The Royal Oak, Mersham

Pub - Restaurant

 Features: Excellent Menu of Home Cooked Food, Attractive Beer Garden, Private Car Park, Families Welcome.

         The Royal Oak is the local pub, frequented  not only by the local band of ringers at Mersham, but also many villagers.  The friendly surroundings and familiar faces here extend a warm welcome, allowing news about ringing in the village to spread, increasing awareness of the bells among the villagers.

Follows Practices at: MERSHAM(8)

The Black Lion, Appledore.

Pub - Restaurant

Features: Excellent Menu of Home Cooked Food, Attractive Beer Garden, Village street parking, Families Welcome.

A cosy village pub offering splendid food and real ale - usually Harveys Sussex Bitter.
The Appledore ringers use the pub after ringing each Friday.
'Mine host' Ray, and Sandra his wife extend a warm welcome to all.

Follows practices at: APPLEDORE (8)

The Red Lion, Snargate.

Ultra-traditional Meeting House - interior unaltered since 1911.

N.B. A proper Ale House; i.e. NO FOOD! (Crisps, nuts, pickled eggs, and chocolate excepted)


Kate & Doris Jemison extend a warm welcome at 'The Red Lion'.

This pub is on the National Inventory of the 17 most historic public houses in England.  Known locally as “Doris’s” on account of Mrs D. Jemison being owner, ably assisted by her daughter Kate, and Robert, the music maestro who gives some very good extempore piano renditions from time to time.  This Pub is absolutely magic – a safe haven from the lousy times in which we live.  Extremely friendly atmosphere, and loveable boisterous Dalmation dogs named ‘Sooty’ & 'Scampi'.  Large selection of real ale (you'll NEVER get a bad pint in here!) from the best Breweries in the country; constantly changing selection including Milds and Stouts.  This place is unbeatable, and the Guild uses it at every possible opportunity, and members of the Leeds Society of Handbell Ringers play tunes here at Christmas.


Prince of Wales, New Romney.

Guild Secretary pulls a couple of pints behind the bar at the Prince of Wales.

Good old-fashioned town Pub - No food on the premises although a Chinese can be ordered up (minimum spend £10)

Along with the 'Cinque Ports Arms' and 'The Warren' (only occasionally used by the Guild these days) these are the only fairly peaceful and real-ale-serving public houses in New Romney.  The Prince of Wales, Fairfield Road is a very pleasant place with well kept real ale (usually alternatives to Shepherd Neame!!) frequented by the New Romney ringers after Thursday practices.  Miss R. Dearing, Secretary of the New Romney ringers is the Landlady.

Follows practices at: NEW ROMNEY (8)

Shepherd & Crook, Burmarsh.

Pub - Restaurant


E.A. Greene Esq., former Landlord of the Shepherd & Crook

Formerly owned by Mr Greene, and enjoyed by the Guild since its re-inception in 1999, this delightful village Inn changed hands in 2004, and is now run by Paul, David and Christine.  There are two or three real ales to choose from, kept very well, and the pub has become more involved with the local CAMRA campaign recently.  The former public bar has also been turned into a small restaurant area, and the food is of a very good standard.

Follows practices at: BURMARSH (6)

Dukes Head, Hythe.

Good old fashioned town Public House (Food served at times)

The only good really old-fashioned type local in Hythe town run by David Ivory, a former Mackeson's Brewery worker.  Greene King and Abbot Ale are both served and kept very well along with real Scrumpy Cider.  Friendly pub with a saloon area if you want a quiet chat.  It’s even OK on a Friday night!  Well worth a try.

The George Inn, Ashford High Street

Good old fashioned town Public House (Food served at times)

Friendly local style Inn serving acceptable real ale, usually including London Pride.  It is now the oldest pub in Ashford town (following the demolition of ‘The Saracens Head’ in the 1970’s during the awful vandalism of building the ring-road, which they call ‘progress’).  Has recently changed hands, and is located near to the Guild Secretary's residence, and since being refurbished it looks very well both inside and out.

The Old Prince of Wales, Castle Street, Ashford

Good old fashioned town Public House - No food

Friendly local style Inn serving Flowers Best Bitter at a very competitive price.  Situated by the Old Tank just off Castle Street at the corner of what is left of New Street before it was severed by the ring-road.

The British Volunteers, New Street, Ashford

Good old fashioned town Public House - No food (we believe!)

This is a tied Shepherd Neame house, but it has a nice atmosphere and interesting ascent to the bar from the main entrance.  There is also a back bar which seems to be somewhat noisier, but we found the front bar perfectly acceptable when we visited.