01622 752882

This access statement provides comprehensive and relevant information for those with access needs and although we are not able to give personal guarantees as to our suitability for each individual person, we are however, able to provide factual and accurate details of the facilities and services that we have to offer all of our customers. This is to enable those with access needs to be able to make an informed choice prior to arrival and to establish the ‘Yew Tree Inn’s’ suitability for each individual person’s requirements.

Information given on public services are subject to change and any persons wishing to use these services should check their travel details and time-tables, prior to departure.

Access Statement for the Yew Tree Inn, Sandling, Maidstone

Introduction

The ‘Yew Tree Inn’ is set in the village of Sandling, at the foot of the picturesque North Downs in the Kent countryside, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many lovely walks in and around Sandling and Boxley including the Pilgrims way and Cuckoo Woods. There are also many places of interest which can be found within a short walking distance or short drive away. Local places of interest are : Tyland Barn and the Kent Wildlife Trust, Boxley Abbey, Archbishops Palace, Maidstone Museum, Mote Park and the Bentlif Art Gallery. There is also the Friary at Aylesford, Allington Castle and the fabulous Leeds Castle.

The Yew Tree Inn is a historic pub, which was first recorded as a Public House in 1782 and is steeped in history. The original yew tree is at least 400 years old and gives shade to our sunny front terrace. In the bar area, there are original photographs of years gone by, when the yew tree was topiary shaped and the photographs of the pub date back as far as 1881, these are on view in the bar area, together with leaflets, booklets and newspapers for public interest. The ‘Sandling Memories’ booklet can be purchased from us, for a nominal fee by the author. (The Yew Tree public house can be found on page 99)

Although the name suggests, the ‘Yew Tree Inn’ does NOT have rooms to let. For those that wish to stop over for the night, there is the Village Hotel which is in walking distance, or Kits Koty Glamping which is a very short drive from here. The ‘Yew Tree Inn’ is now a Free house with a restaurant, serving freshly prepared home cooked food, bar snacks, conditioned real ales, fine wines and a large selection of single malt whisky’s and brandy’s. Our opening hours can be found in the contact details of this access statement and also on our website, with our serving times for food available on our website. www.theyewtreesandling.co.uk

There is plenty of parking with 2 large private car parks and a well maintained pretty garden, with seating on the grass area and also on the front paved terrace. We have recently refurbished the pub and restaurant, keeping the old world charm and character of the building and bringing it back to its’ former glory.

The car parks and garden are on level ground and access to the pub and restaurant is ramped in some areas. However, due to the age of the building, access and use of facilities may be more difficult for some people with limited mobility due to the size of the original door openings and front door step, therefore, assistance may be required. At the front of the building, one of the doorways is on level ground and provides easier access for people with limited mobility.

At the ‘Yew Tree Inn’, all of our customers receive a very warm welcome, including diners, ramblers and dog walkers alike, where a bowl of water will be waiting for thirst dogs. Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden and bar area only, but not in the restaurant, we will however, always make exceptions for Blind and Hearing Assistance Dogs in the restaurant.

Pre-Arrival

  • We are located in Grange Lane, Sandling, which is approximately 3 miles North of Maidstone town centre. To travel here by car, we are approximately a 2-3 minute drive from Junction 6 of the M20 motorway. From there, take the A229 towards Maidstone and Aylesford and take the Bearsted and Boxley turn off at the first roundabout and turn immediately left at the Running Horse Harvester Restaurant, then take the right hand fork in the road into Boarley Lane, passing the lakes on either side. The Yew Tree Inn is just before the M20 underpass on the right hand side.

  • For easy directions on how to find us by, please search Google Maps or visit our website, or alternatively use the AA route planner if travelling by car. Our Co-ordinates and Postcode to enter into a Satellite Navigation system are: 51.29867N – 0.51917E. Postcode : ME14 3DB.

Please note that co-ordinates are more accurate than postcodes.

  • The nearest bus stop is at the Running Horse Roundabout, buses are frequent and the no. 101 bus runs every 8 to 12 minutes and travels into Maidstone and terminates at the Chequers Centre. From the Chequers Centre, going Northbound, take the no.101 bus which runs via Maidstone East train station and up Bluebell Hill and terminates at the Pentagon Centre in Chatham. There is also No 155 bus which travels between Maidstone and Chatham, this bus also serves the local villages, but does not run as often as no 101 bus.

There is a link to the Arriva Bus Website for information and timetables which can be found in the Contact Details – Local Public Transport.

