Page Updated:- Wednesday, 04 August, 2021.


Earliest ????


Open 2020+

Faversham Road


01233 623871


Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Andy Turner.

Rose 1905

Above photo, 1905, kindly sent by Andy Turner.

Rose 1930s

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Andy Turner.

Rose 2010

Above photo 2010 by Chris Whippet, Creative Commons Licence.

Rose Inn sign 1992Rose Inn sign 2010

Above sign left, August 1992, sign right 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Originally a coaching inn and the habitual watering-hole for the horse-drovers travelling to market in Ashford along the Faversham road; today it still serves all those travelling along the same route.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 10 March 1900. Price 1d.


The County Corona, (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest at the “Rose Inn,” Kennington, on Tuesday, on the body of Sarah Smithers, aged 52, a spinster.

Deceased lived with her mother and sister at Kennington, and while clearing away the breakfast things on the 5th inst. she fall on to her face in a fit and died a few hours afterward.

Dr. Vernon was sent for, and on his arrival stated that death was due to apoplexy.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.

From the 05 October 2015 by Matt Leclere

Man stabbed and in hospital after incident near The Rose Inn.

Rose 2015

Police are continuing to question a man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Ashford.

A 47-year-old man - named locally as Darran Bean - was knifed near the "Rose Inn" in Kennington on Friday night and is fighting for his life in hospital in London.

Police cordoned off the pub all day on Saturday as detectives launched their investigation.

A police spokesman confirmed a 24-year-old Ashford man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday night.

He remains in custody today while detectives carry out further inquiries.

The victim, believed to be Mr Bean, is in a critical condition in hospital.

The circumstances are still being investigated but police said the incident is not thought to have taken place inside the pub.

Inquiries were made at the pub and in the surrounding area with officers standing guard outside the premises all day.

Forensic officers began their investigation in the afternoon and were joined by detectives while officers remained at the scene.

Paramedics were also called to the pub after reports of the assault.

Ulley Road was closed between the junction with Faversham Road and Upper Vicarage Road.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police was called to Faversham Road, Ashford, at 11.59pm on 2 October to reports a man in his 40s had been assaulted.

"Officers and Secamb attended the scene and found a man who had sustained injuries consistent with a stabbing.

"He has been taken to a London hospital for further treatment and inquiries are ongoing.

"As we have it per reports, the assault did not take place in the pub, but officers are clearly carrying out their enquiries in the local area."

"The 24-year-old man from the Ashford area was arrested on Saturday evening on suspicion of attempted murder.

"He remains in police custody and inquiries are ongoing."


From the By Aidan Barlow, 8 October 2015.

Landlady Sara Jones saves life of stab victim Darran Bean at The Rose Inn pub in Kennington.

A pub landlady has described the shocking moment a regular night turned to horror when a patron staggered back into the bar after being stabbed on his way home.

Sara Jones said everything was as normal at The Rose Inn pub in Faversham Road in Kennington on Friday.

But regular customer Darran Bean returned moments after leaving the pub with five stab wounds and covered in blood, shortly before midnight.

Sarah & Dave Jones 2018

Licensees Sara and Dave Jones and their customers helped the victim and called an ambulance.

Mrs Jones, who is set to mark her first anniversary in charge of the pub this weekend with husband Dave, said: “It was just the usual Friday night until Darran came back in.

"Myself and a couple of customers wrapped him in towels and gave him CPR until the paramedics turned up.

Their actions are believed to have saved the life of the 47-year-old Kingsnorth Scaffolding director, who only had a slim chance of surviving the attack.

Mrs Jones, who was the previous landlady at the "Beaver Inn" in Beaver Road, South Ashford before moving to the Rose Inn, added: “Obviously we have never had anything like that before.

“It’s everything to us, it’s our home and this has happened out of the blue.

“It has definitely tainted the first year party we had planned this weekend. We didn’t expect anything like this to happen, and we’re just trying to get back to normality really.

“Our regular customers have been really supportive, they’ve been coming in and making sure we are all alright.”

Police cordoned off the area outside the pub at the junction of Faversham Road and Ulley Road on Saturday while carrying out their investigation.

Rose 2018

The Rose Inn was cordoned off after the incident.

On Saturday night, police arrested a 24-year-old man from the Ashford area, on suspicion of attempted murder.

Then on Tuesday morning, they arrested a second man on suspicion of attempted murder, this time a 20-year-old, also from the Ashford area.

Yesterday police confirmed both men had been released on bail while an investigation into the incident continues.

Mr Bean remains in a critical condition at a hospital in London.



KEYS George R 1881+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

SMITH James M 1891+ (age 29 in 1891Census)

BUTTON George 1903+ Kelly's 1903

WOODWARD George 1934+ Sevenoaks Chronicle

BALLINGER Mr 1970s-76+

Last pub licensee had JONES Sarah & Dave 2017-18+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser


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