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Bricklayers Arms, Bromley

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After a visit to Bromley FC myself and a pal spent all Saturday night in this very homely and welcoming Shepherd and Neame pub.

3 ales on which were all from Shepherd and Neame, my umpteen pints of Late Red were all excellent and went down a treat, in fact they went down so well I completely forgot how many I had drank and for how long I had been in the pub!

Busy nearly all night with locals, but it did empty out a bit after the live game on the TV ended.

Cracking pub with a nice friendly welcome, certainly the best pub in this part of Bromley.
lezford - 22 Dec 2016 11:38
An early football kick off at Bromley FC on a Saturday in mid November, so I stop for a few pints in this well maintained Shepherd and Name pub a short stroll from Bromley South station.

It’s many years since I've been here and I think they have moved the bar, I'm sure it used to be in front of you as you entered from Mason’s Hill. Now the pub has an open plan layout with the bar curling between both rooms. The room on the left is more of a bar with a dart board on the raised area & some leather seats. The room to the right has a cosy front room feel and is carpeted throughout, there’s leather seating around the windows and plenty of tables.

3 cask hand pumps on each side of the bar each offering 2 ales which were Master Brew and Whitstable Bay. I opted for the Whitstable Bay which was a decently kept beer.

As its match day and an early kick off the pub is heaving by 11.40am with the all day breakfasts proving extremely popular.

The 2 bar staff were both pleasant and efficient and seemed to know most of the punters that were in or that came in during my time here. The Bricks as it’s known locally is a much better pub for a few pints before football than the over crowded and unwelcoming ‘spoons opposite Bromley South station and it’s certainly worth the short walk up the hill.

lezford - 5 Dec 2015 21:24
New music quiz night starting here Thursday 16th Feb. 8pm - 2 per player, max. 6 per team - Winners take it all. What will your team name be?
earljhickey - 10 Jan 2012 20:27
Had thought the new team were doing a pretty good job of keeping the place up to historical standards (although not sure why they need the TVs), but ringing last orders on a packed pub at 10.30 on Christmas Eve?????? .. would never have happened in George & Pam's days

Time to find a new pub..

33048 - 24 Dec 2011 23:38
Fantastic pub! Have just moved into area and discovered The Bricklayers. Great choice of food with original specials. The Sunday lunches are the best I've had anywhere - lots of fresh veg = swede, parsnips crispy roast potatoes = not frozen rubbish, spring greens, Yorkshire pud and a generous portion of meat. I had The lamb which was superb. The staff were very friendly and obviously have been taught very well by the landlord and landlady who were very much hands on. I have eaten there now 11 times (not bad - only moved in 3 wks ago!) and have popped in for a drink at various times. The clientele are mixed but all seem very friendly. Yes, there are big screen tv's but volume was kept to a minimum each time I visited. I would be happy to take clients or family to this pub. Great place!
Reculey - 8 Mar 2011 19:30
Late Victorian corner location Shepherd Neame pub. Well kept, it is tidy inside and out. Though well decked out with wood inside, and containing some original features, it has had a modern refurbishment which has opened it up, though keeping some of the charm of old corners and fireplaces. There is a spacious, clean and bright modern feel, with a couple of leather armchairs and low tables here and there, but still retaining some of the sense of tradition that pub goers ,especially mature pub goers, appreciate.

The pub is large, with several sections. The right hand side has the biggest bar area. The left hand side contains three sections, including a Spitfire bar with old Shepherd Neame advertising on the wall. There's a a two level covered patio area at the back.

Three casks on. Beer in good condition. And food available. It's not a pub of great character, so not one to make a detour for, but if in Bromley, and if fancying a Sunday lunch, this would do nicely. A place you could bring the inlaws to.

Bonus is the Bitter End beer shop next door, which offers a very good range of bottled beers from UK, Belgium and America, plus cask ales to take away. Decent place.
SilkTork - 16 Jan 2011 16:20
Now you can see very large T.V. screens from every angle of the pub I feel like I should refer to it as a sports bar. The Bricklayers is a fantastic pub all round and is probably one of the best in Bromley. Great traditional pub interior, very nice staff, great atmosphere, the most innovative pub garden I have ever seen and good beer.

The only problem I have is with those T.V's. I realise pubs are doing all they can to attract customers, especially during the World Cup. However pubs should create a balance between sports lovers and people who just want to go for a pint and a good chat.

I think the screens should have been restricted to just one side of the pub. So if someone fancies a pint and who is not interested in sport can do so. That would be a fair compramise I think.

Saying that I did go to the pub last weekend. it was very quiet for a Saturday evening, but for some reason Bromley and Croydon very very quiet. It must have been the hot weather. Anyway, all the screens had been switched off.

I am sure they are on again now for Big Brother!
TheDaleks - 11 Jun 2010 17:22
Now you can see very large T.V. screens from every angle of the pub I feel like I should refer to it as a sports bar. The Bricklayers is a fantastic pub all round and is probably one of the best in Bromley. Great traditional pub interior, very nice staff, great atmosphere, the most innovative pub garden I have ever seen and good beer.

