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Bear and Ragged Staff, Crayford

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Went here last night for supper, had a lovely sirloin steak cooked to perfection. There is a good choice of ales here and peroni for the lager drinkers. The barmaids were cheerful and very courteous. The pub has had a refit too. Would recommend this .
KOTB - 3 Aug 2016 07:59
I have visited this pub quite a few times over the last year or so and every visit has been a good night out. Live bands play at the pub most weekends, in fact the pub advertises that live music is played Thursday through to Sundays. The bands set up on a roomy stage area and people can stand and watch, dance on the floor in front of the stage or sit towards the rear of the long bar and chill out, chat and listen to the music. The atmosphere on the nights I have attended with my wife and/or friends have been like party nights to some extent, the atmosphere is really good, you would have to go a long way to find a better one. The bands which play at the pub have their own followers and with the appreciative locals of all ages in attendance, a real buzz is felt. The bar staff are friendly and hard working, serving people as quickly as can be expected on busy nights. I would give the pub a visit to try for yourself, you are missing out if you don,t.
johnd9912 - 26 Feb 2015 21:21
A large and soulless Greene King pub right on the Crayford one way system

I visited this place many years ago and my memory tells me it wasn't that great before and to be brutally honest it's still not that great!

It's around 7.30pm on a Tuesday night and my and 2 pals are greeted by 2 young surly looking barmaids, though to be honest once one of them starts chatting she isn't that surly anymore.

3 ales on the pubs but my pint of Timothy Taylor's landlord was ropey, it must of been the pumps as landlord is normally a very dependable pint.

Wooden floorboards throughout and as I said before just soulless.

Food was being served but i didn't catch the sight of smell of any of it so I cannot comment on this.

I won't rush to return.
lezford - 21 Sep 2014 20:50
Lunchtime stop off on the london loop. Great pint of old golden hen. Seemed nice enough.
Mappiman - 17 Nov 2013 22:52
Now reopened.

New management, some new staff. The place looks amazing.

They still have bands on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays as well as karaoke and quiz nights. There is a totally new menu. The place looks imaculate, very clean & tidy and most welcoming. I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
Byron - 20 Jan 2012 13:33
Closed for a refurb but reopening on 7/10
bjbrummiejohn - 3 Oct 2011 12:38
This is primarily a live music venue featuring good talented local bands which is great if you are a live music fan as i am. However the management leaves a lot to be desired. I was at the venue on Friday 20th May listening to a really good band called State of Mind when half way through one of their numbers the manager thrust a mobile phone in the face of the lead singer and told him to talk to the agent!!! Apparently the management thought the band were doing too many slow numbers. This is by far the rudest thing that I have ever seen at a live gig and the irony is that most of the people were really enjoying the music. Great live music venue but I would not go back there if this is the way the management treat their bands.
kentelectrics - 22 May 2011 20:58
Live band on Saturday night, usually good, varied music. Efficient barstaff even when busy. Good atmosphere, varied aged of clientele. Sport showing on large screens.
cdo - 1 Aug 2009 22:26
It's criminal that this pub and Crayford are dripping in history and most people don't know it. There was an outcry years ago when this pub changed it's name to The Orange Kipper. This pub should be an old fashioned family pub selling good food, real ale and lots of character. Instead it's a shell of a pub. Although you only have to look around the town to see what people think of Crayford and it's history.
If loud live rock music, live football on big screens and lager with zero atmosphere is your bag...You'll love this place. It's probably the best pub venue for the areas amateur bands.
You have to ask yourself what it is you look for in a pub. If you're looking for good beer, friendly people in a nice old fashioned pub...'The Bear' is not for you.
tequilaboy - 5 Feb 2009 16:39
A fairly large but unremarkable, bottom end of the market pub complete with prerequisite football on big screen, multiple TVs, a double dose of pool table and banks of fruit machines rounded off with ďfackiní ĎellĒ social commentary and Green King beers in such a disturbingly awful state that you wouldnít even use it to kill off the slugs in the garden. The sign outside proclaiming it as Kentís No 1 music venue is well wide of the mark and the photos on the walls near the stage showing the likes of Slade, T.Rex, Joe Cocker and Brian May are more for decorative puprposes than an example of the calibre of artist who you will find here on a Saturday night. The open interior is very plain and whilst it is certainly spacious, it presents little in the way of intimacy so if you prefer to shrink into the background away from the inane ramblings of group mentality geezers, best to avoid.
RogerB - 22 Dec 2008 15:14
OK for watching football (loads of good-quality screens), but wouldnt want to hang about otherwise: a raucous, slightly rough, barn of a place.
mozzzzzz - 24 Mar 2008 11:14
Used to frequent this joint often, went through the orange kipper name change and then back again. Whilst close to the dog track for which it was handy, the pub has a slightly aggresive atmoshphere, with the chav brigade of Crayford that try to large it there. As for the music, its just the wrong venue because the stage is in the main drinking/eating area, and just kills what little ambience that there is. Staff are empty heads too. Avoid this pub, better off with a four pack and bag of nuts indoors.
anonymous - 11 Dec 2006 11:15
I popped in The Bear and Ragged Staff last Saturday (Nov 25th) before going for a meal with friends. From the outside the pub seems welcoming enough but appearances can of course be deceiving and thatís certainly the case here. Itís extremely scruffy inside and the atmosphere was distinctly off on my visit. I just found it impossible to settle and couldnít wait to leave. The prices and selection were fairly standard, yet I couldnít understand why they donít see wine in half measures. I was told they didnít have the correct glass size, but I most defiantly smell a rat. Not really recommended
HTM69 - 27 Nov 2006 11:52
i had a fab nye in this pub but pulled the worst random ever!!!!! eugh.......................................
anonymous - 24 Mar 2006 00:29
Not a friendly atmosphere in this pub. The bouncers on the doors ARE necessary. The bar staff are young and pretty but generally lack personality. The live music is usually banal and inevitably preceded by hours of irritating sound checks that make communication almost impossible. The food is poor and the beer average at best. One positive feature is that it's almost impossible not to get a good view of any sporting events on the dozens of large and small screen TV's.
anonymous - 15 Jul 2005 18:46
Great Pub For live Music. Thursdays seems it seems to be full of musician watching the excellent Gambler Mk II. If you love music you`ll love this place.
Cheers
grouchmax - 30 Jun 2004 10:22
I like this pub alot, and since it has had it re ferb it so much nicer comfy chair friendly atosphere and sexy bar staff(geff) worth a visit
princess - 2 Jun 2004 15:23
This pub is good for it's live music. Not too sad at all. Shame it's in Crayford!

Mark - 12 Mar 2004 19:30
Food is marvellous, i hear the chef had his own show on BBC2. Decor looks very posh and expensive, but then it is crayford!
laurie - 9 Dec 2003 14:57
The food is poor, the decor jaded and the staff surly. The chef spends his time poncing drinks no wonder others report finding him pissed. Good food can be found nearby in the One Bell
Bob Dazler - 9 Sep 2003 19:33
A good local. For a place to go for a few pints, nothing's better. Its just a shame they sacked their best bar staff! Bring back Dawn!!
anonymous - 18 May 2003 21:50
very posh, reasonalble prices,
comfotable seating,
recommended pub.
*****
Paul Archenoul - 19 Nov 2002 12:47

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