Monday, 27 July 2015

The Lion Hotel

The Lion Hotel - Sunday 26th July 2015

High Street, Farningham, Kent, DA4 0DP
A wet and dreary Sunday led us to a return visit to Eynsford to have a second viewing of Lullingstone Roman Villa. There were two reasons for this; firstly it was wet and, as it was a spur of the moment idea, we wanted somewhere indoors to expore, and secondly my youngest wanted to get the full Roman legionary outfit that he saw last time we were there.

We finished our exploring at about the same time (late afternoon) as the previous visit but we fancied somewhere different to eat and drink. I mentioned that there was a Harvester nearby, so we headed towards the Lion Hotel in Farningham. When we got there though we realised that this pub was no longer a Harvester but was now part of the Village Inns retinue.

The pub still has the same layout as when I had previously visited maybe twenty years ago! but the decor seemed a little more rustic. All for the better in my mind.

The landlady made sure we got a table at a very busy time and we sat down to the waitress service. The meal we had was very tasty and accompanied the beers I sampled very well.

The bar is a little small but stocks a large array of the better quality beers and lagers on tap, as well as a good choice of wine and spirits. My attention was held by the vast array of pump clips for real ales on display above and around the bar area. That said, there were only actually three pumps of real ale on, and one of those was actually off at the time of this visit.

Beers drunk on this visit:

1) Old Speckled Hen (4.5%), Morland Brewery, Abingdon - a malty, amber beer

2) Broadside (4.7%), Adnams, Southwold - a rich, dark, ruby red beer

Visits: 1st / several previous

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