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Earl Haig, Bexleyheath

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user reviews of the Earl Haig, Bexleyheath

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We originally visited here in the morning, expecting it to be open before 11am. But, it seems they have adjusted their opening hours. After a visit to the fantastic Kentish Belle micropub, next to Bexleyheath station, I returned to the Earl Haig. Incidentally, I've never awarded a 10/10 for any London pub. The Kentish Belle warrants that. But, unfortunately it's not listed on the site. But, the Earl Haig is an imposing estate pub that is now part of the Ember Inns chain. It was busy on my Saturday evening visit, with a mix of drinkers and diners. 3 ales were on - Black Sheep Ember Pale, St Austell Tribute & Purity Mad Goose. My attention was drawn to the real cider - Weston's Engine Warmer. Meant to be served mulled, it was an eye watering £2.99 for just a half and unlike on ales, there is no CAMRA discount. This is not the place to drink if you're hard up. At around the £2 make for a half in the Kentish Belle, I'd advise you not to bother heading here and instead stay near the station.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Apr 2019 16:02
Awful food, horrific service, the manager Denise was beyond rude when we complained about the wait for our food. It comes to something when the managers son is writing reviews for the pub in trip advisor...
Mixologist75 - 24 Jun 2016 05:59
Much improved over previous years and has recently been refurbished and is now a decent pub selling a very good range of real ales. The food is also very good and reasonably priced.
It does tend to get a bit crowded at weekends which is testament to how much it has improved.
Good quiz night on a Sunday around 8:30.
zapsincl - 28 Mar 2014 09:44
It's been a few months since I last ventured into the Haig, which I used to quite look forward to going to due to their decent range of real ales. But my last visit put paid to that with bloody terrible food and a really poor pint.

My wife (who was pregnant and therefore fixated only on certain food items!) ordered the fish and chips, and I ordered a burger. Pretty standard pub grub by all accounts, and not something a trained cook should have any bother with. After a short wait, our food arrived. Mine was ok in fairness, but seriously, you'd have to be a complete retard to fluff a burger up. The fish on the other hand, was dreadful. There was more batter than fish, which was barely edible in itself as it was old, tired and dry and the batter inside wasn't even cooked properly - it was like stodgy, part-baked bread. And my pint of whatever it was was clearly on the turn but by that point I couldn't be bothered to argue.

When the man came over to collect our plates we were asked if everything was ok, to which we replied it wasn't and showed him the mess left on my wife's plate where she had to wrestle with the fish and ended up not eating any of it. He looked at it blankly, muttered some form of apology and wandered off.

That was my last visit, and I won't be hurrying back for lunch anytime soon. Although, if the beer selection is interesting enough, I could think of worse places to have a drink although it is pretty soulless. Just don't bother ordering lunch and if you do, avoid the fish.
PMA - 14 Oct 2011 08:50
Awful Pub - used to be a proper pub - just another souless open space now with below avearge food ......... and worst of all seemingly untrained staff with no people skills or knowledge about serving drinks ... management arrogant and mostly invisible - when challengede about a specific point just kept saying "I don't care" which for me sums the place up very nicely ....
denizen - 7 Mar 2011 09:12
Nice pub, good quiz nights and no oiks. Food could be better but reasonable for price.
TheTrooper - 20 Feb 2011 22:28
been here a few time recently. locals seem fine. food ok but was very very slow. we waited 90 minutes on a, not busy, friday lunchtime. the drinks are cheap for the area although they seem to run out of their value range of calsberg lager often (according to the locals). bar staff all very pleasant except for one who could be the manager, she doesn't wear a uniform . she is very unfriendly and unhelpful. you will have no bother avoiding her as she seems to hide when people are at the bar and will only serve if she really has to. a reasonable pub.
JPIGPDF - 26 Jul 2010 13:09
Once a 'spit and sawdust' Bass pub with three separate barrooms and an off-license (notice the different coloured brickwork on The Pantiles side) the pub has changed dramatically.
The pub is now configured as one huge L shape with a few smaller 'booth' areas. The family room has gone and the pub now has the cheesy interior of a Next clothes shop minus the clothes rails!
Judging by the age of the punters, It's hard to imagine there being much trouble here. The pub is generally quite busy and to be honest has a nice 'safe' ambience with a good selection of both lager and real ale. It's a while since I've eaten here but by all accounts the food is typical pub chain fare.
If you fancy a comfy armchair, a reasonable pint and a nice food in 'pleasant' surroundings you won't find a better pub in the area.
tequilaboy - 9 Feb 2010 14:22
This pub is absolutely awful.. The Assistant manager is a disgusting mess with a disgusting attitude, she smelt of canabis and after oredering my food she actually put me off.. The bar staff have the personality of a rocking horse, i would never recommend this place to any one, the looks are very decieving... Bloody awful to be quite frank.,.
topgirl - 18 Aug 2009 18:36
Staff can be a bit arsey and can take ages to get served. Hate the system run in bars where the staff only their dedicated area. Youre waiting nearly an hour before you get served!!! Good atmosphere, need to show your face a few times to be 'accepted' by bar staff.
decent_pint - 30 Mar 2009 16:32
This pub is the best in the area. Lovely inside and a nice atmosphere. I def recommend this pub.
Ipcress2 - 12 Aug 2008 12:21
Visited on a Thurs afternoon for lunch. Is the only pub within about half a mile, so has a range of customers to cater for. Large place, ex-Bass, so no suprise that it is now an Ember Inn (M&B). Good selection of real ales and lager. Beer in decent condition without being outstanding. Food was what you expect from a chain pub. No problem with the punters. I felt quite relaxed collapsed onto one of the sofa-things, and could easily (and have in the past) easily spend an evening passing the time there. Worth a go.
Mercurial - 21 Apr 2008 13:28
didn't rate the food,but had a nice pint of Harveys
vinnnie - 16 Apr 2008 13:43
Refurbished since my last visit with some trendy wallpaper, but not really any worse for it and seems to have made room for more seating, which is always a bonus at a popular pub. A good mix of drinkers, young and old.

Lots of choices of beer, real ales includes Harveys and Youngs, some different lagers and Guinness Red (an interesting tipple).

The pub quiz was pretty good too.

While not a destination pub in itself it is certainly well worth a look if you're reasonably local. Recommended.
old_at_heart - 11 Feb 2008 11:33
This is the best pub around here I think. Well kept and as an earlier poster said, chav free. To be recommended.
jaspermonster - 6 Apr 2007 01:27
Had a refurb about 10 years ago. To be honest its gone a bit upmarket but has oddly kept character. Good selection of drinks, the food is good and the general trade is mixed and often see families eating there which is healthy. Oh and its mainly chav free which is always a bonus these days.
flatcapman - 11 Dec 2006 18:01
Excellent food,drink and atmosphere.We'll return as regulars for a great,honest and value-added night out!
Toadie - 5 Jul 2006 15:18
Pleasantly surprised by this one. 30s road house given the standard Ember Inns treatment but works really well. Pleasant atmosphere on a Thursday night. Real ale well kept.
pubinspector - 17 Feb 2006 10:39
Wow really nice pub, fruit machines, background music,smoking and non smoking sides,food served,car park. A relaxing but fun evening...
BBRymz - 11 Feb 2005 15:39
Nice pub, far away from the louts who drink at the Broadway.Good atmosphere. No burberry capped kids. Quiz on Sunday and Weds.
Kat* - 18 Sep 2004 08:38

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