I don’t keep a top 10 or even a top 20 of pubs I’ve enjoyed but if I started to, this would be a strong contender for either list. The L-shaped single room has well over 1,000 beermats fixed to the walls and ceilings of the front area, denoting how the superb quality beers here rotate. It was seriously busy on my evening visit but I reckoned on around seven pumps dispensing the beers plus a few ciders available too. It was a bit dark beer heavy for my taste at the time but you really cannot dispute the quality here. There is a house beer named after the pub which changes with the seasons.
Two proper fires were burning, the pub parrot was in fine voice, and the terrapins and fish in other tanks provided entertainment too. Decor includes RNLI pictures, Air Force stuff plus lots of reference books on shelves, old newspaper cuttings in celebration of the pub and the previous management’s gaff at the Crown and Thistle in Gravesend and so on.
Seating is conventional, with some old domestic extendable dining tables in use, and some stools sit at shelves along the sidewall opposite the bar. Otherwise there are basic wooden benches with cushions.
I didn’t record the beers, as I couldn’t see everything but the bar was packed but they were all good and snacks were provided gratis in the guise of mini salted biscuits and mixed nuts.
You can sit outside under cover if you like, but inside with both fires going and a buzzy chatty room was the place to be, one brilliant pub. 10% Camra card discount available.