Page Updated:- Sunday, 17 December, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

Queen's Head Inn

Open 2023+

111 The Street

Boughton Under Blean

01227 751369

Queen's Head 1903

Above photo circa 1903, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Queen's Head 1905

Above postcard, 1905 Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Queen's Head postcard pre 1914

Above postcard pre 1914.

Boughton map 1896

Above map 1896, annotated by Rory Kehoe.

Queen's Head 2011

Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Queen's Head 2013

Above photo 2013.

Queens Head 2023

Above photo 2023.

Queen's Head sign 1991Queen's Head sign 1995

Above sign left, October 1991. Sign right, 1995.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Queen's Head sign 2011

Above sign 2011.


Built in 1590, but don't know when it gained it's license or when it started serving beer.


Henry George Knowler

Above photo showing Henry George Knowler. Landlord from 1891. Taken in later life when he'd become a farmer/landowner at 'Lavender Farm' in Hernehill near Faversham. Kindly supplied by Andrew Knowler.


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Kentish Chronicle, 28 April 1829.


April 25, Mr. Judges, "Queen's Head," Boughton, aged 51 years.



Closed in July 2019 for a complete revamp, as the sign says and to be reopened at a later date, and glad to say that happened exact date unknown.


From the By Max Chesson, 18 July 2023.

The Queens Head pub in Boughton-under-Blean, between Canterbury and Faversham, to offer ‘pay what you can’ Sunday lunch.

A Kent pub is taking a unique approach to tackling the cost-of-living crisis – by announcing a Sunday lunch service where customers can pay what they like.

The Queens Head in Boughton-under-Blean, between Canterbury and Faversham, will host its first “pay what you can dinner” on July 30, the last Sunday of the month.

Ash & Claire Hammond-Miller

Ash and Claire Hammond-Miller, landlords of the Queen’s Head pub, hope to help those less fortunate with the scheme. Pic: Claire Hammond-Miller.

Landlord Claire Hammond-Miller, who took over the 16th-century boozer in 2021 with husband Ash, told KentOnline they want to try and do more for the local community.

“We’ve been working with Faversham Foodbank for a few months and I’ve always wondered what more could we do to help,” she said.

“It’s such a tough time. Everybody is struggling in some way or another and people are in unfortunate positions.

“Just because people are struggling for money at times doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a life. Everybody wants to have a life.

“We can offer somewhere for people to come and enjoy themselves, have a nice dinner and not have to worry about being priced out of living life.”

Punters will be expected to pay for their drinks but will be able to enjoy starters, mains and desserts as part of the promotion – but tables need to be booked in advance.

Diners will be offered staples of the Shepherd Neame pub's menu such as fresh fish or a full Sunday roast.

Customers will be given a bill only tallying up the drinks, with the food bill to be presented as blank.

Claire hopes this move will help ease the pressure on those who might feel compelled to match the usual price of the meal.

She acknowledged they will need to be wary of people taking advantage of the scheme.

“We have regulars who we know so we can judge it in that way,” she said,

“We won’t let people take advantage, if we know better.

“But ultimately, we do have to take people at face value.

“When you’re doing something like this, you do hope everyone coming has the same good intentions.”

Claire estimates the inn takes anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000 on a regular Sunday service.

They can serve up to 35 customers per hour, though this will be slightly reduced on the day to reduce pressure on the staff and diners.

And while she’s not sure how much the venture could cost the business, she admits they’ll need to be close to breaking even to make it a regular event.

“We’re not doing it to turn a profit – we want to help everyone however we can,” she said.

“But we will have to be mindful. We’ll use the occasion as a trial run to see how it works and if it does work then that’d be ideal.”

Claire’s time at the Queens Head has been well-received, with a 4.5 star rating on Tripadvisor.

Last year, KentOnline’s Secret Drinker visited the old tavern and made a note of the “beautiful historic features”.

He also paid tribute to the team who run the pub – calling the food “spectacularly tasty”.



JUDGES Edward 1828-25/Apr/29 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29

JUDGES William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HARRIS William 1858-71+ (age 64 in 1871Census)

MILES Charles R 1881 (also Fly Proprietor age 26 in 1881Census)

KNOWLER Thomas 1882+

KNOWLER Henry George 1891+ (age 34 in 1891Census)

FOREMAN William John 1903-22+ Kelly's 1903Kelly's 1913

WELLS Albert Edward 1938+

TURNER Anita 2014+ (also running the "Old Coach and Horses," Harbledown and "Kentish Cricketer" Canterbury.)

HAMMOND-MILLER Ash & Claire 2021+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913



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