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Robin Hood and Little John, Bexleyheath

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My bus here dropped me off on the nearby Broadway. I'd had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway in all of its different lights throughout the day, from ghost town early in the morning, to thriving shopping centre during the day and to a lively nightlife area at night. There's plenty of nightspots, with live music, bouncers and youngsters queuing to enter establishments, wearing very little. A walk down Lion Road revealed a further bar/nightclub. But persevere and you will find this fantastic backstreet local boozer that is a far cry from the happenings on the Broadway. Service is friendly and customers are friendly too. Most are simply here for decent beer and conversation. The ale range doesn't seem to change much. Regular ales are Adnams Bitter & Ghost Ship, Bexley's Own Beer, Fuller's London Pride, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter & Sharp's Doom Bar. The guest beer was Bexley St George's Pale. Despite doing 9 Bexleyheath pubs on the day and 4 in Bexley a couple of weeks ago, this was the only sighting of a Bexley beer. My Bexley's Own was rather nice. A lovely unspoilt traditional pub.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Apr 2019 16:12
I finally made my 1st ever visit here, having visited a few years back without realising they close between 4pm and 7pm on a Saturday.

This is a friendly locals pub in a residential area with 8 pump's offering 6 regular cask ales & 2 guests. One of these was Bob from the local Bexley Brewery, a decent pint @ 4.2% and just £2.95.

Old fashioned country pub style interior with a friendly welcome from the barmaid. The ceiling has a large amount of pewter jugs hanging from it. There are front and back gardens. The front has benches and tables set back from the road and is decorated with hanging baskets.

Half a dozen punters in on my Saturday lunch time visit.

A nice pub with good ale, worthy of a visit but make sure you check the opening times.
lezford - 24 Jul 2015 13:44
A good pub, winning numerous awards. Although this has over-inflated the ego of the landlord and son to epic proportions, you're not superstars, just serve me and drop the smugness please!!! A well kept beer garden out back, children welcome, but would only advise older children, as small concrete garden with no toys. A handful of nice seating outside the front. The only slight downside is that the pub is very small inside, narrow in places, near gents and darts board, but gets the thumbs up :)

milo71 - 6 Jul 2011 13:18
Good pub but for a free house with 8 pumps the choice is very mainstream. Adnams Bitter and Broadside, Pride, Brakspear, Harveys, Doom Bar, Brains Reverend James and one guest which was Westerham Summer Perle at a very reasonable 2.75.
GuideDogSaint - 27 Jun 2011 22:40
A friendly place with a very good beer (six real ales) selection including Adnams Broadside and Sharp's Doombar. Well worth a visit.
inmyopinion - 30 Dec 2010 15:57
Superb pub and one I used way back in 1976. To have this sort of pub in Bexleyheath is very fortunate. A reminder of bygone days.
nickthefish - 2 Jul 2010 19:44
Best pub in Bexleyheath by a long shot, great beer and atmosphere. Staff are very friendly and the locals are no problem at all.
chunkynut - 23 Jun 2010 18:55
This is a real pub, pure and simple. A warm welcome awaits you from landlord Ray and his family, who are all helpful, polite and friendly. A lovely lunch menu exists during weekdays and Saturdays, with traditional pub fayre at wallet-happy prices (plus regular Italian specials). The surroundings are warm and cosy, with a fine selection of past pump clips adorning the beams for those of you with an eye for a good beer. Speaking of which, this pub houses some of my favourite brews, all expertly kept and pulled to perfection. Six regulars (Brakspear, London Pride, Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Harveys and Doom Bar) plus two guest ales at any one time make for a superb merry afternoon or evening. As a proper traditional pub, it closes at 3pm and reopens at 7pm, which is a good thing - it ensures good behaviour and discourages all-day drinkers! Quite simply put, my favourite pub. My only criticism is the replacement of Brain's Rev. James with Doom Bar - but as the landlord rightly put it, if I'd bought more of it he wouldn't have done it! A fantastic pub, well worthy of your precious time.
PMA - 5 Jan 2010 16:41
The best pub by far in Bexleyheath. How a pub should be. No loud music and a mixed crowd of revellers.
Excellent range of real ales which are all kept well. The landlord and staff are friendly, polite and efficient.
Beware. There are certain rules like not drinking out of bottles which makes it even more attractive.
zapsincl - 24 Oct 2009 17:00
In the Bexley area, it is hard to find a good pub that has good beer and good atmosphere without screaming and shouting riff raff! This is one such pub that joins The White Cross as the best of what the Bexley area has to offer - but the best is right up there with the best of the best!
This pub is not too small, but not too big - it reminds me very much of a country pub. The couple of benches outside, you walk in and you're pretty much at the bar - walk around either side to seating or walk out back to lovely little area to sit, with pleasent lantern lighting and a water feature. The pumps are impressive, the landlord gives you a list of what is on - at the weekend they had Canterbury Jack, Doom Bar, Harvey's Sussex Best and a few others that I forget now. I had the Canterbury and boy was it good! One of the best pints I have had! It gets pretty busy on a Saturday night, but all good people and a real haven for an ale drinker that is for sure. Even if you have to travel quite a way to get there, if you appreciate a fine beer and a fine pub - then this really is an oasis in the desert.
Longshaft81 - 17 Aug 2009 12:45
Best pub around!!!
Smith18 - 7 May 2009 16:27
Re- visited just before christmas, and nothing as changed what so ever.

