Page Updated Allington:- Monday, 04 September, 2023.


Earliest 1851-

Malta Inn

Open 2020+

The Riverside / Allington Lock



01622 717251

Malta Inn 1925

Above postcard circa 1925. Kindly submitted by Rory Kehoe.

Malta Inn 1937

Above photo 1937, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Malta Inn 1937

Above photo 1937, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above photo, date unknown.

Malta Inn 1980s

Above postcard circa 1980s. Kindly submitted by Rory Kehoe.


Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Michael Coomber.

Malta Inn

Above postcard, circa 1987, from Ray Newman.

Malta Inn 2014

Above photo October 2014, kindly sent by Eric Hartland.

Malta Inn 2014

Above photo 2014.

Malta Inn Malta Inn 2013

Photos taken by David Dixon in 2013 from

Malta Inn 2022

Above photo February 2022, kindly sent by Tricia Francis.


The pub is operating as a Beefeater Inn.


Kentish Gazette, 24 February 1852.

The Late Mysterious Disappearance.

In our last impression, we stated that the poor man Cheeseman, whose mysterious disappearance (on the night of the 24th ult.) caused such a painful sensation in the neighbourhood of Sandling, where he had lived for several years, had not then been heard of, and that no trace of him had been discovered, beyond a handsaw and axe, which were found by the river side, where he was supposed to have fallen in.

The conjecture as to the untimely fate of the poor man has proved but too true—his body having been found near the Allington Lock, on Tuesday evening. It was very much swollen and disfigured, from the length of time it had remained under water, but the features were easily recognised.

The body was taken to the "Malta" beer-house, where it lay until Thursday, when an inquest was held on it, by J. N. Dudlow, Esq., (one of the coroners of West Kent).

The evidence went to show that the unfortunate man left the "Malta" beer-house about eight o'clock on the night in question, perfectly sober. He had received, from Mr. Bartlett (the landlord), his week's wages, and the sum so paid him was found quite safe in his pocket. The night was a very dark one, and it was raining hard, and blowing almost a storm, so that it is probable deceased mistook his path, and walked or slipped into the river.

To account for the length of time the body remained under water, it is conjectured it had got entangled in the weeds, at the bottom of the river. Having heard the evidence of Mr. Bartlett, and of the man who found the body, the jury agreed to a verdict:— "That the deceased slipped into the river, and was accidentally drowned."


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853.

BEARSTED. Petty Sessions.

Mr. John Bartlett, of the "Malta" beer-house, Boxley, also applied for a spirit license. Mr. Hughes opposed the application.



Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 3 September 1866.

Mr. Monckton applied for a spirit license on behalf of Edwin Sills, "Malta" beerhouse, Boxley.

Mr. Goodwin opposed the application on behalf of Mr. Verey, of the "Gibraltar Inn."

The magistrates granted this license on account of the increased traffic on the Medway, on the banks of which the house in question is situate.


From the Dover Express, 21 May, 1875.

An inquest was held at the "Malta Inn," Sandling, on Thursday afternoon last, before J. N. Dudlow, Esquire, coroner, on the body of James George Coulthard, and ex-governor of Dover Gaol, and a County Court deputy bailiff, which was put out of the river on Monday last. The following evidence was taken:-

Alfred Hall, Dover, said:- Deceased John George Coulthard was his uncle. He was lately County Court deputy-bailiff. He was about 63 years of age. Witness last saw him a fortnight ago at Dover. He appeared very haggard and caraworn. He left on the following Saturday and was traced to Chatham, then to an inn at Brompton and he visited Chatham dockyard on Tuesday. Last Thursday he was seen at Borstal, and he appeared at that time to be very despondent. He was addicted to drinking, and very excited in his conduct. He was married but had left no family.

Alfred Barnes, of Wolf Lane, Maidstone, a labourer, deposed that at 6 o'clock on Monday afternoon last, he saw the body of the deceased in the River opposite the "Gibraltar inn." He obtained assistance and pulled the body out of the water. There was six large stones and one small one in the coat pockets.

Police constable John Cheney produces stones and Property found on the body.

Mr W Hall, surgeon, Maidstone, deposed that he examined the body on Tuesday afternoon. There was no marks of violence. The body that evidently been in the water several days and was in a state of decomposition. Witness afterwards made a post mortem examination. The body was well nourished and healthy. Witness had no doubt death was caused by Drowning comma and not by violence or improper treatment.

The jury returned an open verdict of "found drowned."


Kent & Sussex Courier 09 June 1939.


Monkeys are very like humans, and there must be something in the Darwin Theory after all. Two young Rhesus Monkeys, finding a weak spot in the roof of their cage at the Maidstone Zoo on Saturday morning last, decided they would have a week-end off—nasty busy place the Zoo at week-ends.

Very much up-to-date, their first place of call was a dairy farm, a milk bar, of course. The second, on Saturday after-noon, another but quite different bar, the "Malta Inn," so nice and cool by the River Medway, most hospitable people the yachting fraternity—plenty to eat and drink; where they slept it all off they alone know.

What could be nicer than a Sunday on a farm?—cool, quiet, and chicken food is quite nice.

They were reported amongst the poultry at The Park, Sandling. By this time, however, their owner was on their track. A chicken house was converted into trap, fruit the bait—nice ripe bananas and apples—and by 5 p.m. No. 1 was caught. He was used as a decoy (in a safe cage, too), and No. 2 joined him, and by 9.30 p.m. both were brought home. A very enjoyable week-end—such a change from a crowded zoo, too.


The Stage, Thursday 11 November 1976.

Kentish is where the hops really come from. That fact alone makes the County pubs Country! And pubs are big business on the showbiz front today. You can forget the idea that down here that all the pubs are oak-beamed and full of yokels moving at a snail's pace.

