The Black Horse Inn

The Black Horse Pub & Restaurant
Fiddling Lane
Monks Horton
Ashford
TN25 6AP
Tel: 01303 812182

www.theblackhorse.uk.com

The Black Horse is an excellent Italian restaurant located in the heart of the North Downs. It’s one of our favourite locations not only for the food but the surrounding countryside, local pubs and the North Downs walks with our Labrador Star.
The attached walk will take you from The Black Horse up on to the North Downs with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. This is a long walk which can easily be cut short at any time by following one of the foot paths down to the road and picking it up back to the first Inn. Along most of this walk you will be within a fenced track so your dog will be safe to roam around. Once you have got to Wye Nature Reserve and filled up on photo’s fresh air and lovely views, its time start your way back to site.
We headed back along the top foot path until we came to a foot path that leads down to the road below. Then you can pick up the walk across foot paths (or follow the road if it’s too wet) till you reach the first excellent pubs in this area.
The Five Bells Inn is one of two very popular and well reviewed Inns on this walk which is also dog friendly. They server excellent food so if it is lunch time then you may want to grad a bit to eat here. They serve great homemade bread and olives and if you like some of the homemade produce they make then you are in luck as they also have there own shop with in the pub. Have a good look around and you will see this place has had many a celebrity and royal visitor.
From here it’s another short stole up the country road passing the local village and church till you come across the junction at the start of the walk. Follow the road across this junction (don’t turn right here) and you will arrive at the final Inn. This is the Tiger Inn a 16th century pub and restaurant which is also dog friendly, they even have dog treats behind the bar for them.
We arrived on a very wet day after a couple hours walk and was very happy to get out of the rain and grab a pint of beer whilst Star our lab lay by the log burner drying off and was soon snoring away.
We have dined here on one of our stays and found the food to be excellent. They have a dining restaurant or you can stay within the bar area. They are a very popular place to eat, on two occasions it has been fully booked even during mid week with coach loads of people turning up. So if you want to dine here it may be worth a call and book a table, or just grab a pint and then you’re on your way back to the Black Horse.
We have dinned 3 times now at the Black hoarse and every time the food and service has been excellent. This is a true Italian restaurant and on the first weekend of each month they do a very reasonably priced Italian night, sadly we have not been able to get to one of these as they are usually fully booked months in advanced, but this shows how good the food is here.
I usually get the Lamb rack ribs which are bountifully cooked with sauté potatoes and my wife gets the fish, again exquisitely cooked in a very nice creamy sauce. I always look forward to coming back but not just for the food, but the walks around here.
To get to this location I would recommend coming down Broad Street. It is a very narrow road so not really suitable for caravans but our motor home gets down quiet easily. It’s only a short lane with not many passing point, at the end you are at the Inn. We always park in the car park as the field is usually got sheep in and we also turn up when the weather is not great so the hard standing is better for us. Dogs are not welcome in the restaurant which is understandable but are welcome on the site.
Finally for does that do not want to walk around countryside but prefer walking around shopping centers then you will be happy to know that Ashford retail center is only a short drive away where you will be satisfied with all the big retail names. This site is also very conveniently located near the Channel Tunnel so a good place to stop before you head off to South France.

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