  • To get here by bus from Maidstone, take the No 101 bus and request to alight at the ‘Running Horse Harvester’, this will stop at the petrol station opposite, cross the road to the Running Horse Harvester and take the Old Chatham Road by the side of it, fork right and take a pleasant stroll down Boarley Lane, passing the lakes which will direct you to the ‘Yew Tree Inn’, Grange Lane, which is on the right hand side where you will see the large red pub sign on the corner of our car park. (Yew Tree Inn, Village pub and fresh food dining). Enter into Grange Lane and the ‘The Yew Tree Inn’ will be found opposite the entrance to the car park.

  • There are 3 Train Stations in Maidstone, Maidstone East where South East Trains run from Dover, via Ashford International and terminates at London Victoria, this station has the most regular and direct service to London.

  • Maidstone West station runs the high speed Javelin shuttle service from Ashford International to London St Pancras station.

  • Maidstone Barracks station is on the Medway line to Strood, from Maidstone West and serves Paddock Wood and Tonbridge. Connections to London are available from either Strood or Paddock Wood, or from Maidstone East, a short walk away.

  • There is a link to the South East Trains Website for information and timetables which can be found in the Contact Details under: Local Public Transport.

  • A taxi rank can be found outside both train stations and from Maidstone East it takes approximately 5 minutes in the taxi and from Maidstone West it will take a few minutes longer to get to the Yew Tree Inn and prices may vary.

  • Here are two local mini cab company’s : Express Cars telephone – 01622 222222 and Apollo Taxi’s telephone : 01622 882020

  • The lanes in the area are not well lit and it is advisable to carry a torch after dark, some roads and lanes are not lit at all. There are very few pavements in the lanes and high visual jackets would also be advisable at night. Boarley Lane is uneven and a little hilly, but most of the other local lanes are fairly flat at the foot of the North Downs.

  • The nearest parade of shops are approximately 3 minutes by car, or a 25 minute walk. There is a Post Office, delicatessen, newsagents, Florist, fish and chip shop, Off-Licence and an estate agent.

  • We can obtain most information that we do not have to hand, regarding any services or directions that our customers may need assistance with.

Car Parking and Arrival

  • There is plenty of Parking with our 2 car parks which belong to the pub. They each hold approximately 18 cars, a total of 36 spaces, with more parking available on our grounds if necessary.

  • One car park has a tarmac surface and the other has shingle. The tarmac carpark is lit and is on a level tarmac surface to the pub. The shingle car park is lit up by the motorway lights and Grange lane (which is tarmac) is between the car park and the pub.

  • The shingle car park is opposite the pub and is less than 20 yards to the front door, the tarmac car park is to the side of the pub near the garden and is 60 yards to the front door. There is an area to the side of the lane just a few yards away where passengers can be dropped off and it is often used for this purpose.

  • The pub itself has sound block paving to the front making easy access and it is very well lit.

  • There is a small step down at the front door which is 100mm drop and the main front door is 750mm wide. There are no handrails at the front of the building. There is also an inner door behind the main front door creating a porch effect and this door is 670mm wide.

  • There are two fire exit doors at the front of the building, one of which has a block paving ramp up to it. It has a very small lip at the bottom of the door frame which is 70mm high, but it is low enough to get a wheelchair over it with assistance, this door is 703mm wide. There are always staff available to give assistance when required.

The other fire exit has a step of 204mm and the door is 697mm wide, with a small step of 200mm.

Welcome Area

  • Our welcome area is in the bar area where we greet our customers. We have a table in this area for information, menus, wine lists, business cards, booklets, leaflets and old photographs of the pub, which are often a talking point. The bar area has adequate lighting with tables and chairs, bar stools and a high table with high stools. There is a level quarry tiled floor and is on the same level throughout the building, with no internal steps.

  • All seats are padded for comfort and we also have a settee and armchair with cushions and a coffee table.

  • There are permanently lit emergency lights in all areas of the pub and restaurant in the event of a power cut, in addition, there are permanently lit emergency exit signs above the fire exit doors in the bar and restaurant areas.

  • There is a telephone for use by request, for calling taxis or in the event of an emergency.

  • There are testimonial letters of thanks and gratitude for our services.

Bedrooms

  • There are no bedrooms for letting available at the ‘Yew Tree Inn’.

Bathrooms, Shower-rooms & Toilets (Ensuite or Shared)

  • There are no bathrooms and shower-rooms at the Yew Tree Inn for public use.

Public Areas – Halls, Stairs, Landings, Corridors

  • There are no hall, stairs ,landing or corridor areas available to the public.

Public Areas – Lounge

  • All public areas are on level ground with no steps. All areas are lit with a combination of wall, ceiling and table lights. There is a rug under the coffee table in the bar area and a standard lamp by the armchair for additional light for reading. There are table lamps on every window sill in the bar and restaurant areas for extra brightness for reading menus etc.

  • There are two TV’s in the bar area for BT Sports only. (We only cover the big games)

  • There are radiators providing gas central heating in all public areas.

