Page Updated:- Thursday, 13 April, 2023.


Earliest 1940

(Name from)

Star and Eagle

1990s (Name to)

Open 2020+

High Street


01580 211512

Star and Eagle 1950

Above postcard, circa 1950. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Star and Eagle 1954

Above postcard, circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Star and Eagle 1954

Above postcard, circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Star and Eagle postcard

Above postcard, date unknown.

Star and Eagle 1986

Above photo, 1986.

Star and Eagle

Above photo kindle sent by Eric Hartland.

Star and Eagle 1973Star and Eagle sign 2015

Above sign left 1973, sign right 2015.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Originally built as a monistery, the building still contains some traces of the 14th century stone vaulting, and a secret tunnel once ran from the inn  to the church.

Approaching the end of the 18th century the inn is reputed to have been the headquarters of a smugglers gang, however having fallen out with the local villagers a pitched battle was fought who managed to capture the ring-leader and hanged him from a gibbet on the nearby Horsemonden Heath.

In 1939 the new owner, E H Kelsey (Brewer) of Tunbridge Wells, commissioned a local architect, Mr H Benians, to design a reconstruction and extension for the pub. The now familiar black and white Tudor façade replaced the original half timbered and brick facade. The pub reopened in 1940 with a new look and a new landlord, Arthur Alfred Holt and shortly after the name of the pub was changed to the "Star and Eagle."

By 1948 the premises had extended even further, taking up the Lloyds bank next door and also incorporating the "Eight Bells" next door to that. Baring the church it is now the highest point in the village.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 7 November 1947.


The annual golf meeting of the Newspaper and Advertisers' Golfing Society was held at Sunningdale Golf Club on Wenesday last week. There were over 80 competitors.

Arthur (Peter) Holt, of the "Star and Eagle Hotel," Goudhurst, won the first prize with a nett score of 71. The Society's captain (Mt. R. B. Foster) handed Mr. Holt a magnificent trophy, the gift of Lord Camrose, of the "Daily Telegraph" and a replica.

Lord Camrose's trophy, competed for annually by the Society, is one of the most cherished cups in Fleet Street.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 23 February 1968.

The proprietors of the "Star and Eagle Hotel," Goudhurst, wish to inform their patrons that the dining rooms and bars were unaffected by the recent fire.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 6 December 1974.

Eating Around the World.

Every Friday evening at the "Star and Eagle Hotel," Goudhurst.

We invite you to join us and enjoy choice of dishes from various countries throughout the world for £2.50 for a three course dinner including coffee and a glass of wine.

We offer Italian cuisine on the 6th December followed by menu from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary.

Full a la carte menu also available.

Last orders 9:30 p.m.. Table reservations; Goudhurst 338.

We accept Access, Barclaycard, American Express and Diners Cards.


Taken from their web site on 15 December 2015.

Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Kentish Weald - the Garden of England, the Star and Eagle Hotel is located in the village of Goudhurst. Standing over 400ft above sea level, there are outstanding views of the surrounding orchards and hop gardens for which the area is renowned.

Dating back to the 14th century, the Star and Eagle has played a significant role in the local history, and was once reputed to have been an ancient monastery. Relics of the vaulted stonework of the period are still visible in some parts of the building.

During the 18th century the Inn became the headquarters of the "Hawkhurst Gang", who robbed and terrorised the surrounding district, and planned smuggling raids. Today, behind its attractive timbered gables, the Star and Eagle offers all the comfort and facilities of a 20th century hotel with the charm and atmosphere of a bygone era.

Open throughout the year, the Star and Eagle is less than three miles off the main A21 road with easy access to Tunbridge wells and Hastings. It is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend break, and a refreshing alternative for the business visitor seeking a quieter more peaceful ambience.


I believe the pub has again changed name from the "Star and Crowne" to the "Star and Eagle" again, certainly operating under that name and a Brakspear chain in 2016.


From the By Luke May, 27 March 2019.

Lorries block Goudhurst twice in two days after getting stuck in Church Lane.

Villagers in Goudhurst are calling for change after a lorries blocked the same road twice in two days.

Church Road was left entirely blocked after an HGV got stuck on bollards outside a house on Saturday morning.

Anthony Harris, chair of Goudhurst Parish Council, said the same road had been blocked on Friday.

He said: "It's a nightmare. We get a blockage every other week. On each occasion last week it was for three to four hours.

"We have a continuous problem with traffic and HGVs ignoring all the signs that Goudhurst is unsuitable for long vehicles."

As Church Road bends towards High Street, a house on the bend has bollards outside to protect it from passing traffic.

On Saturday wheels from a passing lorry ended up getting stuck as it tried drive through the quiet village at around 4.30am.

Scott Smith, a chef at the Star and Eagle Hotel, said: "It happens all the time. We live in the hotel so it woke us up.

"It's really difficult. We don't want to lose the volume of traffic on the road, especially for the local shops, as it's valuable passing trade.

"The village is in uproar about it. We live in the hotel so it woke us up."

Last Thursday a passing lorry scraped and damaged a wall at the bottom of St Mary's Church.



HOLT Arthur Alfred 1940-48+

MARTINEZ Karen & Enrique 2016+


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