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The Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel, Dartford

1 High Street
Dartford
DA1 1DU
Phone: 01322224415
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Alan Winfield left this review about Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel

The Royal Victoria is a large pub situated in the middle of Dartford.
The pub had market stalls outside when i visited it.
Once inside there are two small rooms either side of the entrance,the main room to the rear is square shaped with a high ceiling and looks like a covered courtyard,there is a large island bar in the middle of the room and two area at either side which are carpeted,the seating mainly normal tables and chairs.
There was one real ale on which was Jennings Cocker Hoop which was a decent drink to start my crawl of Dartford on.
I was happy enough having a drink in this pub.

Pub visited 22/10/2016

On 2nd January 2017 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel

The pub has an island bar in a flagstone centre point which was clearly once an open courtyard in the pub's previous guise as a coaching inn and apparently was once cobbled. This area has now been covered by a glazed roof, forming an atrium with the original, now hotel serving galleries above screened off, presumably for fire regs. Royal Coats of Arms are still displayed. To each side of the covered yard are a series of beamed and stuccoed rooms, one with some fine wood panelling, containing various potted histories of the building. A rear room on the left has a pool table plus a bar football table, a front room on the right is more intimate with a couple of sofas. Over the bar are a a Penny Farthing and a large brass bell. Stairs lead up to the hotel accommodation and an upper outdoor terrace/smoking area. At a little odds with the history, and slightly spoiling the ambience there are numerous TVs and the usual pubco menus on the tables.
Once I had managed to track down a barmaid I had the Hobson's choice of Brains SA, which was ok but I did need to request a significant top up. Worth a visit for the history and architecture but not a spot for a session.

On 4th December 2011 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel

The Bull ‘N’ Vic (as it is locally known) is an historic coaching inn and was one of the main stopovers on the London to Dover route. It is Dartford’s oldest pub dating back to the 14th century although much of the current building is of later periods. Queen Victoria stayed here in 1836, hence the now Royal prefix, but the place is mostly connected with Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick who lived and died here. Until a recent and costly refurbishment it was a very tired and run down place but the interior has now been restored to bring out the best of its feaures.

To the left of the main entrance is a small self contained bar that I have never seen in use so I assume it is mainly for small private functions. The main island bar stands in the original flagstoned courtyard, glazed over in the 1820’s when the building doubled up as a corn exchange. The balcony has been given a fresh coat of paint and the glazing itself has either been replaced or cleaned up to look good as new. A couple of Coats of Arms overlook the bar adding to its historic feel although the hotel rooms themselves are hidden behind the glazed balcony. To the sides of the courtyard are various semi knocked through rooms and side bars, the pick being the Royal Room at the front of the main pub with its rich panelling and one of the many fine newly restored fireplaces. New seating and has been introduced where necessary replacing the bare spaces and making the place far more welcoming than it was previously. Even the games room to the rear has benefitted with extra seating and a table football replacing one of the 2 pool tables. Beyond this point was once a ballroom and another bar which was effectively a separate pub called the Bull Shades, used by the local market traders who weren’t particularly welcome in the main pub itself. Sadly these buildings were demolished in the 1970’s when the Priory Centre next door was built.

There is a detailed history of the pub on display and several interesting photos and pictures dotted around of both the town and the pub itself some old, others modern. Many of the rooms and side bars have now also been given names giving them a bit of identity and there is also more emphasis on the life of Richard Trevithick with his portraits taking prominent positions.

Somewhere in the pub is said to be an 18th century bullethole and some people may be surprised that there are not any more recent such additions given the poor reputation that place has sadly acquired. For all its history and magnificent features, the B’N’V has for many years been geared at enticing the younger generation with the emphasis on TV sport across multiple TV’s and club nights when the place turns into a magnet for young clubbers, scantily clad nubiles, plentiful bouncers and all the baggage that goes with it. Most Monday’s and Tuesdays currently showcase local Metal and Indie bands whilst weekends are various club and theme evenings most of which are pay to enter. That just leaves daytimes or a couple of evenings for those outside their first flushes of youth to enjoy what the place has to offer.

Following the refurbishment, 3 new hand pumps were introduced however the initial selection of more interesting ales has now declined to a single mundane Bombardier which is often not available and when it is can be of variable quality, certainly not justifying the Cask Marque award that it currently holds. The prices are confusingly erratic as they are sometimes discounted for the music and club evenings. Service has always been friendly but not always efficient with bar staff occasionally going walkabout when you need to be served.

Overall it is a very impressive building that certainly warrants a visit but you need to pick the right time and hope that the variables are in your favour.

On 22nd June 2011 - rating: 7
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Dartford, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Darts : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 August 2013 by Roger Button
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