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Grove Tavern, Tunbridge Wells

34 Little Mount Sion
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1YS
Phone: 01892526549
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Pub SignMan left this review about Grove Tavern

This is a very basic, traditional side street boozer located up a rather steep side road off the main High Street. The pub has a simple bare boarded interior with the servery along much of the right hand wall. The front part of the pub is dominated by a popular pool table that various people seemed to be queued up to play on, arguably detracting from the pub’s traditional feel but clearly helping to pull a few extra punters through the door. The bar has a plain tongue and groove counter with a similar bar back that features a promising looking ‘Coming Soon’ ale list. The pool table means that seating is forced along the left side of the room, with some small tables and low stools opposite the bar, broken by a tidy brick fireplace with a plain mirror above and various certificates and other items relating to the pub’s charitable work to one side. There’s a sofa in the rear left corner under a flat screen TV which was turned off on this visit, with a slot machine and small table rounding out the furniture at the back of the room. Playing cards and traditional games can be found in a window sill back here and the decor includes a shelf full of rugby and whiskey themed items as well as some unusual clocks made from old 7” records, which should not be taken as a hint towards the pub’s music policy though – there was no piped music playing at all throughout the course of my stay.
The aforementioned ‘Coming Soon’ board hints towards the pub’s commitment to real ale and they had four active handpulls on the go when I arrived, dispensing Taylors Landlord, Harvey’s Sussex Best, Marston’s EPA and a Pale Ale from a brewery I failed to note. The EPA was in pretty decent shape and set me back £4.00 for a pint, which seems to be about par for the course in these parts.
I liked this pub which made up for a fairly mainstream ale selection by creating a pleasant environment in which to relax over a few pints. The staff were very friendly and the pub had that feel to it that makes you think it will always offer a warm welcome to a stranger. I only had a rushed visit here, but I’d certainly be more than happy to return, as it fitted in nicely with the other pubs on my crawl.

On 31st May 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Grove Tavern

Proper pub, in a characterful but somewhat hidden part of Tunbridge Wells a short walk up a steep hill from the High Street. Very traditional look, both inside and out. Pool table and darts board somehow fitted into the compact bar. Welcoming landlord and bar staff. Four handpumps on the counter, dispensing the regular Landlord and Harveys plus Cameron's A-hop-alypse Now (£3.70) as a guest on my latest visit. Remains thoroughly recommended.

On 5th March 2017 - rating: 8
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Mark Davey left this review about Grove Tavern

I agree totally with Just a... proper pub off the beaten track and well worth a visit. Great pint of Harveys on the bar, decent food and a pool table. Nice welcoming staff and chatty locals make this a destination in Tunbridge Wells.

On 11th July 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Tunbridge Wells, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
High Brooms, 2.04 miles, 39 min walk (show)
Frant, 2.64 miles, 51 min walk (show)
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31st May 2019, 21:11
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5th Mar 2017, 12:45

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  • Darts : Yes last updated 15 October 2011 by hondo .
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  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 15 October 2011 by hondo .
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 October 2011 by Quinno _
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