Page Updated:- Tuesday, 01 June, 2021.


Earliest 1871-

(Name from)

Toad Rock Retreat

Open 2020+

1 Upper Street


01892 520818

Toad Rock Retreat 1889

Above photo, circa 1889, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Original Toad Rock Hotel 1930

Above photo 1930, showing the original building before it burnt down in the 1930s.

Toad Rock Retreat

Painting showing the pub, date unknown.

Toad Rock Retreat

Above photo taken 2008 by Nigel Chadwick. Creative Commons.

Toad Rock Retreat sign

Above sign, date unknown.

Above showing an ink drawing by Nigel Suckling.


The Chronicle and Courier, 16 September, 1921.

Lamberhurst Brewery Estate.

Important sale at Tunbridge Wells.

One of the biggest sales of licensed houses held in the provinces in recent years was conducted by Messrs. Wickenden and Sons at the Pump Room, Tunbridge Wells, on Friday, when the Lamberhurst Brewery Estate, comprising 68 lots, came Under the Hammer. The lots sold were:-


"Toad Rock Retreat," Rusthall, 3,000



Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 13 September 1946,

Horse Show and Gymkhana at Daymoor Lands, Langton Green (opposite Shirley Hall) by kind permission of R. H. Rixon, Esq.

Wednesday, September 18th, 1946. Commencing 1 p.m. sharp. Entries on the field.

In aid of British Field Sports Society.

Children's Riding and Jumping, Hunters, Novice Jumping and Open Jumping.

Hon. Sec. J. H. West, the "Rock Retreat," Rusthall, phone Tun. Wells 2318.


Passage from

The Toad Rock Retreat had parts that were said to date back to the 18th century until it burned down in 1998 and had to be completely rebuilt. It was originally three cottages knocked into one, but these had been so chopped and changed over the years that basically all that remained of them were some internal walls, the main chimney and the front of the Games room. Apparently the pub also burned down in the 1930s. Certainly it was extensively rebuilt then, so much of the outer structure dated from then. Half the neighbours who happened to be at home that day were standing just behind the camerawoman, whose great shot appeared on the front page of the local Kent and Sussex Courier.

Toad Riock Retreat fire 1998

The firemen disapproved of this 'gawping' and tried to encourage people to go home, but to many locals it was like watching an old friend die and they were ignored.


According to the What Pub Website, this used to be called the "Mariner's Rest" unfortunately they did not give a date of the change, local knowledge required.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.



MERCER Mary 1871+ (age 47 in 1871Census) (Toad Rock Inn)

MERCER John 1881+ (age 45 in 1881Census) (Toad Rock Inn)

WILLS James 1891-1901+ (age 51 in 1901Census)

WILLS Percy 1913+

FORD Joseph 1918-22+

DUNLOP Arthur Charles 1938+

WEST J H 1946+

???? Nick & Shelly 2016+




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