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Earliest 1700s

White Hart

Open 2023+

High Street

Hackton Corner


01959 569457

White Hart 1897

Above postcard, circa 1897, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Hart Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

White Hart 1904

Above photo, 1904, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

White Hart 1907

Above postcard, post-marked 1907.

White Hart

Above postcard, date unknown.

White Hart

Above photo, date unknown.

White Hart

Above postcard by John Topham, date unknown, kindly sent by Peter Barnes.

White Hart

Above postcard by John Topham, date unknown, kindly sent by Peter Barnes.

White Hart 2023

Above photo 2023.

White Hart log boog

Above log book, 1932-61.

White Hart and pilots

Note on the back said the following:- "Pilots from Biggin Hill drinking outside one of their favourite watering holes, the White Hart, Brasted. Landlady, Kath Preston, said that if the Luftwaffe had chosen to drop a bomb on the White Hart on a Saturday night in the summer of 1940, then the outcome of the Battle of Britain might well have been very different!"

Edward Preston 1942

Above photo showing licensee Lieutenant Teddy Preston, circa 1942, in his RN Volunteer Reserve uniform. Mr Preston spent most of WW2 on active service. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Hart RAF reunion 1959

Above photo, Thursday 16th July 1959. A reunion of some of the greatest RAF aces. From L to R. Air Commodore Jamie Rankin, DSO (& Bar) DFC (& Bar). Mr Teddy Preston, Licensee. Group Captain Adolph Gysbert "Sailor" Malan, DSO (& Bar) DFC (& Bar). Warrant Officer Ernest "Tubby" Mayne, AFC. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Hart RAF reunion 1959

Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

The above 1965 postcard, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe says the following:- The "White Hart Inn," Brasted, Kent, 1965. The bar that meets present-day tastes; old beams, horse brasses, open fireplace, flowers, warming pans, brightly polished furniture, stools, ice bucket, sandwich container. By the 1930s the motor car had made the run into the country popular; woman became willing to go into pubs away from their homes, and eventually into their local. The woman demanded cleanliness and cheerfulness, the "olde-worlde inns" attracted the new trade, and the brewers made sure that the customers got what they wanted. Beams have sprouted where none existed and the old bars of some village inns are no more than cocktail bars or ante-rooms to expensive restaurants. But by and large pubs are better places, and in most nowadays the traveller can get good food as well. The "White Hart" also supports its obvious attraction with one real claim to history, it was used by some of the most famous Battle of Britain pilots in the hot summer of 1940.

Batle of Britain pilots 1966

Above photo 1966, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

General der Jagdflieder, Adolf Galland (R) admires the signatures of Battle of Britain pilots, many of whom he fought against, on the famous White Hart blackout board. With him, is Wing Commander Bob Stanford-Tuck, who on 28th January 1942, was wined and dined by Galland's fighter group, JG 26, having been shot down over northern France. The two fighter aces became close friends after the war and in 1966 Stanford-Tuck was invited to be Godfather to Galland's son, Andreas. This picture was taken to publicise the launch of Stanford-Tuck's biography "Fly for Your Life."

WW2 fighter pilots 1969

Above photo 14th September 1969. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

A coachload of WW2 RAF fighter pilots stopped for a pint (or two!) en route to London, where the film "The Battle of Britain" was premiered the next day, at the Dominion Theatre. Between them, these members of The Few accounted for around 370 enemy aircraft, with many more being recorded as "probables" and "damaged."

From L to R:

1. Mrs Kathy Preston, Licensee

2. Group Captain Johnny Kent

3. Mrs Betty Rose

4. Group Captain Edgar Ryder

5. Air Vice Marshal Robert Deacon-Elliott

6. Wing Commander Jack "Bunny" Rose

7. Mrs Helen Kingab

8. Wing Commander Donald Kingaby

9. Group Captain Brian Kingcome

10. Miss Patricia Kingaby

11. Wing Commander Ralph "Titch" Havercroft

12. Wing Commander Robert Stanford-Tuck

13. Squadron Leader Gandy Drobinski

14. Flight Lieutenant Ludwik Martel

15. Wing Commander Paddy Barthropp

16. Air Commodore Ernest Wootten

17. Air Commodore Myles Duke-Woolley

What an amazing session that must have been!

