Sort file:- Gravesend, July, 2019.

Page Updated:- Monday, 08 July, 2019.


Earliest 1780

New Inn

2012 (Name from)Closed Jan 2016

1 Milton Road (King Street Pigot's Directory 1828-29)


New Inn 1840

Above engraving circa 1840, kindly submitted by Jason Kemsley.

New Inn 1900

Above picture circa 1900. A four-horse cart of A. & H. Hardy, the Northfleet carriers, ready for an outing from the "New Inn," Milton Road. Rigdens were the Faversham brewers. The "New Inn" with the shops adjoining was originally the home of the Holker family where in April 1734 Dr Holker entertained the Prince and Princess of Orange (daughter of George II) after their marriage, when they were weatherbound on their return to Holland.

New Inn

Above photo, circa 1913. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.  

New Inn 2008

Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

New Inn 2014

Above photos 17 July 2014, kindly supplied by Roy Moore.

New Inn sign 1974New Inn sign 1986

Above sign left, August 1974. Sign right, August 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

New Inn  sign 2013New Inn sign 2014

Above sign left 2013, sign right 2014, kindly supplied by Roy Moore.


A "New Inn" can be traced back on this site to 1780, even thought the sign says 1840. However, that may have been a different "New Inn." But in 2012 it changed name to both the "Coyote Ugly" and also "Bar 1." I have no idea which order, but with names like that it's no wonder it changed back to the "New Inn" again.

The "New Inn was the family home of Dr. Holker, who accommodated the Prince and Princess of Orange in 1734.

They had to shelter there because the weather was not fit for sailing. In 1780 the inn was sold and renamed the "New Inn," perhaps because the licensee was from the "New Tavern."

The "New Inn," which was previously a coaching inn, had a large garden at the rear, with a bowling green. Pigot's Directory of 1832 also says it was the Excise Office.

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.) The premises was acting as the Principle Agent and Depot.

I have just been informed by Ian Goodrick, that the pub was closed in January 2016 and is now operating as a "Vape Shop."


From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 4 April 1848.


Valuable freehold Enclosures of Arable, Meadow, Orchard and Fruit Plantation, Public House, Beer Shop, Building Ground, Cottages, &c. situated in the parish of Higham, Shorne, Chalk, Meopham, Southfleet, Ryarsh and Ash.

Messrs. Hoggarts, Norton and Oakley, have received instructions to offer for sale, at the "New Inn," Gravesend, on Wednesday, 31st May, at 1 for 2 precisely, in lots.

The following desirable freehold properties, ......

Two parcels of the most productive Arable and Orchard land, opposite to the "Crown Inn," at Shorne; a parcel of Woodlands, situated below the Ridgeway, at Shorne; ......

The "Plough" public house, Culverstone green, Meopham, together with Orchard and Hop Land.

The "Green Man" beer shop, in Hodsoll Street, Ash. ......


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 03 September 1870.

Thomas Smith, landlord of the "New Inn," was charged upon summons with keeping open house beyond the regulated time, on the night of Sunday, 21st August.

P. C. Wood stated that at 11.30 on the night of Sunday, 21st August, he saw two soldiers leave defendants house, defendant said that the soldiers were relations of his wife, and were there as his guests. The house was cleared of customers at 11 o'clock.

Case dismissed.


From 28 January 2016.

Gravesend pub New Inn closed down for after-hours drinking and evidence of illegal drugs.

A pub which traded after hours and may have been used for drug-taking has been closed down after ignoring warnings to comply with its licence terms.

The New Inn in Milton Road, Gravesend, was first found to be breaching several conditions in March last year.

Police and local authority licensing officers gave advice and the designated premises supervisor agreed to close the pub until all breaches had been rectified.

The pub was reopened shortly after but during a follow-up visit in July, licensing officers found that the pub continued to regularly breach its licence, including trading beyond their licensed hours and having insufficient door staff.

As part of a routine drugs test, there was also suggestion that cocaine may have been used on the site.

Police requested a review of the New Inn's licence due to concerns around the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the prevention of public nuisance.

A review hearing was held at Gravesham Borough Council in December and the pub had its hours reduced considerably. In addition, the designated premise supervisor was changed.

However, within days a licensing officer visited the pub and found further breaches of its licence, as well as inaccurate records of the door staff’s working hours.

A full licensing check was conducted and a further eight breaches were found. There was also further suggestion that cocaine had been used in the toilets.

After a decision was made to carry out a further review, the pub's licence holder surrendered their licence.

An application to transfer the licence was not made within the 28-day limit and the pub remains closed.

PC Clare Cossar, licensing officer from the north division licensing team, said: "I am pleased the licence holder took the decision to surrender their licence.

"Licensing officers made several attempts to address issues raised by the community with the pub’s management and designated premise supervisor before taking any formal action.

"Unfortunately the first review of the licence did not achieve a marked improvement and as a result we were forced to take further action.

"I hope this result reminds other licence holders of their responsibilities to actively promote the licensing objectives and, more importantly, that the police will take action against any other premise found to be behaving outside of the law."


Former New Inn 2016

Above photo kindly taken and sent by Ian Goodrick, November 2016.


Closed in February 2016 after a number of breaches of conditions, and as of November 2017 was operating as a Vape selling establishment.


From the accessed 8 July 2019.

The New Inn in Gravesend used to be maybe not scariest but certainly the dirtiest. it got closed down earlier this year due to drugs and after hour drinking.

This was a review of the place on a website: "Voted worst pub in the SE.

Absolutely disgusting pub. Met colleagues for a sales meeting and had the misfortune of popping in here.

Dirty is not the word. Has to be the worst pub in the UK.

The very fat scruffy bloke working behind the bar had a baby on the shelf behind the bar itself - I kid you not.

The beer was f**king awful. The glassware worse.

Shit and piss everywhere.

Gypsies urinating in corner of pub.

One foul mouthful of 'beer' and we couldn't wait to get out."

"Filthy pub, floor, toilets, tables everything in sight dirty, even the staff in filthy unwashed clothes and no teeth with disgusting breath reaching over the public side of the bar.

Horrible flat pint of Fosters, barmaid said it was CARLSBERG as its all they cold get from Bookers and its the only one the tap fitted - thought passing off was illegal, if I had wanted Carlsberg I would have asked for it.

Outside of the pub is a state, signage fell down, windows smashed. Still, on our tour of all the pubs we thought we'd give it a try.

Stale smell of animal faeces / urine.

Filthy dirty mop and bucket behind bar with marker pen inscription reading "dog".



HEARD John 1824-55+ (age 55 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

RUFF Henry Charles 1858+

CLUNNE John William 1861+ (age 48 in 1861Census)

BENNETT Charles B 1862-April/69

SMITH Thomas April/1869-70+

McDONALD Matilda Mrs 1874+

HOUSDEN Joseph 1878+

BUTTON Herbert Robert 1882+

BOGUE James 1891+

MILLSTED Harry 1903-22+

RAINE Percy John 1930+

CAMPBELL James Fleming 1938+


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

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


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