Friendly and polite staff, excellent service, great beer, and a credit to the pub industry.

PS: When asking the landlord about the real ales, he promptly gave us some free samples to see if we liked it, now that's what i call service.
moncrief - 3 Jan 2009 13:25
Superb pub with great ales, and no arseholes. Quiet friendly and good enough to take your mates or your grandad into without loud shouting and general hooliganism. If you like real ale , I challenge you to find another pub in a 10 mile radius that has a better selection of ales and good feel factor together.
Matt_Jeary - 24 Dec 2008 12:13
great pub going in here for a few years now
so friendly all the prices on disply great beer great food
long may this pub be the best in the area
bexleypete - 7 Sep 2008 15:10
I'm definitely a real ale fan myself but the beers in here do seem to be a bit run of the mill and always seem to be of the same selection. None the less, I find this pub very welcoming and a good place to go for a quiet evening with friends. Definitely a real traditional pub through and through, even the opening hours (usually closed afternoons until 5pm or 7pm at weekends).
Mike142 - 30 Jun 2008 11:48
This cracking little country style pub is a short walk from the main shopping area but far enough away to lose the trappings of the town centre mentality. This place is very much CAMRA territory with a rotating selection of superbly kept Ales that justify the numerous awards as per the certificates on show around the pub. The boss is exteremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his beers and the customer base is far from the usual Bexleyheath feral gang mentality. If there are any pitfalls, the pumps are spread around the bar and not all easily visible so its best to check the notices and posters dotted around to see the full list of beers available (there are usually 7 or 8 different Ales on handpump). The interior can be a bit cramped when busy and tables (including a few old sewing machine tables) often come at a premium unless you are there early enough. The lighting could also be toned down a bit at times as well. Other than these rather superficial moans, I have found lttle wrong with the LJ&RH (I have never eaten here) and for me, its popularity and reputation among top pubs in the area seems pretty secure for the forseeable future. On my last visit I discovered the small but pleasant floodlit beer garden and really must take advantage of it a bit more over the summer months.
RogerB - 16 May 2008 12:24
Fine welcoming and friendly with a superb selection of well kept ales. Busy as it really deserves to be, on offer were Adnams Broadside and Bitter, Harveys Sussex, London Pride, Sheps Kents Best, Brentwood Best, Brakspears Bitter and Brains Reverend James. An old building apparently swallowed by suburbia, timber beamsetc, but evidence of some unsympathetic refurbishment sadly. Certainly worth a look though.
Maldenman - 20 Apr 2008 15:01
quiet simply the best pub in North Kent for for the real ale brigade. Black Eagle is top draw.
realrealaleman - 13 Apr 2008 13:55
Great pub. I can see why it has won so many awards.

7 beers on, 2 of them guests. Very very well kept beers and choice is superb: Rev James, Harveys, Adnams and a Shep Neame among others.

