Sort file:- Brompton, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1914

(Name from)

King George V

Open 2020+

1 Prospect Road


01634 842418

King George V 1958

Above photo 1958, from by Ben Levick.

King George V

Above photo, date unknown.

Above photo 1978, from by Ben Levick.

King George V sign 2011

Above sign 2011, from by Ben Levick.

King George V sign 2011

Above sign 2011, from by Ben Levick.

King George V 2010

Above photo December 2010, from by Ben Levick.

Leon Simmonds 2015

Leon Simmonds, licensee 2015.


Until 1914 the King George V pub was known as the "King of Prussia". At the outbreak of the First World War this very German name led to it having its windows smashed. The name was swiftly changed to the more patriotic one it bears today.

George Frederick Ernest Albert became King George V on 6th May 1910 and died on the 15th January, 1936.


From the By Medway Messenger, 13 November 2014.

Landlord John Brice calls last orders at the King George V in Brompton, but Medway Beer Festival still going strong.

The organiser of the Medway Beer Festival, which opens on Thursday, is retiring from running his own pub.

John Brice and his wife Diane have left the "King George V" in Brompton, which they have run for the last 10 years.

However, he insists the annual three-day festival at the Stanley Ballroom in Gundulph Road, Chatham, is safe for the foreseeable future.

John Brice 2014

John Brice looks along the line of Kent ales at the Medway Beer Festival 2013

He said: “After running pubs in Medway for almost 15 years, the time has come to put up my feet and sit on the other side of the bar.”

The King George V – known locally as the KGV – has been taken over by Leon and Emma Simmonds, who run their own beer business, called Kentish Ales.

John had a long career as a broadcaster and journalist with the BBC before helping to build the "Tap n Tin" in Railway Street, Chatham.

He went on to buy the "Frog and Toad" in Gillingham and won CAMRA’s pub of the year title for three consecutive years.

It was there that he started running frequent ale festivals, before taking over the King George V.

He said: “All that experience gave me the background to run the Medway Beer Festival.”

This week he and his team have been building the structures and bars which make up the annual event, John’s 11th.

They have racked up 50 tubs of real ale and set up 10 different ciders.

Last week, John travelled to Bruges to bring back the latest selection of bottled Belgian Christmas beers.

Live music has been booked for all three nights and a quiz has now been prepared for Saturday afternoon.

The entry fee is 3, which includes a glass to take home.

Today the event opens at 11am with an entrance charge of 5. On Saturday it opens at the same time with a fee of 4. Each night last orders are at 11pm.

The festival is restricted to anyone over the age of 18. Hot food will be served during most of the opening hours.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

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.

All emails are answered.



BRICE John 2004-14

SIMMONDS Leon & Emma 2015+


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