If you’ve visited us at The Pig & Sty, Bethersden you’ll probably have noticed, if not dined in, our very special Rocking Horse room.
Designed with famous rocking horse makers, The Stevenson brothers, the Rocking Horse room is a stunning room to experience. We also offer private dining in there for your special occasions.
Let’s dive into a little more about The Stevenson Brothers!
In 1982 The Stevenson Brothers was established by twin bothers Marc and Tony Stevenson after being inspired by their uncle who was a toy and rocking horse maker. Since then, Marc and Tony have made more than 9,500 rocking horses all individually numbered and named!
Over the years, the Stevenson Brothers’ rocking horses have become collectable items as well as cherished children’s toys. Each horse can be personalised by incorporating a crest into the design. As well as horses, the Stevenson Brothers have also created Zebras, Tigers and more!
Something that makes the Stevenson Brothers most famous is that they’ve crafted rocking horses for many famous people including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince George and The Queen! In 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, they delighted Her Majesty by designing a very special dapple-grey rocking horse and have continued to mark some Royal occasions with their unique horses.
The time and craftsmanship put into these rocking horses are reflected in the prices you pay to own one for yourself. Custom made horses are priced based on design however you can buy ready made horses from around £2,500 and above. The most expensive rocking ever made was by The Fernandes Exquisite Creations in association with Stevenson Brothers and was valued at a huge $122,260! The rocking horse, aptly named ‘Crystal’, is carved out of pure silver with 82,000 Swarovski crystals. The horse has spent time in Monaco and luxury department store, Harrods.
This brings us on to the Rocking Horse Room. The Stevenson Brothers’ workshop is in Bethersden, Ashford – just round the corner from our pub The Pig & Sty. We worked together with Marc and Tony to create a unique and interesting room within the pub to showcase their talent, work and give some insight into the tools and samples!
You’ll dine surrounding by actual tools used by Marc and Tony to create their masterpieces as well as photos, samples and even an actual rocking horse that is suspended from our ceiling – don’t worry… totally safe! Designed to feel like their workshop, the Rocking Horse room really is a cosy, delightful place to enjoy your favourite pub food! So what are you waiting for? Book your table below!