Page Updated:- Sunday, 26 March, 2023.


Earliest 1700s-


Open 2020+

High Street


01959 523198

Bull 1880

Above photo, 1880, showing the "Bull" on the right in the distance.

Bull 1908

Above photo circa 1908. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Bull 1912

Above postcard, circa 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 1912

Above postcard, 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull fireplace 1912

Above postcard, 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull fireplace 1912

Above postcard, 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 2005

Photo July 2005 from by John Law.

Bull sign 1951Bull sign 2007

Sign left 1951, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Sign right, 2007.

Bull sign 1995Bull sign 2015

Above sign 1995.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Bull sign 2011

Above sign 2011.

With thanks from Roger Pester


Research suggests that the pub was closed in 1722 and opened again in 1725.

The pub was a tied house to Courage, Barclay and Simmons all the while the Maycock's run it up to 1998 and after they left it became a Chef & Brewer chain.


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 May 1842.


May 4, at Otford, Mrs. Birchall, of the Bull Inn, aged 89.


From an email received, 24 September 2020.

The licensees before us were Mr. & Mrs. Bateman who were there for 4 1/2 years. The Cassidy's were the tenants before the Batemans. We took the pub over for the Brewery as Managers. I don't know who took over when it became a Chef and Brewer as they put a temporary Manager in to run the stock down before it was closed for 3 months for the alterations.

We took over in 1974 and 2 yrs later the Brewery wanted to open up the bars. I didn't like what they suggested and did a drawing myself which they agreed to. The Brewery wanted to make it into one bar but we insisted the public bar was kept. In 1980 we won the best garden in Kent and prior to that we were runners-up for the warmest welcome sponsored by the Coal Board. My husband Ted won several awards for the Best Kept Cellar.

When the great hurricane storm hit the Sevenoaks area we had 3 huge yew trees, fruit trees and 3 trees from the Otford Primary School uprooted and laying in our garden.

During the time we were there we held many Benefit Evenings for Kent County Cricket Club players. We also collected over 18,000 items which were sent out to our boys n girls serving in the Gulf War.

My son was serving with the RAF at the time and rather than just sitting and worrying I decided to contact the War Office to see what I could do. One thing I clearly remember was that when the lads and lasses first went out to the Gulf they were issued with short boots. The sand was going into them which was causing problems. So they sent out higher boots but didn't have enough laces so I wrote to the local press and the collection began. We filled 2 army lorries and in every box we pack we enclosed a letter. Items ranged from toiletries and sweets to magazines all of which were stored in our private dining room.

Yours, Sally Maycock.



DAY Daniel 1828-Mar/61 (age 62 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1840Maidstone Telegraph

GOLDSMITH William Reubin Mar/1861-71+ (age 35 in 1871Census) Maidstone Telegraph

MADIGAN William 1881-82+ (age 60 in 1881Census)

ASHDOWN William to Aug/1889

TAPSELL John Aug/1889-91+ (age 33 in 1891Census)

KEYWOOD Frederick William 1899-1903+ (age 39 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

WISE George 1911+ (age 56 in 1911Census)

BRAMLEY George Arthur 1913+

BURTON Edward Arthur 1922+

MANSFIELD James Arthur 1930-38+

CASSIDY Alfred & Annie 1939-70

BATEMAN Jack & Doris 1970-74

MAYCOCK Edward "Ted" & Sally 1974-98


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph



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