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The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend

Wellington Street
Gravesend
DA12 1JA
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Moby Duck left this review about The Jolly Drayman

A bit of a higglty piglty mish mash of an interior with several areas to sit with your drink, the place was extremely busy but felt almost more like a clubhouse than pub, my Dark Star APA was fine but the venue didn't really float my boat.

On 28th January 2024 - rating: 5
[User has posted 1871 recommendations about 1844 pubs]


Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Jolly Drayman

Busy side-street pub with a good reputation for its real ales. No parts of the J-shaped bar are particularly spacious, but there is a side room that can be opened up for busier times or events. I found four of the five handpumps in use, pouring Greene King IPA, London Pride, Proper Job and Dark Star's Hophead (£4.20).

On 31st August 2023 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Jolly Drayman

Only a short walk from the town centre, this is a well run, backstreet pub with friendly service and some well-kept beer. You enter via a surprisingly large front car park, much of which had been given over to marquees, presumably now redundant after the lifting of restriction on indoor drinking. You enter through a small front room which extends a short way to the left, where some limited seating is available in a fairly unremarkable space which was in darkness on my arrival so presumably not much in demand from the locals. From here, you pass into the main room which is carpeted throughout and has wood panelled walls and a nice brick fireplace to one side, with a big clock above it. Long banquette seating along the rear wall is supported by some standard pub chairs, whilst the servery can be found to the front right of the room with a simple counter front and a deep, wood panel and mirror bar back. Ceiling beams run across the room and have been well decorated with numerous old pump clips. A slightly raised, narrow space to the left offers a few more small tables and has a dartboard on the end wall with a recessed trophy cabinet to one side. Moving right past the servery, the pub opens out into a decent sized room with plenty more seating options and some very nice wood panelling, but the nature of our current pub-going restrictions prevented me from exploring the space further. There also appeared to be a fair bit of outdoor seating to the front right of the pub, but again it was difficult to get a proper look in the dark or to know if this is the norm or just something added during the course of the pandemic. A rather odd soundtrack was playing during my late evening visit – at one point they blasted ‘Disco Inferno’ to a half-empty room, which was uncalled for.
On the bar, a choice of Dark Star Hophead, Skinners Betty Stogs, St Austell Proper Job and Taylors Landlord was available – perhaps not the most niche ale range, but a few reliable old favourites to pick from including the Betty Stogs which was in good shape. The barmaid was very friendly and helpful and tried to convince me to stay for one last pint, which I politely passed up in order to squeeze in one last pub before closing.
I liked this place and thought it was a pretty good all-rounder – the sort of pub you could take most people to without any complaints. The high points for me were the comfortable seating areas, well-kept beer and cheery service, but it also felt like a down to earth, reliable sort of boozer - the kind of place you’d be happy to call your local. A good addition to any crawl around town.

On 27th May 2021 - rating: 7
[User has posted 3114 recommendations about 3114 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Gravesend, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Tilbury Town, 2.08 miles, 40 min walk (show)
Northfleet, 2.49 miles, 48 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend
28th Jan 2024, 09:44
Review submitted by Moby Duck amended by Moby Duck
 
28th Jan 2024, 09:43
Review submitted by Moby Duck

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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
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 May 2021 by Pub SignMan
  • 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 : Yes last updated 27 May 2021 by Pub SignMan
  • 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
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 May 2021 by Pub SignMan
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