Below information by John Gilham.
Located at No 232 Tonbridge Road to the west of the cross roads The "Queens Head," Wateringbury was a small public house with a Public Bar, Saloon Bar
and off-sales window. The "Queens Head" closed in 1976 an has since been
converted into a private dwelling.
The picture above shows the pub as I remember it right up to when it
closed it looked the same.
A pump house in an out building at the rear of the pub supplied water
from a well in the back garden of the nearby Gransden House to the Jude
Hanbury Brewery which was at the top of Bow Road and is now a
residential road called Hanbury Close. Mr Jude lived in Gransden House.
Jude Hanbury was later sold to Whitbreads.
As a young lad my Mum and Dad, myself and my brother Brian would often
go for a walk on a summers Sunday evening ending up at either the "Harrow"
or the "Queens Head" where Dad would go in to see his friends whilst Mum,
Brian and myself would sit on the wall outside the Public Bar. The wall
surrounded a large laurel bushes. Dad would bring us out a drink of Vimto and cheeslets or crisps, sometimes a bar of Fruit & Nut Chocolate.
I remember a fight spilling out into the car park on more than one
When a little older around fourteen I remember going to the off sales on
a Sunday lunch time with an empty bottle to get a pint of mild to make
shandy with to have with Sunday lunch.
The gent's toilets were outside right up to the day the pub closed and I
remember them being frozen solid some winters. Though these did have
running water which was a great improvement on the original gent's which
were no more than a wall, this can bee seen on the photo above, it is
the low wall to the left of the steps. I believe it is still visible on
the house as it now is.
As a teenager the "Queens Head" became my local pub and I remember we had
a brilliant landlord Bill & Hilda Munday (photo below) who would always
buy his customers a drink. There was a juke box and bar billiard table
in the saloon and dart board in the public but I only used the saloon.