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The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend Town, Gravesend

Wellington Street
Gravesend
DA12 1JA
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Steve C left this review about The Jolly Drayman

Advertised as a pub, bar and hotel, there were only two other customers when I visited the Jolly Drayman on Halloween night (a Tuesday). The Halloween party must have been on the Saturday before because the two ladies running the bar were taking the decorations down. It being quiet, I was glad for a bit of background noise that was being supplied by Absolute 70s via a lone plasma screen opposite the central bar. To the left of the bar, and the entrance, is an alcove with a dartboard and large surround. To the right of the bar is a very low-ceilinged seating area.
During my visit the five hand pumps were drawing Dark Star Hophead, Skinners Betty Stogs, Hop Back Red Amber, St Austell Proper Job and Shrimpers prawn of the Dead. The old pump clips on the ceiling beams suggest an ever-changing cask ale range. A standard keg range was also available alongside Curious Brew lager. There is a lunchtime food menu from midday until 15:00 and roasts are available from midday until 16:00 on Sundays. Food is also available Friday evenings between 18:00 and 21:00. On the first Saturday of each month live music is held here and there is a function room available for hire. Out the front is some parking and there is a large paved well-kept beer garden.
I found the service to be very polite and the surroundings comfortable. I would pop back in if passing through.

On 1st December 2017 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Jolly Drayman

Situated on the site of the old Wellington Brewery (closed 1928), the Jolly Drayman is now part of a hotel / restaurant / bar complex that, thanks to its low beams, reclaimed timbers and exposed brickwork, feels like it should be a lot older than it actually is.

The entrance is through a glass lobby which has a few seats and a fruit machine but not much in the way of character. Once in the main body of the pub there is a panelled alcove to the left housing an unobtrusive darts area. From here onwards it is “mind your head” territory. The main bar is divided into a brace of small carpeted rooms that are similarly decorated. A wall in between contains a brick fireplace and with the low ceilings there is a feel of cosy intimacy. The small bar itself is not in the best position and access is a bit awkward when the pub is busy. There is also a small outdoors patio at the front. Note the perimeter walls, pretty much all that is left of the original brewery.

The beer selection is always worth calling in for, usually 4 ales that on my recent visit included Dark Star Hophead, St Austell Tribute, Triple FFF Comfortably Numb and Rother Valley Holly Daze. The pub regularly challenges for the annual local CAMRA Pub of the Year award although I don’t think it has ever actually won it. Service has always been good on my visits and the atmosphere friendly and relaxed.

It is a curious place but is well worth seeking out and only a short stroll from the town centre if a little elusive if approached from the wrong direction.

On 20th December 2011 - rating: 7
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Robert READ left this review about The Jolly Drayman

A real nice little pub with real ales. A real character pub with real wood beams, Mind your head..!
Sadly you get some pond life walking down Love Lane who stop and stare in the back windows at you??

On 9th April 2011 - rating: 6
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Gravesend, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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1st Dec 2017, 11:29
Review submitted by Steve C
 
4th Mar 2017, 14:50

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Darts : Yes last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Steve C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 01 December 2017 by Steve C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Steve C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 November 2017 by Steve C
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