The Abbot's Fireside was reopened on 3rd December 2015 after a period of uncertainty. There is a fully operational fine-dining restaurant, bar and seven en-suite letting rooms, sun terrace & secluded courtyard garden.
When you enter the Abbot's Fireside, you will encounter a warm and friendly welcome, be surrounded by antique furniture, roaring log fires with original leaded glass windows throughout the lodge, restaurant and bedrooms.
Our lounge and restaurant feature a huge medieval fireplace which, like the inn itself, are listed by the historical society. Originally built as an inn in 1451 throughout the Tudor and Stuart periods was known as 'The Smithies Arms' .
Its uses have been various over the years but now enjoys popularity as an inn once again.
A civil ceremony licence is also in place so makes for a splendid wedding venue for smaller occasions.
The village of Elham lies at the center of Elham valley, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. This is the perfect center for walking or cycliing and to visit Kent's best tourist attractions such as Dover Castle, The White Cliffs, Canterbury Cathedral and Howlett's Zoo