Definitely worth a visit if you live within 30 mins or so.
lukemarson - 28 Jan 2008 14:54
Sorry to hear about the food experience. I've not tried it, so can't personally comment, other than to say that it is all home made, not frozen and microwaved up, that might go some way to explain it.
anonymous - 19 Dec 2007 18:54
yes i cant stand the place.went there with my wife for a drink and some food.waited nearly 40 mins for food (it wasnt busy).how long does it take to do a toasted cheese sandwich and chilli con carne ? not 40mins im sure.sorry if ive upset people who have followed the trend of this pub great food etc etc but my experience was not good.
baldyone - 10 Dec 2007 17:05
A comfortable, clean, wood panelled pub with 7 ales.
SilkTork - 25 Nov 2007 22:29
Much to like about this pub from the friendly staff and local, but welcoming, atmosphere to the good selection of handpumped ales; I think there were 5 on offer including Harveys and a very fine Sheps Whitstable Bay.
Closing time is 15:00 during the week which was a particular shame yesterday as I arrived at only 14:30 after a rapid march from the already-closed Prince Albert.
RH&LJ is certainly a pub to which I would return if in the area but may be a little out of the way for a specific visit, given the lack of crawl opportunities nearby.

trainman - 31 Aug 2007 10:31
must agree with all the other reviews, absolute top pub
vinnnie - 30 Apr 2007 13:13
Oh, what a shame...visited the area on a Bank Holiday Monday and made time and space to visit this pub, bearing in mind all the decent reviews and its reputation. Arrived at 4.45pm to find it shut, but with all its opening times displayed on the door (a rarity in itself and something that really should be more commonplace), it appeared that it would be opening at 5.30pm. We wandered away and returned nearly an hour later to find it still shut and with no sign of life at all. I can only suppose they were applying Sunday hours which meant opening at 7pm. We couldn't wait around that long and left disappointed.
It was always the convention that Bank Holidays had Sunday hours, but in these enlightened and varied times, surely a simple handwritten notice to that effect on the door would have cleared up any doubt.
We will return, but it may be a while before that happens, depending on Charlton's ability to remain in the Premiership...
Gristy - 10 Apr 2007 12:25
I used to always drink the Harvey's here until I moved to Lewes, so now don't need to get my "fix" as I have it on my doorstep (well, almost!). Now on my occasional visits I can try the other beers they have on offer and there is always a good selection. Last Saturday I had Westerham Black Eagle, which was very good. So too was the Brain's Rev James. The food is always good here too. As others have already said, this is a gem in an area generally devoid of decent pubs.
southdown12jack - 12 Feb 2007 12:08
fantastic boozer, when inside you could be in the middle of dartmoor for all you know, built in 1851 and looks like ike it,great beer, great staff, a proper little gem a little bit of old england kept alive in bexleyheath, absolute must.
tuggyboy - 7 Feb 2007 23:52
proper old unspoilt pub,great real ale,friendly staff and a real pub feel,a bit out of the way,but worth seeking out if your in the area
vinnnie - 16 Jan 2007 12:45
I was Born in Bexleyheath so have known this pub for years. It was the first English Pub I took my American Wife to a couple of years ago when visiting family and she fell for it big time, the staff were very pleasant and the beer top rate.
Got to be the last PROPER pub in Bexleyheath I would say.
It will be the first port of call next time Im back in ole blighty.

DelDeGaulleOfVegas - 9 Jan 2007 01:25
An excellent chav free pub, offering a wide selection of guest ales and good food.
Bar staff extremely friendly and knowledgeable (No need to hold back on the diction ) on entering this pub we were greeted by the barmaid with a very warm and welcoming smile and was served within 20 seconds of our party entering ( and yes it was busy )it's no wonder this house as won so many awards.
moncrief - 25 Oct 2006 19:40
never been to this pub as every time we come down its closed but will get in someday. heard a lot about it supposed to be a really nice pub which for bexleyheath is a breath of fresh air. look forward to trying out the real ale and having a quiet pint without some idiot getting in my face
simon2806 - 25 Oct 2006 12:19
Fantastic traditional pub - something severely lacking in the area!!
Had a few lunchtime pints last Sunday - the Harveys Best being excellent!!
Warm, friendly, relaxed and welcoming.....
LeB - 14 Aug 2006 10:25
Don't understand this comment at all: "if your face dont fit, nor do you .very very clicky anonymous - 10 Jul 2006 22:41"
This a family-run pub, and Ray, the landlord, and his wife, and son Tony are the most welcoming of hosts in any pub in the area.

