If you are looking to go out for a drink in Kent then you certainly have a considerable number of options. There are over 1700 pubs, bars and inns in Kent offering a diverse range of drinking experience. Also as diverse is the range of interesting names given to the public houses across Kent and this article aims to discuss some of those.
First of all lets look at the spread of pubs throughout Kent. As you would expect the majority of pubs are found in the major conurbations, with scatterings of pubs throughout the villages.
Looking at the leader board we can see that
Maidstone has 132 pubs
Canterbury has 124 pubs
Rochester has 97 pubs
Ashford has 87 pubs
Gravesend has 87 pubs
Sevenoaks has 77 pubs
Tonbridge has 71 pubs
Dover has 66 pubs
Ramsgate has 64 pubs
Dartford has 61 pubs
Gillingham has 60 pubs
So, onto the names. The most popular name for pubs in Kent is “The Royal Oak”. There are Royal Oak pubs in Ashford, Bexleyheath, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Edenbridge, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Romney Marsh, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. Some places even have 2 Royal Oaks, and in total there are 19. Next most popular is the Red Lion, with 15 spread across the county and then the Kings Head, The Bull Inn and The Chequers Inn. The Bell Inn, The George Inn and The Wheatsheaf are also popular names.
Some of the less common names we have
The Abergavenny Arms, Tunbridge Wells, originally called The Bull, but renamed in 1823 in honour of Lord Abergavenny who owned the property at the time.
The Barge, Gillingham, once stables for Admiralty offices, then fishermen’s cottages and then a pub called The Cricketers. It was renamed in 1991.
The Cat Custard Pot in Paddlesworth, which used to be called the Red Lion, but when a new sign was required many years ago the artist drew something which more resembled a cat.
Looking deeper within the names we can see that in Kent the most common type of pub is the Inn, with nearly 200 occurrences. Common examples are The Bull Inn, The George Inn, The Bell Inn and The Chequers Inn. Less commonly we have Old Eden Inn, Man of Kent Inn, Britannia Inn, Junction Inn and Muggleton Inn to name but a few.
“Arms”, is the next most common word to occur in pub names in Kent, with such names as The Kings Arms, The Foresters Arms, The Coopers Arms, Port Arms Inn, Fruiterers Arms, Town Arms and The Colyer Arms. There are 106 pubs across Kent with Arms in the name.
There are 43 pubs contain the word “Tavern” in their name, such as The Railway Tavern The Vale Tavern, Darenth Tavern and The Park Tavern
33 pubs contain the word “of “ in their name, examples of this are The Prince of Wales, The Man of Kent, City of London, Duke of Kent, Beauty of Bath, Sovereign of the Seas and Heights of Alma
Also 33 pubs contain the word House in their name
e.g. The Old House At Home, The Albert Public House, The Halfway House and Red House
28 pubs are horse related, which is unsurprising as most pubs were originally coaching inns. Horses are usually White, Black or Olde, but can also be Hungry or Flying. Other Horse related pub names in Kent include The Horse Groom,Sea Horse and the Three Horse Shoes.
There are 26 pubs contain the word Head in their name
The Kings Head, The Queens Head, The Dukes Head, Elephants Head, The Bulls Head, The Nags Head, Rodney’s Head, Hogs Head, The Leopards Head, The Buffalo’s Head, The Griffins Head, The Druids Head, Stags Head, Monks Head Public House, The Saracens Head, The Tigers Head
There are 22 pubs contain the word Bar in their name, which shows growing number of trendy bars catering for a more youthful clientèle. Examples are O Neill s Irish Bar, Bar Coast, Harbour St Bar, Bar Vasa, Sloanes Bar
Finally 21 pubs contain the word Old or Olde in their name.
The Old House At Home, The Olde Lantern Inn, The Old Ship, The Olde Coach Horses.
So there you have it. Kent is an excellent place to go out drinking you should easily be able to find something to suit your mood. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m off to the Nordenfeldt Tavern for a quick one.