Quite simply, the pub as we knew it is disappearing faster than my kids do when there's washing up to be done.

This blog is just a place to record pubs that are going or gone and an anecdote or two. The first eight are all within three miles of my home. If you have any you want to add, just send me a photo and a few sentences and I'll add them when I get a moment.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Bridgewardens, Bluebell Hill, A229

This is the site but the pub was demolished some 20 years ago or so when the M2 roundabouts at the top of Bluebell Hill were extensively redeveloped. It was nicknamed 'The Busman's' because one of the seats in the bar appeared to have been taken straight out of an Maidstone and District bus (probably a 101 that went between Medway and Maidstone). At a time when we were too young to drink, even a dwarf like me could get served there...not that I had any money as that was all spent on Players No 6 cigarettes.


  1. The correct name was the Bridgewood Cottage and the nearby roundabout is the Bridgewood Roundabout.

  2. I use to go to the pub in the mid 70s.It was owned by Roy who run it for yrs his girlfriend and I say girlfriend because they wasn't married strange for the time back then. Her name was Mary. A shilling short of a pound but a lovely couple . I can remember the coach seats but never called it the busmans.. not back then anyway .. Mary used to make the best pickled eggs.. it was a propper spit n sawdust pub i love the yrs i loved the yrs I used to go there.. I remember we we started a tug of war team and used to train in a field by the old buckmore park ... I loved them days I remember loads about it...i wish I could go back Roy and Mary were great...