The History of Westerham & The Grasshopper on the Green
The Grasshopper on the Green stands in the centre of Westerham overlooking the green which was for many years the local market place.
Please note that the pub is "on the Green" by the Churchill Statue - not to be confused with The Grasshopper Inn outside of town.
The Inn derives its name from the heraldic crest of the Greshams, an ancient family who had a country seat at Titsey, 2 miles outside Westerham. One of the most famous members of this family was Thomas Gresham, the Tudor merchant who founded the Royal Exchange and whose brilliant advice to Henry VIII earned him a knighthood.
Henry VIII was a frequent visitor to these parts when courting Ann Boleyn who lived at Hever Castle which is nearby to Westerham. The town appears in the Doomsday survey of 1086 as Oistreham.
Its famous son's include John Frith the Protestant martyr who was burnt at the stake in 1533. It is believed that Frith was the son of former Landlord of the Grasshopper Inn, which even in that era was already several centuries old.
Originally the Inn was built to accommodate the small army of Masons who lived in Westerham during the construction of the Parish Church which still bears the cross that was cut into its exterior masonry over 700 years ago.
For many years the Grasshopper was a coaching station and it was the boarding point for a coach service plied daily between Westerham and Fleet Street. The next point being the Bell at Bromley.
From the windows of the restaurant the statue of General Wolfe can be seen, a son of Westerham who died in his hour of Victory at Quebec.
Westerham people recall how the uplifted sword of this great soldiers statue used to point symbolically at the Battle of Britain fighters as they flew nearby Biggin Hill to a victory even greater than that of the young General himself when he fell, riddled by French bullets on the Plains of Abraham.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
All Home cooked food, gluten free available.
Large, beautiful garden with children facilities.
Good for groups or parties
Child and dog friendly
Large Car Park at rear (through archway)