Sort file:- Faversham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 20 Nov 1997

Leading Light

Open 2020+

20-22 Preston Street


01795 535075

Leading Light

Photo date unknown from by John Law.

Leading Light Leading Light sign 2012

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 1 September 2012.


The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls Henry Wreight (pronounced rate), who was a 'leading light' in the development of Faversham in the 19th century.

Henry Wreight was one the town's two main benefactors. He lived and died at 60 Preston Street, just a few doors away from this pub. After his death, in 1840, his bequest was used to provide schools, the recreation ground and almshouses. He was also three times Mayor of Faversham. He is probably the strongest contender for the pub to be named after. (Information taken from their website).

A panel on the wall inside the building explains that workers from the local gunpowder industry founded Faversham's first Co-operative Society in 1887 and they moved to this site when the society became successful.


I have just added the pubs of Faversham after a visit to the hop festival in 2012.

I will be adding further information as time allows, but with my site getting ever larger, time spent on each pub is being watered down unfortunately.


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 21 December 2019.

The 33 pubs in Kent you have to drink at in 2020 according to CAMRA.

In total Kent has heaps of pubs listed in the guide and, while 33 of these are new entries, others have appeared in previous editions of the guide.

A total of 33 pubs from around Kent make up the new entries that feature in the 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The guide is produced annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the independent guide to the best boozers in the UK that is researched by unpaid and independent volunteers nationwide.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s chief executive, said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”

This pub is included in the 2020 list.

Leading Light, Faversham.

Leading Light 2019

What the guide says: "The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls Henry Wreight (pronounced rate), a leading light in the development of Faversham in the 19th century. It is a fairly typical example of this popular chain, with their normal range of beer and food; however, Kent beers are frequently available.

"The pub has a pleasant enclosed courtyard garden."




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