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The Ship, Hextable - pub details

Address: Puddledock Lane, Hextable, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7QF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32100) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Swanley (1.8 miles), Bexley (2.2 miles), Crayford (2.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.5/10 (rated by 4 users)
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well, after visiting this pub on 2 occasions once on a sunday and once on a tuesday, it is safe to say it has seen better days. it features a a grotty rundown public bar full of rug takeing piss heads, and a more welcomeing snug bar with pew seating and a large conservetry extenction. it is verry narrow and i had to keep moveing as people walked past. it offers a basic range of beer and cast ale and basic home cooked 'pub grub' that is rather expensive for what it is on the sunday i visited i asked for a beef roast as they were only serving roasts or sandwiches whic after 45 minuets was told had run out, by a verry stressed out bar maid i was given a menu and asked if i wanted anything of this, altho i wasent alowed any thing fried as the fryer was off, i got a refund with no questions asked and was on my way. on the tuesday i vitited the pub was empty apart from the bar maid that was in on the sunday, she instantly reconised me and appolagised for her short mannor and the diffculty i had on sunday, explaining she never got told any thing about the confusion untill it was to late, i must admit it was a nice touch to get and explination. i ordered a burger and chips and a pint and sat down chatting with the friendly bar maid for a few minuets. i ventured to the garden for a ciggie ( sodding smokeing ban) and had a look aroud the garden was well equipted with play things for kids and had meny animals roaming around. all well and good but the smell from the pig sty was unbearable and i got attacked by a goose. i recived my burger and, well it was bareable i surpose, dripping in greese that when i asked about the bar maid was prompt in telling mee was microwaved as they diddent have a griddle. errrrrmmmm ok i started eating then saw a cat then a dog emerge from the kitchen. i left promptly after. all in all a good pub for kids if you can stand the smell of animal poo and stomach a dog poncing over your food, but due to its location in the middle of nowhere and its shear neglance to any thing customer related, i would deffinatly GIVE IT A MISS. unless desperate or have a nose peg.
pear_1688 - 17 Apr 2011 13:04
Decent ale and a tasty sunday lunch has made this pub more desirable.

Animals and large play area for the children in a family friendly area, with a public bar for the more serious drinker.

Recommended for a sunny sunday afternoon, a definate improvement on recent years.
razorbill - 10 Nov 2010 13:17
Historic church laws prevented any pubs in nearby Hextable village hence the Ship is stranded just outside the parish boundary down a narrow country road in the middle of nowhere. The Public Bar is at the roadside of the pub and on my visit was inhabited by a few gobby no brainers. The bar is tatty and worn with a plain floor, 2 small fireplaces, a dartboard and trophy cabinet that has seen more fruitful days. The carpeted rear saloon bar is far more tidy, comfy and inviting with long padded pews, low plain ceiling, a couple of ship prints and old clock. The focal point is the brick fireplace next to the bar although the plasma screen above diverts the attention. There is a conservatory at the rear and a sizeable beer garden with plenty for the kids to play on. The beer selection was standard lager and keg bitter supplemented by a polypin oif Brakespear that was long past its best. If the beers werenít reason enough to move on, listening to the Darknessís Christmas Time whilst the TV was churning out Strictly Come Dancing certainly was. With its pleasant country location, the Ship could be such a terrific place but as things stand, it fails to live up to its potential.
RogerB - 25 Dec 2007 23:44

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