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Cardinals Error, Tonbridge

Lodge Oak Lane

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Cardinals Error

Attractive old building which must once have been out in the countryside but which now looks rather out of place in a housing estate on the outskirts of Tonbridge. Massive chimney with impressive fireplaces either side, demonstrating its origins as two semi-detached cottages, and only converted to a pub in 1946. Two main rooms - with a curiously small bar counter shared between them - plus a more modern extension (although built in a sympathetic style) housing the pool table. Reasonable-sized beer garden with a small children's play area. Simple rolls on sale at £1.50. On the real ale front, the long-time regular Harvey's and Long Man Best (£3.20) were available from two of three handpumps on this visit. Interesting picture of Thomas Wolsey on the pub sign, and famously haunted by Nellie and 'The Old Gentleman'. Haven't visited for nearly five years, but I found the welcome more friendly and atmosphere more convivial than previously so rating increased accordingly.

On 16th March 2015 - rating: 7
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