Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, January, 2019.

Page Updated:- Monday, 07 January, 2019.


Earliest 1600s

Grove Tavern

Open 2019+

19 Berkeley Road/34 Little Mount Sion

Royal Tunbridge Wells

01892 526549

Griove Tavern 1920

Above photo 1920.

Grove Tavern 2012

Above photo 2012 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Above photo 2013 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Grove Tavern sign 1986Grove Tavern sign 2009

Above sign left, March 1986, sign right, 11 June 2009.

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign. If anyone should have an image please email me, address at bottom.

Above aluminium card issued 1950. Sign series 2 number 17.


The building gained its Grade II listing on 7 June 1974.

It has been suggested that this pub may be the oldest or one of the oldest pubs in Tunbridge Wells but research by Edward Gilbert indicates that this is perhaps only true by name only.

The earliest reference to it is from a book called "Royal Tunbridge Wells" by Roger Farthing who says its first two owners were Mr Jordan and then Mr Thomas Matthew, back in the mid 1700's.

One person who is familiar with the "Grove Tavern" says there is a tunnel running from it to a house across the street and legend has it that this house was one of "ill repute".

On July 11, 2009 there was a grand unveiling of a new hanging sign on this pub.

The pubs address is given in the earlier records as 34 Mount Sion and its under this address that English Heritage gave it a grade II listing June 7,1974. The pub itself is located on the corner of Mount Sion and Berkeley Rd and in recent times its address is given as 19 Berkeley Rd.



JORDAN Mr 1700s

MATTHEW Thomas to 1718

MATTHEWS John 1718+

FARMER W Mr to Apr/1892 Thanet Advertiser

FARMER P Mr Apr/1892+ Thanet Advertiser

DADSWELL Henry Okdell 1912-13+

GABRIEL Thomas 1918+

DADSWELL Henry Okell 1922-61 (may be other family members included)

BURKE F 1967+

BURKE P H 1970-72+

BAXTER Steven 2003-15+


Thanet AdvertiserThanet Advertiser


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