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St Lawrence Tavern, St Lawrence

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Can't stand this place. It's loud, rowdy and unfriendly. Okay if you like lager louts and football.

I spent about as long as it takes to down a pint there with my boyfriend a while back - as one of the boozed up locals decided it would be great fun to take the p**s out of us for no reason other than we were there. The barman stood right in front of him as he got more and more obnoxious but did nothing to intervene. We drank up and left. Won't be back either, thanks very much.
grotfairy - 22 Sep 2008 20:39
Was it really a year ago since my last visit, and thus, posting on this pub? Called in for a snifter early last Saturday evening.

The Abbot was spot-on, so I stopped for a second - not something I would normally do.

GK I.P.A. and Fuller's London Pride were on, but remained untried.

If you're in the neighbourhood, you may well try the "Aussie" ( Australian Arms ) and the "Deadwood" ( Southwood Tavern ).
5thearlofwimbourne - 13 Feb 2008 12:49
Service was spot on as usual, although it was unusually quiet in there on Sunday morning. Adnam's "Broadside" was on, and in fine condition, in place of "Spitfire", the other three being as in the previous post. So what does do to my rating?

+1 - for having Adnams on.
-1 - no bar nibbles on a Sunday morning - disgraceful!

So it's still 6/10.

5thearlofwimbourne - 13 Feb 2007 09:00
"If the choice/quality drift back into the usual Thorley mediocrity, then this will be reflected in any future review."

Service is still exemplary, and the ales are still well presented, but the range seems to have regressed. I had an excellent pint of Sheps's "Spitfire".

The two usual Greene King offerings and Courage Directors were also avalailable.

So it's down to 6/10.

5thearlofwimbourne - 3 Feb 2007 11:32
I do hope things are not in decline following Alan's departure. I visited a week ago last Saturday, and the place was heaving. Of the four engines, the only two in use were Abbot & G.K.IPA., so I had a pint of "mixed"

Service was friendly and immediate, notwithstanding the number of people in there. I just had the one then headed for the "Aussie" just along the road.

I called back first thing Sunday morning, and received the same prompt friendly, service from the fellow who had serverd me the night before. It transpires he is the new landlord. I was impressed that he remembered me from the previous evening, and greeted me with a cheery "Good morning, pint of "mixed"?"

However, ther were still only the two engines on.

I visited again yesterday morning, and he still remembered me and what I had ordered. As all four were in operation, I had a pint of London Pride, followed by a pint of Director's.

The ale was on good form, but I am concerned that there will not be the choice available as was on offer when Alan was landlord. Hopefully, this will not be the case and it's the new chap just settling in.

I will maintain it as an 8/10, but will be keeping an eye out. If the choice/quality drift back into the usual Thorley mediocrity, then this will be reflected in any future review.
5thearlofwimbourne - 11 Dec 2006 16:12
Landlord Moore has invited all for drinks tonight to celebrate his Time in this most reasonable and busy Tavern. He's off to the Sir Stanley Grey, overlooking Pegwell Bay, and he's sure to turn that into a most splendid venue.
robnest - 16 Nov 2006 15:10
Alan is a top landlord - with a proper scary wife. The pub gets better and better. Very well kept ales - served a tad cool, in the modern style.
robnest - 21 Oct 2006 10:36
Well, pretty much as Earlo Fwimbourne said it!
Dennis_Wheatbeer - 21 Oct 2006 10:04
Well kept real ales (with an imaginative selection of guests), great value bar food and an excellent restaurant. Interesting old pictures of St Lawrence and Ramsgate adorn the walls.
skatalite - 30 Aug 2006 15:13
Whilst not being a great fan of Thorley Taverns in general, I have to admit that the St Lawrence is an excellent pub. Sue and Alan will always provide a friendly welcome.

The pub caters for all ages and types. The food is excellent and reasonably priced, providing both restaurant meals and bar snacks. Booking is recommended especially at weekends.

Alan is passionate about his ales. His regular is Greene King I.P.A., and three guest ales are always available, and always superbly looked after.

There is a pool table, and Sky Sports for the footballing cognoscenti.

A well deserved 8 out of 10!
5thearlofwimbourne - 23 Dec 2005 12:25

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