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The Daylight Inn, Orpington

Station Square
Petts Wood
Postal town: Orpington
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Oak Tree (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Reviews of The Daylight Inn (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Daylight Inn

This large inter-war era pub has an unusual island location next to Petts Wood station and takes its name from a local MP who campaigned for the introduction of daylight saving. The pub looks great on approach, mixing white timbering and red brick to good effect and boasting some lovely, detailed woodwork around the porches, lattice effect windows and colourful flower baskets. You enter into a large main bar which appears to have been opened out from two separate rooms judging by the presence of a fireplace awkwardly positioned in the centre, opposite the bar. The room variously has parquet, tile and carpet floor coverings and sports some fine high wood panels and decorative plasterwork features. Seating is mainly in the form of comfy chairs and high stools, with most turned towards one of two large screens which were showing Soccer Saturday to a reasonably rapt crowd. The servery runs along the back wall and has a smart counter and a nice dark wood bar back with a detailed carved leaf design. If the TV screens weren't enough of a distraction from this rather pleasant room, the slot machines probably would be and the electronic advertising board on the front wall most certainly is. Moving to the right, past the attractive fireplace, you find a large raised seating area with lots of comfy chairs, various framed pictures on the wood beamed walls and a very nice fireplace with some marvellous spiral brick pillars. There is also a large function room out the back somewhere with its own bar, which I believe was originally a ballroom when this place was in use as a hotel. There was a mixed crowd in on a Saturday afternoon, giving the pub a nice community feel and the friendly staff seemed to have a good rapport with their regulars.
I wasn't expecting much in the way of good beer here, but there were three ales on - Gadds Dependence Day, Old Dairy Cattle Shed and the inevitable Sharps Doom Bar - so I wonder if the success of the nearby micro pub has led to a rethink of their guest ale policy. I took a pint of the Cattle Shed (£3.25) which drank very well as I tried to lip-read Paul Merson to figure out how my team were getting on.
This is a grand pub which must've been quite something back in its heyday. It has been knocked around a bit since then but still retains plenty of character and this, coupled with some decent beer, makes it well worth a look for anyone visiting Petts Wood primarily for the micro pub.

On 21st September 2016 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Daylight Inn

Although not immediately obvious from the main (east) railway station exit, this is a very imposing Brewers' Tudor establishment which dominates the square. The interior has been partially opened out to form one large 'L'-shaped bar, but plenty of original features remain to admire (both inside and out). Various seating areas, with one large sports TV screen being ignored by almost everybody. Patios to each side. Unexpectedly busy early on a Friday evening, with a reasonable number of people eating too. Has five real ales on handpump - with a very mainstream selection of Black Sheep, Doom Bar, Pride, Tribute and Pedigree (£3.10) available on this visit - plus two draught ciders on offer from three more handpumps around the other side of the counter. Overall, pretty good for an unbranded M&B (Oak Tree) pub.

On 21st February 2016 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Daylight Inn

This is a most impressively large pub, sitting in splendid isolation just outside Pett’s Wood train station. It features frontages of classic Brewers’ Tudor on the first floor level, with red brick walls at ground floor. Thankfully and surprisingly, the red brick frontage has not been spoiled by being painted. The interior has been largely opened up, but still has at least a couple of “see-through” fireplaces indicating where dividing walls would once have been, one of which has the distinctive Charrington’s feature of spiral brick pillars surrounding it. Although it is an ex-Charrington pub, I didn’t spot any of the trademark green banded windows, but instead they had small lozenge shaped lead bound panes. They’re quite attractive, but not quite so distinctive as the original windows would have been. Some of the walls had some nice fielded wooden panelling on them, but the most unusual feature here was the plaster panels featuring fairies and birds and the like. I was told that there is a ballroom downstairs but I didn’t get to visit it. With such a large and imposing pub you obviously get some outside seating.
I had a pint of Sunny Beach Blond in here which was in great nick. Other ales were less interesting, such as Marston’s EPA, London Pride and Doom Bar. As I recall the prices for drink, and food, were very reasonable, but for some reason I didn’t make a note of them. I would recommend this pub as a comfortable place to stop off for a pint and a bite to eat if you’re passing through Pett’s Wood. I would visit again if I was in the area.

On 29th June 2012 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by paulof horsham
Petts Wood, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Orpington, 1.37 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Chislehurst, 1.79 miles, 34 min walk (show)
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24th Nov 2023, 12:30
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24th Nov 2023, 10:35
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 23 October 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
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