Sort file:- Gravesend, March, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 02 March, 2023.


Earliest 14 July 1998

(Name from)

Robert Pocock

Open 2023+

181-183 Windmill Street


01474 352765

Robert Pocock 2012

Photos taken on 12 May, 2012 from by emdjt42.

Robert Pocock inside 2012

Photo taken 1 September 2012 from by emdjt42.


On the site of the Rainbow Stores and which fronts onto Windmill Street


The premises was trading as the "Hat and Feathers" from between 1673 and 1766. Now being called the "Robert Pocock" who was Gravesend's first acclaimed historian, printer and publisher. (1760-1830.)

Robert Pocock introduced Gravesend's first printing press, in 1786, and opened the town's first library at the back of his high-street shop publishing illustrated children's books, including Reading Made Easy and, in 1797, The History of Gravesend and Milton - the first history book of Gravesend.


From the By Jade Edwards, 13 September 2016.

Robert Pocock Wetherspoons in Windmill Street, Gravesend closed after fire.

A Wetherspoons pub in Gravesend was closed after a small fire, possibly caused by a cigarette butt.

The fire in the Robert Pocock, Windmill Street, Gravesend, on Sunday afternoon led to it being evacuated.

Pub manager, Rob Harris said all of the customers and staff were safe.

He said on Sunday: "We did have a small fire so we will be closed for the rest of the day. All of our staff and customers are safe and we are looking to be reopened tomorrow."

Ron Harris 2016

Rob Harris, pub manager at the Robert Pocock in Windmill Street, Gravesend.

It is believed, but not confirmed, that a cigarette butt went into a small hole in the fascia of the building and this smouldered and caught fire.

The pub re-opened on Monday as normal once some emergency repairs had been done.


From the 3 January 2018.

Fire at pub in Windmill Street, Gravesend.

A small fire broke out at a pub in the early hours of this morning.

A large amount of smoke was seen coming from the Robert Pocock pub in Windmill Street, Gravesend, just before 1.30am.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called, and crews were on the scene within minutes.

Wearing breathing apparatus, the team went inside to investigate using thermal imaging cameras.

They found the basement heavily smoke-logged, caused by a fire in the void between the wooden floor and basement.

It is thought to have been started by a poorly disposed cigarette.

Crews used small tools to expose the area and a dry powder extinguisher.

By 2.14am, they were damping down and left the scene at around 2.40am.

There were no reports of any casualties.

A safety engineer from UK Power Networks also attended.


From the By Sean McPolin, 5 November 2019.

Emergency response called to medical incident outside The Robert Pocock Wetherspoon in Gravesend town centre.

Emergency services responded to a medical incident in a town centre.

Eyewitnesses outside The Robert Pocock in Windmill Street, Gravesend, saw police as well as the fire and the ambulance service just before 3pm.

The road was reportedly closed following the incident.

Police spokesman Martin Very said: "Kent Police was called at 2.47pm regarding a medical incident.

"Officers attended the scene where they assisted the South East Coast Ambulance Service."

It is believed a man in his 80s had suffered a heart attack, but this has not yet been confirmed by the authorities.


From the By Megan Carr, 23 January 2020.

Two-drink limit for parents with children at Robert Pocock.

A branch of Wetherspoon has told parents they can no longer have more than two drinks if they have children in tow.

KentOnline understands a poster informing punters of the policy was put up at the Robert Pocock in Windmill Street, Gravesend last Sunday following "unruly behaviour".

Robert Pocock sign 2020

The sign was posted to the GRAVESEND Facebook page by user Joseph Michael Stedman VIII‎.

The notice has since been taken down but the policy, which can be enforced by individual managers nationwide, remains in place.

It stated: "As part of our licensing it is our responsibility to ensure that we are protecting children from harm.

"Therefore adults in charge of children will be allowed to have one alcoholic drink and a further alcoholic drink with a sit down meal."

It went on to add after the limit had been reached staff would have the "legal right to refuse service of alcohol" to customers.

The boozer said the policy had not been "followed rigorously" in the past but it would be taking the policy forward this year.

Being drunk while in charge of a child under the age of seven in a public place is illegal according to a 1902 licensing act.

Those found in contravention of the rules can face a fine or even a month in prison in more severe cases.

Publication of the notice sparked debate on social media with many agreeing "Spoons was not a nursery", while others felt the move smacked of a "nanny state".

Customer Jonjo O'Connell said he agreed with the rule "in principle" although felt enforced in isolation it might be open for abuse.

He said: "Considering the type of parent it is aimed at, a pub is not a creche and I think some parents seem to forget that!

"Although I anticipate the rule will be circumvented by some just going around the corner to The "Goose" and staying there or returning later to the Pocock when a different shift arrives."

The drinking hole has since taken the notice down.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "The notice was briefly up in the pub, but this is no longer the case.

"The manager took the decision to put the poster in the pub to emphasise to customers that she would not allow parents to drink whilst their children were running round uncontrolled in the pub.

"The notice had a positive effect, with mostly good feedback."



HARRIS Rob 2016+


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