Hassrale Trips: Borough Green

Date: Friday 3rd August 1990

Borough Green is a pleasant village about 7 miles north west of Sevenoaks, on the edge of the North Downs. There are 4 pubs in the village, all of which have real ale on offer. The general feeling is that at least one of these may close soon, so enjoy them while you still can!

None of the pubs appear to offer much in the way of food, but there is an excellent chippie on the corner of Sevenoaks Road and Quarry Hill Road for those that wish to indulge.

The main British Rail service is from Victoria, although some members may find it more convenient to travel from Elephant and Castle, changing at Bromley South. Train times are as follows:





Elephant & Castle




Bromley South




Borough Green




On arrival at Borough Green, turn left out of the station and bear left into Wrotham Road. The first port of call is a short distance away on the right. (The remainder of the trip is straightforward and I haven't included directions.) Approximate times of departure are in square brackets.

1. Railway Hotel (Free house) [19.15]

Beers: Greene King IPA, Abbot

Rambling Victorian establishmnent with uncontrived old world atmosphere. Two guest beers should also be available, including a dark mild (possibly Brain's or Bateman's).

2. Red Lion, Sevenoaks Road (Greene King) [20.00]

Beers: Greene King IPA, Abbot

Large, multi-barred pub with impressive fireplace in lounge. Scene of many (well, one anyway) Gravesend CAMRA bat-and-trap victories over rival branches. Would HASSRALE like to try their hand at this noble art sometime?

3. Black Horse, Maidstone Road (Whitbread) [20.45]

Beer: Fremlins Bitter

Friendly pub offering classic local Kentish ale brewed at, errgh, Cheltenham. Some members may not be entirely happy with this situation and may wish to proceed directly to pub no 4. Alternatively, Platt village is only 10-15 minutes walk away and those of a more athletic disposition may wish to indulge..

X. Brickmakers Arms, Maidstone Road (Allied Breweries)

Beers: Ind Coope Bitter, Tetley Bitter

Y. Blue Anchor, Grange Road (Courage - but may now have been taken over by shepherd Neame - keep your fingers crossed!)

Beers: Courage Best, Directors

We can now re-group at the final watering hole:

4. Fox and Hounds, Maidstone Road (Free house) [22.45]

Beers: Harvey's Best Bitter, Everard's Tiger, King & Barnes Broadwood

Excellent local with photographs of its days as a Kenward & Court tied house. The future of this pub is uncertain, which seems a great pity.

Trains for Victoria leave at 57 minutes past each hour. The last train is at 22.57, arriving in London at 23.48.

Survey Team: Marion Norman, Mick Norman

Special Thanks to Roland Graves, Chairman, Gravesend and Darent Valley CAMRA

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