The Reffell family has long been involved with the brewing trade. There have been four breweries and a number of public houses owned within the family.
Victualler of Shere & Goose Gaggle Green Joseph Reffell, landlord of the Beaumont Arms, Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush
Publican of Waltham Abbey John Reffell, landlord of the Greyhound, 3 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey
Publican of Reigate Arthur John Charles White, landlord of the Eagle, 46 Croydon Road, Reigate
Black Horse Inn & Brewery (1817-1926) The first brewery in the family was established at Gomshall, Surrey near the lovely village of Shere where the old hop drying house was at one time the local history museum.
The Somers Arms & Reffells Bridge (1853-1874) After losing a court case over a disagreement regarding his mother’s will, Henry Reffell moved to the east of the county and started a brewery at Redhill.
The Bexley Brewery & Reffell Brothers (1874-1886) & (1886-1898) The Bexley Brewery was started when Henry moved from Redhill and after his death this was passed onto his two sons, Arthur Henry and William Robert, as the Reffell Brothers Brewery.
Reffells Bexley Brewery Limited (1898-1956) In order to provide funds for expansion, the Reffell Brothers Brewery was capitalised as the Reffells Bexley Brewery Limited in December 1898.