ABOUT US

ON THE NORTH DOWNS IN AN AREA OF NATURAL OUTSTANDING BEAUTY, 581 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL, YOU WILL FIND THE BOWL INN, A 1740’S PUBLIC HOUSE SERVING ONLY THE FINEST LOCAL KENTISH ALES, FINE WINES AND LOCAL SPIRITS. THE WARM FIRES ROAR DURING THE WINTER MONTHS AND THE BEAUTIFUL BEER GARDEN BLOOMS IN SPRING. DELICIOUS HOMEMADE SANDWICHES AND PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCHES ARE SERVED THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. GET 50P OFF ALL PINTS OF DRAUGHT LAGER, CIDER AND ANY REAL ALE ON WEDNESDAYS.


OPENING HOURS


MONDAY                           CLOSED
TUESDAY                          5PM – 10PM
WEDNESDAY                      5PM – 9PM
THURSDAY                        5PM – 10PM
FRIDAY                             5PM – 11PM
SATURDAY                       MIDDAY – LATE
SUNDAY                           MIDDAY – 9PM


CONTACT DETAILS


TELEPHONE : 01233 750354
EMAIL : ENQUIRIES (AT) THEBOWLONLINE.CO.UK


* PLEASE NOTE THAT DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES EXCEPT GUIDE DOGS *

OUR BEER

WE ARE A FREE HOUSE. ALL OF OUR ALES ARE LOCALLY SOURCED FROM KENT. WE LISTEN TO OUR LOCALS, REGULARS AND IRREGULARS FOR SUGGESTIONS ON WHICH ALES TO PUT ON NEXT. WE HAVE HAD CAMRA GOOD BEER GUIDE RECOGNITION FROM 2007 TO 2017 AND WON ASHFORD, FOLKESTONE & ROMNEY MARSH PUB OF THE YEAR 2012 AND ALSO 2017!


THE FOLLOWING ARE A LIST OF THE LOCAL BREWERIES YOU WILL SEE POPPING UP AT THE BOWL INN…

LOCAL BREWERIES


CANTERBURY ALES (CANTERBURY)  •  GADDS’ THE RAMSGATE BREWERY (RAMSGATE)  •  GOODY ALES (HERNE BAY)  •  HOPDAEMON BREWERY (NEWNHAM)  •  HOP FUZZ BREWERY (WEST HYTHE)  •  OLD DAIRY BREWERY (TENTERDEN)  •  RIPPLE STEAM BREWERY (DOVER)  •  ROCKIN ROBIN BREWERY (MAIDSTONE)  •  WESTERHAM BREWERY (WESTERHAM)

OUR FOOD

ONLY SERVED AT WEEKENDS

SANDWICHES & BAGUETTES

ALL SERVED ON WHITE OR GRANARY BREAD WITH A SALAD GARNISH

• HOME ROASTED CHICKEN, ROCKET & MAYONNAISE   £6
• HONEY GLAZED GAMMON & ENGLISH MUSTARD  £6
• TAW VALLEY MATURE CHEDDAR & RED ONION  £5
• CORNISH BRIE & GRAPE  £5
• OAK SMOKED SALMON & CREAM CHEESE  £6


HALF A SANDWICH FOR CHILDREN FROM £3 • SALADS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!


PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCHES

ALL SERVED WITH WHITE OR GRANARY BREAD, A SALAD GARNISH & PICKLES

• HONEY GLAZED GAMMON, CHEDDAR, STILTON OR BRIE  £8
• A MIXTURE OF CHEESE & GAMMON  £10

HISTORY

RECORDS OF AN ALEHOUSE ON THE SITE OF THE BOWL INN DATE BACK TO THE 1700S, WITH THE NAME FIRST APPEARING IN 1853 WHEN IT APPEARS IN DOCUMENTS DETAILING THE SALE OF THE PUB FROM SAMUEL JOHN SANKEY TO GEORGE ASH. THE PRESENT BUILDINGS WERE PROBABLY BUILT AS TWO AGRICULTURAL WORKERS’ COTTAGES, HAVING BEEN SUBJECT TO MANY ALTERATIONS SINCE.

THE BOWL INN HAS BEEN A HUB OF VILLAGE LIFE SINCE IT FIRST BEGAN. IT SERVED AS A MEETING PLACE FOR THE RAT AND SPARROW CLUB, WHERE MEMBERS WOULD GATHER ON A WEEKLY BASIS, BRINGING A LONG THEIR HAUL OF SPARROWS HEADS AND RATS TAILS TO BE COUNTED. AT THE END OF EACH YEAR THE MEMBER WITH THE HIGHEST TALLY RECEIVED A COLD DINNER AND A MODEST REWARD, PREPARED BY THE LANDLORD. THE BARN NEXT TO THE PUB, NOW FILLED WITH ANTIQUES AND CURIOSITIES, WAS FORMERLY A SKITTLE ALLEY.

RON AND ANN TOOK OVER THE PUB IN 2004, CLEANING AND RESTORING THE HISTORIC LISTED BUILDING, AND MAKING IT ONCE AGAIN A VIBRANT PART OF THE COMMUNITY.

FINDING US

WE ARE SITUATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF CANTERBURY, ASHFORD AND FOLKESTONE ON THE NORTH DOWNS IN KENT… JUST UP THE HILL FROM WYE.


FROM CANTERBURY

FIND THE KENT CRICKET CLUB AND FOLLOW THE B2608 (STONE STREET) AND TAKE THE PETHAM/WALTHAM TURN OFF. FOLLOW THE TWISTY, BENDY ROADS FOR 6 MILES WITHOUT TURNING OFF UNTIL YOU GET INTO HASTINGLEIGH.


FROM FOLKESTONE OR ASHFORD

DRIVE ONTO THE M20 UNTIL YOU GET TO JUNCTION 11. TURN OFF ONTO THE B2608 (STONE STREET) AND FOLLOW FOR 6 MILES. TAKE THE HASTINGLEIGH TURN OFF ON THE LEFT AND FOLLOW THE SIGNS TO HASTINGLEIGH POTTERY. THE POTTERY SHOULD BE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE WHEN YOU PASS IT AS YOU CLIMB THE WOODED HILL AHEAD OF YOU.


FROM WYE

FOLLOW THE ROAD FROM THE STATION, THROUGH THE TOWN AND AIM FOR THE HILL AHEAD. THE ROADS WILL TWIST AND TURN BUT YOU WON’T NEED TO TURN OFF AS THIS ROAD EVENTUALLY LEADS YOU TO HASTINGLEIGH.


SAT NAV

JUST TYPE IN TN25 5HU AND YOU WILL BE BROUGHT STRAIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR!