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The Darnley Arms, Gravesend

40 The Street
Postal town: Gravesend
DA12 3BZ
Phone: 01474814218

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Darnley Arms

Partly opened-out U-shaped layout, with two small bar areas separated by the central servery and a a little dining area at the back - all very traditionally furnished and decorated. Also has a slightly raised patio area out back. Four real ales from the various handpumps: Greene King IPA, Ringwood Razor Back and a local pair from Iron Pier: Perry St Pale (£3.90, and in great shape) and the standard Bitter.

On 20th November 2021 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Darnley Arms

Best of the three pubs in the village by a country mile - even if it did look closed up from the outside. Think they need to repaint their sign.

Lovely Canterbury Ales Reeves Ales. Friendly locals. Nice home carved ham sandwich.

On 16th December 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Darnley Arms

The Darnley Arms is a typical historic village pub which is reputedly over 800 years old. The pub has a tunnel which connects it to the nearby church and it is believed that this was used by monks who used the pub as a meeting place. The pub’s current guise isn’t quite as traditional as you might expect, with partitioning walls seemingly missing creating an unusual main room layout around what is now a U shaped servery. The room is nicely carpeted with banquette and standard seating throughout and plenty of stools along the bar counter. The walls have been painted white with the odd bit of exposed brickwork visible here and there and a large collection of plates are on display on a high shelf that runs around the whole room. One side has been set up more formally than the other and looks like it might be the spot to enjoy a bite to eat as the restaurant can be accessed through a doorway on this side of the room. The eye is caught by a couple of fireplaces, including one with some tankards hung above it, and what looks like an antique clocking in machine. At the rear of the pub there is a sizeable car park, a few benches and a large grassy area with a bit more seating. There was background music playing during my stay but this didn’t detract from the genial atmosphere created by the welcoming locals and cheerful staff.
Three ales were available on my visit – Greene King IPA, Dark Star Hophead and Gadds No 3 – the latter a bargain at £2.80 for a well kept pint. There is a decent looking menu and blackboards detailed various promotions such as Thai food on Wednesdays and Fish and Chip Fridays.
Whilst I’m not entirely sure that my decision to walk here from Sole Street train station was worth the lengthy slog along a busy road, this is still a pretty good pub in a pleasant village and is certainly worth a look in if you find yourself passing.

On 18th September 2012 - rating: 6
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Nick Johnstone left this review about The Darnley Arms

Came with my girlfriend rather than a dog and found the place to be very nice. Traditional styled pub with what looked like a pigeon timing device in one corner.

On 3rd March 2011 - rating: 6
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Bob Watts left this review about The Darnley Arms

DOG OWNERS BEWARE. After an exhausting cross-country walk, my dog and I shunned the two other pubs in the village and made our way to the Darnley Arms in Cobham. I had previously had good service and good food in the pub so I was looking forward to a refreshing drink and some relaxation. The pub was almost empty so I ordered and paid for a drink for myself and politely requested a bowl of water for my dog as she was very hot and in need of a drink. The barmaid said that she would do this after serving another customer who had walked in after me. This seemed to give her some sort of perceived power over me because from then on she absolutely ignored me and my panting dog. After 10 minutes I asked again for the water to be told she was still serving. After a further 10 minutes and absolutely no attempt to perform this simple task I decided to leave my drink and try elsewhere. If dogs aren't welcome why don't you erect a sign? Not that I'll ever bother you again.

On 15th September 2010 - rating: 3
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