Page Updated:- Thursday, 12 January, 2023.


Earliest 1982-

(Name from)

Gun and Spitroast

Open 2020+

The Heath


01892 722925

Gun and Spitroast 1980

Above photo, circa 1980, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gun and Spitroast 1980

Above photo, circa 1980, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above postcard, 1982, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gun and Spitroast 2011

Photo taken 28 May 2011 from Steve Marlow.

Gun and Spitroast 2018

Above photo, 2018.

Gun and Spitroast sign 1991Gun and Spitroast sign 2002

Above sign left, October 1991, sign right 2002.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Gun and Spitroast matchbox Gun and Spitroast matchbox

Back and front of matchbox, date unknown.


The "Gun and Spitroast" was originally the "Gun Inn," with spit-roast being a recent addition to advertise a restaurant facility at the pub. Horsmonden was once the centre of an iron industry, and the Browne family who resided there were Royal Ordnance makers.

Local resident George Olmit says the following:- "The Gun was one of the many pubs in Horsemonden frequented by the hop pickers from the London East End in the 1940s. I can remembers playing outside on the green while families were spending their money that they earned during the week. The Gun and the other pubs around the green were not so "gentile" in that period but the addition of Spit roast adds a touch of class. The only roast available at that period ,were potatoes purloined from the fields and roasted in the Oast House.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


From the By Tom Pyman, 27 March 2018.

Crews tackle chimney fire at The Gun & Spitroast pub in Horsmonden.

Firefighters were called to a west Kent pub this morning after a chimney blaze broke out.

Crews in two fire engines arrived at The Gun & Spitroast in Horsmonden just before 11am following reports of smoke and an orange glow.

The blaze was swiftly dealt with, however, and crews left the scene before 11.30am.

Bob Tyson, who works at the pub, said: "It was just a small chimney fire, nobody had to be evacuated and business hasn't been affected."




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