Sort file:- Sevenoaks, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest 1700s-

Royal Oak Hotel

Closed 2017-

3 High Street


Royal Oak Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Royal Oak Hotel 1904

Above postcard, postmarked 1904.

Royal Oak Hotel 1911

Above postcard, date 1911, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Royal Oak Hotel 2014

Above photo 2014.


The "Royal Oak Hotel" was built in the 18th century as a coaching inn and is now (2014) a 3 star hotel. The hotel has a rich history with Queen Victoria once staying here when she visited Knole House (National Trust), which is opposite the hotel.

I am informed by Keith Wade that the premises also went under the name of the "Bull," "Black Bull," and "Bull and Bush," but no further details are known as yet.


Kentish Gazette, 19 July 1775.

ROBERT DOLLING From the "Black Boy," in Sevenoaks, Kent, Returns his most grateful acknowledgements to the Gentry and Others, who have liberally conferred their favours on him, and humbly begs leave to solicit a continuance of their support at the "Royal Oak Inn," in the same town, which he has taken and fitted up in an elegant manner, for the reception of his customers, who may depend on the most assiduous endeavours, to render every kind of accommodation as satisfactory as possible, and as shall secure their future indulgences to their grateful, obliged, and obedient humble servant.

Robert Dolling.


Kentish Gazette 25 September 1779.

To be sold by auction, by T. Kipps, on the premises, on Wednesday, October 6th, 1789, and the following day, beginning each day at 11 o'clock by order of the Assignees, under a statute of bankruptcy.

The numerous and entire household furniture, and all the effects of Mr Robert Dolling, Innholder, at the "Royal Oak Inn," in Sevenoaks, Kent; consisting of a variety of Feather-beds, Bedsteds and Bedding, Mahogany and other Tables, Chairs, Chest of Drawers, Chimney, Pier, and other Glasses; China; Linen; an eight-day-clock; a fine large Fire-range complete, Smoke Jack, Pewter, and a large Quantity of other good Kitchen Furniture; two good Coppers, two Coolbacks and other Brewing Utensils, good casks, Brine Tubs, &c, a Quantity of Meadow Hay and Manure, 1 fine Milch Cow and two Hogs.

Catalogues of which may be had the Saturday proceeding the sale, at the "Rose and Crown," Tonbridge; the "Castle," Chiddingstone; the "Leicester Arms," Penshurst, the "George," Westerham; the "Kings Head," Shoreham; "Portobello," Kingsdown; the "George," Ightham; at the place of sale, and of T. Kipps, Sevenoaks.

The whole may be viewed the day before the sale.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 30 June 1786.

Lately died Mrs. Gamon, wife of Mr. Gamon of the "Royal Oak Inn," Sevenoaks.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 8th September 1860.

Sevenoaks Petty sessions, Friday.

T. S. Sutton, of the "Royal Oak Inn," Sevenoaks, was charged with having the tap attached to his house open for the sale of beer on Sunday, 5th August, during prohibited hours.

Superintendent Colman said that his house was conducted in a highly respectable manner.

The noble Chairman said that the case would be dismissed but he must be careful in future as to the conduct of his servants, as he was liable for their actions.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 17 October, 1873.

Church Missionary Society.

The annual meeting of the local branch of this society was held at the "Royal Oak Hotel," on Thursday afternoon, under the presidency of J. T. Rogers, Esqr., J.P., of Riverhill, but there was not a very large attendance. The chief speaker was the Rev. E. A. Edwards, R.N., who attended as a deputation, and who gave a very interesting statement of the society's operations. A collection was made at the close of the meeting.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 27 July 1888.

Mr. Warner, Solicitor, made an application on behalf of the "Royal Oak Hotel," Sevenoaks, and said that a person named Richardson was granted temporary Authority to carry on the house which expired today. He asked that authority should be given to Mr. Richardson to carry on the license of the house until next licensing day.

Supt. Waghorn said he had no objection, and the bench granted the application.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 31 August 1888.


George Sutton was summoned for being drunk at Sevenoaks on the 23rd of August.

P.C. Strood said on the day in question a gentleman came to him and said Mr. Sutton was very drunk and using bad language by the "Royal Oak Hotel." He (witness) went to him and found it was very drunk and using bad language.

Defendant was fined 10s. and 10s. costs.


From the 25 April, 2009.

Notable retirements included those of "Royal Oak" proprietor Richard Robinson after 21 years as an urban councillor, and Sgt John Tritton, after 32 years as a policeman in Sevenoaks.


Certainly open in 2014, but reported in What Pub as being currently closed (March 2017) but being refurbished. Still closed as of March 2019.



Last pub licensee had DOLLING Robert July/1775-Sept/79 Kentish Gazette

GAMON Mr 1786+ Kentish Gazette

GREEN John 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

SUTTON Thomas Samson 1841-60+ (age 58 in 1851Census)

SUTTON Henry Holmes 1874+

PARSONS George 1881+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

QUITTENDEN Robert Aug/1888 Sevenoaks Chronicle


ROBINSON Frank 1901-22+ (age 35 in 1901Census)

WHITEHEAD James 1911+ (manager age 47 in 1911Census)

ROBINSON A Mrs 1930+

ROBINSON Frank Ltd 1938+

ROBINSON Richard to 1959


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

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

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser



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