Welcome to 2. Bearsted Area Guide
The village of Bearsted is a charming and picturesque community just 3.2 miles east of central Maidstone. It boasts some lovely features including a central green where the local cricket team play, a tennis club, bowls club, and both a Scout group (1st Bearsted The Scarlet Pimpernels, founded 1912) and a Guide unit. Other establishments include a Rifle Club and The Bearsted and Thurnham Club, a private members' club, established in 1906, which overlooks the village green, plus various amenities and public houses including The Bell Inn.
The village of itself dates back many centuries in the history books but, oddly, when the Domesday book was compiled, it was not included. This has invited much speculation over the years and is still a topic of intrigue and puzzlement for historians! More than one source suggests that Bearsted was included as part of Leeds and Leeds Castle – which makes sense - but without any records to support the idea, it remains a theory only.
Bearsted Woodland Trust
Bearsted Woodland Trust (BWT) protects and maintains 26 acres of woodland and meadow, restoring and enhancing a natural habitat for animals and plants and providing a place of recreation for visitors. There are a wide variety of English native trees, information boards to help identify wildlife and special gates and gentle paths for wheelchairs, baby buggies or electric scooters. Visitors are asked to respect the habitat and wildlife and to contact BWT if they witness incidents where this is not the case.
The Bell Inn
If you have ever wanted to find a local pub that offers great atmosphere, wonderful food and drink along with a variety of entertainment, then the Bell Inn, aims to provide you with the perfect answer. They offer Thai Cuisine from a very experienced Thai Chef with over 14 years in the UK. Chef Noi has been wowing diners in the Thanet area, being No1 on TripAdvisor for Thai cuisine for some time and 7th of all Cuisines.
It is a family run business with years of experience within the hospitality sector. Nigel and his team will be the most familiar faces you will see at The Bell. Their intention is to make the Bell a family run traditional pub with good old-fashioned values built on integrity and with an eye for quality.
The White Horse
The White Horse is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own Garden, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque village. The White Horse is the perfect destination for a delicious three-course meal, a scrumptious Sunday lunch, or a light bite and a refreshing cocktail in the sunshine. Bringing together contemporary and traditional décor, this stylish pub, bar, and restaurant offers the perfect setting in which to indulge, dine, relax, and mingle in optimum comfort.
Serving up a delicious selection of seasonal dishes and a great range of wines, real ales, and lagers, every single day of the week, this premium establishment should be your first port of call for a family meal, a catch up with friends, or a midweek treat.
Tudor Park Spa
Set in acres of beautiful Kent countryside, the leisure club at Tudor Park, is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate, or work out and get fit. Spend time by the indoor pool reading or catching up with friends or simply de-stress in the Sauna. Enjoy the tranquil environment of the treatment rooms and indulge in a pampering experience that will leave you refreshed and revitalised.
Facilities include a pool, sauna, gym, fitness classes, 18-hole golf course, car parking, hotel rooms, Afternoon Tea, restaurant & bar, weddings packages, and spa days.
Bearsted Golf Club
Established in 1895, Bearsted is a Members’ Golf Club with a superb 18-hole parkland course. The course is renowned for its long challenging par fours and the beautiful tree lined course ensures that it always provides a good test for golfers of all abilities. They describe themselves as a friendly Club, with a great atmosphere and an active membership. The members benefit from many features associated with a ‘Members’ Golf Club which include discounted bar prices and an excellent restaurant. There are many social functions organised throughout the year and these are always popular with members. Members also benefit from a full programme of competitions and matches organised for them which are always well supported. Aside from tees reserved for competitions and Club matches, there are only tee bookings on a Sunday morning which means you can just turn up and play, a great advantage.
Bearsted and Thurnham Bowls Club
The club is a friendly, fully inclusive, and mixed club. They welcome new members, young and old, beginners or experienced, and you will be made very welcome. Qualified coaches are on hand to teach anyone interested in the Sport of Bowls