Elham Valley Stores
High Street, Elham
Monday to Sunday 07.00 to 19.00
This friendly shop in the High Street just two minutes’ walk from the market sells everything you need to go with your freshly-bought market produce, from flour and butter to milk and drinks, washing up liquid and newspapers.
Kings Arm Pub
Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 09.30 to 12.30.
Our pubs and restaurants
Rose and Crown
All day from 12 noon
Food served from 12 noon to 21.30 every day
The Rose & Crown is a Grade II Listed building built in the 15th century. It was used for many years for the Elham Petty Sessions when a courtroom was set aside for the use of the magistrate, who visited here once a fortnight.
Some of the original Tudor timber framing may be seen at the north end. Inside the inn, some of the joists and beams of the centre bar are obviously re-used timbers, probably from a 15th century hall house.
This Shepherd Neame pub offers a selection of fine real ales, home-cooked cuisine (restaurant and bar meals), open fires and a beer garden, all in a traditional country pub setting. Accommodation is also available in tastefully decorated rooms set around the courtyard next to the main building.
T: 01303 840242
All day from 11.00 (12 noon on Sunday)
Lunch (weekdays and Sunday) 12 noon to 14.30
Evening meals Sunday to Thursday 18.00 to 20.30; Friday and Saturday 18.00 to 21.00
Rose and Will offer a warm and friendly atmosphere in their historic pub situated in the beautiful old Elham Square. They serve traditional restaurant food, bar snacks and offer a take-away menu. Families are welcome and there is a large garden at the back.
Records show that an inn known as the Signum Galli existed here from 1605. The name is Latin for Cock Inn. Cock fighting took place here for over 200 years until it was banned and the inn was renamed Kings Arms in 1830. Another notable fact is that after the death of a landlord in 1749, an inventory of 8,712 gallons of beer was uncovered, suggesting that the Kings Arms brewed and supplied beer to other local public houses.
T: 01303 840265
Open all day seven days a week
The 15th century Abbots Fireside Hotel and restaurant offers five bedrooms, all named after well-known or local people related to the history of this ancient building. The well-known stories that the Duke of Wellington used this hotel as his headquarters while preparing his battle with Napoleon, and that King Charles II hid in the hotel’s main fireplace when being chased by the Roundheads, are sadly but legends...
The Abbots Fireside also serves morning coffee and afternoon tea.
The historic and picturesque village of Elham is in the heart of the Kent Downs, about half-way along the meandering valley that bears its name and that links Folkestone to Canterbury.
Where to park
There is plenty of roadside parking, spaces in the village square and a public car park on Church Walk just off the Square.
The village has accessible toilets (near the bus stop by the side of the Rose and Crown).