Branch Diary

Branch Diary


  • 5th Christmas drinks social (TW crawl) starting at the Grove Tavern from 5.30 and moving on to 3 or 4 other pubs. The rough plan is the White Bear, Mount Edgcumbe, Sankeys, and the George. Join us at any time throughout the evening if you can’t make the early start. If you’re on our WhatsApp group you can keep in touch via that to find out where we are. If you use WhatsApp and want to join the group let us know your mobile number.

January 2020

  • 13th Branch Business Meeting at the Beer Seller, Tonbridge, in the back room upstairs, meeting starts at 8pm but members may wish to arrive from 7pm to partake of the ales and/or ciders.
  • 19th Post-Christmas dinner at the Nelson, Tonbridge, details tbc

Events, Beer Festivals, etc.

  • Regular Event: Westerham Brewery Open Evenings normally 1st Thursday of each month. However, in December there isn’t one on the 1st Thursday, instead they are having two of their “Meet the Maker” evenings on the 18th & 19th. The brewery has lots of other events happening on a regular basis and they also have a Westerham Brew Club. You can also be a “brewer for a day” for £90.
  • On now until 1st Dec – Fuggles Beer Café BOTH PUBS – Dark Life Festival of dark beers
  • 30th Nov – Fuggles Beer Café, TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Beer + Art
  • 30th Nov – The Cooper’s Arms, Crowborough – Engineer Brewery Tap Takeover
  • 5th Dec – Fuggles Beer Café, TONBRIDGE – Zapato Brewery Showcase
  • 5th – 8th Dec – The Beer Seller, Tonbridge – Porter & Stout Festival, 15 real ales (other styles available too), cheese pots to match the beers
  • 21st Dec – Cellar Head Brewery, near Flimwell – Christmas Party 12.00 – 20.00, complimentary cheese buffet, mince pies, live music

Pubs Officer Report

  • The Windmill at Sevenoaks Weald may also be a potential community buy-out.
  • The John Brunt VC, Paddock Wood is closing on 2nd December for refurbishment and will reopen as a gastro-pub in February.
  • The Real Ale Way, a new micropub opened at 23 High Street, Westerham on Thursday 7 November 2019.
  • The Wheelwright’s Arms, Matfield is the subject of a planning application for conversion to residential.
  • The Padwell Arms, Stone Street has been closed for some time and is now the subject of a planning application to demolish it and replace with residential.
  • The Windmill, Sevenoaks Weald is believed to be in danger of closing soon.
  • Bedford, TW has reintroduced its Cask Ale Club – all cask ales at £3.50 a pint from 5pm on Wednesdays.
  • Black Pig TW is currently closed (Nov 1st).
  • The Royal Oak, Crockham Hill is understood to be the subject of a potential community buy out, presumably to save the pub. If you are a local and/or want to get involved or support the initiative keep your ear to the ground and let us know what’s going on.
  • Elsie’s (the Queen’s Arms), Cowden Pound often has a guest beer these days (recently Pig & Porter Blackbird Stout).
  • The Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill is now re-opened as The White Bear (its original name) having been taken over by Young’s; 3 x hand pumps.
  • The Stanhope Arms, Brasted has re-opened (Aug-19) under new management.
  • Fox & Hounds, Toys Hill is closed (July-19) and for sale as residential property. Possible target for a Community buy-out – let us know if you hear anything.
  • Spread Eagle, Hawkenbury is closed for re-furbishment (Aug-19)
  • The Primrose in Tonbridge has now been demolished

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