Put Wednesday 7th June in your diary for an Oakham Brewery takeover in the club.  Twelve real ales, three craft beers and three ciders will be available.  There will also be free samples and a chance to say hello to one of the Oakham brewers on the night. For all of the WMC monthly quizzers, this event will take place in the front bar at 7pm, with the quiz to follow


A new micropub named ‘The Three Pillars’ opened on Monday May 1st, just out of the town centre.  It is located in part of the old Masonic Hall along Wrotham Road.  Read more about this new venture HERE



There is now a new 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 have so far only provided beer in bottles. Cask beers should be making an appearance from June onwards.  Also in our area, rumours are that the Compass Alehouse will be opening a microbrewery, named “The Iron Pier” in the Gravesend area shortly.  Further news to follow


Our local paper has an article about our local micropubs.  Read it on our LINKS page


Oddfellows, Dartford.  Pub reopened, rumours that only whilst planning permission is being sort.  Handpumps still in situ, but apparently unused

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

Middle Eight, Gravesend has now closed and has become a games cafe

Four Lymes, Dartford.  Pub now open as an Indian restaurant

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


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

Horse and Groom, Leyton Cross - is now open under the auspices of Paul Giles, who once ran the Cricketers in Meopham

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 five (soon to be six with another opening in June close to Bexleyheath Station) micropubs in our area (as well as the Compass in Gravesend), namely the Broken Drum in Blackfen, the Door Hinge in Welling, the Penny Farthing in Crayford, and the Hackney Carraige and the Hoppers Hut, both 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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