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The Ramblers Rest, Chislehurst - pub details

Ramblers Rest

Address: Mill Place, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5ND [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5279) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Chislehurst (0.3 miles), Elmstead Woods (1 mile), Bickley (1 mile)

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Imperial Arms, Chislehurst (0.1 miles), Bickley, Chislehurst (0.3 miles), Tigers Head, Chislehurst (0.3 miles), Crown, Chislehurst (0.5 miles), Bulls Head, Chislehurst (0.6 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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Our 2nd pub just a short walk from the Imperial Arms was the iconic and historic Ramblers Rest. Another pub that I have never been in before.

In an ideal position laying back from the common and main road, with it’s own parking to the front this is a very popular pub during the summer months, this visit was no different with no seating room outside as the locals had taken it over!

A weather boarded frontage and some dangerous looking steps from one part of the pub to the other outside, inside you feel like the ceiling is closing in on you in certain parts. To the front outside a sign depicts that the pub originates from circa 1684, oh how different the area would of looked back then.

4 ales on the hand pumps these were all national branded ales apart from the very dark & quite drinkable Ramblers Special Ale @ 4.1% and brewed by Scottish brewers Caledonian.

We stayed for 2 pint before moving on, on this visit I didn’t feel the pub staff or clientele were overly friendly but maybe the site of 3 chaps quaffing ale on a Wednesday night confused them, especially as none of us are locals.

Lots of history but not a pub that did much for me on this visit.
lezford - 22 Aug 2016 13:13
Came away from the bar with a suspiciously cloudy pint which, sure enough, turned out to be off. Took it back to the barmaid saying it tasted vinegarry, only for her to say "I thought you'd say that" - so why sell it to me in the first place?! I later heard her say to (I presume) the manager, "we've got to change the barrel, that's the third person this week who's said it tastes of vinegar"...! The pint they replaced it with was also well past its best, but I was honestly too embarrassed on their behalf to take that back as well and so left it behind a menu and sneaked out. Such a beautiful old pub deserves better than this....
Tmuk99 - 18 Aug 2015 12:55
Pub has had been recently refurbished and have to say the drinking experience is better for it. The beers also appear to be better maintained than previously, I have visited a few times now and each pint has been in good condition. Long may it continue.
Dynamo1 - 27 Nov 2013 14:53
I too visited this pub on the 4 October 2012 and was shocked at the rudeness of the landlord as I believe that you should always behave in a manner that you would like to be treated yourself.

Yelling across the bar at someone was not appropriate for the situation, how could holding a bottle of water after spending the morning walking be ignorant and thoughless - is this not the 'Ramblers Rest'?

The fact of the matter was that the group had bought drinks an hour earlier and when others arrived it was a matter of less than 10minutes before all leaving to explore the sites of Chislehurst. The intention was to come back later on that day after exploring the sites of Chislehurst - however, the rudeness of the landlord put everyone off.

The Imperial Arms is absolutely fantastic, the food was great, very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the bar staff were excellent. We all stayed for hours drinking, eating and listening to the brilliant live music. I would recommend this pub to everyone who visits Chislehurst. We also talked to some of the locals who were some of the nicest people we have met. I encourage people to visit Imperial Arms it is a wonderful spot!!!
Dee21 - 5 Nov 2012 11:53
For God sake, if you want tea, meet your friends in a cafe.

And as for bringing out your own bottle of water, that's just ignorant and thoughtless.

No wonder he wasn't worried about the repeat business.
Pat_Bateman - 5 Nov 2012 10:30

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