The Hawkenbury Country Inn , Restaurant and B & B serving Maidstone area,
For family celebrations , parties , weddings and value for money fine dining
History of the Hawkenbury
Established c. 1890, the Hawkenbury was very popular with hop pickers on
their annual “Londoners’
Holiday”. At its height, in the inter-war years, about 200,000 East Enders
- mostly women and
children - made the annual pilgrimage down into the Kentish hop gardens
and the Hare and Hounds, as it was then known, was a local pub which welcomed the people who worked in
the fields opposite.
In WWII the Hare and Hounds was the watering hole for RAF Staplehurst,
based behind the pub
towards Chickenden Lane. The USAAF Station Code was "SH" and
363D Fighter Group was based there. Headcorn Aerodrome has a fascinating WWII flying history museum with many exhibits of local interest , with free parking and admission Link www.lashendenairwarfaremuseum.co.uk/ .
One of the most notable WWII patrons at the Hawkenbury was Colonel John R. Ulricson who flew
his P-51 "Lolita" from RAF Staplehurst. Ulricson’s Finest Staplehurst Ale was sold in the pub until 2014. The
Hawkenbury now regularly stocks
fine Kentish cask ales produced by local breweries.