Sort file:- Hawkhurst, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest 1881+

(Name from)

Queen's Hotel

Open 2020+

Rye Road


01580 754233

Queen's Hotel 1904

Above postcard, 1904, kindly submitted by Mark Jennings.

Queen's Hotel 1905

Above postcard, 1905, kindly submitted by Mark Jennings.

From the Folkestone herald, 8 July, 1905.

Queen's Hotel 1905

Above photo, 1905, from an advert in The Folkestone Herald 15th July 1905, saying the following:- This Hotel standing in its own beautiful grounds and situated in the most picturesque part of Kent is replete for visitors. Proprietress. Mrs. E. Clements.

Queen's Head

Above photo, showing the Queen's Hotel Shades.

Queen's Head inside

Above photo, circa 1940s, showing the inside.

Queen's Head

Above photo, circa 1940s.

Queens Hotel tennis court

Above postcard, showing the tennis courts, date unknown.

Above photo 2012 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Queen's Inn Hotel 2010

Above photo 2010 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Queen's Hotel inside 2019

Above photo 2019.

Queen's Hotel 2020

Above photo, 2020.


The building was awarded Grade II listing status on 9 June 1952.

Apparently in the 1881 census, there were two bars with different licenses in the building. One being called the "Queen's Hotel" the other being known as the "Queen's Shades."

Previous to 1881 the name of the pub was the "Queen's Head," although I believe has been called the "Queen's Hotel" as early as 1841.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 28 September 1877.

Hawkhurst. Attempted highway robbery.

On Saturday evening, a domestic servant, in the employ of Mr. Clements, of the "Queen's Hotel," Hawkhurst, was proceeding down King's Hill, on her way home, when a man suddenly sprang from a stone quarry, about half way down the hill, and demanded her money. She replied she had very little; to which he returned he meant having all she had. She turned quickly and ran back up the hill, closely pursued by the would-be robber, who twice succeeded in clutching her dress, but she contrived to elude him, and sought refuge in a cottage at the top of the hill under a drover, who was driving some cattle towards Hawkhurst, kindly accompanied her the greater part of the journey home.

From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 8 January 1889.

Extensions of time on the occasion of Tradesman's Balls were granted to Mr. F. Clements, "Queens Hotel," Hawkhurst.


From the Sussex Express, Surrey Standard. 9 December 1893.


Extensions of time were granted to the proprietors of the "George Hotel," Cranbrook, and the "Queen's Hotel," Hawkhurst, on the occasion of "Cinderella," lawn tennis, and football club balls.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 23 November 1900.

An alleged running down case.

In the Cranbrook County Court on Monday, a case was heard by His Honour Judge Self brought by Mr. Frederick Clements, of the "Queen's Hotel," Hawkhurst, and his son Charles to recover 49 13s. 6d. by way of damages from Messrs. E. Lyle and Son, the Mineral Water Manufacturers, of Tunbridge Wells, as and for damages for the alleged negligent driving of one of the mineral water vans belonging to the defendants.

Mr. Smith Marriott, of Hawkhurst, appeared on behalf of the plaintiffs, and Mr. A. J. Tassell, instructed by Messrs. W. C. Cripps Son and Daish, of Tunbridge Wells, appeared for the defendants.

The plaintiffs' case was that on 30th August last the plaintiff, Charles Clements, was driving a pony trap in which was Mr. Le May, the hot factor, on the road from Flimwell to Hawkhurst, and when near Bewl Bridge he saw approaching him on the road the mineral water van belonging to the defendants, such van being as the plaintiffs' asserted taking up the greater part of the road and not leaving sufficient room for the plaintiff' trap to past and that he (the plaintiff) when driving by came into collision with the van with the result that the track was overturned, both occupants thrown into the road. The plaintiff Charles Clements was much injured and the trap broken to pieces. Fortunately, however, Mr. Le May beyond a shaking was none the worse for the upset.

Evidence in support of the plaintiffs' case was given by the plaintiff (Charles Clements,) Mr. Le May, and others.

The defendants' case was that their van was going uphill on the road between Lamberhurst and Flimwell leaving sufficient room for any other vehicle to pass. The plaintiffs' trap came along at a smart place, and in passing the driver did not give himself sufficient room and collided with the van with result before mentioned. The defendant denied there was any negligence on their part or on the part of their servants and moreover if it was on as the plaintiffs' asserted that not sufficient room was given to the plaintiffs' driver to pass he (the plaintiffs' driver) should not have attempted to do that which was impossible.

In the end of the Judge found that there was no negligence on the part of the defendants' driver and dismissed the action with costs.


From the 13 February 2011.

Hawkhurst pub brawl suspects released on bail by police.

Kent Police arrested four men over the fight outside the Queen's Inn pub in Hawkhurst.

