This time we turn our spotlight on The Farriers Arms in Mersham, Ashford. Dating back to 1606, it has a long past.
With our spotlight on The Farriers Arms in Mersham, this is one of the oldest pubs within the Ashford borough. It is a grade II listed building which began brewing its own beer in the early 1700’s.
Then in 2008, like many village pubs, it faced closure. As it began to fall in to disrepair, squatters invaded. Then one man from the village decided to take action. Thanks to his efforts and rallying the local community, over 120 people got together to save it and it became a community owned public house. The successful rescue even made the national Guardian newspaper.
You can read the fascinating personal story by following this link
Building on this success, the following year the pub founded its own micro brewery and restarted brewing its own beer. The Old Forge Brewery produces a number of beers including its popular CAMRA approved 1606 Ale.
As well as the brewery, the pub is also home to The Anvil Restaurant. Outside there is the riverside garden and a petanque piste for anybody who fancies a game. It also provides a community junior football pitch in the adjacent meadow, which is also used for the many events the pub holds.
The Beer, Cider and Music Festival 2019
And our spotlight on The Farriers Arms couldn’t pass without mentioning the upcoming annual Beer, Cider and Music Festival. The event takes place over the weekend of 26th to 28th July. you can find all the details in our whats on in Ashford guide here .
This very popular local event receives around 5,000 visitors over the weekend. For those seeking the full festival experience without having to travel too far, camping is available in the riverside meadow.