstone Road. With outdoor play areas, 4D cinema, rides, live shows and cute and cuddly animals aplenty (among them raccoon dogs, llamas, donkeys, emus, meerkats and more), there is enough entertainment here to keep every member of the family occupied and engaged for the best part of a day. And when hunger kicks in, the whole brood can zip back up The Wateringbury, which is just a 10-minute drive away, for a filling lunch or dinner. The Hop Farm also hosts all kinds of special themed events, including classic car shows, wedding fairs and firework displays, attracting crowds from across the country.
A little further away (13 miles to be exact) but still within manageable driving distance of The Wateringbury lies Leeds Castle, one of the top tourist attractions in Kent. Dubbed ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, this 900-year old structure rises from a moat and is surrounded by vast swathes of attractive parkland and verdant gardens. With a constantly changing roster of events and activities, from markets, flower festivals and falconry to wildlife walks and weaving workshops, there is always something interesting going on here. What’s more, Leeds Castle is just a 20-minute drive from The Wateringbury so you won’t have far to go after should you want to follow up your visit with a pint or even a full meal.Show less...