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PubSpy reviews The Dutch House, Eltham

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8:59am Thursday 17th April 2014

No-one could argue that The Dutch House is hidden away, as it looms large at the side of the road. But how helpful is passing traffic to trade when the road in question is the A20?

No sex, no drugs but PubSpy sees signs of rock and roll at The Five Bells in Chelsfield

News Shopper: No sex, no drugs but PubSpy sees signs of rock and roll at The Five Bells in Chelsfield

11:15am Friday 11th April 2014

FOLLOWING a month of beat-downs, kinkiness, dodgy pints, and general hostility – and just a few gems in between -  PubSpy decided to retire to the countryside to lick his wounds.

UPDATE: Worst pub in Britain? Sex and violence horror for PubSpy at Lullingstone Castle, Swanley - redhead responds

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews Lullingstone Castle, Swanley

10:30am Monday 7th April 2014

Shameless Swanley. Ever seen a mindless thug push a bespectacled, grey-haired, 25-stone man to the floor before kicking him ferociously in the head until he was senseless? Try an early evening in the Lullingstone Castle.

PubSpy: Is it the Old Post Office or Eltham GPO? Hipster bar will split opinions

News Shopper: PubSpy: Is it the Old Post Office or Eltham GPO? Hipster bar will split opinions

8:56am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

HOW can I make my mind up about a pub if the place can’t even decide what it’s called?

PubSpy reviews The Prince of Wales, Belvedere

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8:35am Monday 24th March 2014

LIFE sometimes presents you with difficult choices. There have been occasions where I have wondered how differently things could have been if I had picked differently.

PubSpy reviews The Volunteer, Bexleyheath

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8:30am Monday 17th March 2014

AFTER last week’s debacle with the pint half-filled from the slops tray, PubSpy was not keen for another disaster pint.

PubSpy reviews Change of Horses, Farnborough

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7:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

You know that feeling where something seems really good, but there’s one little thing that leaves you feeling uneasy?

PubSpy reviews The Railway Tavern, Meopham

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11:33am Monday 3rd March 2014

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m always a little bit on edge when I visit pubs close to railway stations, particularly as it nears closing time.

PubSpy reviews The Maxwell, Orpington

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8:52am Monday 24th February 2014

AT The Maxwell, you may enter with close-minded trepidation but you’ll leave with a grin.

PubSpy reviews The George in Hayes

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The George in Hayes

9:09am Friday 14th February 2014

IS it a pub or is it a restaurant? That's the big question surrounding The George in Hayes.

PubSpy reviews The Birds Nest, Deptford

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8:50am Wednesday 5th February 2014

NOW here’s a proper venue – not a bell or whistle or frill in sight, just cheap beer and rock music.

PubSpy reviews The Baring Hall Hotel in Grove Park

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10:29am Thursday 30th January 2014

PLENTY of pubs can and do disappear every week with barely a neighbour batting an eyelid.

PubSpy reviews The Green Man, Hodsoll Street

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9:33am Monday 27th January 2014

NAVIGATING my way to The Green Man was like following a convoluted treasure trail, though it was admittedly worth it.

PubSpy reviews The Greyhound, Keston

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8:45am Monday 20th January 2014

ANY place where PubSpy is asked – apropos of nothing – if I'm a model is virtually guaranteed a positive review.

PubSpy reviews The British Oak, Blackheath

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8:46am Monday 13th January 2014

SOMETIMES you find yourself in a neighbourhood with no particular plan when something interesting comes up and smacks you between the eyes.

PubSpy reviews The George Staples, Blackfen

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8:22am Friday 3rd January 2014

IMAGINE describing scampi to a Martian, because they would probably come back with something remarkably similar to the mush I ate at The George Staples.

PubSpy's Golden Pint and Grotty Toilet awards 2013

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews the Tailor's Chalk, Sidcup

3:40pm Monday 23rd December 2013

EVERYONE seems to be dishing out gaudy plastic idols in recognition of any tut at this time of year – I saw one where Andy Murray won best ‘personality’ – so now it is time for me to wheel out this tired conceit which means I don’t have to leave the bedsit this week.

PubSpy reviews The Rose and Crown, Green Street Green

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9:26am Monday 16th December 2013

HAVING grazed at the Royal Oak a few times, I have always been curious as to how the Rose and Crown opposite compares.

PubSpy reviews The Foresters Arms, Gravesend

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5:17pm Friday 6th December 2013

SOME might say that comparing the outside of The Foresters Arms to a public toilet is unfair – especially since the lavvy opposite is actually rather flash.

PubSpy reviews The Jolly Woodman, Beckenham

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8:47am Friday 22nd November 2013

WORDS are great, and one of the great words is Jolly, isn’t it?

PubSpy reviews the Tailor's Chalk, Sidcup

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews the Tailor's Chalk, Sidcup

8:54am Monday 18th November 2013

A FAULTLESS interior, warm atmosphere, the mesmerising smell of a roast and, er, award-winning toilets – are you sure this is a ‘Spoons?

