This historic pub is in the picturesque Tudor village of Chiddingstone, which is owned by the National Trust. The village was first recorded in 814 AD and many of the houses were built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The timber and hung tile pub became an inn in 1730 known as The Five Bells, but the building is thought to date from 1420. The National Trust bought the village in 1939 and the Castle Inn is run as a conventional public house on the Trust's behalf. The pub has two bars, a restaurant and a pretty, secluded courtyard and lawned garden.
The village is open to the public, although many of the houses are not. The Post Office building dates from 1453 and St. Mary's Church was begun in the 14th century. The 'Chiding Stone' is on a footpath outside the village and it is believed wrong-doers were taken there to be reprimanded, or 'chided', by villagers. For more details see: National Trust The Castle Inn -
Great information Emptage, This is a charming pub indeed.
The Castle Inninforapint,
Loveley pub, a definite must for pub lovers!
The Castle Innthestar,
Hi from Canada.I have history of people who lived in the Castle Inn. Thomas Lewis Emptage was my great g grandfather.Married to Sophia Thiby.Thomas,a licensed victualler/fisherman,licensed to sell fish for food. They resided at High Street Castle Inn. Their daughter Sarah Ann(my great grandmother) worked for her parents as a barmaid until she married william Ireland (He owned a fleet of ships and was bringing people to create a town called Binscarth Manitoba) In the census of 1881 Thomas was still alive and a licensed fisherman. William brought Sarah to Binscarth with him. Would love to tell you more.