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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1861-

Huffler's Arms

Open 2020+

110 Hythe Street

Dartford

0790 878 6170

https://whatpub.com/hufflers-arms

Huffler's Arms regulars outing

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Michael Norman.

Huffler's Arms 2009

Above photo 2009 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Huffler's Arms sign 1991Hufflers Arms sign 2018

Above sign left August 1991. Sign right 2018.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

Hufflers were men who ferried goods from ship's chandlers to vessels waiting offshore; the "Huffler's Arms" is a tribute to those tradesmen of bygone days.

At one time this was tied to the Kidd Brewery.

 

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 21 September 1861.

William Ratten was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of beer on the night of 24th of August.

Stevens, K.C.C., said that on the night in question, about a quarter before 12, he was passing the "Hufflers' Arms" beer house, Dartford, and on going in found two men sitting drinking.

There having been no complaints against the house before, the bench inflicted a fine of 5s. and 7s. costs.

 

From the Daily Mirror, Saturday 10 February 1962.

HUFFLER.

"Three Office Girls" write from Dartford, Kent.

Near our office there is an old pub called the "Huffler's Arms. Can you tell us what a Huffler is, or was?

Certainly, girls. In the days of sailing ships the Huffler was the chap who took out fresh provisions and victuals to ships lying off-shore before they put to sea again.

 

From the http://www.newsshopper.co.uk  16th August 2017.

Pubspy reviews the Hufflers Arms in Dartford.

Hufflers Arms 2017

I have always thought that pubs close to train stations are risky.

With a constant parade of rail travellers stopping in for a quick drink, it runs the risk of losing the charm that an established boozer with a group of locals boasts.

The Hufflers Arms is a stone's throw from Dartford station, and from the outside, you could be forgiven for being hesitant to enter.

The Hufflers sits directly opposite a huge housing development. Thousands of new modern homes overlook this small, humble, boozer in Hythe Street. Modern meets old and worn, albeit established. I could say something about irony, but instead I'll talk about the pub.

Moving inside, I can't say I was overwhelmed by an aesthetically pleasing boozer. Far from it.

There was nothing in the way of personality. Not even a patterned carpet for something to look at, just wood.

A small bar welcomes you and wooden beams holding it up, and a small crowd of locals chat away and call the barmaid by name. The furniture, much like the pub, appears to have been there an eternity.

Only one barmaid was working, and she hardly seemed needed. The crowd was so small and appeared so comfortable I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled their own pints. Having said that, she was friendly enough.

I sat on a corner table near the pool table, with a generously cheap pint of fosters. Not much else was on offer than lagers, hardly surprising for a pub that doesn't seem to attempt to be anything else other than ordinary.

Upon finishing my pint the barmaid offered me the same again as she came to collect the glass. A friendly service that really doesn't go unnoticed.

Having said that, the regulars seemed happy enough. There was a pool table, a jukebox and crisps. One could ask if a pub really needs much else to survive.

The amount of development in Dartford promises to bring gastropubs and microbreweries with it - nothing wrong with that in the slightest. The Hufflers appears to have dealt with competition in the past, and outlived its competitors.

Nothing fancy, no thrills, nothing at all other than a pub that offers a place to go for familiarity. Let's hope those who move into the new builds like lager.

Oh, and there is karaoke available.

Decor: **

Could argue it was minimalist, others would say nearly non-existent, I'll say two stars.

Drink: **

Lots of lagers that are all a bit samey. Could do with more choice.

Price: ****

Very fairly priced.

Atmosphere: ***

Doesn't seem like much of anything to a passer by, but the regulars seemed content - so something must be right.

 

See Dartford Map 1905. On the 1905 map this was referred to as "Hufflens".

 

LICENSEE LIST

WRATTEN William 1861+

HARBER Charles 1881-1903+ (also carpenter age 34 in 1881Census)

GURNEY Thomas 1913-22+

LITTLE Frank 1930+

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