A micropub in Welling that transforms regular visitors into long-term friends has gained a reputation for being a real gem in the local area.

The Bolthole Micropub on Falconwood Parade was upgraded from being an old insurance brokers in 2019 and the pub is now owned and managed by former local builder Dan and ex-SEN teacher Jen.

This small venue offers a diverse menu of beers, wines, spirits, and well-loved cocktails to its visitors, and is strictly for over 21s - making it an ideal adult escape.

The premises is fringed with local shops and venues forming a quaint retail area and the couple are proud to have their pub alongside two excellent restaurants, hairdressers, a fish and chip shop, barbers and more.

News Shopper: Inside and outside the BoltholeInside and outside the Bolthole (Image: BH)

Jen explained: “Many residents have lived in the area 40 years plus and remember way back when the parade had a butchers, greengrocers and bakers.”

Working in harmony with its neighbouring shopkeepers, it's fostered a warm community spirit and has hosted street parties for the Queen's Jubilee and Coronation with a great turnout every time.

She added: “Our little local hamlet consists of a really well used Community Centre, a popular Church, Scouts Hall and lovely play park.

“We work with our little parade of shops (our neighbours) and we are all really friendly.

“We held community street parties for both the Jubilee and the Coronation with fantastic turnouts.”

News Shopper: Street parties at the BoltholeStreet parties at the Bolthole (Image: BH)

The micropub is a cherished social hub and popular with residents who've transformed from customers to friends over time.

It emanates a cosy rustic feel with its high tables, wall-mounted benches, high stools, and a private rear cabin space.

Its outdoor space overlooks a calming green and nearby playpark, making it an inviting spot for passersby.

News Shopper: The venueThe venue (Image: BH)

It is a popular spot for private events - from birthday celebrations, baby showers, and hen parties to graduation ceremonies and wakes.

Locals are also always eager to attend events at Christmas time such as “Carols on The Green” in association with a neighbouring church.

This family-like atmosphere extends to its dedicated all-local staff working seamlessly in its operations, continuously nurturing a friendly neighbourhood vibe.

One Google review reads: “A real local treasure. The decor is very warm and inviting and the staff make you feel like a local. Great drinks and a lovely surprise with the complimentary nibbles. Highly recommended.”