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.
COVID-19: PUB OPENING UPDATE
To customers old & new,
We hope everyone out there is keeping safe and well!
There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel, and we are so excited to be opening our doors again to you all.
After much deliberation, we have made the decision NOT to open in April.
In order to open up with optimum experience for you all, we have decided to aim to open on 17th May. This we hope will give you, our customers the maximum dining and drinking experience that you are used to at The Stone Horse, so you can enjoy our venue safely and fully stocked, without the worry of any April Showers!
The Stone Horse prides itself on its inside space and we believe having both inside AND outside areas available to you all is paramount for your experience.
We very much looking forward to having you all back in and we will ensure all of your favourite beers, wines and grub are back on offer in full swing!
We have some new and exciting things launching this year, so keep your eyes peeled on socials.
Thank you for all your patience and support over these last 12 months.
The Stone Horse
OPENING 17TH MAY 2021.
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.
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.
OUR DOORS ARE CLOSING TO KEEP YOU AND US SAFE.
WE’RE PUTTING YOUR SAFETY FIRST
All events at The Stone Horse will be postponed until further notice. In-line with government guidelines and to keep our staff and customers safe.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.