The Branch is aiming to complete an ACV application in support of invoking protected development rights on the Coach House, Bexleyheath.
This building has a heritage role in a location which makes it the last pub between Gravel Hill and Crayford, being in part
the first structure raised on the land bordering Watling Street after the passing of local Enclosure Acts in 1812 (Crayford)
and 1814 (Bexley).
It is locally listed and was taken over by Greene King some years back, and as you may have heard, it is likely to close in
January 2019, hence its future is uncertain.
Since some kind of planning application is likely to follow, we are taking steps to ensure we have an Asset of Community Value
listing in place, which will at least permit time for some beneficial change to originate. This application can be supported
by signature if you are on the electoral roll in Bexley or a neighbouring local authority.
For information contact
Pub Discounts for CAMRA Members
The discounts below are on real ale for card carrying CAMRA members.
The Jolly Fenman, Blackfen, offers 10% discount.
Ye Olde Black Horse, Sidcup, offers 10% discount.
We-Anchor-In-Hope, Welling, offers 10% discount.
The George Staples, Blackfen, offers 20% discount. Also, it is running a buy 5, get one free scheme.
The Anchor, Bridgen, offers 10p per pint discount.
The Portrait, Sidcup, offers 10% discount except Tuesdays when beer is £1.95 per pint.
The Yacht, Long Lane, offers 10% discount.
The Earl Haig, Bexleyheath, offers 20p per pint discount except Mondays when beer is £2.49 per pint.
The Crayford Arms, Crayford, offers 10p per pint discount.
The Golden Lion, Bexleyheath, offers 10% discount. Also, it is running a buy 5, get one free scheme.
Also, The Volunteer, Bexleyheath, has a buy 6, get one free scheme for everyone (not just CAMRA members)
Note that these discounts may change.
The borough's first brewery since 1956, the Bexley Brewery is run by Cliff and Jane Murphy has been brewing and distributing
from Erith's Manford Industrial Estate (DA8 2AJ) since September 2014, gaining both the ‘Best New Business’ award from
Bexley Borough and the Pigs Ear (Hackney) festival award for 'Beer of the Festival' in 2014 and is now on the brink of
opening up an outlet named 'The Bird and Barrel' in close proximity to Barnehurst station at 100 Barnehurst Rd.
The brewery is open 11:00 to 15:00 (Friday) for fresh cask take-out, the bar 1st and 3rd Saturday each month,
as detailed in the full report (link below) where you can also read about the brewery’s full range including the ‘development’
cask-only brews under the 'Howbury' name, grouped as 'single brew craft ales'.
Cliff and Jane attend local farmers’ markets at Hall Place, Bexley on the first and Chislehurst on the third Sunday of the month,
10:00 and 14:00, selling the key beers in bottled form and supply casks via SIBA (the Society of Independent Brewers).
The latest from them is that the London Tasting panel visited in November and sampled five of the regular beers. The panel’s
notes went out in London Drinker but you can still read them direct from the London CAMRA website:
The brewery's website is informative and is the best place to go for absolute latest info, including the significance of the other beers.
It links to their Facebook page, but if you prefer a periodic synopsis of activities, then use
email@example.com to request a copy of the newsletter from them.
We have a new venture in the Sidcup area with this micro operation making its debut at the Broken Drum (9th January
2017) with a cask of “Matilda”. The cask will go fast and future news will be posted here.
The first in a series of suggested mini-pub crawls is a tour of three Wetherspoon's pubs in Bexley Borough,
and can continue to one more in Dartford, all connected by the 96 bus. Start at the New Cross Turnpike in Welling.
On leaving, walk eastwards along Bellegrove Road for 0.2 miles to the bus stop just beyond Upper Wickham Lane.
Get off the 96 at the Lion Road stop (immediately outside the Wrong 'Un). Re-join the 96 for the short ride to the
Clock Tower stop (immediately outside the Furze Wren). Continue on the 96 to Dartford to take in the Flying Boat.
The second in a series of suggested mini-pub crawls is a tour of three Micropubs in Bexley Borough plus one just
over the border in Eltham. Start at the Broken Drum in Blackfen. On leaving, get the 132 bus (North Greenwich direction)
to Westmount Road. Walk along Westmount Road for about 10 minutes to reach the Long Pond. Then take the B16 bus (Bexleyheath
direction) to the Door Hinge in Welling. Finally, take the 96 bus (Bluewater direction) to Crayford Bridge for the