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Dating back to the 16th century, our country pub was formerly known as ‘The Anchor’, before recently being renamed ‘The Boathouse’ to reflect its riverside location.
It was a particularly popular watering hole during the days of barge traffic in the 19th century, and, in the early 20th century, it was the finishing point for the raft race from East Peckham and swimming races from Stoneham Lock. With the banks of the River Medway just outside, maybe you’ll think of the swimmers from 100-odd years ago next time you’re enjoying a drink in our beer garden!
The Boathouse has a display dedicated to the celebrated Victorian author, Edith Nesbit, best known for the children’s novel The Railway Children. Edith loved the pretty village of Yalding and regularly stayed at The Anchor. She wrote about the pub in her romantic novel Salome and the Head (1909):
“Or you may stay at the Anchor, and be comfortable on the very lip of the river… At the Anchor you breakfast either in a little room whose door opens directly on that part of the garden which is adorned by two round flower beds edged with the thickest, greenest box you ever saw – this is next door to breakfasting in the garden itself.”