The only problem I have is with those T.V's. I realise pubs are doing all they can to attract customers, especially during the World Cup. However pubs should create a balance between sports lovers and people who just want to go for a pint and a good chat.

I think the screens should have been restricted to just one side of the pub. So if someone fancies a pint and who is not interested in sport can do so. That would be a fair compramise I think.

Saying that I did go to the pub last weekend. it was very quiet for a Saturday evening, but for some reason Bromley and Croydon very very quiet. It must have been the hot weather. Anyway, all the screens had been switched off.

I am sure they are on again now for Big Brother!
TheDaleks - 11 Jun 2010 17:22
Popped in for a quick Sunday lunch pint, having never visited this pub before I was more than plesantly surprised. A nice warm welcome from the barmaid and a nice selection of Shephard Neame beers. a pup I will definately visit again.
PaulMerc - 9 May 2010 19:11
This pub has always been a favourite of mine, a lovely place for a quiet pint. Recently taken over from the very old fashioned previous people, who bizarrely ran it on old pub hours, so it was closed when you really wanted a pint! Thankfully it's now open all day, and just as importantly they have introduced a new ale. Not sure about the inclusion of the tv's though, but really grateful that the dreary music has gone, and replaced with some much better stuff. I always enjoyed the fact that this pub was free of tv's, so I don't think they are a good idea, if I want to watch one I can go home. Overall, this place really is worth a visit, which I shall be doing very soon!
enjoy_a_pint - 5 Mar 2010 08:35
The Brickys' is by far the best pub in Bromley, it recently has changed hands and upon meeting the new Landlord and Landlady I was pleasently surprised to see that they were young and well expierenced We stopped in last wednesday for a quite drink and were pleased to see a good mix of people enjoying the perfectly kept Ales and delicious Kentish brewed lagers!

I would highly reccomend this pub to anyone who wants to expierence a "good old fashioned" well run pub! We wish the new couple all the best of luck in their years to come.
doingitright - 7 Feb 2010 22:47
The Bricklayers Arms is a great pub. it has all you would expect from a very good local. It has a wide range of good largers and ales to choose from. a variety of different seating areas. if you want a quiet corner to yourself, it's got it. or if you like to be close to the banter going on around the bar it has that too.

The bar starf are very polite and friendly. In Bromley it is the only pub I feel I could go in on my own and enjoy a pint. It has a really good atmosphere. A pub where you would never feel intimidated going in.

I kind of forgot about this pub for a few years thinking it was very quiet and ony attracted a few old locals. however going recently I was so surprised how busy it was mid week and how diverse the customers were.

For me too this is one of my favourite pubs in Bromley and I highly recommend a visit.

The only downside is that is still operates old pub hours from what I can remember. So it closes in the afternoon, even at the weekends which seems a bit odd.
TheDaleks - 6 Feb 2010 17:29
The Bricklayers Arms is a great pub. it has all you would expect from a very good local. It has a wide range of good largers and ales to choose from. a variety of different seating areas. if you want a quiet corner to yourself, it's got it. or if you like to be close to the banter going on around the bar it has that too.

The bar starf are very polite and friendly. In Bromley it is the only pub I feel I could go in on my own and enjoy a pint. It has a really good atmosphere. A pub where you would never feel intimidated going in.

I kind of forgot about this pub for a few years thinking it was very quiet and ony attracted a few old locals. however going recently I was so surprised how busy it was mid week and how diverse the customers were.

For me too this is one of my favourite pubs in Bromley and I highly recommend a visit.

The only downside is that is still operates old pub hours from what I can remember. So it closes in the afternoon, even at the weekends which seems a bit odd.
TheDaleks - 6 Feb 2010 17:29
My favourite pub in Bromley. Bar staff are helpful and friendly, nice ales on tap including Late Red and Bishops Finger, and a well laid out floor plan and outdoor area, which is fantastic in Summer.
Archdoodler - 5 Jan 2010 01:09
Good pub about halfway between Bromley South station and the football ground and with an exceptional off licence next door (that serves beer straight from the barrel). On my visit the landlady agreed to open an hour early as the Bromley - Colchester game had been brought forward to 1pm. The pub was packed with fans from both sides. different bar ares but all with a traditional pub feel with wooden floors. Three ales from Shepherd & Neame on offer and in good condition. The food looked alright too although I didn't try any myself. Friendly and welcoming staff and locals despite being packed.
Rod_Hariga - 12 Nov 2009 22:19
Terrific pub, wonderfully kept Shepherd Neame ales, excellent value, very friendly staff and apparently immune from drunk youthful idiots who stick to the High Street.

Very little wrong with the Bricks - my favourite pub in Bromley.
jones_smj - 18 May 2009 16:08
Popped in last night for a quick drink prior to going to a restaurant. Staff very friendly and new the products thet were selling.

7.30pm and the pub was busy with a good mix of clientele but no youths.

