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Daylight Inn, Petts Wood

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user reviews of the Daylight Inn, Petts Wood

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Still doing a pretty good job considering what it is trying to achieve. Sport and lager in the main bar, real ale in the lounge bar. It is a good mix. Can get busy early evening as punters turn up before going out to eat in one of the many restaurants in Petts Wood. Probably a good idea as the food in the daylight is a bit cheap and cheerful.

I maintain a premium rating on this pub as they do display a good range of well kept beers at a reasonable price.
Dynamo1 - 18 Dec 2014 12:46
Ok this might not be the place to bring your family for a cozy lunch and the outside does look a bit tatty these days, but as a real ale drinker I have to say the Daylight does surprisingly well. It is not necessarily the fault of the landlord that the clientel happens to be rather lively and generally chavish, the pub has been like that for years. However, I have started to pop in there occasionally "early doors" for a few pints and the beer has been excellent. The Bishops Tipple I have been drinking recently has been spot on which indicates that the lines are being kept clean on a regular basis. The staff quickly know who you are and what you are drinking and look as if they enjoy working there. Have to agree that I would normally avoid pubs with bouncers like the plague but in this instance with the beer tasting so good, I will continue to visit.
Dynamo1 - 6 Feb 2012 14:18
30/1/12 The beautiful pub has descended into rack and ruin. Filthy litter strewn outside areas and beer garden. Beer bottles, glasses, 100's of cigarette butts all on public view from the pavement. Really puts down the conservation area it is located in and is indicative of the poor management currently in charge.

Inside the Gents toilets are filthy with urinals broken and leaking water onto floor. The rowdy and rough clientele the landlord encourages, take great advantage of plasma Sky sports tv. On Big Match days and weekends, with cheap booze the pub is a no go area, Landlord not in evidence.

This family pub in quiet residential area requires bouncers on the door, most nights, who are ineffectual in stopping overt misuse of substances in the pub toilets.

In short, this beautiful pub has suffered years of neglect by the incumbent landlord who has driven it into a cheap Wetherspoon's alternative that creates drink fuelled yobs watching endless hours of Sky sports.

This business model is seriously flawed as this public house has the potential to be a much better establishment.
PubGaurdian - 30 Jan 2012 14:18
As a local man I don't mind the Daylight at all. The beer is reasonably priced and the pub decor is nice. They've got decent tellies to watch the footie on and a nice little beer terrace round the back. The staff are polite and I've never experienced bad service. On the slightly negative side the clientele seem to be a bit on the " Look at me, I'm Jack The Lad" sort of crowd and there have been a few punch ups at this place. But then again you get idiots everywhere you go nowadays so it's not the pubs fault. A thumbs up 7 out of 10 for me.
bigalfonzo - 10 Oct 2010 10:24
Weve heard rumours that the pub has been sold to Food pub chain i.e. Beefeater. I would be a great shame as Petts Wood has 21 Restuarants allready Its nice to have a "PUB"
radioshed - 19 Sep 2010 17:52
5.8 is unfairly low for this pub � I�m going for 9 (6 for the pub, 10 for the beer, plus 1 to even up the score!). Yes its not your classic English pub, it�s a bit of a barn, but its comfortable and spotless and doesn�t have the unfortunate smell and Russian Roulette of beer that the wetherspoons has. Beer wise you get a regular excellent �1.99 pint of pale ale (E.S.P I think) plus well kept, well known branded guest ales such as Harveys, Doom and Black Sheep at �2.49 per Full Pint. Staff very friendly � Keep up the good work guys
beerandpaperman - 9 Jul 2010 10:17
BEST PUB EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
arualjo - 31 Mar 2010 15:11
Went to a party in their function room this year, really nice room & cool staff...............Worth a punt!!
moonuk - 14 Nov 2009 11:37
Revisited the Daylight yesterday and enjoyed the experience. The beers were well kept, Deuchars IPA �2.30 and Youngs Ordinary at �2.05 very good value. Especially when the Bull's Head (the relatively nearby Youngs pub) sells their ordinary at �2.93. Good crowd early doors but can imagine it gets a bit lively later on in the evening judging by some of the characters on show.
Dynamo1 - 21 Aug 2009 16:45
Popped into this pub last night. Prompt service, decent beer and a nice crowd. Not a local haunt of mine but I will be back in the not so distant future.
thebrownbottle - 30 Oct 2007 11:52
Pool Table??? It is 10 years since the place had a pool table.
halfbee - 1 May 2007 10:06
'A pub of two halves' - one with large screens for footy, pool table and a younger customer base. The other more comfy, soft lighting and quieter. I prefer the latter (being a 40-something old git). But the two mix well enough. Decent beer. Reasonable food. 'Lively' Friday/Saturday nights. Beats getting beaten-up in Bromley...
madras1234 - 13 Apr 2007 13:09
Set foot in this place for the first time in about 10 years the other day since it stopped being a family pub. Had heard bad things, and maybe on a weekend the atmosphere is different but on my visit it was reasonably busy, a lot of commuters and middle aged couples, as well as punters watching the football, and the beer was quite well kept. Interestingly it also has two sets of toilets, which is not something you see much.
man_of_kent - 25 Aug 2006 12:42
Could be so much better, prime location in Petts Wood but has always struggled. Needs a homely touch e.g. better kept beers and home made food. Perhaps they should grass over the car-park and have more benches outside.
Dynamo1 - 14 Jun 2006 15:35
Hi Norgor

Commiserations over this establishment.The only alternative is to go out of town.Fortunately that other "Hell hole" The Kent Hounds closed last year so the risk factors are somewhat reduced
Hasta La Vista
robertmiles - 28 May 2006 21:32
Somewhat better than the Sovereign of the Seas, but still bloody awful. A characterless pub, selling characterless beer. I spent my formative years drinking in this hovel, and I'm still receiving the counselling to help me over the bad experience.
norgor - 4 Apr 2006 22:26
This establishment has the highest prices you are likely to encounter anywhere.

robertmiles - 8 Mar 2006 20:03
Recently introduced large no smoking area. Food very very basic, microwaved or deep fried about your lot. Better than the alternative Wetherspoons pub across the railway line.
halfbee - 7 Feb 2005 11:43
hardly a family pub as children are not allowed
anonymous - 7 Mar 2004 17:34
Matt Angelo - 9 Apr 2003 00:59

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