Hollingbourne: Fire rips through medieval pub in Kent village | UK News

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a pub in Kent which was “historically used by pilgrims” on their way to Canterbury.

The Dirty Habit in Hollingbourne, close by Maidstonewas engulfed in flames Sunday night, forcing the evacuation of nearby properties.

Parts of the pub are said to be nearly 1,000 years old.

Twelve fire engines as well as additional support units were on the scene after the incident started at around 8.20pm.

No injuries have been reported by the emergency services.

Surrounding roads were closed on Monday and people were advised to avoid the area. Six fire engines remained at the scene.

According to the village pub’s website, it is an “11th-century monks ale and cider house” which was “historically an inn used by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury”.

It is run by pub chain Elite and describes itself as a “quintessentially English pub, restaurant and private dining room”.

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