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The Ivy Leaf, Dartford - pub details

Ivy Leaf
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Address: 72 Darenth Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1LS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29591) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dartford (0.5 miles), Stone Crossing (1.9 miles), Crayford (2.2 miles)

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Malt Shovel, Dartford (0.2 miles), Foresters, Dartford (0.2 miles), Tiger, Dartford (0.2 miles), Woodman, Dartford (0.2 miles), Paper Moon, Dartford (0.3 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Ivy Leaf, Dartford

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First of all this is an excellent pub with a cracking landlord & staff.

Myself and 2 others came in here last Tuesday after a game at Dartford FC. Being our first visit we came here on the way back to Dartford as the pub is in the 2013 Good Beer Guide, one of only 4 in Dartford.

Large "estate" looking pub from the outside but very different inside. One large bar that is split across 2 seating areas. Live music was on, folk band I think and they were very good. Busy with locals listening to the band and having their own conversations, much busier and nicer atmosphere for a Tuesday night than a lot of pubs get at weekends.

4 or 5 ales on but I cant remember the exact number. We all had a couple of pints of Foundation Bitter from the East London Brewery and it was very well kept.

The landlord and the head barman took their time to chat to us, ask questions answer questions and generally made us feel very welcome.

I cannot praise this pub enough it really is one of the nicest, friendliest pubs I have been in, in a long time.


lezford - 11 Feb 2013 13:22
Nice pub, good atmosphere on Friday nights and Saturday/Sunday lunchtime for the sports.

Full of locals and made to feel welcome by all.

Beer is the same here like most others in Dartford!

Good job
Rangers_Tel - 27 Oct 2010 15:13
A short walk beyond the excellent Malt Shovel pub and you'll find yourself at The Ivy Leaf. It's a large enough establishment situated opposite a row of shops and a grassed area. Its split into two sections, with fire places in each. Brass ornaments adorn the walls along with a couple of TV's for sport. The staff were friendly and attentive and the locals within nattered away calmly. There was pleasant background music playing at a reasonable volume. A few ales were pleasingly on offer and my pint of London Pride (�2.80) was served just right. Overall, a relaxing and pleasing experience. I'd certainly visit again sometime.
HTM69 - 12 Mar 2008 13:01
There has been an Ivy Leaf here since the mid 19th century and according to �Cheers�, the book on local pub history, it was originally part of a scheme to build a grand crescent overlooking the park. Obviously that never came to fruition and the old pub made way for the current building in 1929. Situated a short walk from the town but far enough to keep the local pond life and social misfits away, this is a good example of an inter war pub. The fully carpeted interior consists of 2 bars, a saloon bar to the right and a smaller public bar to the left. These are joined by a narrow bar area which can be a bit of a bottleneck. Both bars are similarly decorated in a mock Tudor style with brick fireplaces and pews around the window bays but what really catches the attention are the masses of brass and copper pots, pans, taps, pipes, pumps and assorted oddments that hang from the ceiling. There is a dartboard in the public bar and a wide screen TV while there is a more substantial if cumbersome looking TV at the Saloon end. The 2 Ales (London Pride & Adnams) are, on the face of it, nothing special but are well kept and surprisingly for such common ales, there are few, if any, pubs in Dartford that actually stock either of them. The welcoming, charismatic landlord and friendly staff are very attentive and the chances are they will recognize you even if you are not a particularly regular visitor. There is a decent beer garden to rear as well as some benches out front with the views over the park. The Sunday quiz is always a bit of fun and it is also handy for the new football ground a few hundred yards down the road. Definately One of the better and more civilised pubs in the area.
RogerB - 3 Aug 2007 12:17
Went in here just after the summer of last year seemed ok, very big pub, has two seperate doors, almost seems like they have 2 bars, maybe they did at one point.
I think and hope this pub is now taken over by Jim the landlord, who used to own the victoria in belvedere, if it has then you guys have a top guvnor, who I hope can make the pub even better.
think the malt shovel down the road must dent the trade a bit, so its up the game time I guess.
seems a locals pub, but that was just a first impression.
all in all, ok
must try again soon

anonymous - 7 Jan 2007 20:31

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