Page Updated:- Monday, 14 February, 2022.


Earliest 2001

(Name from)

Tapster Inn

Closed 2016

Parsonage Farm

Off Seed Road


Tapster Inn 2009

Above photo 2009 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Tapster Inn 2019

Above photo, 2019.

Tapster Inn 2019

Above photo, 2019.

Tapster Inn 2019

Above photo, 2019.


Although the property is period in its design, it was in fact built in the 1990’s from fallen oaks from the 1987 hurricane under planning reference SW/90/0487. This granted planning permission for the construction of the building with use on the ground floor as a wine bar and tea room for the then Syndale Vineyards to showcase their produce.

Situated adjacent to the Hopdaemon Brewery and the building was originally known as the "Tun Vine and Press" Bistro and run by the Abbs family from the Syndale Valley Vineyard,  after the Swale Brewery lost interest in the Bistro, the name changed to the "Tapster" but as far as I am aware never sold any produce from the Hopdaemon or Swale brewery.

I am informed that the business closed in 2016 and planning permission was asked for to convert into two residential properties.


From the 4 June 2005.

Squirrel finds itself on the menu.

Hungry punters visiting a food festival in Kent on Sunday will be able to try the unlikely dish of squirrel.

The owner of the Tapster and Ardennes restaurant in Newnham said he wanted to try the dish after reading glowing reviews of it in two national papers.

The restaurant will be showcasing its squirrel dish at the Flavours of Faversham festival on Sunday.

Restaurant owner Mitch Spooner said he thought squirrel could become a popular delicacy across the UK.

He told BBC Radio Kent: "I've never tried it before at all, it's our first venture into squirrel.

"Reading the national papers recently we've seen it advertised quite a lot.

"The Times has done a feature on it and so has the Daily Mail, with some of the Conran restaurants serving it now, so we feel we're coming in at the right time."

Mr Spooner said he would be cooking saddle of squirrel, served with a nut sauce.

But he added: "We do realise some people might be a bit squeamish about this so we thought we might do a pate so it's not so obviously squirrel meat."

He said he thought British people were always willing to try new things so the dishes could become a national delicacy.


From the 9 August 2011.

Man dies following serious crash in Newnham.

A man has died after a serious accident on the outskirts of Faversham on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called to Seed Road, between the villages of Newnham and Otterden at 11.40am following reports a farming vehicle had been involved in a road accident close to The Tapster Inn.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, suffered serious injuries in the accident and was treated at the scene for several hours before being pronounced dead.

Crews from Kent Fire & Rescue Service's Urban Search and Rescue Team, as well as fire-fighters from Sittingbourne and Faversham, attended along with police and ambulance crews.

The road remained closed into the early evening while officers from Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit carried out further inquiries.




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