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Queens Arms

(also known as Elsie's)

Hartfield Road
Cowden Pound
EDENBRIDGE
TN8 5NP

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Opening Times

5-10.30 Mon & Tue; 5-7.30 Wed & Thu; 5-9 Fri; 5-7.30 Sat; 12-3 Sun

About the Pub

This wonderful unspoilt pub has thankfully been saved from the threat of closure in 2014 following the long-serving landlady moving into a care home and after it being run by a band of locals for nearly 5 years. A rare, rural time-warp, in the same family hands since 1913, with the former landlady, Elsie Maynard, now aged 89, taking over in 1973. It was built in 1841 by William Longley of Pound House, the name commemorating the Queen’s Royal West Kent Regiment. The pub has one of the last remaining totally unspoilt rural public bars (on the right) dating from the Victorian era and which, apart from the paintwork, has been almost untouched since the end of the nineteenth century. The front door leads to a tiny lobby with doors to the left and right and another in front of you that leads to the landlady's private quarters. On the right is a door with the figure '1' on it leading to the stark public bar having the original panelled (part herringbone) counter with decorative brackets all along it. The black mastic around the base of the bar counter is the position of the spittoon trough that ran along it originally. On top is a set of three hand pumps with the date of 1948 on them that can still dispense exactly half a pint of beer with one pull. There is simple shelving for a bar-back, basic bare benches attached to the dado panelling around the window recess and a two-sided bench at the rear of this small room. The brick fireplace looks as though it may have been changed around 1953. The saloon bar on the left with '2' on the door was originally a very small room that in 1953 was increased to twice its size by combining with a previous private room. It retains its original curved Victorian panelled counter with decorative brackets all painted bright yellow. The rear straight section looks like it is a later addition in the same style but without the brackets and was probably added in 1953? The very spartan room has a bell-push and a sign saying 'please ring for service'; old fireplace; and a ticking clock. At the rear an extension added in 1953 contains a ladies' toilet. The present inside gents' accessed from the public bar replaced outside ones in 1953. A sign on the outside of the pub warns customers 'Lager not sold here' and there is no ice and no childrens room! There is no till - just a small bowl for coins with notes placed beneath. Crisps are stored in tins – all crisps were supplied in tins up to the 1950s and two have been retained – you can just about make out ‘crisps’ on one and ‘cheeselets’ on the other! Note the old Bisset dart scorer - three finger-operated metal dials that change the score; being darts, the numbers come down as you enter the score. The saloon bar is venue for folk music sessions once a month (see www.elsiesband.com or ring 01732 862862 or 01732 762224 for details) - it has a few chairs and the odd table placed around the edge of it.

Historic Interest

Listed Grade 2 Historic Pub Interior.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Larkins Traditional Ale

Changing Beers

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Larkins - seasonal

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Features

Facilities

  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Crib darts dominoes shove-ha'penny, table skittles.

  • LinedGlasses Lined Glasses
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Monthly folk sessions. See www.elsiesband.com.

  • RealFire Real Fire
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar

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Sat Nav Reference

51.1635, 0.0909

OS Reference

TQ463426

Directions

On B2026 halfway between Edenbridge and A264

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  • Cask Marque Accredited Cask Marque Accredited
  • Real Fire Real Fire
  • Quiet Pub Quiet Pub
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Parking Parking
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Events Events
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Real Fire Real Fire
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Parking Parking
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Real Fire Real Fire
  • Quiet Pub Quiet Pub
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Parking Parking
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Wifi Wifi
  • LocAle Accredited LocAle Accredited
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