WELCOME TO THE STONE HORSE PUB IN HIGHAM
“First visit, but certainly not the last. I enjoyed everything at the Stone Horse today. Wonderful lunch, great value and very generous servings. Friendly staff, comfortable surroundings and lovely clean loos. What more can you ask for!” Trip Advisor
A warm and welcoming country pub in the heart of Kent. With a simple but tasty new hot and cold menu and huge selection of beverages we look forward to welcoming you through our doors. Bring your four legged friends as we are dog friendly, you can both enjoy our large garden with French Boules court. The Stone Horse has been a licensed premises since 1886 and the building itself dates back to 1774 during the reign of King George III and still has many of its original features. It falls directly upon the boundary between Gravesham and Medway and is recognised as such by both councils. In April 2014 the pub once again changed hands and is now run by Miss Megan Franklin. The kitchen was completely refurbished, the pub exterior was changed and the interior decorated, many changes have been made to create a warm and welcoming feel to the pub and many more plans are underfoot to continue to enhance the premises for its customers. The owners welcome you to come in and try the food and drink that is on offer and join the new family and those who frequent the bars for an enjoyable experience.
THE STONE HORSE FOOD & DRINK
Kitchen open hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 3pm, Wednesday – Saturday 18:30pm – 20:30pm, closed Monday and Sunday.
Please enquire for Bank Holiday opening hours.
WARM & INVITING
There are two log burning fires, one in each bar, which are kept lit as long as the temperature allows and give an authentic country feel to the already warm and welcoming surroundings. We’re dog friendly and even have a large beer garden with a French Boules court.
For those wanting a bit more than a bar snack, of which we have plenty. There is a selection of home cooked hot food and sandwiches available from our kitchen during lunch and dinner hours. Check out our menu for more details, our chef works hard to add specials weekly.
The Stone Horse is a warm and friendly country pub, which serves a selection of real ales, lagers, including premium lagers, ciders, spirits, wines and soft drinks. We work hard to provide at least one different guest ale weekly and serve a selection of bar snacks to enjoy.
LITE BITES & PUB CLASSICS MENU
Our chef does her best to use locally sourced ingredients in all our delicious pub grub
THREE EGG OMELETTE
£7.95 – £8.95
All of our omelettes are served with hand cut chips or salad Fillings: Slow cooked gammon, Taw Valley Cheddar Cheese, Mushroom
All of our sandwiches are on Fresh uncut white or brown bread & served with salad and crisps Fillings: Slow roasted gammon, Tuna, Prawn, Taw Valley mature Cheddar
£5.95 – £7.95
All of our jackets are served with a side salad and can be filled with Tuna, Prawn, Taw Valley Cheddar cheese, beans
Choose from: Slow roasted gammon or Taw Valley Mature cheddar
£5.95 – £7.95
Choose from: Prawn, Slow roasted gammon, Tuna or Taw Valley Mature cheddar
COD, CHIPS AND MUSHY PEAS £12.95
Handbattered Cod served with hand cut triple cooked chips and homemade minted Mushy Peas, with a side of Tartar Sauce
LIVER & BACON
Served on a bed of creamy mashed potato, caramelised onion gravy and seasonal vegetables
8OZ BEEF BURGER
£10.95 (Plus Extras)
Served on a fresh floured bap with hand cut chips and beer battered onion rings (Add a topping for £1.00 Cheddar, Stilton & Mushroom, Bacon)
BANGERS & MASH
Three tasty pork and herb sausages served on a bed of creamy mash potato with seasonal vegetables and delicious onion gravy
HAM, EGG & CHIPS
Slow roasted gammon served with hand cut chips grilled vine tomatoes with two poached or fried eggs
PIE OF THE WEEK
£10.95 – £12.95
Ask at the bar for our weekly special. Served with creamy mashed potato or chips and seasonal vegetables or baked beans
THIS WEEKS SPECIALS
HOMEMADE COTTAGE PIE
Served with seasonal veg
HOMEMADE FISH CAKES
Served with salad and sweet chilli dipping sauce
THIS WEEKS GUEST ALES & SPIRITS
SLINGBY GIN – Made with the finest locally sourced botanicals, Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit. An initial burst of refreshing citrus and grapefruit gives way to juniper, sweet cicely and Taylors of Harrogate jasmine scented green tea.
BLOOM GIN – A rich clear red colour with a Strawberry aroma upfront on the nose. On the palet, a Jammy taste from juicy Strawberries. Recommended with Mediterranean Fever Tree Tonic or Lemonade and fresh fruit.
DARKSTAR HOPHEAD 3.8% – An extremely clean-drinking pale golden ale with a strong floral aroma and elderflower notes from cascade hops. This beer is full-bodied and full-flavoured yet gentle enough to make it a favourite session beer
THE HISTORY OF THE STONE HORSE PUB IN HIGHAM
The Stone Horse has been a licensed premises since 1886 and the building itself dates back to 1774 during the reign of King George III and still has many of its original features. It falls directly upon the boundary between Gravesham and Medway and is recognised as such by both councils. It was originally constructed as a dwelling which was accompanied by outbuildings, stables and land which was owned by Stephen duke who was a corn merchant from Frindsbury. The house and land was passed down to various members of the same family over many years until it was sold to Mr Charles Hasted who was a brewer and maltster also from Frindsbury. Mr Hasted obtained a beer licence in June 1831, two months later in August 1831 Jacob Summers moved in, a beer retailer of Cliffe parish, the doors were opened and beer was served here for the first time. The building officially became known as the stone horse in 1836 with the arrival of Richard Whyatt and a magistrates beer only licence.
The Stone Horse changed hands many times over the years and saw many tenants come and go, some with great staying power others came and went quite quickly. Along with the many owners the premises has had many long serving and memorable drinkers over the years, larger than life characters and more than regular customers still frequent its bars. Local writer Donald Maxwell was known to have been a customer and some like to give weight to the rumour that Charles Dickens may have been a customer at the Stone Horse during his time in the local area. In April 2014 the pub once again changed hands and is now run by Miss Megan Franklin. The kitchen was completely refurbished, the pub exterior was changed and the interior decorated, many changes have been made to create a warm and welcoming feel to the pub and many more plans are underfoot to continue to enhance the premises for its customers. The owners welcome you to come in and try the food and drink that is on offer and join the new family and those who frequent the bars for an enjoyable experience.
The stone horse changed tenants many times over the coming years and eventually was under the ownership of the Frindsbury brewery. The brewery was sold to Mr Henry Ludwell who made major improvements to the premises and obtained a full licence, whereon The Stone Horse became a registered inn and the lane opposite was renamed Stone Horse Lane. In 1935-6 another large refurbishment was undertaken the bars were extended and electricity was installed, trade increased and the garden was opened to the public, Maidstone and district started making the Stone Horse a stop on their Sunday evening tours to the local orchards in Cliffe. During the war the pub was a meeting place for soldiers and their officers from the Dillywood camp who frequently came to play darts, dance to music from the piano and visit for lunch. It was also a regular meeting place for local couples who were not able to congregate anywhere else in the evenings. One night in particular it has been said that more than twenty people were invited down to the cellar for the night during a heavier than usual air raid.