Sort file:- Chatham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1967

Medway Queen

Closed 2014

Street End Road


Medway Queen

Above photo, date unknown, by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Medway Queen sign 1990Medway Queen sign 2010

Above sign left, 1990, sign right, 2010.

Medway Queen sign 2014

Above sign 2014.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


From the 29 June 2013. By Dan Bloom.

A much-loved pub has re-opened today after a community campaign.

The "Medway Queen," in Street End Road, Wayfield, shut earlier this month amid falling takings.

Regulars were horrified to hear brewery chain Enterprise Inns was considering selling it – which could have seen the building turn from a pub into housing or a shop like Tesco.

So dozens of them have spent all week in overalls with brushes and rollers giving the pebble-dash venue a lick of paint.

Enterprise has allowed cleaning company boss Andy Bristow and business partner Bobby Beck to reopen the pub temporarily while the firm considers its future.

Mr Bristow, 52, of Chestnut Avenue, Walderslade, said this afternoon: “We're open and it's heaving. You can hardly move in here."

He added: "It's been a huge concerted effort by regulars who use the public house.

“We've been in a position to throw a bit of money at it and the residents have given their labour for free. We've spent thousands of pounds in here this week.

“This is our chance to prove ourselves to Enterprise. If we can make a go of it maybe they will want to keep it as a pub. We couldn't have done it without the residents.”

Today's launch began at 2pm and includes live music until late.

We previously reported the residents had launched one of Britain's first “community right to bid” applications under a law passed last year.

The legislation forces property owners to allow more time for offers on a popular asset, such as a pub or village shop, so locals can get the resources together to make their own bid.

Residents are still pursuing their application. Ward councillor Sam Craven (Lab) said: “The Medway Queen has been given a temporary licence, which is great news and allows us more time to work on saving it as a community pub.”

Built in 1967, the pub is popular for its view across Wayfield Recreation Ground, where parents can keep an eye on their children.

Churchill Avenue resident Lorraine Clarke, 48, has marked several milestones in the pub – including her son's 21st, daughter's 18th and her own hen night.


From the 19 September 2014. By Chris Hunter.

Fears as Morrisons apply to sell drink from 6am at former Medway Queen pub in Chatham.

Medway Queen 2014

Opponents of a planned Morrisons shop have warned of a surge in anti-social behaviour if the supermarket is given a licence to sell alcohol from 6am to midnight.

The chain's plans to convert the former "Medway Queen" pub in Churchill Avenue, Chatham, into one of its M local stores has drawn heavy opposition since it was revealed last year it has been in talks with owner Enterprise Inns.

The site was officially declared a “community asset” – but that did not stop the battle being lost when the owners called time and sold the lease to Morrisons.

Morrisons has applied to turn the "Medway Queen" into a supermarket.

Now the battleground has shifted to the supermarket's licence application, set to be heard on Tuesday.

A letter signed by ward councillors Christine Godwin, Sam Craven and Tristan Osborne pressed home concerns that the licence would have a detrimental affect on the surrounding area.

They say the store would act as a “magnet for alcohol sales” and exacerbate existing high levels of anti-social behaviour.

The letter adds that alcohol sales could lead to “children and families witnessing very unpleasant sights”, continuing: “Unlike a public house, there is no control over whom or where any alcohol bought will be consumed.

“We believe it would be more appropriate for the licensee to consult with the community (which they have failed to do so far at any stage) and meanwhile withdraw the alcohol application to ensure that noted issues around anti-social behaviour do not arise.”

Morrisons' application states staff will be trained in the “Challenge 25” scheme to ensure alcohol is not served to underage drinkers, and includes details of the store's CCTV system, which would cover areas where alcohol is sold.

To coincide with the licence application, Morrisons has also submitted a planning application to Medway Council to convert the former pub.

The plans include a single-storey extension, installation of external refrigeration plant and air conditioning units, cash machine and flood lighting. A decision is due to be made on that application at the beginning of November.

The "Medway Queen," in Street End Road, was declared a community asset in August 2013 when locals fought to save it from closure.

The pub was given a temporary licence by Enterprise Inns with a view to making it a long-term agreement if takings improved.

But in July this year, the brewery sold the lease to Morrisons, claiming attempts to improve trade and grant a permanent licence had failed.

If the plans go ahead, the store will be the first M local convenience store in Medway.


Michael Mirams informs me that the pub closed permanently in 2014 and is being converted into a residential building although the What Pub web says it is going to me a Morrisons mini shop.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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