Sort file:- Maidstone, February, 2022.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Tuesday, 15 February, 2022.


Earliest ????

White Rabbit

March 2018

(Name to)

Sandling Road


01622 292212


White Rabbit White Rabbit bar White Rabbit restaurant White Rabbit restaurant

Above photos from their web site. 2014.

White Rabbit sign 2001White Rabbit sign 2007

Above sign left, 2001, sign right 2007.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

White Rabbit painting

Painting, date unknown by Eddie Tucker.

White Rabbit 2017

Above photo, 2017.


Built in 1797 as a reaction to the threat of Napoleon, the "White Rabbit" occupies what used to be the officer's quarters of the Invicta Barracks.

By 1813, the barracks along the Sandling Road were used to train the cavalry's young horses and twenty years later they became the Army Riding School.

One of the cavalrymen who was there when it was a barracks was Captain Nolan, famous for bringing the message that launched the Charge of the Light Brigade:- Nolan was an ensign and came to Maidstone in 1839. In June 1841 he was at the Maidstone Cavalry Barracks in Sandling Road and purchased his lieutenancy. In 1843 he returned to India and became a captain. In 1852, he was back in Maidstone, in command of the 15th Hussars regimental depot troop.

On 25 October 1854 during the Battle of Balaklava, Nolan carried a message from Lord Raglan, which led to the mistake of Lord Cardigan's disastrous charge of the Light Brigade at the wrong Russian guns. Nolan was the first casualty in the charge, hit with shrapnel. He was buried on the battlefield.

Fellow officers erected a plaque in Trinity Church in Church Road, where he lived. It went missing in 1997. In 2003 a statue of him was installed in front of the church.

(Eventually, when the barracks closed, the officers' mess survived as the "White Rabbit" pub and in 2021 is the "Miller & Carter Steakhouse.")


From the By Adele Couchman, 3 February 2017.

Glass attack at the White Rabbit pub in Maidstone.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was glassed in a pub garden in Maidstone.

It was reported that during the assault, a man was attacked by three men in the garden of the "White Rabbit" Pub in Sandling Road.

During the attack, one of the men struck the victim round the head with a beer glass.

The incident took place on Saturday, January 7 between 10:55pm and 11:09pm.

Following enquiries, officers would now like to speak with two women who reported the incident to staff at the pub.

They were not involved in the assault however it is believed they may have important information that can help establish the full circumstances.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting YY/871/17.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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.

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