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The Somerset Arms, Gravesend - pub details

Somerset Arms

Address: 9 Darnley Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0RU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 15187) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Gravesend (0.1 miles), Tilbury Town (1.6 miles), East Tilbury (1.7 miles)

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With 30 minutes wait for a train we decided to pop in here for a quick beer, however on arrival there was only 1 ale available from the 3 hand pumps which was GK IPA special reserve (my pal commented to me that it wasn't that well kept). No bottles of ale available so I had a couple of vodka and lemonade's instead.

Empty when we arrived apart from the 2 bar staff, who were both pleasant then within 10 minutes 3 chaps arrived to play pool.

Thankfully I didn’t get the impression the Somerset is a swinger’s pub or did I get propositioned, it is however a large pub with an amazing bank of seating in the room by the pool table that has to be seen. Plenty of other original features but the pub does seem on its backside a bit.

Handy for the station and far better than the Goose in town.

lezford - 10 Jan 2016 17:33
Pub frequented by swingers - have had sex in the toilets (with women) twice. Was propositioned by a man once. I no longer go to this pub.
mayorsoffice - 13 Sep 2014 12:22
When in Gravesend I usually eat in here. Its a pretty reliable pub for real ale, they usually have a few beers not normally found in the vicinity : on my visit, Hopback summer lightning, Otter Bright, Cotleigh Albatross. Didn't much likethe Otter beer but I don't like their beers anyway. The Albatross was fine at 6.5% abv. Food was good (better than wetherspoons for sure), 5.50 for a very large and well cooked all day breakfast. This is the best pub nearby the rail station.
Number.6 - 15 May 2011 13:25
Desolate on this early Sunday evening vist though it's never a popular time for pubgoing. A central brick bar and good pub feel to the place. Plenty of ales on of which I tried the Cotleigh Honey Buzzard. The barman seemed unsure when pulling me a pint commenting on it being 'too dark' so let me try it first. I do believe it is supposed to be dark and it tasted fine. Worth dropping in as it does have proper beer (not common in Gravesend) and it is far more preferable to the other pub near the station.
anonymous - 30 May 2010 21:19
Visited this pub yesterday around 1pm. Perhaps a little too early to witness the fighting referred to by the previous reviewer!
I found the bar staff very friendly and there were six real ales available. Unfortunately the Summer Lightning finished before I could sample it but the Pale Rider, Landlord and Speckled Hen were all fine. Abbot and Youngs Bitter were the other beers on.
The seats are old pews and the ones we sat on were not the most comfortable. This may account for why fewer people attend church these days!
Considering it was lunchtime and the pub is centrally placed I was surprised there were not more customers. The food (ploughmans) was ok.
The walls are decorated with film posters and "silver" and "gold" discs of artists such as Guns "N" Roses, Michael Jackson and Kylie.
Judging by the adverts it would appear this pub is a haven for tribute bands and I would guess gets pretty lively in the evenings!

outtamehead - 18 Feb 2010 10:27

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