Sort file:- Maidstone, April, 2021.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 25 April, 2021.


Earliest 1871-

Old House at Home

Open 2020+

22 Pudding Lane


01622 752363

Old House at Home pre 1929

Above photo, pre 1929 showing the original building.

Photo taken 3 December 2011 from by Jelltex.

Old House at Home sign 1980sOld House at Home sign 1991

Above sign left 1980s, sign right, May 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Old House at Home sign 2020

Above sign 2020.

Old House at Home painting

Painting, date unknown by Eddie Tucker.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


It appears that the premises moved a few doors from number 25 to number 31 in 1893.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 29 September, 1893.


Mr. H. A. Hughes appeared on behalf of Mary King, Pudding Lane, and asked for the removal of an existing off-license for 25, Pudding lane, for 31, Pudding lane. It was explained that applicant had been forced to leave the former house, which was really very inconvenient for licensed premises.

Mr. Cook was called, and stated both houses were Messrs. Fremlin's property, but he could not say how long it was since intoxicants were sold at this place.

The Bench retired for a few minutes, and on returning the Chairman announced they had decided to grant the license.


Barclay, Perkin's Anchor Magazine. Volume IX, No.11, November 1929. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old House at Home, Maidstone.

The widening of Pudding Lane, Maidstone, necessitated setting back the "Old House at Home" some twenty feet.

The opportunity was taken to build a larger and more comfortable house in conformity with modern ideas.

The piping for the beer engines is glass throughout and jointed, facilitating absolute cleanliness. Three spacious bars are provided, the saloon being panelled in oak.

Pudding Lane, previously exceedingly narrow, will, when the widening is completed, be a very handsome thoroughfare 30 feet in width, which it is hoped will eventually relieve the very congested traffic in Week Street, one of main business streets of the town. Mr Tom King will continue as licensee of the new house.


From the By Rebecca Tuffin, 15 July 2020.

The Old House at Home in Pudding Lane Maidstone reopens after refurbishment.

A town centre pub has been transformed after a major refurbishment and is now open for business.

The Old House at Home in Maidstone shut up shop in February, intending to welcome customers back five weeks later after a huge makeover.

Old House at Home 2019

The inside before it was revamped.

But just as it was supposed to reopen, Covid-19 hit, so Jim and Karen Rennie, who run the pub, had to wait four more months.

The Pudding Lane tavern finally reopened yesterday and looks like a totally different establishment.

The interior has been revamped from top to bottom, with a new bar, furniture, paintwork, flooring and toilets.

Outside, the signage has been replaced and the hanging baskets have been filled with fresh flowers, completing the smart new appearance of the beamed front.

It comes after Craft Union Pub Company took over the drinking hole earlier this year - but Mr and Mrs Rennie are still landlord and landlady, as they have been since 1999.

Karen and Jim Rennie 2020

The Rennies have run the pub since 1999.

Mrs Rennie, 51, said: "They've given it a lovely facelift - it looks stunning in here. When we walked in I felt like I was on a makeover show.

"But it's been done very sympathetically and we've kept quite a few ornaments and display bits that we had before."

Food is no longer being offered at the pub but a wider range of drinks will be available, including hand-crafted gins and Birra Moretti lager.

Sports channels will still be shown but the usual live bands, karaoke and DJ nights will not return until it is deemed safe enough.

Staff are also adhering to social distancing guidelines, with well-spaced seating, table instead of bar service and a one person at a time toilet policy.

Old House at Home staff 2020

The tavern staff celebrated the reopening yesterday.

"We've been away at another pub to do our training so we've got our heads around the new rules... it feels a little bit continental doing table service. And we can serve beers in little jugs too, also quite continental," said Mrs Rennie.

Yesterday, the bar was decorated with balloons as family, friends and locals gathered to celebrate the reopening of the Old House at Home from midday.

"It's been very exciting to reopen as it's been a long time coming - my legs are killing though," said Mrs Rennie.

She added: "It's very much a regulars pub and a few have already popped their heads in and the feedback has so far all been positive. I think lots of them were quite surprised they liked it!"



WOOD George 1871-82+ (age 36 in 1871Census)

LOMAS Alfred 1891+ (also steam engine maker widower age 42 in 1891Census)

KING Thomas 1901-30+ (also mattress maker age 51 in 1911Census)

DENNE Henry J 1938+

RENNIE Jim & Karen 1999-2020+




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