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Robin Hood & Little John

78 Lion Road
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Bus Stop(, ) Barton Close (DA6)

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Rex Rattus left this review about Robin Hood & Little John

When I was in on Wednesday lunchtime they had on Adnam's Broadside and Best, Harvey's Best, Doom Bar, London Pride, Brain's Rev James, Shepherd Neame Late Red, and BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Pale Ale. The first half a dozen are regulars, with the Late Red and BOB as guests. The prices are good - the BOB is £2.95, Adnam's Best is £3.35, and the others £3.55 or £3.65. Although there are some of the usual suspects in there, others are less usually seen, and the BOB is obviously from a local microbrewery and looks the best bet (it was in top notch condition as well). As others have said, the handpumps aren't all in the same place and you need to either examine the lists that are on display, or walk along the bar to examine all the clips (the guest ales were on pumps along to the left, and not on the bank of pumps facing you as you enter). A bar snacks menu was available with everything very reasonably priced - beefburgers are £2.75, and sarnies are from £3.95 (cheese, ham) to £5.95 (prawn cocktail).

This really is a country pub few paces from the main high street. There are low beams decorated with loads of pump clips, and with jugs and glass mugs hanging from them, plus more decor (plates and the like) on narrow shelves high on the walls. It's carpeted throughout and almost entirely furnished with settles and normal tables and chairs, but with a couple of armchairs filling a couple of small spaces. There are a few tables and chairs outside at the front.

This pub is a real gem, and thus was quite busy on my lunchtime visit. They do excellent beer, at excellent prices, and with a friendly landlady who took the trouble to tell me about the Bexley brewery ales. This is one of the pubs that really are worth seeking out. I would dearly like to make a return visit to this one.

On 18th December 2014 - rating: 8
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Nick Johnstone left this review about Robin Hood & Little John

Superb pub and one I used way back in 1976. To have this sort of pub in Bexleyheath is very fortunate. A reminder of bygone days.

On 3rd March 2011 - rating: 8
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Roger Button left this review about Robin Hood & Little John

It is hard to imagine a place that resembles a country village pub being 10 minutes walk down a quiet(ish) side street from the bustle of Bexleyheath High Street. You certainly wouldn’t find the place by accident but the pub is the areas must do pub for Ale aficionados. Having won the local CAMRA Pub of the Year award for the last 10 years you could argue that it says as much about the competition than the pub itself and to be honest, my last 2 or 3 visits have left a certain amount of disappointment given the pub’s reputation.

The interior is quite homely but not particularly spacious despite being extended to one side and the place can get a little cramped when busy. There is a mix of built in seats, leather armchairs and stools and you will more than likely find yourself sitting at an old sewing machine table. I have always felt that the interior lighting is far too bright and could do with toning down a bit. The ambience is quite sedate with safe unobtrusive music and a flat screen TV which doesn’t really suit the building. To the rear is a small but quite pleasant floodlit beer garden and there are also bench seats out the front.

My recent visits (including Burns night) I have found the ale choices a bit too mainstream and mundane and whilst there are usually around 7 or 8 available, several are quite ordinary (eg Adnams, Broadside, Canterbury Jack) or at best, regularly found guest ales (eg Doom Bar, Harveys, Brakspear) with just the occasional beer that really makes ale pubs so special. I am always particularly disappointed by the lack of any local micro’s although to be fair my visits are quite sporadic and I may just be unlucky on the days I go. One other small gripe is that the hand pumps are dispersed across the bar making it difficult to see what is actually on although there are lists and posters dotted about so best to check them before diving straight to the bar. The boss is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his beers and will happily guide you through what’s on. The ale quality is, as you would expect from the multiple certificates lining the walls, second to none and despite my gripes, things should be put into perspective in that this is still one of the top pubs in the area. The customer base is a far cry from the usual Bexleyheath feral gang mentality and whilst it may be slightly resting on its laden CAMRA award laurels, it is still well worth a visit if in town.

On 24th February 2010 - rating: 7
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18th Dec 2014, 18:39
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 December 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 December 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 December 2014 by Rex Rattus

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