The Rising Sun Free House

...a traditional English pub and restaurant in a village setting near Canterbury, Kent serving fine food, ales, wines and spirits.

About us

Chris and Carole Leaper, the current owners, have kept the traditional feel of the building but combined it with a modern, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere.

The lounge bar with flagstone floor, leather settees…

Our aim is to create a pub/restaurant that is a haven from the everyday pressures of life, with a relaxed atmosphere offering quality food and service.

We always aim to please and provide service with a smile.

Chris and Carole Leaper

History of the Rising Sun

The first part of the building was erected in 1372 during the reign of Edward the Third. It was originally a bakery owned and worked by the Monks of the Diocese of Canterbury.

The building continued as a bakery, passing through different owners until it came into the hands of Edgar Rake, baker and brewer, in 1682.

Edgar Rake applied for, and was granted, an ale and cider licence on the 4th April 1695. In 1708 and 1709, building work was carried out and a much more modern structure was erected, but unfortunately, Edgar Rake died before it was completed. In 1709 Jeremiah Bedley, baker and common beer seller took over the new premises. He was granted a licence to sell liquor and named the premises “The Rising Sun.”

From the date of registration in 1709 until 1865, all the Rising Sun Keepers were bakers, who worked the old bakery as well as running the Inn. This had one exception, Keeper Thomas Lucke who came here in 1776 is described as a beer seller, baker and ferryman. For The Rising Sun was for many years known locally as the Ferryman's Inn, where the ferrymen who worked the ferries across the mile-wide estuary to the “Crown” (Cherry Brandy House) at Sarre, came to meet.

The Inn remained in the hands of owner-keepers until the turn of the nineteenth century when it was purchased by the fore-runners of the Whitbread Brewery who sold it in 1977, when it again became a Free House.

The Rising Sun has seen and undergone many changes since it was built, but its historic atmosphere remains unchanged.

In 2001 The Rising Sun was extensively renovated and upgraded. More recently, in 2013, we opened a large new restaurant extension, which compliments the exacting and high standards that currently prevail.