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SHRIMPERS BEER AVS beers recently launched a new version of Shrimpers Ale and Shrimpers Cider at the Three Daws in Gravesend, both at 4% abv.  The beer and cider were offered as free samples all night, along with a free buffet.  Pictured are Ray and Clare from AVS, along with the Deputy Mayor of Gravesend, Harold Craske






KENT BREWERY has sponsored a new brochure to help keep you on the rails as you explore Kent’s Micropub revolution. Read more about it HERE.  Download the leaflet HERE


DARTFORD WMC BREWERY TAKEOVER

Put Wednesday 26th July in your diary for a Dark Star Brewery tap takeover in the club.  The whole range of Dark Star beers will be on offer.

A NEW MICRO PUB IN GRAVESEND

A new micropub named ‘The Three Pillars’ opened on Monday May 1st, just out of the town centre.  Despite some teething problems with the licensing, the bar is now fully open.  It is located downstairs in part of the old Masonic Hall along Wrotham Road.  Read more about this new venture HERE


NANO AND MICROBREWERIES

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 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.  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


NEWS SHOPPER

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


CLOSED PUBS

Courthouse, Dartford.  Yet another town centre pub closes, last orders 6pm Sunday 28th May.  Owned ultimately by Youngs Pub Company, the building was emptied on the Bank Holiday Monday and by early evening the dreaded metal shutters had appeared.  Flats destined for the site

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


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 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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