Updated Branch News

Pubs news since last meeting:

5/7/16 Greyhound, Charcott is still open under the same licensees (open as usual signs put up)

11/7/16 Weavers, Southborough remains closed

18/7/16 Greyhound, Charcott freehold still for sale but price reduced to £395,000 + VAT. 21/7/16 for sale signs and the open as usual signs have been removed

25/7/16 The King & Queen, Edenbridge is expected to reopen on 29/7/16 as the King & Queen Bar & Grill. Subsequently reported busy with good beer offering. 18/8/16 good report from Peter Spooner

27/7/16 Ye Olde Chequers Inn, Tonbridge reported sold and current tenants leaving end of August

27/7/16 The Robin Hood, Tunbridge Wells reported sold by Greene King to another pubco

28/7/16 The General Wolfe, Westerham freehold is for sale at £495,000 + VAT

30/7/16 Fuggles Beer Cafe have applied for planning permission to open another beer cafe at 165 High Street, Tonbridge

30/7/16 Sankey’s are rumoured to be taking over the former Castle, Tonbridge (currently known as Graze). Later believed to actually be Ye Olde Chequers they might takeover perhaps

30/7/16 The Old Fire Station, Tonbridge will be hosting brewery takeovers in August (Cronx) and September (Old Dairy)

6/8/16 The George & Dragon, Tudeley is under new management and claims to sell 7-10 casks a week

6/8/16 Half Moon, Hildenborough is seeking new tenants

7/8/16 The Queen’s Head, Five Oak Green is reported to be quite good since reopening after refurbishment under new management earlier this year

7/8/16 The Rifleman, Sevenoaks suddenly closed last week after the licensee handed the keys back to Greene King. It has been kept open by regulars and volunteers but stocks have run down. Someone from the brewery is due to visit. 13/8/16 Newspaper report quotes Greene King as saying they are committed to reopening the pub under a temporary tenant and are recruiting for a permanent tenant to run it in the longer term

8/8/16 The Oak Tree, Sevenoaks has been closed for about 3 weeks

12/8/16 The John Brunt VC, Paddock Wood leasehold for sale at £55,000

23/8/16 The Brickworks, Tunbridge Wells is being extended to increase capacity

Pubs Officer Report

Pubs news since last meeting: 7/3/16 TN4, Tunbridge Wells (previously the George) is expected to reopen as a brew-pub under the Pantiles pub group 7/3/16 The Sir Alf Ramsey, Tunbridge Wells – the planning application to convert to residential was withdrawn 10/3/16 The Two Brewers, Hadlow tenancy for sale 21/3/16 The Star Inn, Edenbridge has a sold sign on it 20/3/16 Westerham Brewery – work has begun on building the new brewery in the town 30/3/16 The Castle, Chiddingstone tenants are leaving at end of lease and pub will close 18/4/16 30/3/16 The Forester’s Arms, Tonbridge is under new management and will reopen after refurbishment. Later seen open