We have been informed by Simon that the taproom at the brewery will be closed for the months of January and February, reopening Sat 2nd March


An application has been submitted to Gravesham Council for a change of use of a closed tattoo parlour in the High Street to a micropub, to be known as the Mole Hole


The brewery taproom has now been refurbished and has reopened.  The new brewery kit is in place, so it’s all systems go.  Note that the tap room will now only open on a monthly basis, normally on a Saturday or Sunday.  Check with the brewery direct first on Facebook or Twitter @nofrillsjoe.

HUFFLERS, Dartford.  This pub reopened Monday 10 September.  Very little chance of real ale being available


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


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


This Dartford town centre pub reopened as the Wig and Gown on June 4th.  Despite initial signs being good for real ale, the handpumps are currecntly unused


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


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 eight micropubs easily accessible from Dartford (as well as the Compass in Gravesend), namely the Broken Drum and the Hangar, both 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 Carriage 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 2018 and Club of the Year for 2018 have been announced and you will find them by going to the AWARDS section

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