Page Updated:- Sunday, 27 June, 2021.


Earliest 1861-

Gardener's Arms

Open 2020+

2 Forge Lane


01474 491848

Gardener's Arms 1910

Above postcard circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gardener's Arms 1930

Above postcard circa 1930. Taken from

Gardeners Arms 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archive Creative Commons Licence.

Gardeners Arms sign 1992Gardeners Arms sign 2010

Above sign left, June 1992, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Gardeners Arms sign 2020

Above sign, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.


Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the pub from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931. The pub held a beer only license.


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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From the By Ed McConnell, 4 November 2017.

Patrick Murray, who played Mickey Pearce in Only Fools and Horses reopens The Gardeners Arms in Higham.

An Only Fools and Horses star pulled the first pint as his village pub reopened following a 200,000 refurbishment.

Patrick Murray, who played trilby-wearing Mickey Pearce, was joined by regular Inder Palkalsi to perform the honour at the opening of The Gardeners Arms in Higham.

Mr Murray then led the pub in an impromptu sing-along of 'There’s Only One Mickey Pearce!'

Jonathan Neame and Patrick Murray 2017

Jonathan Neame and Patrick Murray, who played Mickey Pearce in Only Fools and Horses, at the reopening.

The investment was made by new tenant Mark Neale, a former customer, and pub owners Shepherd Neame and the brewery hopes it will give the village the high quality drinking and dining pub it deserves.

Mr Neale said: “It’s been a lot of hard work to get to where we are today, so thanks to the brewery, the staff and all our customers for their continued support.”

Jonathan Neame, Shepherd Neame chief executive, said: “I love pubs like this, places where you can have a conversation with people from all walks of life, with great beer and food. It’s a proper pub and long may it continue to flourish.”

The work included refurbishing the interior and two letting rooms, changes to the bar, upgrading the kitchen and external redecoration. The Gardeners also has a new food menu offering freshly cooked classic and modern dishes.

The reopening was also marked with the presentation of a cheque for 1,000 to Demelza, which provides hospice care for children.



THOMPSON William 1861+ (age 45 in 1861Census)

RIGDEN William 1862-91 (also grocer)

HINDS George 1891-95 dec'd Census

HINDS Francis 1901+ (widow age 49 in 1901Census)

HEWITT Thomas 1897-99

HEWITT Rebecca Mrs 1899-1909

SEAR Frederick 1909-1930 (age 46 in 1911Census)

STEPHENS George Albert 1930-38+

SPENCER Eric 1953+

NEALE Mark 2017+




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