Sort file:- Sevenoaks, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest ????

Vine Tavern

Closed 25 Feb 2019

11 Pound Lane


01732 469510

Vine Tavern

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

The Old Pound 1900

Above drawing showing the Old Pound in 1900.


Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.

Vine Tavern 2016

Above Google image, July 2016.

Vine Tavern sign 1993

Above sign, June 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


In 1861 George Turner was a 69 year old beerhouse keeper at Sevenoaks "Vine;" Melville's Directory of 1858 lists him at the "Vine Tavern." He was a Brewer & Maltster at the "Vine" in 1851 and a Brewer at the same location in 1841. So Joe Boakes' misdemeanour tells us, all these years later, that the "Vine Tavern" was a homebrew house from at least 1841 until some time between 1851 and 1858.

Joe was probably a customer at the "Vine;" the 1861 census reveals that he lived next door but one, as a servant to Henry Collins, a horse dealer.

Smith's Brewery in Sevenoaks owned it when they went into Bushell Watkins & Smith - hence the Friary Meux signboard.


Kentish Mercury 6 July 1861.


Joseph Boakes, for stealing 1s., belonging to George Turner, beerhouse keeper, of Sevenoaks, on the 26th of May. Mr. Russell was for the prosecution. Prosecutor was sitting in his brewhouse on the day in question, when he saw the accused come into the building, quietly take a bowl from a shelf, and empty of its contents, about fourteen pennyworth of coppers. Prosecutor called out to him, "Joe, you had better put them back" but the prisoner abused him very much, and said he had not got the money. A previous conviction having been proved, prisoner was sentenced to twelve months' hard labour."


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 26 October 1861.

Joseph Boakes for stealing 1s. belonging to George Turner, beer-house, keeper, at Sevenoaks, on 26th May. A previous conviction being proved, prisoner was sentenced to 12 months' hard labour.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 11 May 1906.

Saturday afternoon amusements on the Vine.

Knocking the police down.

At the Sevenoaks Police Court on Monday morning, before Messrs W. S. J. Crosby-Hill (in the chair), H. Swaffield and F. Hooker, Percy Wallace, a youth living in Gordon Road, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the Vine, on Saturday afternoon.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

P.C. Green deposed that about 5:30 he was called to the "Vine Tavern" to eject the defendant, who was drunk and disorderly. Witnessed got him outside when he became very violent, and it was with difficulty that he got him to the Police Station.

The Chairman:- Did he give you any trouble?

Witness:- Yes, a great deal of trouble.

Superintendent Taylor said that Mrs. King, landlady of the house, sent for the police to eject the defendant and another man. She had refused to serve the defendant, when the other man pulled himself together and ask for some beer. She did not notice the other was the worse for drink until he handed the beer to Wallace. Then then used filthy language to Miss King and her brother.

The Chairman:- Where did you get the drink before you went to this house?

Defendant:- "Sennock" and the "Rock."

It was explained that young Wallace had had an accident some years ago, and the father had had trouble with him since. But defendant went practically mad when he got any drink, and Mr. Wallace have been round and requested the publicans not to serve his son, giving them the reason.

The chairman said the bench was sorry to see a respectable young fellow in such a position. As Superintendent Taylor had said he could have brought a more serious charges against him, that of assaulting the constable. They had decided to deal with him leniently. He would have to pay the costs of the case 6s. 6d. and be bound over, together with his father, each in 10, to come up for judgement if called upon within 6-months.

Robert Jeffrey, an ex-soldier, was then brought up, charged with being drunk and disorderly at the same place and date, and furthermore with assaulting Police Constables Green and Smith, whilst in the execution of their duty.

Asked to plead, prisoner said he knew nothing about it.

P.C. Smith stated that about 5:30 on Saturday afternoon he was called to the "Vine Tavern" to eject the prisoner. When P.C. Green and witness were going to the door of the tavern prisoner hit Green between the eyes and "laid him out."

As the officer was falling Jeffrey kicked him and then struck witness. A struggle ensued, and witness had great difficulty and getting the handcuffs on him. Prisoner bit of piece out of witness's hand with his teeth, and he had to get the assistance of P.C. Aldridge and P.C. Sargent to convey him to the Police Station.

