Horseshoe and Castle, Cooling



Located in the idyllic village of Cooling in Kent, halfway between High Halstow and Cliffe on the Cooling Road, the Horseshoe and Castle pub is the epitomy of the quintessential Kentish country pub. Serving a range of lagers, beers and locally produced real ales, the Horseshoe and Castle is a friendly and welcoming destination for locals and visitors alike.

I visited the pub last night with my family for a birthday meal. As well as being a very welcoming pub, the Horseshoe and Castle also offers a 26 cover restaurant serving table d’hote and a la carte menus and 3 well appointed guest rooms (2 en-suite), which are located in the pub.

????????????????.The separate dining area in the pub is very unusual, featuring a wide range of stuffed animals – foxes, deers, and birds – alongside an open fire which certainly adds to the country pub atmosphere. The walls are adorned with historic pictures which is understandable given the pub’s Dickensian connection – the area is featured highly in Charles Dickens’ masterpiece Great Expectations.

The meal which I had was simple and hearty. The lamb steak was cooked to perfection and was served with perfect mash, cabbage and delicious bacon peas. I’m not a great lover of veg with my meals, but I wolfed it down.


The dessert was similarly delicious, and we left, like the animals on the walls, stuffed.

Before leaving we managed a short chat with the staff who confirmed that there was, apparently, a resident ghost present in the pub. Not sure if we caught any ghostly presence this evening, but there was plenty of good spirits in the pub.

A big thank you to the chef and all of the staff at the Horseshoe and Castle for a great meal and for the great service. I look forward to visiting again in the near future.


About Chris Irvine

Husband. Father. Libertarian. Glenman. Liverpool fan. Singer. Songwriter. Ulsterman. Glass half full kinda guy. Smoker.

Posted on February 24, 2013, in Chris Irvine, Cooling, Hoo Peninsula, Isle of Grain, Kent, Medway, Pubs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. i do like this pub it has a certain something … its what the perfect pub in my imagination was and then i walked in and felt right at home … and the food is good … must get back there DS

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