Traditional Kent inn reopens after boutique makeover

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A traditional pub and inn in Kent has relaunched after undergoing an extensive transformation to become a boutique dining establishment with rooms.

The Goudhurst Inn has been completely redesigned for casual and formal dining, with upstairs now home to four boutique bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms.

The redevelopment is part of a venture announced by owners Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn in 2013 to establish a group of boutique hotels and pubs across London and Kent.

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Richard and Leslie are also owners of Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst and the refurbsihment of The Goudhurst Inn marks their third development project, with further sites planned for the coming year.

As well as the four bedrooms and bar area, the more formal dining section, The Hush Heath Room has both an A La Carte and a ‘Table d’hôte’ set menu where each course is paired with one of Hush Heath’s wines or ciders.

Dining space is also offered in The Conservatory, which overlooks the Weald and the gardens that have also been completely re-landscaped.

Speaking to the Kent and Sussex Courier, owners Richard Balfour-Lynn said: "We welcomed invited guests, including Goudhurst residents, to a cocktail party on Friday April 24 prior to opening on Saturday and were delighted by the compliments and support shown by everyone attending.

"We very much hope that visitors to our nearby Hush Heath Winery will decide to extend their stay in the area with a visit or over- night stay at the Goudhurst Inn."

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