Page Updated Ash (Sevenoaks):- Thursday, 10 August, 2023.


Earliest 1585

Anchor and Hope

Closed 2018

South Ash Road

Ash (Sevenoaks)

Anchor and Hope 2009

Above photo 2009 by Stacey Harris Creative Commons Licence.

Sign 1992Anchor and Hope sign 2016

Above sign left September 1992, sign right, 2016.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


From the By Danny Boyle. 27 February 2012.

Owners of Ash pub fined over filthy kitchen.

A pub has been fined after inspectors found its kitchen had filthy floors, mouldy equipment... and 25-day-old chilli.

A series of disgusting discoveries were made during a routine inspection at the "Anchor and Hope" pub, in South Ash Lane, Ash.

Pub owner Cawdor Country Inns Limited has been ordered to pay a total of 4,850 by magistrates after pleading guilty to four food hygiene offences.

The company was prosecuted by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council after environmental health officers found:-

Found unfit for human consumption, including 25-day-old chilli con carne with slimy white growths on the surface; 15-day-old cooked chicken with a slimy surface that had a greenish/yellow tinge; a six-week-old box of baby tomatoes in oil that looked discoloured and slimy with patches of greenish mould growth; and tomato paste with chillies and herbs for making curries that had lots of white furry patches of mould.

Dirty scales and blender parts. The interior of the ice machine was covered with black mould and other pink growths.

The premises was generally dirty, especially kitchen floors, walls, doors, door handles, microwave and sinks. The external vegetable store had a leaking roof, there were signs of damp and rotting vegetables and there were holes on either side of the door that could allow vermin to enter.

Poor stock rotation checks as well as smoked salmon and mussels with confusing and inadequate labelling that had been kept too long after defrosting.

Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court heard the pub had been given food hygiene warnings and advice before the offences were recorded last February.

Cawdor Country Inns Limited was fined a total of 2,350 and ordered to pay 2,500 costs after admitting four offences.

These were placing food on the market that is unfit for human consumption; failure to keep a food premises clean and maintained in good repair and condition; failure to keep all articles, fittings and equipment with which food comes into contact clean and, where necessary, disinfected; and failure to implement and maintain a permanent food safety management system.

Improvements have since been made to the pub, which is now rated with two hygiene stars (meaning it is broadly compliant) following an inspection last August.

Cllr Howard Rogers, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "I'm pleased to hear that hygiene standards at the "Anchor and Hope" public house have now improved but the fines imposed by the magistrates have emphasised the seriousness of the offences, which could have had serious repercussions for customers."


Anchor and Hope missing dog 2016


Still open in 2016, by 2019 the pub was closed.


From the By Alan Smith 29 March 2023.

Blaze at derelict pub in Ash is 'suspicious'.

Police are treating a fire at a derelict pub as suspicious.

The blaze at the former Anchor and Hope pub in Ash started at around 6pm last night.

At its height, eight fire engines and 40 fire-fighters plus a bulk water container were in attendance fighting the flames, and residents in the New Ash Green area, near Gravesend, were advised to keep windows and doors closed.

The fire was under control by 9.30pm and the number of crews reduced.

The firefighters had to fight the flames from a safe distance because the building in South Ash Road appeared to be in a dangerous condition and close to collapse.

Local authority structural engineers have been called in to assess the building this morning.

The area remains cordoned off this morning.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The former Cawdor Country Inns pub ceased trading in 2018.

The building last changed hands in 2021, when it sold for 950,000.


The pub has now been demolished, planning application for the site is for ground floor office space and flats above, demolition started on the 3rd and finished on the 17th of July 2023.




Last pub licensee had ???? Pat & Bridie pre 2009 Next pub licensee had

THAIN Andy 2016+


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