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Earliest 1802-

Red Lion

Open 2020+

Rawling Street


01795 830279

Red Lion

Above photo, date unknown.

Red Lion

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Red Lion 2009

Above image from Google, June 2009.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 7 December 1802.

Underwood. To be sold by auction, in small lots, at the "Red Lion," Rawling Street, on Monday, 13th December, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon, the following lots, growing in the parish of Kingsdown.

Spital Wood, Great Kingsdown Wood, Little Kingsdown Wood.

Sellen, the Woodreeve, will shew the above falls.


Dover Express 19 October 1866.

The well-known public-house, the "Red Lion," of Rawling Street, Milstead, was entirely consumed by fire on Tuesday night. At about a quarter to twelve, the landlord, Mr. Martin, thinking he smelt smoke, went round the house, and found the thatch of it in flames. As soon as it was possible he got what help he could, but every exertion could not stay the progress of the flames, which rapidly spread over the building, and prevented the saving of the household effects. It is thought by some that the fire was the work of an incendiary; but the thatch almost reached the ground at the back of the house, and the careless throwing away of a match in lighting a pipe would easily account for the occurrence. Mr. Martin as not insured; but money cannot replace many articles he has lost, dear to him from old associations.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 10 August 1912.


Receiving Orders. From the "London Gazette."

Tuesday, August 6th. Rochester. - HALL, Stephen Watson, "Red Lion" Public-house, Milstead, Kent, licensed victualler. August 1st.


East Kent Gazette, Friday 22 August 1952.

25 years ago 27th August, 1927. Milstead Flower Show.

The rain on Saturday bet monotonously against the windows of the "Red Lion Inn" Milstead, while outside of country lanes were deep in mud. A large company streamed into the parlour, where a tempting luncheon was set out, but no Christmas pudding graced the table, for this was the luncheon preceding the annual August show of the Milstead and District Horticultural Society, and the miserable weather was this subject of a great deal of excusable criticism! A splendid cold luncheon was served by the hostess (Mrs. A. J. Fullager), at which Mr. W. G. Shipley, (chairman) provided. The judges of the show Messrs M. C. F. Poggensee, E. Hadlow, A. Neaves, E. Stowers, A. R. Castle (honey), and G. Gill (eggs), were present, and everybody tried to forget the depressing elements.



From the by Chris Price. 16 November 2014

Michelin guide gives seal of approval to The Red Lion pub in Milstead, near Sittingbourne.

A pub from Milstead has been named one of the best places to eat in the country.

The "Red Lion," on Rawling Street, is featured in the latest edition of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide.

It is owned by Patrick Coevoet and his wife Josephine and regularly serves up dishes such as pigeon and pork terrine and bouillabaisse.

Jo and Patrick Coevoet 2014

Above photo, Jo and Patrick Coevoet are the owners of the "Red Lion" pub in Milstead.

They are lovingly prepared by the Frenchman, who is also the pub's head chef.

Mr Coevoet hopes Michelin's seal of approval will help attract more customers.

He said: “The whole package is why we got recommended, not just the food.

“I'm happy, definitely happy. It will keep us going a few more years!”

The pub guide features eight new additions from the county and means Kent now has 19 pubs in the prestigious list of more than 550 restaurants.

A mention in The Michelin Guide is considered a big achievement for any pub or restaurant

Guide editor Rebecca Burr said: “It's indicative of the scene over in Kent.

“The locals like good food and good pubs. To find eight new additions is incredible.

“Getting in the guide is all about cooking, good ingredients and great value for money. We are also looking for a good welcoming atmosphere and a clean property.

“These days it is survival of the fittest and we are getting more demanding because we cook better at home. We are much more informed about food.

“So when we go out and spend our hard earned money we want it to be even better than what we produce at home.”


From the By Chris Price, 20 February 2018.

Michelin-listed pub The Red Lion in Milstead up for sale.

A Michelin-listed pub has been put up for sale.

The Red Lion in Milstead, near Sittingbourne, has gone on the market for 649,950.

The 18th century building is owned by Frenchman Patrick Coevoet and his wife Josephine, who have decided to retire.

Its restaurant, which has featured in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide, has many of its original features, including a log fireplace and wooden floors. It has space for 55 covers.

Its one-acre plot also has a gravel car park with space for 40 vehicles and a large garden with capacity for 50 people.

James Hughes, business agent at Christie & Co’s Maidstone office, which is handling the sale, said: “As a successful key community asset and with its proximity to Sittingbourne and surrounding villages of Frinsted, Wichling and Doddington, the business provides an excellent opportunity for either an owner operator or commercial operator.

“There is scope to further increase trade by extending the opening hours, as the current owners have run the pub as a lifestyle business over the past 13 years.

Red Lion 2018

The Red Lion at Milstead is up for sale.

"Planning permission has been granted to build a three bay barn with private driveway in the owners’ garden and foundations are already in place to build a fourth bedroom over the commercial kitchen.”


From the By Ellis Stephenson, 26 January 2019.

Chris and Hazel Mitchell take over running of Red Lion pub in Milstead.

A dad-of-two has called time on his career as a salesman to try his hand at running a pub with his wife.

Chris and Hazel Mitchell were handed the keys to the "Red Lion" in Rawling Street, Milstead, at the end of last year.

The couple bought it for 575,000 from Patrick and Josephine Coevoet who had run the pub, which had been listed in the Michelin Guide, for 13 years.

Chris and Hazel Mitchell 2018

Husband and wife team Chris and Hazel Mitchell have taken over the Red Lion pub in Milstead.

Landlady Mrs Mitchell, 54, who has carried on her day job as a nurse based at Medway Maritime Hospital, said: “We took over the pub on December 19 and we spent Christmas here. It was very cosy by the fire.

“It just seemed an opportunity for us to have a change in our life.

“It’s a lovely place to live, we thought we’d give it a go.

“We don’t have any experience in this sort of thing.

“This is completely new to us and a complete change in direction which is a good thing.”

The pair used to live in Northwood Drive, Sittingbourne, after meeting in the 1980s.

Mrs Mitchell added: “Chris was always the driving force with buying the pub, I was just helping him make it happen.

“We’ve been down on a couple of occasions when we were younger.

Red Lion licensees 2018

The couple bought the pub for 575,000.

“It was literally last summer that he saw it was up for sale and we thought it was a good idea and we thought we’d give it a go.

“We always wanted to live out of town with the woods behind us and it looks lovely in the summer.

“We walked through here with the dog and made our minds up.”

The couple are looking forward to putting their own spin on the venue, with Chris quitting his salesman job to take on the pub full time.

Mrs Mitchell added: “We want to try and get it as a pub that does nice food and that people are quite happy to visit for lunch or dinner.

“We don’t have the skills of the previous owners but we should be able to provide decent pub grub.”

While the pair, who have two daughters - 23-year-old Rebecca and 21-year-old Melissa - are still putting the finishing touches to the menu, they have been serving drinks.

The "Red Lion" is open from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 11.30pm Wednesdays to Saturdays and from noon until 3pm on Sundays.



MARTIN William 1851-66+ (also farmer age 63 in 1861Census)

TRICE Robert 1881+ (also carpenter age 55 in 1881Census)

HALL Stephen 1911-Aug/12 (age 31 in 1911Census)

HORSFIELD Ian 29/Apr/1976-12/Sept/2005

COEVOET Patrick & Josephine Sept/2005-Dec/18

MITCHELL Hazel & Chris Dec/2018-20+




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