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Rifleman, Sevenoaks

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A pleasant backwater pub with a village feel. Generally a good selection of ales, GK obviously, but weekly guest ales including Oakhams Citra. Landlord very helpful and approachable, nice and laid back during the day but busy in evenings with a vibrant atmosphere. Occasionally live music. 2 bars with pool table and bar billiards, large outdoor smoking area plus open garden - perfect in summer. On weekends there are food wagons outside to please your tastebuds and BBQs in summer. Overall, great pub, friendly for passer by and locals alike. Frequent visitor.
Polypore - 28 May 2015 23:05
Good ales. Quality live music. The smoking area is very good too. Friendly local pub. A wonderful backstreet pub.
MrAles - 16 Jul 2011 13:37
Great pub,but hope somebody does something about the landlord, never gonna pick up with his miserable face there.
truffle - 4 Oct 2010 19:57
The Rifleman is one of the last good pubs left in Sevenoaks. Good ales, nice area in the back and front, friendly locals, dogs welcome and the only pub with a decent smoking area outside. There's also a lot of live music on and open mic nights.
Franziska - 3 Aug 2010 16:50
In many respects, this Greene King house is rather better outside than in. It has a number of benches out front which are pleasant in the sunshine as the adjacent back street has little traffic. On the opposite side of the building, the raised decking offers a substantial covered area plus a separate smokers shelter. Lower down, there is also a basic beer garden with a few further benches. Inside, there is some plain furniture in each bar plus pool table, etc. in the larger back bar. Three real ales on - IPA, an excellent pint of the seasonal Morris Mayhem (£3.00) plus the Rev James as a guest. Overall, rather hidden away but worth a look if you are in the area.
rpadam - 24 May 2010 23:06
A relatively appealing Greene King pub on the outskirts of Sevenoaks but more of a local’s pad than anything worth going out of the way for. I have been lured here a couple of times in the past year by my nephew who occasionally plays in a band that performs here although it really isn’t a place conducive to live music with cramped bars and poor sight lines. The front bar has a darts area and is generally inhabited with bar huggers. The rear bar is equally cramped but does have extended areas containing a pool table one way and bar billiards the other. Décor and furnishings are pretty standard with a few beamed ceilings, military pictures, a log fire (that belts out enough heat to make the place a bit of a sweatbox) and the old pub sign now displayed by the pool table. To the rear is an attractive rear garden with covered decked patio.

One huge bonus is that despite being a Greene King pub, it does offer a guest ale to supplement the 2 GK beers (my recent visit saw the excellent Davenport Highland Whisky Ale). Prices are reasonable, staff and customers quite welcoming and it is generally a pretty civilized place albeit off the beaten track to most people.
RogerB - 25 Oct 2009 13:56
Just bought a house nearby and been made to feel really welcome. Made some good new friends. Everyone is reallly friendly and landlord top notch! Maybe a revisit from some of the other reviewers? Good lagers and wines, but can't comment on beer as not so mucha beer drinker. People seem to enjoy it though.
mothers - 21 Aug 2009 00:12
True the landlord needs a personality makeover, this pub could be a good little drinking hole
kpnuts - 15 May 2009 20:15
Good beers but I'm not sure if I'd recommend it even though it's my closest pub and has a pool table. I'll be interested to see other people's opinions as the barman and some of the locals seem a bit miserable unless your a regular. I'll go a few more times before making a final judgement as I might have got the wrong impression the few times I've been there.
Folkey - 27 May 2008 11:45

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