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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1970s

(Name from)

Wateringbury

Open 2013+

 

Wateringbury

Wateringbury 2013

Above photo 2013.

Wateringbury 2013

Above photo, 2013.

Wateringbury Hotel 2014

Above photo kindly supplied by Roy Moore. 21 April 2014.

Wateringbury sign 2014

Above photo kindly supplied by Roy Moore. 21 April 2014.

 

The Wateringbury (formerly The King's Head) Tonbridge Road

The King‟s Head was built by the local Leney Brewery in 1938 to replace the old Kings Head pub which had to be demolished). It was an imposing building and stood on the site of the Coronation Gardens at the Traffic Lights next to the Hair Traditional shop. In the 1970s the owners, Whitbread, extended the building and created an hotel complex. It was at this time that the name was changed to The "Wateringbury." When the Phoenix Brewery was closed by Whitbreads and demolished the large distinctive weather vane was kept and placed on the roof of The "Wateringbury." It was damaged in the 1987 hurricane and sent to a company in Essex for repair. Unfortunately the repairers went into liquidation and the weather vane disappeared. A smaller replica was made to remind us of the long association of the village with the growing of hops and the brewing industry. Happily for us The "Wateringbury" and the adjoining hotel (now a Premier Inn) are still thriving and open for our enjoyment. (Information taken from Whitbread The Inn behind the Signs by David Harper and Lest We Forget Wateringbury.)

 

The pub is a Chef and Brewer tied house (2013.)

 

This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

As such I have found a picture of the pub, but to date have no other information. Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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