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The Penny Farthing, Dartford

Pub added by Roger Button
3 Waterside
Crayford
Postal town: Dartford
DA1 4JJ
Phone: 07772866645
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Penny Farthing

This is a classic shop-converted micropub with a pleasant enough location opposite a small stream in the centre of Crayford. The pub has a spacious single room layout which has been carpeted throughout, with plain painted walls which have been liberally covered by old pump clips. Mid-height hard-backed benches with seat pads run down either side of the room supplemented by some decent looking high stools. There are also a couple of upturned barrels for people to stand around under the large front windows which have frosted glass with the pub’s name and a penny farthing bicycle image picked out. A very small serving counter stands in the rear right corner of the room with a couple of handpulls, although the majority of pints are poured direct from the cask in the left-hand taproom, which can be viewed through a small window to the rear left. Hops line the tops of the walls and elsewhere, the room has been decorated with an old Coca-Cola mirror, various photographs of people riding penny farthings, a modern penny farthing hung next to the entrance and plenty of other similarly themed items. A number of mobile phones have been nailed to walls on both sides of the room as a deterrent to those wanting to make calls in the pub, although I did notice that these were all old Nokia phones – they hadn’t sacrificed any modern smart-phones to make this point! A short while after I arrived, the landlady brought out a giant Jenga game which two locals then set about playing. It turned out to be an absolutely epic contest that literally had the whole pub sat in silence, transfixed with the tension – the rate we’re going, this looks likely to be my sporting highlight of 2020!
There was plenty of good beer to hand during this contest, with Tonbridge Velvet Raven and Chestnut, Northern Monk Eternal, Mighty Oak Kings and eight real ciders all available on draught. The Eternal clocked in at £3.50 a pint, although the bar only accepts cash and I had neglected to bring any, so I had to rush down the road to the nearest cashpoint before I could get my hands on any beer. My pint was very well kept and there was a steady stream of customers coming in throughout my visit, creating quite a lively atmosphere by the time the tower toppled and I departed.
This is an excellent little pub that really makes the most of its modest environs to create a well thought out, enterprising venue that I found very welcoming and clearly popular with the locals. I’m not sure what the rest of Crayford’s pub scene is like, but I doubt there’s much that can rival this place and it will be my first port of call the next time I’m back in the area.

On 17th April 2020 - rating: 9
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Penny Farthing

This is one of the many (nine I think at the latest count) micropubs in this part of the world. It follows the usual model, being a shop conversion, having tall tables with tall stools down both sides of the room, and beer dispensed on gravity from a cold room at the back. Decor seemed mainly to be dried hops and beermats, or pump clips perhaps, presumably of beers that they have served in the past. The charity donation of £1 is still in place for owners who allow their 'phones to ring.

So, on to the beers. A blackboard on the wall advertised the beers - Mad Cat Platinum Blonde, Mighty Oak Viva La Resolution, and Goffs Brewery Jouster. All were £3.40 a pint, and we all had the Jouster which definitely got the thumbs up from us all. There were also some ciders available. Food amounted to simple stuff like pies - e.g. the pork variety - with pickle and mustard at £3 a pop.

Very simply, if you like the minimalist and no nonsense micropub model then I'm sure you'll like this one.

On 18th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Penny Farthing

It was good to meet the friendly and chatty owner on our visit, who used to bring his kids here a good few years ago when this was a bike shop. He also told us about the guy who cycled ten miles on a penny farthing to get here and showed us a photo of his Mrs on the so called bike out the front of the pub.
It was also interesting to look at the old school mobiles nailed to the walls either side of the pub. The pub opened on the 11 Sept 2014 and a tally on the wall reads 1178 different beers sold since then.
There was a choice of three ales on our visit, Bexley Brewery Howbury 14 and Bexley Mosaic IPA and Dark Star American Pale Ale. We went for the two from Bexley, which were excellent and full of flavour.

On 14th January 2018 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Roger Button
Crayford, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Barnehurst, 1.44 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Slade Green, 1.81 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Penny Farthing, Crayford
17th Apr 2020, 09:36
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
25th Jan 2020, 10:14
Picture submitted by john mcgraw approved

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  • Function Room : No last updated 17 April 2020 by Pub SignMan
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  • Micropub : Yes last updated 17 March 2015 by David McNally
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 12 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 12 July 2015 by Aqualung .
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