Page Updated:- Sunday, 13 November, 2022.


Earliest ????

Walnut Tree

Open 2020+

Dean Street

East Farleigh

01622 725595

Walnut Tree 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archive Creative Commons Licence.

Walnut Tree 2015

Above photo, kindly sent by Tricia Francis, 24 March 2015.

Walnut Tree 2018

Above photon 2018.

Walnot Tree sign 1993Walnut Tree sign 2010

Above sign left 1993, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


One time a Mason's tied house, but the brewery was bought out by Shepherd Neame in 1956 and the brewery was subsequently closed and demolished.


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.


Passage below taken from their web site. 2014.

A gloriously traditional country pub in a village location, only two miles from the county town of Maidstone, the "Walnut Tree" dates back to 1528.

The pub is said to be haunted by the genial ghosts of hop-pickers who were regulars in the heyday of Kentish hop farming. The huge walnut tree, after which the pub is named, still thrives and its crop is used as a bar snack and pickled for use in the restaurant. Inside many original features remain including a number of oak beams and a large inglenook fireplace.


From the By Chris Britcher, 13 December 2018.

Walnut Tree in East Farleigh reopens after 100,000 refurb with landlords from the George Inn in Leeds.

A country pub has reopened after a three-month, 100,000 refurbishment.

The Walnut Tree in East Farleigh, near Maidstone, has seen a full redecoration, inside and out, a new kitchen, new furniture, and new decor and lighting throughout.

It will be run by Jason and Debbie Tharp, who have run the "George Inn" in nearby village Leeds for the past five years.

Jason and Debbie Tharp

Jason and Debbie Tharp at the Walnut Tree in East Farleigh (5980857).

The pub, which dates back to 1528, is owned by Shepherd Neame, which also controls the "George Inn".

The refurbishment was funded jointly by the brewery and the licensees.

Mrs Tharp said: "We love running the George Inn, and wanted to take on another challenge. When we found out that The Walnut Tree was available, it seemed the perfect opportunity. It is very similar to the George Inn, as it is a very traditional pub in a beautiful setting, with a friendly, warm atmosphere.”

The new licensees have introduced a new menu and say the pub is family friendly.

Adds Mrs Tharp: “We have received a great reaction to the pub’s new look from the local community and have already taken lots of Christmas bookings, so things are getting off to a great start!”


From the By Luke May, 20 June 2019.

 The "Walnut Tree," East Farleigh was named Turnaround Pub of the Year.

The quaint country pub was taken on last year by licensees Jason and Debbie Tharp, who also run The "George Inn" in the nearby village of Leeds, and a 100,000 programme of refurbishment was undertaken just before Christmas.

Jonathan Neame with Debbie and Jason Tharp 2019

Jonathan Neame with Debbie and Jason Tharp from the "Walnut Tree" in East Farleigh.

Mrs Tharp said: “We are so pleased to win this award.

"We have had a brilliant year and been so well supported by the residents, who have told us they are really pleased that we have injected new life into their local.”

Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: "These awards are aimed at recognising the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our licensees and staff, and celebrating excellence in our industry."

Elsewhere in Kent, the "Walnut Tree Inn" in Aldington won the Heart of the Community award, Dargate's the "Dove" scooped the Pub Food gong, New Licensee went to Joe and Jane Mullane of the "Four Fathoms," Herne Bay, "Dover Castle" in Teynham won Tenanted Pub of the Year, the "Alma" in Painters Forstal had the Best Floral Display, and Nick Kings-Kemsley of the "Marine Hotel," Tankerton was named Manager of the Year.

Meanwhile, The "Green Man" in Hernogate, Essex, won the Best Hero award.



ARCHARD John 1901-11+ (age widower age 47 in 1901Census)

ARCHARD Albert Edward 1913-22+

COPPIN Nelson 1938+

WAITE/WAIGHT Norman (Ex Policeman) 1970s-80s

THARP Debbie & Jason 2018-19+ (Also of "George" Leeds.)




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