Per Ardua Ad Astra - through difficulties to the stars: the motto of the RAF.

White Hart reunion 1969

Above photo, 1969, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Landlord Teddy Preston, surrounded by Battle of Britain RAF fighter aces.

L to R: Air Commodore Jamie  Rankin, Wing Commander Paddy Barthropp, Group Captain Bobby Oxspring, Wing Commander AG "Sailor" Malan, Group Captain Brian Kingcome, Warrant Officer Ernest "Tubby" Mayne, Squadron Leader Tony Bartley and Wing Commander Bob Stanford-Tuck. WO Mayne flew with No.74 Squadron and was, at 40, the oldest pilot in RAF Fighter Command to fly in the Battle of Britain. Most were barely out of their teens.

White Hart The Few

Above board showing the signatures of "The Few." Kindly sent by Peter Barnes.

White Hart 1975

Above photo 1975, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Hart 2010

Above photo 2010 by David Anstiss, Creative Commons Licence.

White Hart 2015

Above photo, 10 September 2015, kindly supplied by Eric Hartland.


The pub was a regular port of call for fighter pilots from the Biggin Hill airfield. In 1971 a hundred former pilots attended a farewell party for the landlord and his wife, who had been at the pub since 1932 and looked after the Brylcreem Boys right through the war.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 4 September, 1874.

Sevenoaks Petty Sessions. Licensing.

This was the annual licensing day for the district, and there was a very large attendance of publicans, &c.

The whole of the old licences were renewed with only two exceptions, those of Mr. R. Newing, "Amhurst Arms," Riverhead, which was adjourned for a month, and Mr. T. B. Muggleton, "White Hart," Brasted, which was opposed by Mr. Anderson, supervisor of Inland Revenue, on the grounds that there was no one responsible for the revenue. The husband had left the neighbourhood for some time past, and the person to whom the licence was granted should be a resident. It was adjourned for a month, and the supervisor was directed to serve a notice upon a stating that the licence will be opposed.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 6 September 1912.

Albert Friend, of the "White Hart," Brasted, applied for and was granted an occasional licence on the occasion of the Brasted Fanciers Show.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 4 October 1940.

Brasted. Licence Transfer.

Sevenoaks justices on Friday approved the transfer of the licence of the "White Hart," Brasted, from Edward Henry Preston to his wife, Mrs. Catherine Georgina Preston.


From the Illustrated London News, Saturday 21 September, 1946.

Battle of Britain signatures 1940

Signatures of "Battle of Britain" pilots on a Black-out board at the "White Hart Inn," Brasted, their unofficial H.Q. in 1940, and where some of them planned a reunion for September 14 this year.


I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From an email received, 22 December 2022.

I have just returned home in New Zealand after visiting a sick cousin in Herne Bay.

He tells me that there was a German airman shot by a woman at the back of the pub in 1940. The airman had landed in a greenhouse or something similar and was suspended by his parachute.

The story goes the woman, who worked at the pub, took a shot gun and gave him both barrels.

This story was confirmed to a relative in the 1970’s by an elderly man at the pub who used to be the town policeman.

Do you have any evidence of this story?


Charles Stewart.

Found nothing yet, but if anyone has this story please let me know and I'll get it added.


From the By Secret Drinker, 14 July 2023.

Secret Drinker reviews The White Hart in Brasted, Sevenoaks.

The sign on the front of the pub reads 1885 and from the road The White Hart in Brasted looks a little tired and the paintwork is beginning to show its age.

But, if you wander in via the side entrance from the car park you find yourself in an absolutely stunning garden and the whole place looks smart and well presented.

The pub is mainly set up for diners but, unlike the paint job outside, there has clearly been a full makeover inside and it looks as if no expense was spared.

We were in for opening time, noon on Thursday, and I was dispatched to place our order while Mrs SD took the opportunity to secure a table in the sunshine.

The beer on offer was either London Pride or Doom Bar, so a little bit devil and the deep blue sea for me, but I went for a pint of Pride, just for a change as much as anything.

I also made sure I entered my car registration on the screen at the bar. Later I heard one fellow chuntering that last time he was in he was fined 85 for parking as he hadn’t realised.

