Page Updated:- Monday, 06 September, 2021.


Earliest 1903+

(Name from)

Railway Inn

Open 2020+

Bow Road (Wateringbury Road 1901Census)


01622 812911

Railway Inn

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

Railway Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

Railway Inn cardRailway card 1949

Above aluminium card issued May 1949. Sign series 1 number 34.

Railway sign 1989Railway sign 1989

Above sign 1989, kindly taken and sent by Richard Green.

Railway sign 1983Railway sign 2015

Above sign left, May 1983, sign right, February 2015, by Roy Moore.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Railway 2015

Above photo February 2015, kindly sent by Roy Moore.

Railway 2019

Above photo, kindly taken and sent by Shaun Gardiner, July 2019.


The Railway Hotel is technically Nettlestead but right on the border to Wateringbury.

Wateringbury being aptly named as the railway is always becoming flooded, particularly badly and deep in 1968 and 1974.

Originally called the "Kent Arms" and changed name some time after 1891. In 1875 the Maidstone to Tonbridge line opened, although there was a train track that came to the village on 25th September 1844.


From the By Katie Heslop, 18 May 2020.

Villagers give The Railway pub, Bow Road, Wateringbury, a makeover.

A family-run pub has received a makeover thanks to the hard work and generosity of village volunteers.

The Railway, in Wateringbury, which is run by Donna Bushrod, and her two daughters Suzie and Whitney, was looking run down before five locals agreed to transform the pub during lockdown.

Railway Inn old look

The Railway pub before its makeover Picture: Suzie Goad.

Other nearby residents have also donated paint, bathroom tiles and tools for the revamp.

Even Donna's own mum gave them material to cover the tired-looking stools.

Suzie, 35, who usually works on the bar with Whitney, 21, said: "These guys deserve recognition. When times are hard and things get you down we all pull together and help each other, which is exactly what has happened in Wateringbury. We will be forever grateful to them."

There was talk of the brewery, Admiral Tavern, redecorating The Railway before the pandemic but these plans were put on hold. That didn't stop the family seeing if anyone would be willing to help.

Railway Inn repainted 2020

L-R: Les Blackburn, Andy Kennedy, Steve Luckhurst and Danny Moore have transformed the pub while maintaining social distancing rules Picture: Suzie Goad.

Two of the group, Steve Luckhurst and Danny Moore, run a painting and decorating business while Les Blackburn is a window fitter and Matt Wickham is a landscape gardener and Andy Kennedy a chef.

All the work was done while maintaining two metres distance from each other by working in different sections of the pub.

The group have spent the past month painting the pub's exterior and interior, upholstering bar stools, varnishing the bar and mending the outside furniture, all without taking a penny and working six days a week.

Suzie said: "We are nearly finished. It looks fantastic. We can't wait for people to see it when we reopen."

The Railway is the only pub in Wateringbury and Donna, 49 and her offspring have been delivering food seven days a week, with a reduced price menu, taking into account the financial problems some might be facing.

Dona Bushrod and daughters 2020

Donna Bushrod (centre) with her daughters Suzie Goad (left) and Whitney Wilson (right) Picture: Suzie Goad.

On Sunday, May 10, Donna, the sole chef, cooked 20 roast dinners, and a pudding for just 7.50.

Meals throughout the week cost just 5.

Donna has been manager of the Bow Road establishment for two years before taking on the lease in January, only two months before pubs and restaurants were ordered to shut by the government.

Times have been tough and Suzie is unsure what the future will hold for her family's business.

"It's a difficult time. When we do reopen will people want to come and socialise in the pub because of the fear of the virus?"

She added that some might not have as much cash to spend at pubs, because of money problems bought on by the pandemic.



MERCER Louis 1911+

WILCOX John William 1913-22+

GRAINGER Albert E 1930+

POINTER James 1851+ (retailer of beer age 38 in 1861Census)

???? Jason 2015+

BUSHROD Donna May/2020+


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