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Mar 2015

10.50 from Victoria

Open 2019+

Rear of 37 North Street


07941 449137

10.50 from Victoria

Above photo 2015.

1050 from Victoria 2015

Above photo, July 2015, kindly sent by Bas.

Inside 1050 from Victoria

Above photo, July 2015, kindly sent by Bas.

Inside 1050 from Victoria

Above photo, July 2015, kindly sent by Bas.


A new micropub, opened early 2015 in what has been described as a railway arch. The inside gives the feel of a railway waiting room with loads of railway memorabilia.


From the By Nicola Jordan, 14 June 2015.

Suppers are being urged to pop along to the new micropub in Strood for some real ale and beer.

Keep it small and keep it simple.

That is the concept behind the newest craze of socialising – the micropub.

The 10:50 From Victoria, Medway’s latest alehouse under the railway arches in Strood, is just that.

Alan Bartlett 2015

Alan Bartlett.

There’s no bar and beer and cider is served direct from the cask. And if you’re looking for a gastropub, keep walking, the most lavish thing on the menu is a packet of pork scratchings.

Austerity doesn’t end there. Mobile phones, juke boxes and fruit machines are barred, as are children (yes, even quiet ones).

Werner Neumann, Bob Jackson, Gary O'Hara 2015

Werner Neumann, Bob Jackson, Gary O'Hara enjoying a pint at the micro pub.

Key to the micropub is good old fashioned conversation in a back-to-basics informal surrounding.

10.50 from Victoria, in North Street, is tucked away at the back of the Asda car park and opened in March this year.

It is the joint venture of Bob Jackson, Gary O’Hara and Werner Neumann, good mates and drinking buddies of at least 20 years.

10 50 from Victoria inside

The new micropub, the 10.50 from Victoria, North Street, Strood.

They decided to open their own mini pub after their local in Strood got taken over and the new owners were intent on attracting younger customers.

Bob, a joiner whose carpentry workshop is next door, and his pals decided to visit the first ever micropub, The "Butcher’s Arms" in Herne, and they liked what they saw.

But just to be sure they were on to a winner they jumped on a train and visited another 27 micropubs across the county.

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Suppers outside the 10.50 from Victoria, in North Street.

Bob, 70, said: “We thought we would attract an older type of customer and possibly the real ale brigade.

“Women love it and feel quite comfortable to come here on their own. We also get couples popping in for a drink before going out for a meal who don’t particularly want to have a drink with a load of lager louts.

“The art of conversation is dying. People would rather text and Facebook than talk to each other.”

Tipples – there are seven English beers and six ciders – are handwritten on a chalkboard. Food is not available, although Bob is trying to persuade his business partners to lay on a ploughman’s dish and snacks are restricted to crisps and peanuts.

He said: “They are against it, especially Werner, who was a master chef for 40 years and never wants to serve up another meal again. But I look at it as a way of persuading customers to stay on and drink rather than go home for a meal.”

The bar got its name because it is the 1,050th railway arch from Victoria, which is number one. Time is called by ringing the traditional bell at 10.50pm with 10 minutes to drink up.

Bob has put his carpentry skills to use and fitted out much of the furniture and fixtures.

He intends to continue the railway theme by installing slam-shut train doors and create a platform on the terrace. 10.50 from Victoria is open from 4pm to 9pm on Monday to Thursday and from noon to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.


From the By Ed McConnell, 26 June 2019.

10:50 from Victoria in Strood to face off against Admiral's Arms on Sheppey for Kent pub of the year award.

An ale drinkers' paradise hidden away under a railway arch is one step away from facing off against national competition for the pub of the year title.

10:50 From Victoria, in North Street, Strood, has become a top destination for beer fans since opening its doors four years ago.

Back then friends Bob Jackson, Gary O’Hara and Werner Neumann decided to go their own way after being told their watering hole of choice was intent on drawing in younger crowds.

The decision has proved popular and it was crowned Medway's best pub earlier this year by the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA), denying Gillingham's Past and Present a fifth consecutive title.

Now it has also been awarded the west Kent title and will compete against the multi award-winning "Admiral's Arm" micropub in Queenborough, Sheppey for Kent glory and to progress to the national final.

On its route to conquering the region 10:50 beat "Larkin's Alehouse" in Cranbrook, The "George" in Tunbridge Wells, The "Old House" at Ightham and Dartford's "Penny Farthing."

10-50 from Victoria 2019

10:50 from Victoria in North Street, Strood.

"We don't mind either way," says Mr Jackson, 75, when asked if he's confident ahead of the county final.

The west Kent title came as a shock and he is a big fan of the Admiral's Arms.

When the retired builder and 72-year-old colleague Mr O'Hara went into business with restaurateur Mr Neumann, 64, their combined experience at pub management amounted to Mr Jackson standing in for a friend a few times at The "Bull" in Snodland.

But the relaxed attitude and focus on conversation and good beer has proved more than enough to bring in the punters.

"It's never been about the money," explains Mr Jackson, "We're all semi retired and we just wanted a place to drink and enjoy each other's company."

He added: "An English man, an Irish man and a German opened a pub. That's how the joke starts."

The pub gets its name as it is in the 1,050th railway arch from Victoria and also because last orders are called at 10.50pm, 10 minutes before closing time.

10:50 from Victoria is open from 4pm to 9pm on Monday to Thursday and from noon to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.


From the By Rachel Dixon, 31 August 2019.

Strood micropub 10:50 From Victoria Station named CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year runner up.

The owners of a micropub say they "aren't going to change a thing" after being crowned runners up in Kent Pub of the Year 2019.

10:50 From Victoria Station in Strood came second to The "Admiral's Arm," in Trafalgar Square, Queensborough, in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) awards.

The two establishments went head to head with each other after competing in heats.

Werner Neumann, Gary O'Hara, Bob Jackson 2019

10.50 From Victoria micropub owners Werner Neumann, Gary O'Hara, Bob Jackson.

CAMRA sent representatives from around the county to the pubs to judge various categories from quality of beer, welcome, atmosphere, cleanliness, service and overall impression.

10:50 From Victoria has become a top destination for ale aficionados since friends Bob Jackson, Gary O’Hara and Werner Neumann opened the doors four years ago.

Bob Jackson said: "We're happy for the winners because we do really like that pub.

"Second place is a bit of a shame but I think we're doing alright.

"There isn't much in Queensborough where they are, or in Strood for that matter.

10 50 from Victoria presentation 2019

The trio celebrate being named Medway's best pub and also taking top spot for west Kent in June.

"All the pubs have been closing but micropubs have given us a new lease of life.

"We're all retired now, we should be at home in our arm chairs knitting.

"We aren't going to change a thing, we won't be doing any food, gins or music.

"We like the original concept and we're going to stick to it."

Despite not making the CAMRA Pub of the Year finals, 10:50 From Victoria Station holds top spot in west Kent and was named Medway's best pub earlier this year.

The micropub opens a beer garden during the summer months and is blessed by all day sunshine, Mr Jackson assures.



JACKSON Bob Apr/2015+


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