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The Horseshoe and Castle Information


Enviably located in the heart of the Hoo Peninsular this traditional country Inn with 3 four star rated rooms and one self catering detached cottage has an above quality menu. The rural setting is conveniently located between two nature reserves and local wedding venues such as Cooling Castle Barn, The Knowle in Higham and The Little Hermitage in Gravesend Road, Higham. An open fire place invites you into the restaurant and a log burner is located in the bar offering a full A' la Carte menu using all home cooked local ingredients and Seafood Specialities. The Horseshoe and Castle has, over the years, received excellent reviews from Kent Life magazine as a fond favourite and exemplary articles from travel writers Tom Cheshyre, Carol Donaldson and Janet Street Porter taking a well-earned respite after one of many walks to be enjoyed including part of the Saxon Shore Way and R.S.P.B Nature Reserve. The Horseshoe and Castle is a dog friendly Free House where dogs are welcome throughout the premise excluding the restaurant area. Restaurant opening times: Monday 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-20:00 Tuesday 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-20:00 Wednesday 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-20:00 Thursday 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-20:00 Friday 12:00-20:00 Saturday 12:00-20:00 Sunday 12:00-17:00 Bar opening times: Monday 11:30-23:30 Tuesday 11:30-23:30 Wednesday 11:30-23:30 Thursday 11:30-23:30 Friday 11:30-00:00 Saturday 11:30-00:00 Sunday 11:30-22:30

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • No shared stationery
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Sanitised tableware
  • Takeaway meals


  • Bar
  • On-site entertainment
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi internet
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Restaurant - starred
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Breakfast served in restaurant


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Highchairs


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Farmhouse breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Archery
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Tennis court - outdoor
  • Walking
  • Farm life
  • Adventure
  • Backpacking
  • Family fun
  • Fitness
  • Hunting
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    12:00 21:00
  • Check out
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


We have a ramp up to the front door of the pub with access wide enough for a wheel chair and one ground floor room with a step and a half to the room and hand rails to the front door.


  • Road from A2 (6.0 miles)
    Take A289 to Grain. Follow for 2 miles exit for B2000 towards Cliffe. At Cliffe turn right on Mini Roundabout an follow road for 1.5 miles. (look out for signs to Cooling Castle Barn) Go Past Cooling Castle and St. James' Church and we are 800 yards down on the right hand Side

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