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Queens Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Larkins - TraditionalExcellent3
Larkins - PorterExcellent2
Larkins - Green Hop BestExcellent1
Larkins - PaleExcellent1
Adnams - Southwold BitterExcellent2
Larkins - ChiddingstoneNot Tried0
Picture 1. Queens Arms, Cowden Pound, Kent
Picture 2. Queens Arms, Cowden Pound, Kent
Picture 3. Queens Arms, Cowden Pound, Kent

Visits Details

13 Mar 2016 (Alenomore)
A return after nearly 4 years. Being run by a local figure these days, since Elsie's passing in 2015. This, the only lunchtime session, saw the rear car park fill up rapidly from 1pm and was very busy with the locals, dog walkers, hikers ect, plus ourselves, having cycled down from Edenbridge.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not TriedSelling well. The 'safe' choice for the locals, male and female alike!
Larkins - Chiddingstone4.00Not TriedTwo of these Locales were on and seemed to be selling well.
20 Apr 2015 (Alenomore)
Very sad to hear that Elsie Maynard, long term licenscee of this great pub, passed away peacefully on 20th April.
21 Feb 2015 (thebrewingman)
The first stop on a West Kent CAMRA mini tour to present the Certificates for the Beer and Cider of the Spa Valley Railway Beer and Cider Festival 2014. Larkins Green Hop Best was voted best Beer and Oakwood Farm Organic cider won best Cider. They opened specially for the presentations and both Larkins and Oakwood Farm were there to receive their Certificates.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Excellent
Larkins - Porter5.20Excellent
Larkins - Green Hop Best4.00ExcellentSeemed to be more hoppy after all this time in a cask.
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentA new beer, I'm not sure I have the ABV right.
09 Feb 2015 (ChrisE)
Early evening, there was already a fair crowd in when we arrived at about 5.30pm, we stayed for a couple of hours enjoying some good company and good beer.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Excellent
12 Dec 2014 (HSB)
17:15 My first visit under the new ownership. As previously reported nothing has changed. The right hand bar was busy and a cheese board was placed on the bar along with a tin for donations. I think this pub may now qualify for the most unspoilt in England following closures and alterations affecting some of the other contenders.
Larkins - Porter5.20Good
09 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening and my first visit here under Jonathan's stewardship. I was extremely pleased to see that nothing has changed (apart from the beer), the sign outside saying "Lager Not Sold Here" is still there, the crisps are still kept in 1950s crisp tins, and the cash is still kept in little pots behind the bar. Jonathan told me that he had been to see Elsie earlier that day and that she is well and happy in her new surroundings.
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentA good tasty traditional pint.
27 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
CAMRA has advised that a local (in walking distance) gentleman will be taking over the pub shortly and will keep the ground floor as is but may renovate the living accommodation upstairs to provide extra income. He intends selling the local Larkins ale instead of the Adnams of the recent past.
27 Dec 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Bad news update : this wonderful unspoilt pub may close at the end of January as the landlady is now in a care home: until then it will be run by a band of locals who have been opening and running it for nearly 5 years. The decision to cease running the pub is believed to be that of the volunteers and not due to pressure from owners Admiral Taverns. If additional help from local people was forthcoming this situation may change. More news as it emerges best obtained by clicking on the website link on this page.
25 Jun 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
What a fantastic walk up from Hever railway station - rural heaven of wildlife in animal, bird and vegetable forms (plus bats on the way back afterwards). Evening visit. Never quite the same without Elsie serving but was thriving at 2015 hours with locals and later some local walking group members. One of them asked if Elsie might make an appearance which she did for about 10 minutes. I have not been there for 5 or 6 years but she immediately reminded me I did not like getting up in the mornings too early!! Made my day, my week and my June.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70ExcellentLined glasses with beer from a naturally cold cellar
05 Jun 2012 (Alenomore)
One of those unspoilt gem of a pubs. A lovely old pub with three pumps selling Adnams Southwold Bitter. Cheap snacks (50p bag) and pickled eggs. Conversation rules here, with some interesting locals and visitors in attendance on our visit today.Could be done by train/walking and/or bus, but our "chauffeur" brought us here today.Great place.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70ExcellentOn top form.

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About the Queens Arms

The pub sign. Queens Arms, Cowden Pound, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Cowden Pound, Kent, TN8 5NP.

*** ONCE AGAIN THROUGHOUT SUMMER 2022 MAIN PUB CLOSED FOR COTTAGE HOLIDAY LETTING WITH OUTBUILDINGS USED FOR A BAR AND FOOD PROVISION FACILITIES ON A POP-UP BASIS *** This is like pubs used to be. It is a completely unspoilt gem, Grade II Listed, and in the CAMRA National Inventory. In Hartfield Road at a crossroads, a small entrance lobby leads on the left to a saloon bar, 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. To the right is the popular public bar with a counter with 3 handpumps all selling the same beer. The landlady was, until very recently, Elsie Maynard, who sadly died on 20th April 2015 having left the pub for a nursing home some time before this, was born at the pub when it was run by her mother Annie. Many older locals still call the place Annie's. This pub has never sold lager. For many years there have been regular folk music nights here and there is even a folk group called Elsie's Band. December 2013 update: this wonderful unspoilt pub is under threat of closure as the landlady is now in a care home: it is currently being run by a band of locals who have effectively been running the pub for her for some time. More news as it emerges!! News in July 2014 that a local (in walking distance) gentleman will be taking over the pub shortly by private purchase and will keep the ground floor as is but may renovate the living accommodation upstairs to provide extra income. The new owner has now taken over and nothing has changed except the beer supplier. It was originally an E. & H. Kelsey Brewery of Tunbridge Wells house then passed to J.W. Green of Luton, Whitbread and Admiral Taverns. For most of 2021 the pub interior was used solely for Airbnb holiday lettings but in late 2021 re-opened albeit for a few hours on Friday and Saturday early evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 6 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN8 5NP