Entertainment is IN at the INNS take my word. No, don't take my word just listen to the people I've been talking to in an in-depth round up.


The "Malta Inn," beautifully set on the banks of the river Medway, near Maidstone, is a hot spot for music. The electric organ is a big attraction and draws people like bees to a honey pot - which is more than a jukebox ever did in a pub.


I think I will - and pop out for a ginger ale.

Jimmy Hodge Jnr.


From the By Guy Bell, 21 June 2018.

Maidstone: Adam Aldosari took own life following split from girlfriend.

A heartbroken Waitrose worker took his own life after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Adam Aldosari was seen hanging from a tree by a passer-by along the River Medway towpath close to the "Malta Inn."

The 20-year-old had moved to England from his native Poland in the summer of 2016 to be with his girlfriend, but their relationship ended.

Police were called to the site, opposite Allington Castle, at around 6am on April 1 following reports a body had been seen.

Adam Aldosari

Adam Aldosari took his own life following his separation from his girlfriend.

Mr Aldosari was cut down by police officers who started CPR before medics arrived and confirmed he had died.

Investigators found a backpack belonging to him containing a note pad with words and phrases such as “kill yourself”.

He had also told his ex-girlfriend that he “may as well kill himself” but turned down the offer of help from her and the suggestion of seeing a psychologist.

Assistant Coroner Ian Wade recorded a conclusion of suicide during an inquest held at Archbishops Palace.

He said: “I am satisfied that the medical cause of death is suspension. That was plainly caused by the act of hanging.

“There is no evidence to suggest anybody else was involved. What happened was entirely due to Adam’s own and deliberate actions.

“He was perhaps feeling a little adrift in this country. He was someone who appeared to have become dejected and unhappy at his particular life in late March and early April.

“The discovery of a note in his backpack which contains significant readings indicated a desire to end his life.

“I conclude they are Adam’s words written in direct reference to a decision to take his own life. It was Adam’s wish and his right to take the particular steps he did.”

If you feel like you need to speak to somebody about your mental health or are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can contact Samaritans at 116 123.


From the By Ben Ashton , 21 June 2018.

The tragic note left by a young man who took his own life near the River Medway in Maidstone.

A 20-year-old had recently split up with his girlfriend before killing himself.

A young man who was found dead near the River Medway had left a heartbreaking note before taking his own life, an inquest heard.

Adam Aldosari, who was originally from Poland, was discovered on a footpath near the "Malta Inn" pub in Maidstone by a passer-by shortly after 6am on April 1 this year.

The 20-year-old had moved to England with his girlfriend Julia in the summer of 2016 and went on to secure a job at Waitrose.

An inquest into his death at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone today (June 21) heard how the couple then separated in late 2017.

Adam struggled to come terms with the end of the relationship and at the end of March, he sent a series of messages to his ex-partner suggesting he felt he was a “burden to everyone else” and that he “might as well go and kill himself”.

Julia offered to assist him in seeking mental help and also offered to go with him, but Adam told her that a psychologist “would not be able to help him”.

'No cause for concern.'

Det Sgt Paul Raines said: “On March 31, he called into work to say he was sick. Julia got in touch with him but he said he wanted to be alone.

“They spoke on the phone that evening but he did not seem to be upset.

“There were not any arguments and nothing that alerted Julia that there was any problem.

“From Julia’s point of view, she could have had no suspicion or cause for concern.”

That was the final contact Julia had with Adam, who was last seen alive by two housemates at his Clifford Way home when he stepped outside the front of the house to smoke a cigarette in the evening.

Just hours later, he was dead.

'These are my last words.'

Adam Aldosari left a tragic note in his backpack.

At the scene of his death opposite Allington Castle, a backpack containing his personal belongings, including a notepad, was found nearby.

On one of the pages, Adam wrote: “These are my last words. Sorry what I did.

"I know you can’t follow my last steps. I was not worth you.

“If found, return to Clifford Way. That is my last is wish.

“As always, not a lot to say. XD.”

He also wrote a number of phrases on the notepad, including “kill yourself”, “finally solution” and “no turning back”.

DS Raines, who ruled out any third party involvement, said: “They were quite scribbled notes, almost like exclamations.”

Assistant coroner Ian Wade recorded a verdict of suicide and said: “Those notes are strongly indicative that he had decided he would end his life.

“He did have things on his mind but he did not share them with anybody. He was not known to mental health services."

'No blame attached to those who loved him'

Mr Wade concluded: “He was perhaps feeling a little bit adrift in this country. He appears to have become dejected and unhappy with his life in late March, early April.

“There was a discovery of a notepad which contains significant writings indicating his desire to end his life and in effect, he was saying farewell.

“I conclude they are Adam’s words and are written in reference to the decision he had made to end his own life.

“He was last seen the night before but I am satisfied that he died relatively soon before he was discovered in the early hours of April 1, 2018.

“I am satisfied that Adam did the act and that he did the act intending to cause his own death.

“He had every opportunity from those who loved him to seek help. There is no blame attached to those who loved him in these circumstances.

“When a young man resolves to do this, there is very little that we can do.

“In the circumstances, the only conclusion I can record, with great sadness, is suicide.”



BARTLETT John 1851-52+ (age 39 in 1851Census)

SILLS Edward 1866+

SILLS Elizabeth Mrs 1874-82+

BALLARD William R 1891+ (age 44 in 1891Census)

CLEGG Thomas William 1901-Dec/1908 (widower age 75 in 1901Census) Kent and Sussex CourierKelly's 1903

TREMAINE Frederick Dec/1904-08+ Kent and Sussex Courier

GOULDEN Harold Vincent 1911+ (age 65 in 1911Census)


CHAFFEN Charles 1930+



Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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