  • The appropriate signage for Weights and Measures Act 1985 is available to view in the bar area.

  • All Licenses : Public Liability Licence, Premises licence to serve alcohol with named Designated Premises Supervisor, together with Performing Rights Society Licence to play background music and Public Performance Licenses for live music are all viewable from the bar area.

  • Signage is also visible on the inner main door, to include the Food Standards Agency rating of 5*, BII membership 2015, Tripadvisor recommendation and BT Sports.

  • There is a Newspaper rack for daily papers, magazines etc.

  • There is a games shelf with ‘things to do’ and books for children of all ages.

Public Toilets

  • The Ladies toilet and wash area is carpeted and is on level ground to the bar area with no steps. It has half wood panelled walls, with two entry doors both 635mm wide. There are two butler style hand basins with helix style cross taps, there is a radiator, paper hand towel dispenser and bin. There are two separate toilet cubicles, both with modern close coupled toilets with push button flush and half flush, both toilets are 403mm high and both cubicle doorways are 603mm wide. Toilet and wash areas are kept clean and Central heating and hot water are available.

  • The Gents toilets are on the same level ground as the bar area with quarry tiled floor and no steps. There are two internal doors, the outer door is 602mm wide and the inner door is 603mm wide. There is half wood panelled walls, there are also fully tiled walls around the urinals for hygienic cleaning and there are two urinals on an automatic flush system. There is a butler style hand sink basin with helix cross style tap, a radiator, paper hand towel dispenser and bin. There is a toilet cubicle with the toilet being 402mm high, with a lever flush and the cubicle doorway is 603mm wide. Toilet and wash areas are kept clean and Central heating and hot water are available.

Dining Room

  • The restaurant is accessed through a wooden archway on the right hand side as you enter through the main door. There are no steps and it is on level access, there are no doors into the dining room (restaurant) as it is open planned.

  • There is plenty of space between tables for wheelchairs, pushchairs and walking aids to access through the restaurant.

  • Lighting is a combination of wall lights and table lamps.

  • The restaurant has a very good quality heavy duty short pile carpet. The tables are spread out and the chairs are upright and do not have arms.

  • We cater for a variety of dietary requirements, including Gluten free, Vegan, Celiac and allergies.

  • Full table service is given to all diners. There is white linen tablecloths and napkins, together with candles and flowers in the restaurant with all meals served on white crockery.

  • The nearest toilet to the restaurant is located in the bar area.

Garden

  • The public terrace and garden areas are well maintained by our gardener. These areas are well lit, with bright pub sign lights, flood lights and under canopy lighting with outdoor heat lamp.

  • On the front terrace, there is a 3 seater bench, chairs with padded seating and pedestal tables. There are ashtrays and a wall mounted ashtray under the front canopy.

  • There are no steps between the terrace area and the garden and is easily accessible between the two areas. The raised patio area has two small steps, the first is 102mm high and the second is 90mm high. There is also a 10 seater cast aluminium table and chairs, a cobbled water feature and a lamp post. The grass area has picnic style benches and there is solar powered lighting in the planting areas of the garden.

  • There is a bench box of safe garden games for children.

  • There is also a water bowl for dogs, on the doorstep.

Additional Information

  • We provide cards from local Bed and Breakfasts for customer information.

We also provide various cards for Taxi services.

  • We have free Wifi for customers’ use by request and we also have good mobile phone reception.

  • We have ‘Fire Action’ notices in the restaurant and bar area, giving instructions of what to do in the event of a fire and evacuation.

  • The building has new UPVC double glazed windows throughout and the smaller ones have fire access.

  • We cater for most special dietary needs and allergies.

  • We have a burglar alarm system in place.

  • Help is always at hand for customers with disabilities and we are happy to assist with doors and wheelchairs where appropriate.

  • We keep several sets of magnification spectacles for those that need them for reading.

Future Plans

  • Our Website is often updated with additional information for our customers.

  • We will soon be fitting a Fire alarm.

  • We will soon be changing our washroom sinks to lower level vanity sinks with new lever taps for ease of use.

  • We will also have a new outside glass menu board made, to add menus in large print.

  • Organise additional information for the Tourist Information Centre and register ‘The Yew Tree Inn’ with the visit-kent website.

Contact Information

Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 11pm,

Sundays 12pm – 7pm. Closed on Mondays (except bank holidays)

  • Local Carers N/A

  • Local equipment hire : Euro Mobility, Mid Kent Shopping Centre, Castle Road, Maidstone, ME16 0PU. Telephone : 01622 755744 (open 9.00am to 5.30pm)

  • Kent Accessible Taxi Service, telephone : 07710 378396

  • Local Public Transport :

Please find here the links to – Arriva Bus Services and South East Trains, for information and timetables: