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NEW MICROPUB FOR DARTFORD

The Dartford Jug opened it’s doors at midday on Friday 13th July, on the site of the old Tiffin restaurant, 8 Market Street.  It will open seven days a week from midday until 11pm.  A large range of real ales will be available with up to 14 beers on at the weekends


ANOTHER POTENTIAL MICROPUB FOR DARTFORD

There is a planning application for a second micropub in Dartford at 15 High Street DA1 1DT.  This can viewed and comments can be left on the Dartford Planning Portal

THE HUFFLERS ARMS

That is currently closed we believe will be reopening shortly


NEW MICROPUB FOR SWANLEY

The Cotton Mill opened it’s doors for business on June 2nd, located just off the roundabout in Swanley town centre


COURTHOUSE

This Dartford town centre pub reopened as the Wig and Gown on June 4th


BREW BUDDIES TAP ROOM

A new tap room is open at the brewery in Swanley Village.  Initial hours are open midday - 10pm Saturday, and Sunday 2 - 8pm


IRON PIER TAPROOM

The Iron Pier Taproom, just off Perry Street, is now open.  The initial hours of operation will be Fridays from 5pm until 9pm, Saturdays from 12 until 9pm and Sundays from 1pm until 4pm.  There will be a couple of beers on tap and a range of bottled and draught beers from some local breweries as well.  The address is Unit 6/7 May Industrial Estate, Gravesend, DA11 8RU

 

NEW MICRO PUBS IN GRAVESEND

A new micropub named ‘The Three Pillars’ opened on Monday May 1st, just out of the town centre.  It is located downstairs in part of the old Masonic Hall along Wrotham Road.  Read more about this new venture HERE.  Also, another new micropub has opened in the former Invicta Club in close by Windmill Street.  Unsurprisingly, this is called the ‘Invicta Bar’


NANO AND MICROBREWERIES

There is now a nanobrewery in Greenhithe called “No Frills Joe”. The name, so we are told, suggests that they will be making small batches of tasty unfined, vegan friendly beer. They have been brewing since January this year and provide beers in cask and in bottles.  The brewery taproom is licensed until 10pm every night, but are generally only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for tastings.  Check with the brewery direct first on Facebook or Twitter @nofrillsjoe. NOTE THE TAP ROOM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL SOMETIME IN AUGUST 2018


CLOSED PUBS

Hufflers, Dartford.  This pub is currently closed.  Let’s hope it is not another loss for Dartford

Clarence, Gravesend a planning application has been submitted to convert this pub to housing, though the pub appears to be still open at present

Crown and Thistle, Gravesend - former GBG and CAMRA POTY now sadly closed.  It is, however, subject to an ACV


OTHER PUB NEWS

Battle of Britain, Northfleet - this pub was demolished without authorisation overnight back in October.  The Council are investigating.  Read about it HERE   

The Old Prince of Orange, Old Road East, Gravesend is run by Mark Randall, who is a keen real ale supporter. He is currently offering various guest ales on handpump

The Three Daws, Gravesend is promoting local produce and local beers.  The Local Council is encouraging the efforts of Simon, the chef at the pub.  A menu has been produced as a booklet with the help of Gravesham Council and Gravesend Library, featuring old photos of the pub with a list of suppliers

Although slightly out of our area, it is worth mentioning the other eight micropubs easily accessible from Dartford (as well as the Compass in Gravesend), namely the Broken Drum in Blackfen, the Door Hinge in Welling, the Penny Farthing in Crayford, the Kentish Belle in Bexleyheath, the Bird and Barrel in Barnehurst, and the Halfway House, Hackney Carraige and the Hoppers Hut, all in Sidcup

The Queen, South Darenth now regularly sells beers from Dark Star and Kent Brewery from four handpumps


If you know of any pub closures please let our pubs officer know

Our local branch Pub of the Year for 2016 and Club of the Year for 2016 have been announced and you will find them by going to the AWARDS section

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