Watchman184 High Street
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Wetherspoons pub in former police station dating from the 1890s. The cask cellar is visible through a window in the passageway behind the bar. At least one guest beer is usually from a local brewery. There is a memorial garden at the front to a local policeman who died in the line of duty. It is called the Watchman because, being a former police station, it had an air raid siren on the roof during WWII. There was a member of the Royal Observer Corps up there with binoculars and when he saw bombers from Germany on their way he operated the siren. You can still see the iron railings on the pub roof where the siren was, but the siren itself was removed in the 1980s. Opens at 8am for food and non-alcoholic drinks. Has a real fire in the conservatory at the back. Accredited for beer quality during 2022 and Local CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2023.