I've been going there for years, mostly with my wife for a quite, very good, pint and chance to have a chat. Maybe others are too, so they don't automatically strike up with total strangers.
But I have been down on my own on occassion, and had great nights striking up conversations with people I'd never spoken to before in my life.

It is a locals pub for local people, but it attacts so many visitors due to its fantastic reputation and CAMRA awards as well as it being the most 'traditional' pub you could find. - I just don't see how anyone could find it "clicky".

anonymous - 7 Aug 2006 17:04
if your face dont fit, nor do you .very very clicky
anonymous - 10 Jul 2006 22:41
is a unique pub thats a cert
very small not a lot of room, but that just adds to the place really
nice beer, won quite a few awards
The prices reflect this, dearest pub in the area...
Apart from this a fine pub for a quiet beer....
You could always stumble up the road to the high st if u fancy a late one, zero bar etc......
Good pub
Bit quick on the old bell though...
notasipper - 21 Feb 2006 19:51
What the English Pub should be like. We'll miss it when it's gone. A gem. 10+.
itfc - 11 Jan 2006 02:19
Absolute class this place. Dont get many pubs like this anymore, if any. You got to see it to beleive!
cafc - 24 Nov 2005 15:41
Visited 13 Nov 05. This is a classic back street pub. 8 real ales on offer, sadly I only had time to get through half the range, but every one was in excellent condition.

The pub is busy, but not crushingly so, the locals are chatty and polite, and the bar staff brilliantly efficient.

The wall of awards from CAMRA bear testament to this pubs excellence. A classic.
cackgsy - 14 Nov 2005 08:40
This wonderful little backstreet local completely deserves all the awards it has won. A good range of real ales, all beautifully kept, a very friendly landlord and landlady, good food and a chatty and likeable clientele. Also a small but sunny and pretty beer garden for the warmer days. I would always recommend this pub to the real ale drinker. By far the best pub in the area.
Get_me_some_Old_Tom - 18 Apr 2005 14:02
Good drinkers pub and a great choice of hand pump beers. Well worth a visit so give it a try.
paulbeckett - 15 Mar 2005 09:16
Absolutely fantastic pub with great friendly staff! Great atmosphere and range of beers. The awards are well deserved!
anonymous - 12 Nov 2004 15:20
Range of beer is excellent and is all well kept. Particularly good to see Brains' Reverend James available in the London Area.
Keith Horner - 8 Nov 2004 14:52
Great Pub im very Lucky its Just Down the Road For me.
Always plenty of Choice of very well looked after Beer.Great Atmosphere' Like Being in a Village Pub in The Middle of a Big Town.
Keep up the Good Work.
Pat James - 23 Oct 2004 23:54
How pubs used to be.
Nice friendly atmosphere, good beer, excellent service and no gimmicks.
And you definately won't see anyone drinking out of bottles.
Alan S - 7 Sep 2004 13:49
This pub is quite good but you have to be careful what days you go. Once a month they have a star trek convention there normally on friday night, and its a bit offputting drinking your beer when you've got Mr Spock standing beside you.
That would be fine if they kept at at star Trek, but they dont. Bimonthly they also have Dr Who, Star Wars, and Henri's Cat meetings.
A place to avoid unless your a bit of a sci fi (and 80s silly cartoon) geek.
anonymous - 24 Mar 2004 22:59
This pub is an excellent find. I'm mid twenties and think it's the best place in Bexleyheath. No trouble, decent beer and great food and atmosphere.

Difficult to stop yourself from playing with the old spindle wheels under some of the tables though!
Mark - 12 Mar 2004 19:16
I have to repeat what has already been said - a hidden gem of a pub for sensible beer drinkers. The certificates displayed show that they take thier beer seriously and a night here is almost like going to a beer festival.
RogerB - 15 Feb 2004 19:28
This little gem of a pub is a real ale drinkers dream, always at least 8 on. If they wall-papered the pub with all the awards its had, they'd need a bigger pub. Its tucked away off the broadway so doesn't attract passing trade - you have to know about!
Ian Seale - 18 Dec 2003 16:58
Top grownups juicer !
Alfie - 30 Jul 2003 16:49
Nice little boozer
Frank Sarf Landan - 3 Jun 2003 23:39
A great little pub with excellent quality beer and food. This pub has won much acclaim and has a great atmosphere.

What it lacks in space and size, it makes up for in character.
Mark M - 10 Apr 2003 13:31

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