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Crown and Thistle, Gravesend

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Great pub just reopened. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Beer's as good as you'll get at the brewery!
Beerjunky - 27 Nov 2011 17:31
It was open last night, though was near enough empty on a Saturday night. The pub has a run down feel to it and of the three ales on I tried the Wolf's 'Granny Wouldn't Like It', which was barely palatable. Not somewhere i'd fancy another. Maybe Longdog 1's knows something we don't but if it did close it wouldn't be a great loss on this offering.
anonymous - 11 Sep 2011 11:24
YET ONE MORE TO ADD TO THE CLOSED LIST!!!!!!!!!!! R.I.P
longdog1 - 11 Sep 2011 08:38
Fantastic pub.. we went there for a pilot's leaving party,(toodle pip).great beer ,they had Hob Goblin on , London Pride, Young's,ESB,and quite a few more as we emptied the barrels, good bar staff,would go again ,Not one to miss.
longdog1 - 16 Nov 2010 11:51
Small little pub which is well known amongst real ale affionados.
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 19:53
Excellent, if narrow, little pub with five real ales on when I visited. Pleasant 'decked' area out the back, but I don't know what the neighbours think because they must have lost quite a lot of privacy and gained quite a lot of noise after the smoking ban changes. Well worth the walk eastwards from the town centre.
rpadam - 25 Jun 2008 22:34
Easily the best of the Gravesend trio tried yesterday, warm comfortable and clean, friendly welcome, decent toilets etc. A more unusual line up here, The local Gravesend Shrimpers was new to me, Dark Star Hophead, Hampshire Ironside Best, Purity Premium Amber Ale, and something I didn't record fully from RCH. Highly recommended.
Maldenman - 20 Apr 2008 14:32
Popped in here for 20 minutes before going to watch Ebbsfleet vs Burton. Recommended by the Good Beer Guide and rightly so. This is a friendly local, with an easy-going atmosphere and an extremely range of ale (5 handpulls, my pint Oak Leaf Porter was nice) given the pubs size, along with comfy seating and a nice bottle of Fentimans Ginger Beer for Mrs Quinno.

Close to the waterfront and the town centre, but far enough to keep it's identity and keep out townie-types. Main fault (as pointed out elsewhere) is that the bar is often inaccessible because of the rows of old men sat at it - irritating, get rid of some of those bar stools. Small beer patio is a sun-trap.

Noticed that for a minimum order of £10 you can get the bar staff to phone you through a takeaway order (menus scattered around the pub) which gets delivered to the bar for you to consume at your table - nice touch.

I'll be working my way through Gravesend over the coming months due to MyFC, get the feeling I'll be in here a fair bit though.

Quinno - 27 Jan 2008 13:13
Everyone who ever recommends a pub to me in Gravesend nearly always quotes the Crown & Thistle. It seems to have reputation that preceeds it so a visit was long overdue. Actually we did come here a month or so ago after the Gravesend Beer Festival so things were a bit of a blur. The interior is long and narrow, carpeted and with a low ceiling, half panelled walls, old fireplace with stove, beams with jugs, ship pictures and a fair collection of rowing trophies. Itís all very cosy and civilised and a world away from the bustle of the town centre. At the rear is a pleasant courtyard with what looks like a fairly new sheltered area to presumably make life bit more comfortable for the smoking outcasts. It is of course the beers that raise the C&T to the top of the tree; 6 pumps with a good selection of guest beers which included the local Gravesend Shrimper, Everards Sleighbell and Oakham JHB. A pub that carries my endorsement alongside all those who pointed me in its direction in the first place.
RogerB - 28 Dec 2007 21:06
The Crown & Thistle is an excellent back street style boozer situated a short walk from Gravesend high street. I paid an afternoon visit today (Jan 30th) and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here. It is a small, narrow pub with a real glow and cosy feel to it. I sensed that itís very much a place for the localís pub but wasnít made to feel unwelcome and the overly curious golden retriever sniffing about only added to the pubs warmth and character. There is a nice beer patio at the back of pub which will no doubt come in handy when the smoking ban kicks in this summer. This is without a shadow of doubt, the best pub I have visited in the area. Highly recommended.
HTM69 - 30 Jan 2007 17:42
good range of real ales ,no keg bitter sold here,a cosy pub with regulars.
dogbolter - 18 Dec 2006 19:40
without a doubt one of the best "PUBS" in gravesend if not the best
the_one_eye_spy - 23 Apr 2006 16:47
A good scooping pub. There's always a good range of about five interesting beers to sample. Friendly place. Beer related newspapers and literature are available near the back. The downside is that it's rather like a crowded train carriage. The pub is long and narrow. Most of the regulars hang around the bar. At busy times (most evenings and Sundays) you have to manoeuvre your drinks carefully over and through the bar flies. The seating in the main bar area is cramped and uncomfortable. There is a non-smoking eating area near the back where Billy No-Mates can sit. Even at the most crowded times this is rarely used. The sun-trap beer garden is pleasant enough - but is rarely used because it feels like what it is - a very small back patio in a narrow Victorian terraced house.
However, the pub is famous for one thing - the beer range and the quality of the beer condition. Sadly the condition of the beer has gone down over the past couple of years. The condition of the beer used to be quite excellent. The temperature of the cellar was kept just right; the beer lines were kept clean; the beer was always pulled through thoroughly every morning (free drinks for anyone who got there early enough as samples were laid out to test); and the beer never hung around long enough to go off - it was always fresh. I don't know if the landlord has changed, or that single-minded obsession to win Pub Of The Year has vanished now that the award has been won, but the beer is certainly not as good as it used to be.
And without that top-quality beer condition, this is not one of the best pubs in Gravesend.
SilkTork - 18 Aug 2005 11:25
Winner of CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2003. Has exciting selection of ever-changing real ales. Real curry and chinese available from local restaurants within the pub at no surcharge. Friendly bar staff. Convivial atmosphere. Pleasant sun trap beer garden.
H C Godfrey - 12 Sep 2004 21:15

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