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Earliest 1728

Red Lion

Open 2020+

Ashford Road / Turnpike Road


01233 740320

Red Lion 2010

Above photo by Paul Moore 9 April 2010, from

Red Lion sign 1995

Above sign June 1995 with thanks from Brian Curtis

Red Lion 2018

Above photo, 2018.

Red Lion inside 2018

Above photo, 2018. By Rachel Cowtan.

Red Lion 2018

Above photo 2018.

Red Lion back

Above photo showing the back.

Red Lion 2019

Above photo, June 2019, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 2019

Above photo, June 2019, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


The Red Lion at Badlesmere was built in 1546, during the reign of Henry VIII. It was originally used as a farm dwelling and became an inn in 1728, purchasing ale from Issac Miles, a brewer from Faversham. The pub is a freehouse and stocks beers from all over the United Kingdom.

Relation Malcolm Harrision tells me that Edward and Catherine Videon were both at the "Red Lion" in 1841, but as Edward died in 1847, Catherine clearly then became the publican until 1858 when she was 82! She was born Catherine Amos at Selling in 1776 and died at Ashford in 1861. She married Edward Videon at Sheldwich in 1796. He was 15 years older than Catherine.

I have also seen this addressed as in Sheldwich.

Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 1 December 1840.

We, the undersigned, being Landowners or duly authorised agent of Landowners, within the Parish of Sheldwich, in the county of Kent, whose interest is not less than one fourth part of the whole value of land subject to Tithes in the said Parish, do by this Notice in writing, under our hands, called a Parochial Meeting of Land-Owners and Tithe-Owners, within the limits of the said Parish, for the purpose of making an Agreement for the general Commutation of Tithes within the limits of the said Parish, pursuant to the provisions of an Act passed in the 6th and 7th years of the reign of his late majesty, intituled, "An Act for the Commutation of Tithes in England and Wales." And we do hereby also give notice, that such meeting will be held at the sign of the "Lion," near Badlesmere Lees, in the said Parish, on Monday, the 4th day of January next, at the hour of 11 in the forenoon.

Given under our hands this 7th day of December, 1840.

George John, Baron Sonds, by John Neame, his agent.

Charles Hilton, Thomas Grayling.


Faversham Standard, April 1855.

Burglary at Sheldwich:

Apprehension, Trial and Conviction of the notorious Isaac Branchett, Alias Poulter Branchett.

He had "feloniously and burglariously" entered the home of Mr. Charles Videan (in 1851 an innkeeper at Badlesmere Lees, Sheldwich) through a window during the night and had stolen money and clothing from the house.

He was arrested a few days later on the turnpike road near Preston next Faversham and money, clothing and other items found on him were eventually produced as evidence. In addition his shoes matched footprints found on the ground near the scene.

He was committed to trial for burglary and stealing and also for "being at large, without lawful excuse."

He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour for the Sheldwich burglary while the sentence for being "at large before the expiration of his term of transportation was deferred".


East Kent Gazette, Saturday 23 September 1922.

Veteran Kent Licensed Victuallers.

Mr. Walter George, of the "Red Lion," Badlesmere, Faversham, has been established there for nearly 50 years, being first granted the licence in November, 1872. His father was a licensed victualler before him at Selling. ("White Lion") Another Kent licensed victualler of long-standing is Mr. Alfred Goord, who has been holder of the licence for the "Chequers Inn," Higham, for 47 years.


From the By Secret Drinker, 13 March 2020.

Secret Drinker reviews the Red Lion pub, Badlesmere, near Faversham.

Heading along the A251 with the rain pelting down and a grumbling tum I decided I would pull up at the very next pub, no matter what it looked like.

So, that’s how I ended up dodging the puddles in the car park looking for the quickest way into the Red Lion at Badlesmere, near Faversham.

Red Lion 2020

Take care if you walk round the front of the pub, the Red Lion is only about a foot away from the main road at one point.

I have to say the pub is incredibly close to the road and from the side entrance doesn’t look overly inviting.