Had a pint of Master Brew which was full of flavour and clear. A perfect pint. My mate had a hurlimanns and was complementory about it as it was his first try. Special deals being done by Sheps at the moment so 2 pints only came to 4.70

Bottom line is this is a pub which is well run and where you wouldn't worry to take your misses. Visit you shouldn't be disappointed
bickleyrealale - 14 Mar 2009 12:26
i and my usual dining associate went there last week after going to The Compass and then Lloyds. The Bricklayers is a very good pub. very well done out and very friendly bar staff.

it is usually full of a more mature conservative crowed so you do feel you do have to keep your voice down sometimes when it's quiet.

saying that we had a fantastic Christmas eve drink there last year. On the spare of the moment my friend and i decided to go for a drink. the pub was perfect. no need to by a ticket, nice and busy and good seats. Brilliant.

the only downside is that it operates old fashioned pub hours, even at the weekends. so don't go there at 5:30 otherwise you will have to go to the Tiger's Head or the Lord Homesdale. maybe just wait outside until it opens at 6.
TheDaleks - 14 Sep 2008 15:27
The Bricklayers Arms is a Shepherd Neame house, situated away from the main town centre and as such, seemingly only attracts local residents and those such as I, who happen to pass by. The exterior is one of enticement and indeed, the interior has a warmth and pleasant glow to it. With a wooden feel throughout, it may to some, seem somewhat bland and contrived, but I myself couldnt help but feel immediately settled in this cosy pub. To the rear of this establishment is a retro-style jukebox and outside in an accommodating, heated, smoking patio and shelter. Of note, outside is also home to a dartboard. The usual lagers (for the brewery) were on offer and Spitfire and Masterbrew were the well-conditioned ales available on my visit yesterday (10 Sept). The background music was decent and aired at a gentle volume. The staff were friendly and attentive, also. To conclude: I found here to be most acceptable and I look forward to a return visit at some point.
HTM69 - 11 Sep 2008 20:55
Great beer, out of the way from the main Bromley town centre but worth a visit.
The Hurlimans is worth a try aswell. A very friendly pub.
DukeofMilan - 24 Aug 2008 20:08
This is the best pub in Bromley by far for me. It's got a different layout but seems very spacious and you can always get a table. Nice ales there and my mates like the oranjeboom. Always polite and friendly staff and never full of drunken youngsters!
Like johndan said - it's a great place to go for a chat with your mates or partner in a nice environment.
Also has an extensive outside area for smokers now on two levels with wooden decking and outdoor heaters.

TheMonkman - 3 Jan 2008 16:25
Great pub, away from the normal Bromley crowd.

gaybromley.co.uk - 9 Sep 2006 15:57
I really like this place. It has a slightly olde-worlde feel to it, which makes it slightly anomalous in the chain pub purgatory of the town centre, but has a decent selection of lager and ale to appeal to everyone. Not too sure about the strange opening hours but the proprietors are very friendly and if you're after a place for a quiet drink with your mates in a laid back atmosphere as opposed to a night out then this beats anywhere else in Bromley hands down, for me.
man_of_kent - 9 Apr 2006 18:53
Good local boozer with good beers, has an adult atmosphere which is refreshing for the area and good services. plenty of room to sit down. Friendly atmosphere and a good place to go to chat with friends.
johndan - 9 Mar 2006 21:32
Been in here a few times. Strong larger. Been in there on Saturdays before going to Bromley FC games with a few others. Nice and quiet drink before matchdays. Went there on a Tuesday night was quite busy but still enough room to spread out
casual66 - 4 Jan 2006 21:34
Been meaning to check out this place for quite a while & was pleased I made the effort after going to a nearby fireworks display. Interior is subtle enough & warm & I do like the central positioning of the bar & the differing levels work well. Staff were friendly & the beers were fabulously kept, the usual high standard for Shepherd Neame. I very much enjoyed the seasonal special, Late Red & I'm told the Oranjeboom was also good.

Make sure you visit The Bitter End Off Licence next door afterwards - great range of keg kept ales always changing.
young_camra_collectiv - 6 Nov 2005 14:33
Lovely pub which was very clean and served a good pint of Hurlimann and a good pint of Guinness. Staff appeared mostly female which was a pleasant surprise. Only complaints would be the slightly bright lighting and the lack of punters that night.
juliatheakston - 31 Jul 2005 16:08
Nice pub but hope you like Oranjeboom or you're f**ked. It's my local... 10 sec walk from work so I spend lunchtimes in there & some Friday nights. The owners are great & Lisa the barmaid is fab. The food does not have a wide range but is always served up within 10 mins & there's pleanty off it. The locals are like part of the furnture & on a Friday it's very busy.
natty_ - 21 Jan 2005 12:19
Great pub, decent lagers such as Hurlimanns and Oranjeboom although the Guinness was a bit suspect last time i was in. This pub gets an older, more civilised crowd than most of the others round that area. Friendly staff and good service. Still keeps old opening hours though, closing for a few hours in the afternoon. Apart from that, definately worth popping in for a few quiet beers.
Paul - 3 Oct 2003 01:58
Excellent pub - great beer (as long as you like Shepherd Neame, and some don't), friendly, permanent staff. Sometimes gets a bit smoky.
Gary - 4 Jul 2003 13:49

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