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The Five Bells Inn, Ashford

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The Street
East Brabourne
Postal town: Ashford
TN25 5LP
Phone: 01303813334
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Five Bells Inn

Upmarket gastro-pub, away from it all in the shadow of the hills to the north. Very traditional interior with various seating / dining areas around the staple-shaped counter, all sadly out of use for a few more days until the coronavirus restrictions are relaxed. However, the temporary restaurant area under a marquee was doing very good business on a Friday lunchtime, and the newly enhanced rear patio beer garden was starting to fill up too as I stopped for a pint on my walk. I found the 'house' Pale (brewery unknown), Old Dairy's Red Top (£4.20) and Hop Fuzz English bitter on offer from three of the six handpumps.

On 16th May 2021 - rating: 7
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. Wittenden left this review about The Five Bells

Away from Smeeth and Brabourne Lees, across some open country at the foot of the North Downs. A whitewashed corner pub at the entrance of the straggling hamlet,it has been on the edge of my awareness for ages, knowing that there are some grand pubs over that way-The Tiger or the Bowl.

We visited on a rare sunny May Saturday lunchtime, some marquee or gazebo was set up in the garden, together with the impedimenta of a forthcoming barbeque.Entering, we were met by the laid back atmosphere of a slightly bohemian mid seventies pub refurbishment:bare (old) brick, exposed studwork,open fire and a wealth of cushions on the bench. To one side was a little shop, selling artisanal fare:this also doubled as a dining area.Moving on, the pub narrowed in front of the bar, before widening into an area largely laid up for dining.

I was very excited to see that the house beer, Brabourne Velvet Stout, appeared to be Goacher’s Crown Imperial Stout:in any case I’ve never seen a stout as house beer, and it was delicious.This was followed by a spring wheat beer from Kent Brewery. My beloved Golden Braid from Hopdaemon was listed as coming next. The food was not too fiddley-decent helpings and sourced locally:as I recall, I enjoyed a smoked mackerel from Hythe.

The staff were charming and jolly, seeming unphased by our group or a large party at the other end of the bar. One word of warning:one needs a degree in higher plumbing to work the taps in the bogs. An excellent pub which is set to become the hub of its community.

On 6th July 2012 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by John Chisholm
Westenhanger, 4.41 miles, 1 hr 25 min walk (show)
Wye, 4.89 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
Sandling, 5.34 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 July 2012 by Moby Duck
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by . Wittenden
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