Our pub restaurant in Redhill, Surrey, is managed by proprietor and chef Kevin Ibbotson.
He spent 14 years in the City of London including the House of Commons and for Channel 4 television before running The Joshua Tree. Using fresh ingredients of the finest quality, he designs and produces delicious and imaginative dishes cooked to order.
The Joshua Tree was originally the Railway Inn when built in the 19th century and the name comes from the start of the building of the London to Brighton railway line which has Earlswood train station as a key part of that development. Not many people know that Earlswood is older than Redhill and formed part of the area called Reigate Foreign called Linkfield.
When it was The Railway Inn it has a stained glass window of a locomotive and was known locally as the NOB after the number on the window. Part of the building was used as a chapel during the construction of the railway in the 1830's with the Brighton line finally finished in 1868. It later became known as the Albatross and was for a while a Shepherd Neame pub. Evidence of the latter's ownership can be seen by the lanterns outside the pub. In 2001 it was then taken over and renames The Joshua Tree.
The name Joshua Tree came about due to Kevin's son's name Joshua. The Joshua Tree is an evergreen with spiky leaves that is part of the Yucca family. It’s found only in the Mojave Desert of extreme southwest California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona with elevations from 2,000 to 6,000 feet. The height varies from 15 to 40 feet and it features bell-shaped flowers and green-brown fleshy fruit. Mormon pioneers are said to have named this species 'Joshua' because it mimicked the Old Testament prophet Joshua waving them with upraised arms towards the Promised Land.