Page Updated:- Tuesday, 11 April, 2023.


Earliest 1780-

George Inn

Closed March 2023

The Street


George Inn postcard

Above postcard, date unknown.

George Inn

Above postcard, date unknown.

George Inn 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George Inn 1910

Above postcard postmarked 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above photo, date unknown.

George 1927

Above photo, 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George 1974

Above photo 1974.

George Inn 2004

Photo by D Gore 2004 Creative Commons Licence.

George Inn 2012

Photo taken 1 December 2012 from by Jelltex.

George 2023

Above photo 2023.

George Inn sign 2011

Above sign 2011.

George tankard 1881

Above quart tankard, 1881, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


The building can be traced back to the 1500s when it was originally a farm building finally becoming a pub in 1718.

It is said that James Pimm, who invented the fruit cup Pimm’s, was born in the village, but not known whether his recipe was created inside the pub.

As of 2019 the pub could boast to having it's own bus service from Sittingbourne, as the local busses are often seen with the "George" as their advertised destination.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 4th November 1780.

To be Sold by Auction.

On Monday the 6th of November, and the four following days, all the genteel and good household furniture, plate, linen and china of the late Mrs. Mary Bland, of Tunstall House, near Sittingbourne, deceased; consisting of Goose Feather Beds, Mahogany Four Post Bedsteads, with Damask and Cotton Furniture; Mahogany and Walnut-tree Chairs; Chimney, Pier, and Dressing Glasses; a very elegant Post-coach as good as new, with Harness for a Pair of Horses; also 5 Horses, 8 Cows, 1 Sow and Pigs, 16 other Hogs, 31 Baron Sheep, a Waggon, a Bavin-tug, Carts, Plows, Harrows, a Roll, with Waggon and Plough-harness, and all other Implements of Husbandry.

The sale to begin each day at 10 o'clock.

Catalogues may be had at the "Fountain," and "Red Lion," Canterbury; "Ship," and "Dolphin," Faversham; "Red Lion," Ospringe; "Rose," "George," and "Red Lion," Sittingbourne; "George," and "Bull," at Newington; "Green Lion," Rainham; "Mitre," and "Sun," Chatham; "King's Head," "White Hart," and "Crown," at Rochester; "Swan," Green Street; "George," Newham; "Chequer," Donnington; "Swan," Charing; and of W. Jordan, auctioneer, at Milton.

Also to be sold by private contract, about 50 acres of exceeding good arable land, in the parishes of Tunstall and Borden, near Sittingbourne.

For particulars, apply to Mr. William Wise, at Borden and; or Mr. Howe, at Kingsdown.


Kentish Gazette 06 June 1788.

Lately died at Newnham, Mrs. Tritton, wife of Mr. Tritton, master of the George public-house, at that place.


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: the George, Newnham (Thos. Tritton, victualler).


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The George, Newnham (Edward Fuller victualler);


South Eastern Gazette 30 August 1859.


A Handsome new Dog Cart, complete, for half its value.

Apply to Mr. Packham, "George Inn," Newnham, Kent.


From the By Max Chesson, 9 April 2023.

Shepherd Neame pub The George Inn, Newnham, near Faversham closes.

The landlords of an award-winning village pub which unexpectedly shut have thanked residents for their support - as speculation lingers over the future of the boozer.

The George Inn in Newnham abruptly closed its doors in March after the financial pressure on husband and wife tenants Dave and Claire Elliott became too much for the couple to sustain.

Claire Elliott and Dave Elliott

Landlords Claire Elliott and Dave Elliott lived at the pub in Newnham, pictured with MP Helen Whately, centre. Picture: Helen Whately.

Shepherd Neame, the owners of the business, confirmed the inn will remain closed until new tenants are found - with no clear timeframe as to when that could be.

Dave, who also worked as the pub’s chef, spoke of his sadness to be leaving but felt that the duo’s stint had been a success.

He told KentOnline: “For five years I lived the dream with Claire by my side making it work, we had a great time and in my eyes it was a success.

“We don’t want it to be a sob story because it isn’t. I’m gutted but we’ve had a cracking five years and we’ve made countless friends in our time.

“For us, it literally was our home and the customers were our bread and butter, it genuinely felt like inviting friends into your living room.

“We’re so thankful for the love and support we’ve had, a lot of people supported us and we’re glad we could create a homely atmosphere that people enjoyed drinking and eating at.”

Since taking over in June 2018 the pair had become integrated in Newnham, using the pub to host events such as music festival Georgefest and the annual village fete.

The 18th-century inn had also become a crucial part of the community during the pandemic, being used as a parcel drop-off point, a farm shop and launching a food delivery service.

But in December last year, the Taylor family announced they were set to depart the boozer in 2023 due to the pressures of the cost-of-living crisis.

And after experiencing a “financially drowning” start to the year, Dave and Claire made the decision to close up early with last orders coming in on March 5.

It was believed the duo planned to move out by around mid-May, with Shepherd Neame advertising the vacancy as early as January.

Dave, who has since moved his family into a home elsewhere in the village, spoke of his concern for the industry with seemingly no end in sight to the economic hardship.

“During Covid, Shepherd Neame were absolutely brilliant and I think everybody could see that,” said the 46-year-old.

“If it wasn’t for the way things are economically, we’d still be running it but things just doubled in price overnight and we had to sacrifice the business to pay our bills.

“But times are so hard, everyone is struggling and it’s hard to know for sure what to do or what could be done.
“I’ll be honest, I struggle to think of who would take over a pub in this time. It was financially drowning us.”

Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately paid tribute to the duo’s tenure at the pub, telling KentOnline Dave and Claire’s presence as village pub landlords would be sorely missed.

Helen had previously nominated the George Inn in the Pub Aid Community Pub Hero awards, which recognises licensees and teams who go the extra mile.

“This is such sad news. Dave and Claire have done so much for the local community and Newnham won’t be the same without them,” said Ms Whately.

“I am sure the whole village joins me in wishing them well, and I have no doubt they’ll make a huge success of whatever they go on to do.”

As well as this, the inn had previously won Heart of the Community Pub of the Year at Shepherd Neame’s 2022 Pub Awards for its service to the area.

Despite no news of who is set to take over the pub yet though, bosses at Shepherd Neame have been keen to reassure villagers the inn’s days are not done yet.

Greg Wallis, director of tenanted trade operations at Shepherd Neame, thanked the landlord couple for their service and confirmed the plans to keep looking for a new tenant.

He said: “David and Claire have done a fantastic job at The George Inn over the past five years.

“The George Inn is currently closed while we recruit new licensees to take over.

“As a popular destination dining pub, it is a great entrepreneurial business opportunity and we are confident that the business will be re-opening shortly.”



TRITTON Thomas 1788-89+ Kentish Gazette

FULLER Edward 1793+

BATES Joseph 1841+ (also bricklayer age 35 in 1841Census)

BATES Martha 1851+ (widow age 44 in 1851Census)

PACKHAM Mr 1858-59+ Kentish Gazette

PACKHAM William 1861-71+ (age 64 in 1871Census)

PACKHAM Thomas William 1881-82+ (age 49 in 1881Census)

PACKHAM Jane 1891+ (widow age 35 in 1891Census)

PACKHAM William J 1901+ (age 37 in 1901Census)

SARGENT George 1903+ Kelly's 1903

FOREMAN William J 1913-18+

Last pub licensee had ANNARD Marie & Chris 2005-11 Next pub licensee had

ELLIOTT Dave & Clair June/2018-March/23


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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