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Rose, Bexleyheath

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The Rose is on the Broadway, Bexleyheath's main street. As others have commented, the bar is immediately in front of you, as you enter. There is a choice of two doors, both next to each other. So, I was expected to find two rooms. But, they have been joined together. Nevertheless, the interior still feels very traditions. It was still fairly quiet on our Saturday morning visit. So, there was no problem getting served or finding a seat. 4 ales were Courage Best, Sharp's Doom Bar, St Austell Proper Job & Dorking Pilcrow Pale.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Apr 2019 15:45
This pub, a mainstay of the Broadway for coutless decades, still has the same look from the outside as it has for many years.
A good, traditional pub, it is never too loud inside and the bar staff are welcoming. The selection of beers is good, in my opinion, and I've not experienced a bad pint as previous and older reviews have stated.
My main problem with this pub is only that it is really pushed for space, I've been there a number of times only to walk straight out again as either the doorway was blocked (the door is straight onto the bar) or there was crowded standing room only with no seats, which are also few in number.
If the issue of space was addressed somehow, this would be a great pub that I would visit more often but as I've had to walk out, I rarely try to visit again.
lechaise1977 - 29 Jun 2016 09:55
Busy locals pub on the Broadway.

5 pumps offering 4 beers, Spitfire, Doom Bar, St Austell's Trelawny and Harvey's Best.

I opted for the Trelawny and to be honest I shouldn't have bothered. It had a slight vinegar taste which indicates it's on the way out.

Pleasant enough pub, attentive barmaids, tv on mute and juke box at a reasonable level.

Probably my one and only visit this lifetime.
lezford - 8 Sep 2013 13:39
so madelle why a factory?do you think that people who work in factories have no people skills?where do you work madelle?do you in fact even have full time gainfull employment?or are you receiving benefits madelle?are you really mad elle?your rant in capital letters makes you seem mad elle...are you getting help??...go and say sorry to the blonde lady behind the bar,it will help you get better oh and stay off the drugs or buy better quality.
laughingduck - 4 Aug 2011 14:22
IAM A REAL ALE DRINKING AND A MEMBER OF CAMRA,THIS PUB COULD BE A GOOD PUB BUT THE WOMEN BEHIND THE BAR WITH BLONDE HAIR WAS VERY RUDE,NO SMILE AND QUESTIONED ME ABOUT WHO I WAS WITH IN REGARDS TO BUYING A DRINK.I DONT BUY FOR UNDERAGE PEOPLE.VERY CHEEKY IF YOU ASK ME.FORGET THIS PUB GO TO THE ROBINHOOD AND LITTLE JOHN PUB DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE ROSE BETTER PUB ALL ROUND.THIS LADY NEEDS TO WORK IN A FACTORY BECAUSE SHE HAS NO PEOPLE SKILLS.
ellemad - 4 Aug 2011 11:13
Arguably the best pub in Bexleyheath, or at least joint best with Robin hood and little john. Simon the landlord treats all his customers (new and old) with the same warmness. Good seating outside front, to lazily watch life pass you by. Quiet, small concrete garden out back with plenty of greenery. Karaoke on thursday is normally quite a hoot especially when chinese elvis turns up! Good selection of real ales, traditonal albeit every so slightly tired interior. Does food during the week, quite well priced but fairly basic too. Would recommend.
milo71 - 6 Jul 2011 13:55
Traditional pub serving 5 real ales - St Austell Tinners, Doom Bar, Harveys Best, Bombardier and Wells Eagle Ale as a guest which was a bit odd. Tinners tasted off but was changed without question. Friendly welcome, great pub.
GuideDogSaint - 27 Jun 2011 22:46
This is a brilliant place all round - beer, staff and locals.

The only criticism is that it can be hard to get served when its busy as people sit/stand around the whole bar.

Recommended.


