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« Reply #42 on: December 07, 2017, 19:37:24 »
Sounds about right,the two ladies were decidedly eccentric :)
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« Reply #41 on: December 07, 2017, 17:51:55 »
Is this the same pub that my mate visited, earlier than the 1960`s. He said there was a long queue
of both men and women, but when he got nearer the door, he heard ` where is your woman ` the
man replied ` I am here on my own ` A shotgun was produced, the man walked away. My mate decided
that was enough and left, as the women was not letting any man in, without a woman.
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« Reply #40 on: November 05, 2017, 07:37:26 »
The Ringlestone is looking for a new tenant

https://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/ringlestone-inn-harrietsham-pub-tenancy-available.aspx

Lovely pub but you`re just a tenant and Shepherd Neame are not the best to work with, they will demand your blood.
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« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2017, 19:01:28 »
To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero

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« Reply #38 on: October 01, 2014, 18:42:48 »
Myself and friends used to go here on Saturday nights in the mid `60`s to try and get in but we never did... and we did see that gun at the shadowy windows!

Tried again in early `70`s and had a pint but I think the old ladies had gone by then and some walls were white with black iron rings on them.

But here is the place just a couple of years ago...had a meal and all very jolly...

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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2013, 16:32:39 »
Oh yes, once visited you could never forget. I went there with two mates and we ordered 3 drinks, but one of the women said we are not selling that tonight its just (I can't remember now) do you want 3 of them or get out. Mind you it was listening to others who told us about the funny old women who would open when they wanted and serve what they wanted made it a place you had to go to if only the once.
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« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2013, 08:51:10 »
Recall that around 1962 the sometimes unfriendly welcome experienced at the `Ringlestone` made the tabloid press and the more unpleasant aspects of the media scrum descended and laid siege, along with curious onlookers in considerable numbers.

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« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2013, 16:24:01 »
I went there on a number of occasions in the late 60s.  Drove out from Canterbury in my Mk1 Ford Consul.

The interior was black with smoke.  The bar was more like a large table in the back corner with kegs behind.  No electric on then so candles around the bar.  Flag stone floor and a large 'juke box'.  It was an upright machine with a large circular disc with slots/holes cut out for the notes.  Like a giant music box - probably a proper name for it.

An amazing atmosphere and never any trouble on the nights we were there.  We'd heard about the guns but I don't remember seeing them.

It's now modernised and quite difficult to work out the original layout.  However - the blackened beams are still in evidence and I think there was some picture frames with past history on the walls.  This was from a visit about 5 years ago.

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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2013, 00:35:41 »
The ladies were real.
My experience was 68/69 when I and some friends from Borden Grammar went around the coutryside on a bit of a pub crawl. Got to the Ringlestone and the shotgun appeared, 'go away', 'Please may we come in for one drink, ma-am', 'That's polite, what's your name?', 'Tony Young, ma-am', 'Young??, are you Frank Young's son?', 'er, yes', 'He was that nice man what put the electric on for us, of course you can come in'.
My father was an engineer with SeeBoard in Sittingbourne from 1953 to the early eighties.

Oh, and the beer was straight from the keg, bloody lovely.
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« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2012, 21:11:28 »

Just found this topic
                               we had some experience trying to get into the r/arms.............first time , with my wife  then my( girlfriend) ...knocked on door , it stayed closed and a voice called out " GO AWAY ", WE'RE CLOSED!!!! ....second attempt , the same..... third try the door opened  and  Iwas punched in the stomach.....with that we drove down to the Windmill pub  and got served  no problem. Not being one to give in  we set out then next weekend to try again......arrived it was getting dark knock knock ..low and behold we were let in ... sat down on what looked  like part of a coffin , paraffin lights were burning very dim, Iasked for a beer and a vodka and tonic  the old lady said in a gruff voice" DONT SERVE VODKA"  we hate the russians so my girlfriend said  o 'k I'll try a gin and tonic,  everybody happy ............until, daughter asked what is happening in the outsde world? Well we said , a week ago there was a terrible accident in a place called ABERFAN and a lot of young children were killed ....well within a minute they were both crying,   sad as it was  it was amazing to see that these two old ladies had so much sorrow and sympathy for the terrible loss of life. quite a contrast to what we expected      the year 1966.

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« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2011, 21:14:11 »
Going back to 1959. I was in Chatham Dockyard , HMS Narvik. My recently met and soon to be bride discovered the Ringlestone arms. The two ladies were in charge and I recall that there were facilities for the men but women had to avail themselves of the field out back with the sheep !!!

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« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2011, 01:37:02 »
I used to go there in the 60's from Canterbury in my very secondhand Mk1 Ford Consul. The place was always full of wood smoke from the open fire and the atmosphere was amazing.  No mains electric and I think the bar was a large wooden table at the back with barrels on a shelf behind.  The floor was stone and everywhere was black from the smoke.  There was a 'penny' jukebox against one wall.  It had an enormous metal disc with perforations and worked like a pianola.  I would imagine that the discs could be changed for different tunes.

Never had any problems with the hosts.

Would love a trip back in time.........

The pub is now very modernised and enlarged but you can still see all the blackened timbers and the smell is still there.

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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2011, 15:48:40 »
My wife and I went ther a few weeks ago, and it's excellent (definitely no old dears with guns!).

Like Patmore, I would have talked motorbikes all evening, but for some reason the wife wasn't impressed.

The Startled Saint was at West Malling. I went there (once!) with mates in the late 60s/early 70s and we were given anything but what we asked for by the elderly couple running it. I think they got quite a bit of custom from car racers testing on the old airfield.

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« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2011, 13:20:22 »
I used the Ringlestone Arms for some time. All that is written is true. However to set the record straight: they may have been eccentric and much derided but they managed a pub near an airfield (W.Malling?) during the war and nothing was too much trouble for the young aircrews. Nothing was ever written about the good they did for the lads in the Battle of Britain. They may have been odd but they deserved a medal!

Wasn't the Startled Saint as the old dear who ran it had been there from its opening in 1939 until about 1980. I think there was another pub further along near Kent St (Woodman?) closed before my time on breweries (1975) and one that closed about 1975 (can't remember the name but the cottage is called the same). Never heard of the link to the Gaskings though

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« Reply #28 on: July 27, 2011, 10:16:13 »
Is it possible that they only had the 'Arms as it is not really that far from Detling Arifield? I have noticed the recently someone has put up a set of home made signs along the A20 from Jct 8 toward Harrietsham.
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