Sort file:- Maidstone, December, 2023.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Thursday, 07 December, 2023.


Earliest ????


Closed 2021

25 (21) Upper Stone Street


01622 691162

Pilot 2014

Above photo by Roy Moore 24 July 2014.

Pilot 2023

Above photo 2023.

Pilot sign 1991Pilot sign 2014

Above sign left, May 1991, sign right 2014.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


John Brough says he thinks it used to be a Flowers tied house in the 1950s.


From the By Ed McConnell, 13 April 2017.

Maidstone pubs: The Pilot, Upper Stone Street, to reopen.

A well-known Maidstone pub will be hoping to overcome some recent turbulence when it reopens tomorrow.

The "Pilot," in Upper Stone Street, closed unexpectedly at the end of January and owner Harvey’s Brewery cast doubt on the alehouse’s future, saying declining trade made it unlikely it would serve punters again.

But landlady Charlotte Houlihan was pleased to announce last week that negotiations with the Sussex-based brewers had been successful.

Pilot 2017

The Pilot closed in January.

The pub’s hours will change in an effort to reverse its recent fortunes and it will now open on Friday and Saturday evenings and during the afternoon on Sunday.

It previously opened from Tuesday until Sunday.

The "Pilot" will offer real ales, cider, wines and spirits, live music and jam nights, while Sunday lunch will be available but bookings will need to be made.


I am informed by Mark Richford that licensees Joe & Charlotte Houlihan left the pub on 25 February 2018 and a management company took over and eventually closed the pub at the end of March. The pub is now boarded up.


Pilot bar

Above photo showing the bar on the last night, by Mark Richford.

Pilot bar

Above photo showing the bar on the last night, by Mark Richford.

Pilot fireplace

Above photo showing the fireplace on the last night, by Mark Richford. Indeed this is now a cold place to visit.

Pilot cellar

Above photo showing the cellar on the last night, by Mark Richford.

Above photo showing the last night, by Mark Richford.

From the By KentOnline reporter, 19 July 2018.

Maidstone: Fire breaks out at derelict pub on Upper Stone Street.

Firefighters have been tackling a fire at a derelict pub in Maidstone.

Crews in two engines were called to an outbuilding at the The Pilot on Upper Stone Street just after 5am.

Pilot fire 2018

The blaze started in an outbuilding of the derelict pub.

The road remained open while they tackled the flames at the boarded-up property and it is not thought anyone's been hurt.

Witness John Sharp said: "Two fire crews turned up in a matter of minutes, then just over the road another fire was burning which a third fire crew came out to put that one out."

Pilot fire damage 2018

Fire tore through the back of The Pilot in Upper Stone Street, Maidstone.

Crews have left the scene, with debris strewn across the back of the abandoned pub, which closed last January.

Despite a brief reopening, the pub closed for good in March 2017.

The fire did not reach the main building.

It's not known yet how the fire started.


Happy to say though that after some refurbishments it opened again for business in October 2018.

However, I have been informed that the owners Harvey's Brewery have put it up for sale and there have been no takers as far as August 2021.


From the By Alan Smith, 27 November 2023.

500-year-old Grade II listed Maidstone pub The Pilot for sale at Clive Emson auction.

A prominent pub in a busy town centre is for sale at auction.

The Pilot in Upper Stone Street, Maidstone, had been given a guide price of 260,000.

The hostelry includes residential accommodation on the upper floors, and there is a beer terrace and a sadly rather overgrown garden.

It is being offered freehold and would suit someone looking to run their own business.

The building dates from the 16th century and is Grade II listed. It has timber beams and an inglenook fireplace.

The Pilot has had a checkered history in recent years – first closing in 2017, although it later re-opened.

It also suffered a fire in an outbuilding in 2018.

Pilot bar 2023

The bar.

Pilot lounge 2023

The lounge bar.

Pilot terrace 2023

The beer terrace at the back.

It was a Harvey’s pub, the Sussex brewery’s only outlet in Maidstone.

The pub is lot 127 of 150 lots being offered for sale through Clive Emson auctioneers in a two-day sale that starts on Monday, December 11.

There is one bedroom living accommodation on the first floor and three further inter-connecting rooms in the attic.

The pub is currently vacant.



HAYAWRD William 1861+ (also gentleman's servant age 50 in 1861Census)

WELLS Edward 1867-74+ (age 47 in 1871Census)

WELLS Edward 1874+

BURVILLE William 1881-82+ (also general labourer age 64 in 1881)

BROWN Henry T 1891-1904 (age 65 in 1901Census)

BUCKLOW Charles 1911-13+ (age 55 in 1911Census)

BUCKLOW William 1918-30+

BEEVERS Charles H 1938+

HOULIHAN Joe & Charlotte to 25/Feb/2018




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