Bearsted & Thurnham Club
Bearsted & Thurnham Club

Bearsted & Thurnham Club

Celebrating Over 100 Years

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We are very pleased to announce that the Club will be reopening ahead of schedule at 5.00pm on Friday 24th July.
Please refer to the Club guidelines below before visiting.
This is a massive learning curve and new procedures for everyone so please bear with us if service takes longer than usual.


The risks associated with Coronavirus have unfortunately led to some necessary adjustments in how we can operate in order to prioritise your safety while visiting.


Our adjustments follow extensive consultation with our health & safety advisor and employees and incorporate advice from the government and our suppliers.


It has been necessary to complete full risk assessments to comply with the government guidelines which must include a specific section on Covid-19. This has been successfully completed and signed off.


It has been a challenging and time consuming task for the Committee to implement these measures and they hope the approach which they have taken gives you the confidence to return to the Club.


Above all please just use common sense and adhere to the social distancing guidelines where possible. This is all completely new to us but we hope we have covered everything in these strange and unprecedented circumstances. Some may feel these measures are over the top but we have a duty of care to our Members and staff and we must follow the governments guidelines to be able to open and operate safely.


The Club (and patio) will be open to Members only and this will be reviewed as required. There will be no food initially although this will be reviewed after a couple of weeks.


The Club opening hours will be as follows:


Monday           Closed

Tuesday         12.00 – 15.00

                        17.00 – 21.00

Wednesday   12.00 – 15.00

                       17.00 – 21.00

Thursday      12.00 – 15.00

                       17.00 – 21.00

Friday           12.00 – 15.00

                       17.00 – 22.00

Saturday       12.00 – 22.00

Sunday          12.00 – 18.00


These hours will be reviewed and amended as necessary according to demand and footfall. 


On arrival


Sanitise your hands at the designated areas and sanitiser will also be provided on each table and throughout the Club.


The Club lounge will have a limited capacity of 35 and will be table service only. When entering the Club please wait at the designated area to be seated or directed to the takeaway area. Please be patient as we have limited staff.


The Club entrance will be via the main front door and the exit through the side door.


It will be first come first served and should we reach capacity unfortunately access maybe denied.


On producing your Membership card (no card no entry) you will be seated and your drinks order taken. You will also be required to provide your name and a contact number to comply with the Governments track and trace system. These details will be kept for a period of 21 days.


Please do not visit the Club if you are feeling unwell.


Club subs


For anyone that hasn’t renewed their Membership the cut off date for this year will be 31st August. 


Club guidelines


Observe all signage and follow the one way system

Please respect the staff and Committee as they are here to help you and will be on hand as much as possible

Do not arrange to meet in large groups

Keep the bar area clear at all times (except for takeaways - see below)

Respect one anothers personal space and observe to social distancing

No dogs will be allowed for the time being

Please do not rearrange any furniture

Please remain seated

There will be limited stock and draft beers for the time being but this will reviewed according to demand

All tables are first come first served

Unfortunately there will be no snooker for the time being

There will be no sound on the TVs




As the patio will have limited seating capacity (and no standing) we kindly request that any smokers sitting in the Club use the new designated smoking area to the rear. 




Our license permits for takeaway should you wish to purchase drinks to take over to The Green or to take home. There will be a designated area on the bar for takeaway ONLY which will be clearly identified by the signage. There will be queue here floor stickers where you are required to wait your turn to be served. Please adhere to the one way system when entering and leaving the Club.


All Membership cards must be shown to the staff and details will be taken for track and trace as detailed above.    


The patio 


The patio area will have capacity for 16 people (4 x tables of 4) and will essentially be classed as takeaway following the procedures set out above.


There will be no standing or sitting on the wall or front steps

No guests are permitted to use the patio area or toilets

All tables are first come first served

All other Club rules and guidelines apply to the patio




As the Club will be open to Members only we will utilise all toilets to provide extra facilities. The toilets will be one in and one out so please knock before entering.   


If you have any concerns please do get in touch.

Updated 24.07.20

About the Club

We are located in the center of Bearsted village, and are a private members club with approximately 900 members. Although we are a men only institution there are no restrictions on guest entry as we do not discriminate between male and female guests.


Guests are required to pay a fee of £1.00 and must be signed in by a fully paid member.


The history of the club goes back more than 100 years, and we have always been a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to our members. For information on the history of the club please click on the History page.


We are a freehouse so are not tied to any brewery and this allows us to have regular promotions, guest beers and offers. As you'd expect from a members club our prices are considerably lower than the neighbouring pubs and restaurants.


We are a very friendly and accommodating club, and have excellent facilities. The club also has the benefit of off road parking to the rear of the building.


If you are interested in joining applicaction forms will be available when membership is open.

We accept all major debit and credit cards and also offer a cash back service 

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