However, once you’re through the door and your eyes adapt to the slightly dark interior you’ll quickly realise you’ve made exactly the right choice.

Strings of beautiful, still-green Kent hops are hung around the beams and there are traditional horse brasses and proper pub furniture throughout.

A mere glance along the bar immediately informs you this is a free house and, even more interestingly, that your host is prepared to serve a few lesser known beverages.

Breaking with tradition, and only because I was Hank Marvin, I placed my food order before even considering what I might have to drink. But, with a three egg omelette and chips in the offering, I transferred my full attention to barmaid Linda and, having tasted a few options, was sold on the Montgomery from the Wantsum Brewery at St Nicolas At Wade, near Margate.

Red Lion bar 2020

A first glance down the well-stocked bar will tell you this is a free house which likes to bring in different beers for the locals to sample.

Red Lion Lexie

This is Lexie, apparently she’s a show cocker spaniel, who was lucky enough to get her bed placed just in front of the fire.

An American hopped IPA at 4% it’s a fantastic tasting pint and you know at once they look after their beer properly at the Red Lion.

There were two incredibly comfy-looking red chairs perfectly placed in front of the open fire but a couple of locals had already snagged them and their hound Lexie was well snuggled into her bed.

The electronic till was making me even more hungry as it kept showing photos of great looking food – there’s also a traditional ding-dong (Avon calling) style of bell to tell the bar staff when food can be collected from the kitchen.

Red Lion fire 2020

The fire was in and logs were being added regularly so, when the red chairs became free, I found my perfect spot.

Red Lion Hops

Traditional Kent hops look great hung from the top of the beams – though keeping the brasses clean must be a labour of love.

When my turn came the food was absolutely superb.

None of your gastro-pub pristine presentation of just a few morsels – no, what you get here is freshly cooked, incredibly tasty proper pub food, it was great. I’m not sure why I chose an omelette as there was stacks of choice on the menu but when it was delivered I was delighted with my selection.

By now I was through the Montgomery and as the last moreish mouthful disappeared I was particularly taken by the note at the bottom of the glass – yes, I did ‘wantsum more’.

There’s no pool, darts, fruit machines, jukebox or anything else to trouble you so I, like everyone else, just chatted and I discovered Lexie, whose beard drips water as she drinks, is not only a show cocker spaniel, she is also a hearing dog for her equally lovely owner Ruth.

While I was in a fellow from the local brewery made a fresh delivery and I’m sure this is a pub with a well-stocked bar and great new beers on a rapid turnaround.

I’m only able to report what I find on a particular visit, but I have to say gazing through the torrential rain pelting the back windows I couldn’t help but yearn for some warm sunshine as I’m sure the garden must be great in the summer.

Red Lion garden 2020

No-one was braving the weather the day I was in, but through the raindrops on the window you could tell the garden must be lovely in the summer.

Red Lion dining 2020

Cleary a popular place for food, a good deal of the pub is set aside for dining.

Leaving by the much more pleasant door at the back, away from the speeding traffic, I spotted a very polite message from the pub dog Gatsby and was just a little disappointed I didn’t get to meet him.

There are several nods to trendier pub innovations - face moisturiser in the gents and trendy lightbulbs which don’t give out quite enough light - but for the most part the Red Lion is pub which quite rightly believes in maintaining traditional quality – something it does really well.

Now, there’s just one more thing I need to tell you, although I didn’t notice this myself until I was literally about to leave.

The entire menu is gluten-free.

Well, I’m not a man who goes out of his way to be free of anything – give me red meat, carbs, fat, salt – the more the merrier.

And, to be fair, there wouldn’t have been gluten in my meal anyway, but to have such an interesting and extensive menu as this for folk who need to be gluten free must be a real treat.



VIDEON Edward 1841-47 dec'd (age 75 in 1841Census)

VIDEON Catherine Mrs 1847-58+ (age 74 in 1851Census)

CHANEY James 1871+ (age 46 in 1871Census)

GEORGE Walter 1874-1922+ (also farmer age 63 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

HOSKINS George Albert to May/1939

BLACK William Henry May/1939+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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