Gravesend To Blyth Sands Kent 25
The Ship and Lobster public house was built on the river wall at Denton in the early 19th Century and is the first pub on the river entering London. As such it became a favourite haunt of the most notorious smugglers, all sorts of contraband would exchange hands here. Imagine all that history going through the front door, ale being drunk, clay pipes being lit, it conjures up all sorts of images. Featured in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations under the pseudonym The Three Jolly Bargemen and visited by Constable, who came here in the 1820's, before travelling on to draw Chalk Church, it is still a working pub today. Sadly due to the encroaching industrial surroundings it's not in the prettiest location, but if visiting this area please pay it a visit, as it is constantly under the threat of closure and the old saying "use it or lose it" is not more apt than here. Enjoy a pint over looking the river, it would be a shame to lose this historical pub and it looks lovely inside. Although unlucky for me as we are here three hours before opening time!