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Micropub tour of the Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne

September 28, 2019 all-day
Meet at Bromley South station

PLEASE NOTE THAT TIMINGS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE CHANGED.   Unfortunately, railway engineering work that we were unaware of when the event was originally planned have necessitated an earlier start.   There are are other slight timing changes as a result.

This is a chance for micropub lovers to visit up to seven of them in one day!   Despite a relatively small population, the Isle of Sheppey now boasts four micropubs, whilst there are three more within easy reach of Sittingbourne station.

Our plan is catch the 09.57 from Bromley South to Rochester,  where a rail replacement bus continues to Rainham, from where we get a train to Sittingbourne to connect with the 11.55 which will take us across the Swale (and off the English mainland) to Sheerness-on-Sea where we are scheduled to arrive at 12.13.

From there a short walk from the station is needed to reach the first micropub – A.Y’s Man – a small micropub overlooking the seawall which opened in September 2018.    The pub opens at noon, we will get there around 12.25.  Another short walk (about ten minutes) is needed to reach the Flying Sheep at 1.25pm .    The pub’s twin themes are aviation and sheep, reflecting the history of the island.

 From there a bus journey (or lengthy walk) is needed to reach the third pub – the Heritage Inn – which is located in the heart of the island.   We intend to catch the 360 bus from Cavour Street, alighting at the Halfway House.

Another bus journey (or long walk) is needed to reach our final pub – the Admiral’s Arm (yes that’s “Arm” not Arms) – which is to be found in the village of Queenborough.   The pub has been extended a couple of times since it opened in 2016, to the point where it feels more like a traditional pub than a micropub.  It is the local CAMRA branch (Swale) Pub of the Year.

The Admiral’s Arm is close to Queenborough station, and from there we will catch the train back to Sittingbourne, where we can potentially visit three more micropubs, the first of which has a JD Wetherspoon outlet directly across the road:

Donna’s Ale House
Yellow Stocks  (named after a local brick)
Paper Mill