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One Bell, Crayford

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After football my group and I decided to visit as many of the remaining pubs in Crayford we could before our last train home. The first stop at the top of the hill was The One Bell which is now owned by the ex footballer Jimmy Bullard, and as I understamd was bought for he's Dad

The 3 ales on the taps were GK IPA, St Austell Tribute and Hansons Olde Trip. I opted for the Olde Trip and it was very good.

This is a very large pub, nice area with benches to the front and very spacious inside. Though to be honest it was quite empty at 9.40pm on a Tuesday night.

The decor is of a decent design and the 2 large fireplaces' have been kept either side of the bar.

Music playing while the televisions were showing sky sports.

All in all this is a decent pub and one I will visit next time I'm in Crayford but hopefully there will be more punters in!

Off to the Dukes Head now.
lezford - 21 Sep 2014 20:57
Smart little Pub which was quite busy Sat lunch but only one lady serving.
3 hand pumps Green King IPA, Ringwoods BB, and Harveys BB.
I had a pint of the Harveys which was very nice too @ £3.05 a pint.
bjbrummiejohn - 3 Oct 2011 12:55
Jimmy bullard's pub, bought it for his dad.

Clean and tidy, beer OK, but going more down the gastro route.
moncrief - 10 Aug 2010 08:24
First time visit for us and was pleasantly surprised. Very nicely decorated, toilets are extremely clean and very well presented. Nice atmosphere and felt very comfortable.

Quite a small pub with different sections to it, the bar being central.
picardygirl - 3 Apr 2010 17:38
Nicely refurbished, poorly staffed ! Shame for the new owners.
wontgothereagain - 27 Nov 2009 20:53
Currently under total re-vamp , bought by a local footballer who's done well for himself, be interesting to see what the result is as its a complete makeover by the looks of

gphillman - 20 Oct 2009 14:51
Not Crayfordís worst pub but certainly the most disappointing. It is situated far enough away from the shopping area and Greyhound stadium to lose tha main traffic whilst the nearby church and VCD football ground will hardly cause the place too many problems on the numbers front. Whilst the One Bell looks decent enough, the pub really doesnít make the best of its own features and presents itself as a fairly downmarket boozer when it could actually be something a lot more cosy, intimate and appealing. The interior is a bit cramped in places, not helped by some intrusive pillars and wall sections. Dťcor is pretty mundane mock Tudor style and whilst itís certainly not unattractive, itís not helped by intrusive cash / quiz / fruit machines and cheap promotional posters. To the laft of the main bar is an open fire and beyond, an area containing a pool table and dart board. Decent plasma screens will appeal to the sport fans and on my 2 recent visits, this seemed to be the main draw. There are 2 areas where the pub could significantly improve. Firstly and obviously, the beer Ė standard kegs and lagers and despite the presence of 3 redundant handpumps tucked away in the rear bar, this is now the only non Real Ale pub in Crayford (even the dreadful Bear & Ragged Staff manages to outdo the One Bell on that count). Secondly, Iím certainly no prude but there should be some management control over some of the crudest and offputting language which was way over and above the necessary tolerance you would normally deem acceptable in any pub. It certainly doesnít make the place feel welcoming to non locals. The bottom line is that there is little at the One Bell that canít be found better down the road and Crayford isnít exactly a hot bed of classic pubs. With a bit of thought and effort, this could be as good as any of its neighbours but as things stand, it lacks any real reason to warrant a return visit.
RogerB - 1 May 2009 15:52

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