Though I have no idea how he didn’t realise as there are plenty of signs warning you about the process.

White Hart 2023

The outside area at the back of the pub is superbly maintained – I managed to get this picture before the workman arrived.

I haven’t been here for years and it’s changed completely, but I’m pleased to be able to report the impressive ‘memorial’ element, which marks the fact Second World War pilots from Biggin Hill met for a well-earned pint at this boozer, has been retained.

The chalkboard and photographs of these brave young men are proudly displayed and it’s well worth taking a moment or two to remember the incredible price many of these young men paid for the freedom we enjoy.

By the time I returned to the garden area I noted, a little disappointingly, a workman had taped an area off and was noisily replacing slabs.

White Hart garden 2023

But Mrs SD has selected a perch right next to one of the speakers which was pumping music outside so much of his bashing and banging was masked by Sabrina Carpenter singing Nonsense, but it’s still a shame he couldn’t have done the work when the pub was closed in the morning.

When it came to the food I was clearly in healthy mode, well relatively at least, and chose a chicken, bacon and avocado salad. It was fresh, crunchy and tasty and I enjoyed it, but with a price tag of 16.25 it certainly couldn’t be described as cheap.

Not to be outdone on the health kick Mrs SD went for a nourish bowl, which was 3.50 cheaper than my meal as it didn’t include any extras.

However, without adding anything else she said it was a little bland and tasteless.

I took a break from the heat to pop back inside and take a look at the photographs in more detail, there was a great black and white shot of an aircrew on the stairs.

White Hart air crew

While I was in the manager was just concluding a brief interview with a young lady for a three-days a week position and granted her a trial on Saturday saying she would get her apron then.

Like so many hostelries, at both ends of the scale, the toilets are found at the end of a considerable flight of stairs. In this case the staircase was one of the creakiest I’ve come across but the photos on the wall were well worth the climb.

White Hart inside 2023

This small table, just off the corner of the bar, was one of the few not set up for dining.

The long, narrow gents were traditionally tiled and well maintained. There was a window at the far end with old fashioned shutters to keep the powerful sunshine at bay.

White Hart gents 2023

There’s no place for a dartboard, pool table or jukebox but I did spot a couple of dog bowls dotted about so man’s best friend is clearly welcomed.

Mitchells and Butler are obviously keen to promote the White Hart as a gastropub at the upper end of the scale.

The pub has been decorated accordingly and the garden beautifully manicured, even to the point of having stripes in the lawn, but the prices have been set to match this.

The food, whilst perfectly pleasant, didn’t have the wow factor and the list of drinks available was decidedly disappointing.

As M&B pubs go I have to say this is definitely one of the better ones I’ve visited and the garden in particular was impressive, but a record-breaking number of picnic tables and well clipped bushes are not enough to justify such a hefty price tag.

Decor: Inside the pub has been thoughtfully renovated and is impressive, but the all-important history has been retained. The garden is incredibly well maintained but the front could do with a facelift. ****

Drink: There were just two draught beers available and they were London Pride and Doom Bar. Mrs SD described the wine as ‘okay’ and said she expected better. **

Price: A pint of Pride was 5.20 and a large ‘okay’ Sauvignon Blanc was 10.85. My salad was 16.25 and a ‘nourish bowl’ of sliced veg was 12.75 so it certainly isn’t cheap. **

Food: My salad was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mrs SD’s meal was fresh and the vegetables had a reasonable crunch but she felt it was a little bland. ***

Staff: I’m not sure whether it should be considered a positive or a negative, but the only thing I can say about the staff is that they blended into the background and weren’t really noticeable. The service was timely and everyone was perfectly polite. ***



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

MILLS Thirza 1841-61+ (Licenses Victualler age 66 in 1861Census)

MARCHANT Richard 1858-61+ (age 43 in 1861Census)

COOMBER William 1862+

MUGGLESTON Thomas B 1871 (age 53 in 1871Census)

MUGGLESTON Emily Miss 1874-81+ (age 52 in 1881Census)

FRIEND Albert 1912+

PRESTON Edward Henry A 1932-Oct/40 (age 34 in 1939)

PRESTON Catherine E Georgina Mrs Oct/1940+ Next pub licensee had


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

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



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