Queen's Hotel 2011

Four men from East Sussex arrested after two men were struck by a car during a fight outside a Kent pub have been released on bail.

Kent Police said the 41-year-old was in a serious but stable condition at Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells.

Officers were called to the Queen's Inn in Rye Road, Hawkhurst, at 0040 GMT on Saturday after a fight believed to have started in the pub spilled outside.

The injured man suffered multiple fractures when he was struck by a car.

A second man, aged 22, suffered minor injuries during the fight and has since been discharged from hospital.

Kent Police said they wanted to hear from anybody who was drinking at the Queen's Inn on Friday evening.


From the By Ed McConnell, 28 October 2019.

Haunted pubs in Kent this Halloween.

Kent's colourful history and strong ties to smuggling mean it has its fair share of ghost stories.

In the 18th century Hawkhurst was at the centre of the south east's smuggling trade. Pouncer, Funny Jack and Butcher Tom were among the village's eponymously named gang of rogues. At the height of their powers in 1744 it's reported they sailed three large ships full of contraband into East Sussex and loaded the goods on to 500 waiting horses. The whole village was apparently in on it and the smugglers hatched their plans at pub meets. They made The "Oak & Ivy" their base and graffiti is still scrawled on beams in the loft, while tunnels are said to have connected the "Queen's Inn" and "Royal Oak." It is at the "Queen's Inn" that a pair of ghostly legs can sometimes be seen protruding from the fire place. It's thought they belong to a long-dead smuggler who suffocated while hiding from customs officers in one of said tunnels.


From the By Secret Drinker, 27 January 2020.

Secret Drinker reviews the Royal Oak and the Queen’s Inn, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook.

I ended up doing a head-to-head this week after visiting two pubs just a stone’s throw apart in Hawkhurst, near Cranbrook.

Anyone stepping into the Royal Oak and the Queen’s Inn will be struck by the similarities between these two sizeable village boozers.

They both offer rooms for those seeking a sleepover, they both have trendy, bleached beams and are furnished with high-backed wing chairs. The bar staff in both are dressed head-to-toe in black, they both have open fireplaces, they offer many of the same drinks, both smell of food as you walk in and even their addresses only differ by a single postcode letter.

So, you might think there’s not much to choose between them – you might think that, but you’d be very, very wrong. One is a delight, the other as dull as dishwater.

Looking impressive from outside, you only need open the door to receive a much warmer welcome. The Sussex Best here has the right fizz, as do the staff who were busy and buzzing. The log burner gives off great heat and even the candles in the window add to the atmosphere. The smell upon entering this one was fresh fish and garlic.

The cost of the drinks was as similar as the postcodes – a pint of bitter and a large Sauvignon Blanc was just 5p more in the "Royal Oak" but everything else about them is a world apart.

The toilets, for example, were clean and fresh at both pubs, but both the ladies and the gents at the Oak are long overdue for an upgrade.

The Queen’s bar had an eclectic mix of folk from couples out for a quiet drink to larger groups of mates enjoying the banter and chatting freely.

Queen's Hotel restaurant 2020

The restaurant in the Queen's is well decorated and laid out.

Hardly anyone was eating in the "Oak," although looking through the shared corner window that led to Chinese takeaway next door it was doing a great trade.

In contrast, the restaurant at the "Queen’s" was bustling, busy and full of groups of people enjoying the atmosphere and each other’s company.

Although the Queen’s is undoubtedly more cosy and welcoming, the Oak, with hops hanging off its beams and comfortable high-backed chairs could be a decent pub.

Queen's Hotel toilets 2020

Both the ladies and the gents toilets at the Royal Oak are due an overhaul.

The gents in the Queen's Inn is well presented and even had a pot plant in one corner.

Contrast this to the Queens where the big, bearded fellow behind the bar, could not have been more welcoming or attentive.

Geographically speaking these Hawkhurst inns are cheek by jowl, but they’re miles apart when judged on pub appeal.



GODFREY Thomas 1841+ (age 65 in 1841Census)

HUTCHINGS Henry Peter 1858-61+ (age 39 in 1861Census)

MARTIN Edwin 1871+ (also Surgeon Dentist Licentiate age 32 in 1871Census)

BAILY Frank, Robert & Edwin 1874+

DENNIS Thomas 1881+ (coachman age 36 in 1881Census) (Queen's Shades)

CLEMENTS Frederick 1877-1904+ (age 40 in 1881Census) (Queen's Hotel)

MORTLOCK George 1901+ (age 46 in 1901Census) (Queen's Shades)

CLEMENTS Elizabeth Mrs 1905-22+

ROBERTSON Charles Digby 1930+

COLLISON Fanny Caroline Mrs 1938+




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