The Chairman:- Is that the man who was in company with the last prisoner?

Witness:- Yes.

On the way to the police station, added witness, prisoner was so violent that they had to throw him on the ground and take his boots off, as he kicked them about the legs so much.

P.C. Green, who appeared with a disfigured face, told the bench that on arriving at the door of the Tavern, prisoner without any warning struck him a severe blow with his fist in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. For several seconds he was unconscious. After regaining consciousness he found blood was streaming down his face, and on getting to his feet he found P.C. Smith struggling with the prisoner. By that time P.C. Aldridge and P.C. Sargent arrived to give assistance. Witness seeing the prisoner Wallace drunk and disorderly closed with him, apprehended him, and took him to the Police Station. Prisoner blackened his eye, and as witness was falling kicked him just below the groin, which made it very painful. He also grazed his hand. He was the most violent man he had had to deal with since he had been in the police force. The marks on his face were the results of the blow the prisoner gave him.
Superintendent Taylor said he understood the prisoner had been discharged from the army after doing 12 months hard labour for assaulting an officer.

The bench find the prisoner 2s. 6d. and 7s. costs, with the alternative of 7 days at Maidstone, for being drunk and for assaulting the police he was sent to prison for 2 months' hard labour.

The Chairman characterized it as a most cowardly assault.


From the 25 April, 2009.

In May 1959, Leslie Ames, Kent and England cricketer, opened Holmesdale's new pavilion, and Ted Collins, of the "Vine," received a special trophy for taking five wickets with five consecutive balls in a match against Bromley – a feat never before known in the history of the club.

In August, "Vine" cricketer Ralph Axten scored 189 against Gore Court, the highest score on the "Vine."

Although this mentions the Vine I am informed this is the Vine Cricket Club and not the pub, but don't know if there is any connection as yet. Paul Skelton.


Operating as a restaurant since 2006.


From the By Debbie King, 12 March 2019.

Posh Sevenoaks restaurant The Vine has closed blaming competition from Nando's and Wagamama.

They say more than 50 other eateries within the town mean the market for sit down food is now 'saturated'.

Kathleen and Bernt Bouverie 2019

Vine restaurant owners Kathleen and Bernt Bouverie are selling up.

The owners of a popular Sevenoaks restaurant have shut its doors for the final time and are to sell it off to make way for office space.

Kathleen and Bernt Bouverie closed The Vine restaurant last month claiming competition from more than 50 eateries within the town had killed off their business and the market for sit down food was now "saturated."

The couple bought the high end restaurant in 2006 and say until 'relatively recently' it had been successful.

But newcomers such as chains, Wagamama and Nando's, together with a "plethora of new eating establishments" mean it is now economically unviable - they claim.

Vine restaurant 2019

The Vine restaurant in Sevenoaks has closed.

The posh restaurant served its final customers on February 25.

Thanking their loyal customers the pair wrote on Facebook: "After nearly 13 years we have served our last dessert, and closed The Vine's doors for the last time.

"We just want to thank all of you who have helped to give us so many wonderful memories."

In a letter to council bosses, planning consultant Jacquie Andrews said on the couple's behalf: "There are over 50 other premises operating in very close proximity to The Vine restaurant, all competing for custom and which offer eating and drinking.

"This includes the Cafe on The Vine Cricket Ground which also serves food and coffee/other drinks to customers in close proximity to The Vine Restaurant. All these other local services inevitably impact the business."

Now, after being approached by a prospective buyer, they have applied to Sevenoaks District Council to permanently convert the building, which sits in a prominent position opposite the grade II listed Vine Cricket Ground.

The move will inevitably sadden many in the town.



TURNER George 1841-61+

McGARRY Thomas 1874-82+ (also Coal Merchant age 55 in 1881Census)

ANDREWS Charles 1891+

KING William 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HEMSLEY Horace Henry 1913+

BRAZIER Henry 1918-30+

WITHEY Albert George 1938+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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