Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest ????

William Harvey

Open 2020+

Church Road


01233 624287

William Harvey 2014

Above photo 2014 by Julien P Guffogg Creative Commons Licence.

William Harvey sign 1988William Harvey sign 1991

Above sign left, April 1988, sign right, July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

William Harvey sign

Above sign circa 2013.


The pub gained a Grade II listing on 24 September 1951.


The pub is obviously named after William Harvey, the discoverer of the circulation of the blood, who often stayed here.

The building is a 15th to 16th timber-framed building with the 1st floor overhanging on brackets. On the south-west front the 1st floor has been refaced with curved tiles and on the north front with red brick and tiles. The remainder is plastered. Tiled roof in 2 hips. 3 casement windows. Some traces of original window openings are still shown. The south east front has a gable with a pendant and below it a small 4 light bay window on each floor with wooden mullions.


From the 5 November 2018.

The William Harvey pub in Church Road, Willesborough, to reopen after revamp.

A popular pub which has lain empty for six months is to reopen following a lengthy refurbishment.

The William Harvey, in Church Road, Willesborough, has been taken on by business partners Petra Buckley and Colleen Chapman.

Petra Buckley and Colleen Chapman

A new kitchen has been fitted and extensive redecoration has been carried out.

Miss Buckley, who currently heads a department in a Canary Wharf-based pension company, says managing the Enterprise Inns-owned pub in Ashford "happened almost by accident".

She said: "We were interested in another pub nearby but the regional manager at Enterprise Inns asked us if we wanted to run it instead.

"To see how much work was required was a bit disheartening but we still saw the potential.

It's a great location with ample parking.

"We will have something for everyone and really want to make it into a family-friendly destination.

"We are hoping to start sports teams for football, darts and cribbage.

"Following a complete overhaul of the restaurant and decoration, it will not look exactly the same, but have a familiar feel."

Large-scale restoration work is being carried out on the beer garden, with decking being removed or cleaned up, as well as a major landscaping effort and the re-instatement of the pub's children's play area.

The landlords - who are neighbours in Ruckinge - have previous experience of managing Kentish pubs.

The duo will offer traditional pub food alongside an extensive vegan menu, with their vast array of drinks including two cask ales and vegan wine brands.

Live music will also feature with owners promoting 1980s and tribute bands.

The pub, which will open daily from 12pm to 11pm, will relaunch on Friday.

The reopening event, which will run from 6pm, will see a DJ performing, a buffet and the opening of its restaurant for prospective punters to see what it will look like.


From the By Charlie Harman, 20 August 2019.

Brutal assault at the William Harvey Pub in Ashford.

A man had to be revived after suffering a brutal beating at a pub.

Etienne Bailey sustained numerous facial injuries after being attacked at the William Harvey Inn, Ashford last Thursday.

Two men set upon the 51-year-old at around 7.55pm, with the man allegedly being "hit several times over the head with fire extinguishers knocking him unconscious".

Etienne Bailey 2019

Etienne Bailey suffered extensive injuries following the horrific assault.

A fundraiser set up to help pay his bills and rent has raised more than 2,000.

A post on the page added that the men "continued the attack until other people intervened and the offenders fled the scene."

Being transferred from the Church Road pub to the William Harvey Hospital, the victim had to be resuscitated due to his injuries.

Mr Bailey - known as Tiny to his friends - couldn't breathe through his nose due to bleeding and a split mouth meant he could only drink.

It's believed that his head is fractured, and scans have been sent for analysis.

Five days later, his eyes are still too swollen to open.

The victim, a popular face at the supermarket he works in, is expected to be unable to work for at least four weeks and a fundraiser is hoping to alleviate the financial issues that would entail.

So far 2,204 has been raised by the three-day-old Gofundme campaign, which has already been shared more than 2,000 times.

Police are now appealing for information relating to the assault.

A police spokeswoman said: "Crime Scene Investigators have gathered forensic evidence from the scene. Officers are also examining CCTV footage of the incident. Enquiries are ongoing.

"Anyone with information should call the Kent Police East Kent appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/157567/19.

"Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at"


From the By Eleanor Perkins, 6 November 2019.

CCTV released after man suffers serious facial injuries in pub assault in Willesborough.

CCTV images have been released after a man was repeatedly punched and kicked in a pub assault.

The incident occurred at the William Harvey Inn in Church Road, Willesborough, around 8pm on Thursday, August 15.

The 51-year-old victim suffered serious injuries to his face and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police have carried out forensic analysis of the scene, spoken to witnesses and reviewed all available CCTV.

William Harvey attack 2019

Now detectives would like to identify the man in these pictures.

They believe he may have important information.



BUCKLEY Petra & CHAPMAN Colleen Nov/2018+


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