ShelfStacker - 28 Jul 2010 17:12
I liked this place a lot - traditional pub feel and a very nice pint of Harvey's.
pubcollector - 2 Aug 2009 18:59
popped in on sunday to watch footie,had roast potatoes and sausages handed out at half time with traditional shellfish on the bar,FANTASTIC PUB,very clean and the beer very good,four top quality cask real ales,sky sports and setanta sports.the food is all HOMEMADE,by far the best pub on the broadway,a good friendly locals pub.
beerexpert - 19 Jan 2009 06:53
This pub remains on top of it's game, the other reviews say it all really. I always have a pint of Harveys and it's always been good. Quite how The Rose managed to be dropped from the latest GBG and The Wrong Un', a rather average Spoons further down the road, got in I can't understand.
Islander - 12 Dec 2008 17:13
Gets extremely packed on footie/rugby days. Only been in a couple of times, but the staff and clientel are decent folk and it's certainly cheaper than most surrounding pubs.
Mike142 - 30 Jun 2008 11:53
First went in here in 1974 and it doesent seem to have changed that much. None the worse for that i might add. If im ever in the area visiting the cemetery opposite i'll always pop in and have a couple of pints and read the paper. Nice place.
nickthefish - 13 Jun 2008 15:34
Small, clean, friendly. Walked in for the first time on Sunday. The beer was in excellent shape. Harvey's generally doesn't travel well, but this pub knows how to look after it. Bar staff excellent. This has to be the best pub in Bexleyheath. It certainly blows away the urine serving sh*t pits of Welling.
Zaphod - 1 Jun 2008 21:01
Popped in on a Friday afternoon. Does have that local's feel to it, with people turning and staring when you walk in, although they settle back down quickly enough. I take the point about being populated by a number of older drinkers, but it is a small pub with that sort of trad feel to it. Didn't try the food, but both pints I had (Sussex and Bombadier)were well kept, so good marks for the beer. Bar staff acknowledged my presence (despite serving someone else at the time) almost immediately, and service was quick, which is something I always looks for. Certainly the best pub in the Broadway/shopping centre area.
Mercurial - 21 Apr 2008 13:19
great pub,always very clean,great beer and friendly staff.karaoke on thursdays is brilliant.food out of this world,best local in bexleyheath.four top class real ales.great place to spend the evenings with friends
beerexpert - 2 Mar 2008 20:27
not a bad pub for where it is but never any toilet rolls in the loo even when you ask for one you dont get it.
tuggyboy - 1 Mar 2008 17:17
An excellent pub - clean and tidy, a Landlord that is really on the ball and excellent beer. Generally an older crowd. A great pub for a decent pint in sensible surroundings - unlike the rest of the Bexleyheath town pubs!
Islander - 22 Feb 2008 17:25
Haven't been there a while, but the best place for real ale in Bexleyheath. Generally have Harveys on. Has really benefited from the smoking ban as it used to get super-smoky. I've always encountered really good, friendly service here too.
old_at_heart - 8 Feb 2008 09:52
I liked it in here, proper boozer.
KingsizeSilvers - 2 Mar 2007 13:30
why do people assume that all girls that drink in bexleyheath are 17? i haven't seen many of them "sneaking" in after the rat has closed. i should know... i have been desperate for the toilet many times but haven't tried to blag my way into the rose (very nice place btw).
anonymous - 16 Jan 2007 22:48
amazing place,
simon and john always make you feel welcome,
brilliant local - keep up the kareoke nights please!!!
anonymous - 12 Jul 2006 17:34
what a great pub,the only pub in bexleyheath,good beer garden and friendly staff,real ales and good food.the ideal way to relax after a hard day.the pub is very clean and always well presented a credit to the landlord.
anonymous - 10 Jul 2006 22:38
I've only popped in here a couple of times. Once on a weekday afternoon and the second time on a Sunday evening. I can't remember too much about the drink selection or prices, but specifically recall the place having a friendly atmosphere and a cosy feel to it. I wouldn’t personally choose to spend my Friday or Saturday nights here, but it’s nice little pub all the same.
HTM69 - 26 May 2006 20:31

The best pub on the Broadway if a bit of 'gas n gargle' is your thing. I quite enjoy turning up here at 10pm Friday nights after drinking uptown and scaring my mates with my crazed rantings! Also worth hanging around after last orders to watch John harranging all the 17 year old girls who try and sneek in after the "Rat" has closed to use the toilet !
bigaerials - 15 Dec 2005 11:51
BY FAR THE BEST LOCAL IN BEXLEYHEATH,FRIENDLY STAFF,GREAT TRADITIONAL CASK BEER,FANTASTIC BEER PATIO.VERY CLEAN AND A GREAT CROWD OF CUSTOMERS.SUCH A TRUE GEM OF A PUB.FOOD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD,THE PUB DESERVES ALL ITS MERITS.
anonymous - 27 May 2005 12:06
Winny, you sure the average drinking age is 42?
Seemed more like 62 when I met a mate in there.
anonymous - 8 Apr 2005 20:23
Home from Home pub and excellent bar snacks and juke box... unfortunately the average drinking age is 42 so very small selection of alcopops...
Winny - 25 Oct 2004 13:56
The Rose is probably the last local in the Broadway. Friendly staff, excellent music there's even a small walled garden out back. It's only for old people though (over 21) which suits me.
GaryD - 28 Jun 2004 20:58
the rose is a fantastic pub,the best in bexletheath by far.great beer,great staff.and the perfect place to unwind after a hard day 10 out of 10.miles better then the robin hood.
mike - 6 Jun 2004 11:58
The Rose is a great local and second home. Many an excellent night has been spent supping a delectable tasting stella - who am I kidding.... Many a night has been spent getting blotto on the stuff. Great atmosphere and excellent staff. Roast potatoes on a Sunday and there is a well fit bar maid too.
Wiggy - 21 May 2004 16:11
This pub is absolutely amazing they have the best jukebox a great selection of beers and ales plus they have a great golf game that is very addictive.

This should be on everyones list of pubs I must visit before I die
Monkey - 21 May 2004 16:00
all i can say that the landlords and staff are all excellent and very welcoming, its a great place to go, especially when they have kareoke on sundays!!!
anon - 8 Apr 2004 15:23
Great pub - excellent ham (off the bone) sarnies to munch on too!

I prefer the Robin Hood & Little John but this is a nice little juicer.

Mark - 12 Mar 2004 19:19
A Very friendly pub. There is a
good choice of guest beers and there is a good plenty to choose from if you want a meal
Andrew Pink - 17 Feb 2004 10:22
A fine, old fashioned boozer with lovely decor. It has horse brasses and Toby jugs a plenty squire! Better than the nearby Rat and Parrot!
Juliet - 13 Jan 2004 23:43

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