A planning application has been approved for a new micropub in Dartford, a couple of doors along from the old Paper Moon Wetherspoons.  Work will begin soon - more details to follow


Like buses, you wait ages for one, and two arrive at once.  A new premises, the Cotton Mill, is opening imminently close to Swanley Railway Station - more news to follow


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



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’


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.  Also in our area, 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


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.  Looks like it is still ‘up for grabs’ as the pub is being advertised on the Christies website

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


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 November 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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