WROTHAM/BOROUGH GREEN STROLLDate: Friday 23rd July 1999
The web site maintained by our Chairman (www.edmund1.demon.co.uk) has generated a lot of interest of late. Someone out there has asked if we would be willing to repeat the Borough Green trip we did back in 1990. So here goes – except that Borough Green has lost two of its five pubs in recent years and the neighbouring village of Wrotham (pronounced "Root-em") is now very much the better bet. So this itinerary concentrates on the latter, with the final port of call being the former Railway Hotel (now renamed "The Henry Simmonds") in Borough Green.
I hope to persuade some members of Gravesend and Darent Valley CAMRA, who happily have had their ‘bus service to this part of the world reinstated, to join us for all or part of the evening.
HOW TO GET THERE
Recommended trains are the 17.58 and 18.33 from Victoria, arriving at Borough Green at 18.43 and 19.20 respectively. (These trains call at Bromley South at 18.18 and 18.50 respectively.) On arrival at Borough Green turn left out of the Station Approach road into Wrotham Road. Continue into Borough Green Road and after crossing the M26 take the turning on the left (still Borough Green Road). Bear right into Bull Lane as you come to the centre of the village. The walk should take you 15 minutes or so.
1. GEORGE AND DRAGON(Scottish Courage)
Courage Best Bitter; Courage Directors plus a guest beer. Popular local, particularly with the younger villagers. Suggest a swift thirst-quencher here then on to….
2. BULL HOTEL (Free House)
Draught Bass plus usually 2 guest ales. Ancient coaching inn dating from as far back as 1280, making it one of the oldest in the country (the Maid’s Head, Norwich, is reckoned to be the oldest). It probably owes its existence to the Archbishop’s Palace which stood here until the late 14th century. Much altered over the years, (and since the above photograph!) the interior (the bar anyway) has an Edwardian atmosphere. Keeps a good pint and shouldn’t be too crowded. Bar snacks and other food available for the esurient.
3. THREE POST BOYS (Greene King)
IPA; Abbot; Triumph. Friendly street corner local offering Greene King’s newest brew.
ROSE AND CROWN (Shepherd Neame)
Master Brew; Spitfire; Bishop’s Finger. Comfortable village-centre local popular with the local Morris Men. Probably dates from the 18th century. Should have some food on.
5. THE HENRY SIMMONDS (Free House)
Fullers London Pride; Bass; Flagship Ensign or another guest beer. Former Railway Hotel which has been renamed after a former landlord. Interesting Victorian building with lots of nooks and crannies. I’ll be continuing with the beer and fags though.
HOW TO GET HOME
The station is 2 minutes walk from the pub. Times of trains to Victoria are 21.46 and 22.57 (change at Bromley South for connection to Catford etc).
Hope to see you there,
Mick Norman(thanks to Wrotham virtual tour for pictures.)