Review on Ringlestone Inn
'The Ringlestone is an absolutely gorgeous pub,' was one Mobile Food Guide user's verdict on this isolated inn set high above the North Downs beside a stretch of the Pilgrims' Way. The Ringlestone dates from 1632, and an inscription on the ancient oak sideboard reads 'A Ryghte Joyouse and welcome greetynge to ye all'; inside, it's an evocative mix of ancient breams, timbers from Thames barges, inglenooks and exposed brick walls, and there's an eight-acre landscaped garden outside – complete with ponds.
Hospitality and sustenance are still the order of the day, although today's customers are tourists and road travellers (junction 8 of the M20 is close by) rather than monks on the move. Many people graduate here for the food. At lunchtime there's a substantial hot and cold buffet, with more ambitious specialities offered in the evening. The kitchen is famed for its sausages and pies (lamb with apricot or duck and damson), and it makes good use of locally sourced ingredients.
Real ales from Kentish breweries are tapped from the cask and the pub stocks its own range of around 30 fruit wines, which are often used to flavour particular dishes (chicken and asparagus in cowslip wine, for example).
Kevin de Young
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 – 2.00pm (3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 7.00 – 9.00pm Wed-Mon
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express