Page Updated:- Tuesday, 02 April, 2024.


Earliest 1383

Bull Inn

Open 2020+

Linton Hill


01622 743612

Bull 1907

Above postcard, 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull Inn 1911

Above postcard, 1911. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above postcard, date unknown, by kind permission Stephen Golding,

Bull Inn

Above photo, date unknown, also showing the alms houses to the right.

Bull Inn 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Bull Inn sign 1993Bull sign 2015

Above sign left, March 1993, sign right, 2015.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Bull Inn sign 2020

Above sign, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.

Bull 2018

Above photo, April 2018, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


The building gained a Grade II listing on 23 May 1967.

The following was published with their menu and prices 2024:-


Located within the parish of Linton, in the hundred of Maidstone. It was built in the 6th year of Richard II, in 1383 and formed part of the estate of Stephen Rookehurst esq. Rookehurst died in 1442, then his nephew Reginald of London inherited the property. In 1464, Reginald sold the property to Thomas Quinney, a wine merchant and maltman of London.

Quinney or his employees brewed ale here between 1464 and 1492, as indicated in a document from 1492 mentioning a malthouse. Thomas Quinney died in 1504 and left his property to his son Cedric. Cedric owned the property until 1513 when he sold it to Jacob Swift, in 1518, Swift was granted a licence to sell ales from a premise lying on the hill in the parish of Linton. He called these premises the "Bull."

Jacob Swift owned the "Bull" until his death in 1572. Josias, his son, took possession of it until 1611 when he sold it to Thomas Jenkin of Ashford. The sale included:- 1 tenement with outbuildings, stable, malthouse, brewhouse and butchery.

After looting Sir John Mayney’s home, Cromwell's soldiers sought refreshment and rest at the "Bull" in 1651, Jack Sculley was the keeper who served them ale.

During the latter part of 1673 and early 1674, great changes took place to the "Bull” and many works were carried out here. The roof was improved by replacing the thatch with-tiles. Chimney stacks were added, and some of the wattle and daub were exchanged for bricks. In addition, a new stable block was built to accommodate the increasing number of travellers seeking shelter at the "Bull". After finishing the job, builder Amos Goad marked the facade with his initials and the date A.G.1674.

The Jenkin family owned the "Bull" for over a century, brewing their own ale here. Throughout the years, several keepers were appointed to maintain the establishment’s legacy. In the 18th Century, the "Bull" became a popular stop due to better highways and the coaching era. Fresh horses were added to the team to enable the coaches to be pulled up the hill, and a stable lad employed at the inn would fetch them down again. The inn also at this time became the posting house. During this period and in the years that followed, numerous innkeepers served as carriers for the parish. Joseph George, a keeper during the Napoleonic Wars, was a messenger for the Rothschild family.

In 1797, the “Bull" was in the hands of the executors of the Jenkin Estate, and it was sold to Richard Somerby of Tonbridge in 1802. In whose families possession it remained until the early 20th century. In the 19th century, ale stopped being brewed here; the old butchery became part of the Malthouse. In the early 20th century, a post office was added. Both of these are now again part of the "Bulls" interior.

The "Bull" has seen and undergone many changes since it was first built, but the historic atmosphere remains unchanged.

Southeastern Gazette, 11 January 1853.


Petty Sessions, Monday. (Before J. Jacobson, Esq., chairman, Sir J. Croft, Bart., Sir E. Filmer, Bart., Capt. Marsham, Rev. K. Martin). Scrat-ton and C. G. Whittaker, Esqrs.)

Thomas Coleman was fined 10s. and 16s. 6d. costs, for assaulting Mr. Fancett, of the "Bull Inn," Linton, on the 11th December; in default of payment he was committed for three weeks.

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 8 June 1861.

Linton. Friendly Society Treat.

The members of the Linton Hand-in-Hand Society held their anniversary on the 29th ult., with the usual formalities. After parading the village, accompanied by a band of music, the members attended church, where an appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Dunnage. Subsequently the members dined at the "Bull Inn." Mr. Goad, the landlord, producing an excellent spread. The Rev. J. Dunnage being appointed to the chair, the health's of the ladies Cornwallis, the Rev. T. Carter, the chairman, and others followed in due order, interspersed with some good songs by Mr. Philpott and J. Gilbert, and some select pieces of music were performed by the band.

The affairs of the club we are glad to hear, are in a prosperous condition. The Legacy of 500 left to it by the late Earl Cornwallis, which has been invested for the benefit of the club, affords an excellent basis for a financial structure, and the affairs being watched over by members who, with very few exceptions, reside in the immediate neighbourhood, the balance-sheet each year presents a more favourable aspects than that of wider spread societies of a like nature.


From the By Rebecca Tuffin, 24 August 2019.

13 Kent pub gardens to visit this summer bank holiday weekend.

With this bank holiday weekend set to one of hottest yet, many will be longing for an ice-cold pint in a sunny beer garden.

So we have found some of the best Kent has to offer.

Listed below are 13 of the county's finest spots to meet with friends and indulge in good food and drink.

The Bull Inn.

Bull Inn garden view 2019

The Bull Inn view, Linton.

The Bull Inn is well-known locally for its stunning views of the High Weald.

The west-facing wooden decking, staggered across two levels, is a perfect spot to watch the sun set with a lager in hand.

Menu highlights include fish and chips or homemade lasagne, alongside a number of more exotic dishes.



QUINNEY Thomas 1464-1504 dec'd

QUINNEY Cedric 1504-13

SWIFT Jacob 1513-72 dec'd

SWIFT Josias 1572-1611

JENKIN Thomas 1611+

SCULLEY Jack 1651+

JENKIN family 1674-1797 (owners)

SOMERBY Richard 1802+

MARTIN William 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FOSTER Elizabeth 1841+ (age 55 in 1841Census)

FANCETT William 1851-53+ (age 72 in 1851Census)

GOAD John 1861-71+ (age 60 in 1871Census)

RUSSELL William 1881-91+ (widower age 56 in 1891Census)

GILBERT Robert 1901+ (age 72 in 1901Census)

BARTLETT George 1903+ Kelly's 1903

SOUTHERN Hannah 1911+ (age 66 in 1911Census)

GARRETT Kim & Robert 2008-23 Next pub licensee had


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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