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Friday 4th November:  live music from local duo 'Just Us'. 'Just Us' is a duo taken from our swing band 'The Stompers'. The Stompers came together in 2005. A group of musicians just wanting to have fun and play the music we love. 'Just Us', as the name indicates, is just Roger & Katherine Goody playing for their own pleasure and for the quieter more laid back evenings and events.

Friday 11th November:  'Rat Pack Evening' - SOLD OUT.  There will be live entertainment from duo 'Rags 2 Riches', (though for one night only let's call them Rats 2 Riches!).  They'll be performing all your favourite songs from that great era.  Tickets are available from The Abbot's Fireside and cost £30.  This includes a three course meal, the menu having been inspired by what was popular in the 1960s. 

Friday 9th December:  Nick Kelly - guitar/vocalist.  Nick has performed at the Duke of Cumberland, The Jackdaw and The Gatekeeper and so is no stranger to us.  We are delighted he has agreed to perform for us at The Abbot's.  Nick will be playing all your favourites from the last forty years or so.  Entry is free.  Friday 9th December from 7 pm onwards.


Wedding Venue

The Abbot's Fireside hold a full KCC wedding license so we can host your ceremony as well as handling all your catering needs and with rooms available too you and your guests can stay over night.
See the gallery section for some recent photos.  Please call or email for more details.


About us

Eric & Helen Gaskell reopened The Abbot's Fireside on the 3rd December 2015.  All the letting rooms are fully operational and the restaurant operates Wednesday through to Sunday 4 pm.  Our well stocked bar, The Smithy's Arms, is also open and we welcome non-residents to join us too.

Eric & Helen also run The Duke of Cumberland in the neighbouring village of Barham,  the newly opened Gatekeeper in Etchinghill and The Jackdaw in Denton.  All three pubs are within a ten minute drive and offer a full restaurant and bar service.

The Abbot's Fireside, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, has seven delightful bedrooms all named after the well-known or local people relating to the history of this ancient building. The Duke of Wellington used the hotel as his headquarters whilst preparing his battle with Napoleon at Waterloo. King Charles II and the Duke of Richmond hid in the main fireplace when being chased by the Roundheads.

When you enter the Abbot's Fireside, you will encounter a warm and friendly welcome, be surrounded by antique furniture, open fireplaces and original leaded glass windows throughout the lounge, restaurant and bedrooms. Our lounge and restaurant feature huge medieval fireplaces which, like the hotel itself, are listed by the Historical Society.

Built as an inn in 1451 and throughout Tudor and Stuart times, the building was known as 'The Smithies Arms'. 

The village of Elham lies in the centre of Elham Valley, declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can walk or cycle for hours through the unspoilt Kentish hills. There are three golf courses in the area, together with a course at Leeds Castle, which is only 30 minutes away.