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The Rose & Crown, Sevenoaks

Otford Lane
Halstead
Postal town: Sevenoaks
TN14 7EA
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Rose & Crown

This is a nice no-frills local’s pub in the village of Halstead, a five minute or so detour from Junction 4 of the M25. Entering into the right-hand side of the pub past a nice etched glass window that encouragingly bears the word ‘Ales’, you find yourself in a carpeted room that has been set up for diners but also feels casual enough for you to settle down for a drink. There’s a small fireplace to the left next to a doorway through to the Public Bar, before the room’s own serving hatch appears midway along the left-hand wall. The bar here has a plain counter, a collection of horse brasses across the beam above and some old duelling pistols on the bar back. The room is pretty plain, with white walls throughout, broken up by a beer board, a few black and white photos of local scenes and a Courage Ales mirror. The room is furnished with simple tables and chairs, mostly arranged down the right-hand wall, making it ideal for those wanting to eat. The door to the left takes you into a basic looking Public Bar with a much longer bar along the back wall and some very limited seating options, mostly in the shape of hard benches, down the front wall. A few TV screens in here were showing a mix of sports channels with the sound off and I also spotted a dartboard and a nice fireplace on the left-hand wall. More blackboards and photos enliven the walls and there were a good few locals propping up the bar and watching the sport on our lunchtime visit. Out the back, there is a large beer garden with patio and lawn areas and a nice shelter at one end. An annex in the left-hand side of the building seems to be in use as a restaurant, but it looked closed when we arrived, so we didn’t explore further.
The pub has found its way into the Good Beer Guide in recent years and they had no less than six cask ales on the go when we arrived, which I was quite surprised about. Options on this visit were Cellar Head Fireside and Winter Pale, Whitstable Pearl of Kent, Gadds Black Pearl, 3 Piers Mariners Gold and Larkins Traditional. I tried a pint of the Traditional and thought it was very well kept, served to us by a taciturn but helpful barman. We also had food here and although the menu is restricted to staple pub dishes, the quality was very good and we both left with full bellies.
I quite enjoyed my visit here and thought it was a well run village pub with good beer, simple but filling food and two well-defined bars. I appreciate the pub may feel a bit rough and ready to some, but if you’re looking for a proper village boozer with well-kept cask ale, you could do a lot worse than this place.

On 15th April 2020 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about The Rose & Crown

Very typical village local based on a couple of flint cottages and adjoining stable block. There's a fairly basic public bar to the front with TV for the footie, with a plusher lounge to the right with open fire and traditional feel. The stable to the left forms the restaurant. There are six real ales on, most of the local, with Larkin's Traditional a permanent fixture and at 3.4% excellent for drivers. It's in the GBG, deservedly so. It makes for a very pleasant stop, and worth seeking out if you're in the area.

On 13th May 2012 - rating: 8
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paulof horsham left this review about The Rose & Crown

Not really what I was expecting. In the country areas just outside of London, gastropub-style inns are pretty common, but The Rose & Crown feels more "honest boozer with food" than "destination dining experience". The food is something of a bargain, though, coming in at £6-£8 for main courses (substantially cheaper than most nearby options). For that, you don't get anything "pan-fried" or artistically arranged on an oval plate, just good old-style homecooked food.

CAMRA like the place, no doubt on account of the half-dozen or so pumps. Larkins Traditional is the house ale and was fresh on and fine for my visit. The New Zealand-hopped pale ale I tried next had seen better times, however.

The barmaid was on her own and working hard when we called in: you may have to wait a few minutes to get served, but the welcome's friendly and I'd be happy to return.

On 26th November 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location is best guess
Knockholt, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Shoreham (Kent), 2.72 miles, 52 min walk (show)
Chelsfield, 3.15 miles, 1 hr 0 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Rose & Crown, Halstead
15th Apr 2020, 17:16
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
13th May 2012, 11:12
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
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  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 May 2012 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
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