PubSpy reviews the Coach and Horses, Greenwich

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7:00am Thursday 7th November 2013

BEING sat outside among market stalls gives the Coach and Horses an invigorating, vibrant buzz.

PubSpy reviews The Admiral Hardy, Greenwich

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8:26am Monday 4th November 2013

BANG in the centre of Greenwich, snuggled up to the market and spitting distance to the Cutty Sark, locations for a boozer don't get much better.

PubSpy reviews The Talbot, Brockley

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9:19am Friday 25th October 2013

ON FACE value, The Talbot is remarkably unremarkable.

PubSpy reviews The Black Horse, Locksbottom

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Black Horse, Locksbottom

8:37am Monday 21st October 2013

THAT PubSpy was briefly hospitalised a couple of months back will split opinion.

PubSpy reviews The White Cross, North Cray

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8:40am Monday 7th October 2013

FOR a man haunted by hazy memories of being strapped in the back of puce Rover Vitesse on tacky beige leather seats on a hot summer’s day, The White Cross could cause violent flashbacks.

PubSpy reviews The Pembroke, Gravesend

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9:07am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

OVER 18s only and Smart Casual Dress only, the two bold signs on the door say.

PubSpy reviews The Harp, Deptford

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9:37am Thursday 26th September 2013

HAVE you ever watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and thought it could actually be a bit fun in there if it wasn’t for the horrid nurse?

PubSpy reviews the White Swan, St Mary Cray

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8:33am Monday 23rd September 2013

UNTIL you have seen a woman dressed like a Scooby Doo villain selling bundles of meat out of a holdall by the loos, you have not experienced a proper pub.

PubSpy reviews the Amersham Arms in New Cross

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2:37pm Monday 16th September 2013

TAKE Courage, I was told as the lurid, red sign on the front of the Amersham Arms loomed over me menacingly.

PubSpy reviews Danson Stables

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9:28am Thursday 5th September 2013

IT had been a tough week and my broken and weary bones were in need of a sure-fire hit.

PubSpy reviews The Star and Garter, Maze Hill

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Star and Garter, Maze Hill

10:21am Thursday 29th August 2013

“WHAT can I get you, love?”

PubSpy reviews The Cricketers Inn, Meopham

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10:35am Monday 19th August 2013

AH, CRICKET. Is there a finer way to spend a Sunday than with the sound of leather on willow, white trousers, village greens and cucumber sandwiches?

PubSpy reviews the Queen's Head in Downe

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5:19pm Tuesday 13th August 2013

ANYWHERE else, the Queen would be the village beauty but in Downe, gorgeous George just pips her.

PubSpy reviews The George and Dragon, Downe

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9:26am Thursday 8th August 2013

PUBSPY has been known to judge a boozer by its drinkers and apparently the George and Dragon in Downe is Nigel Farage’s local.

PubSpy reviews The Barge Pole, Thamesmead

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12:02pm Tuesday 30th July 2013

IF looks were the only thing to judge a pub by then you wouldn’t touch The Barge Pole with....well, you get the idea.

PubSpy reviews The Hare and Billet, Blackheath

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9:06am Thursday 25th July 2013

YOU know when your parents come to visit and you want a pub to take them to that makes you seem more mature and well-to-do than you are? This is it.

PubSpy reviews The Portobello Inn, West Kingsdown

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9:39am Thursday 18th July 2013

ON paper, the Portobello ticks all the boxes. It has darts, a pool table, a jukebox, one-armed bandits and a large garden with swings, a climbing frame and a Wendy house.

Review: The Alma, Sidcup

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9:53am Tuesday 9th July 2013

WHEN there’s no music or TV in a pub, that’s when the big issues get discussed.

Review: The Chatterton Arms, Bromley

News Shopper: Review: The Chatterton Arms, Bromley

9:06am Friday 5th July 2013

LOVERS of four-legged creatures will feel enjoy the Chatterton Arms.

Review: The Buff, Green Street Green

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8:59am Friday 28th June 2013

SPENDING a Friday night in The Buff may not sound like a barrel of laughs, but it was a surprisingly good evening.

Review: The Antigallican, Charlton

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9:34am Wednesday 19th June 2013

WHY would you stick magazine cut-outs of topless women on the urinal wall?

Review: The Wrong 'Un, Bexleyheath

News Shopper: Review: The Wrong 'Un, Bexleyheath

9:07am Wednesday 12th June 2013

IF BOOKS shouldn't be judged by their cover, pubs shouldn't be judged by their name -but it is tough not to here.

Review: The Beech Tree, St Mary Cray

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9:16am Wednesday 5th June 2013

CREDIT where it’s due, this pub has had the sort of makeover Gok Wan could only dream of. It would be the equivalent of turning Susan Boyle into Rihanna.

Review: The Alfred, Sydenham

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9:36am Tuesday 28th May 2013

IT is a sad truth that in life we can’t all be the star pupil or award-winning beauties.

Review: Hardy's Freehouse, Greenwich

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3:06pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013

IF FILM directors are looking for a good old-fashioned boozer for a set, they could do worse than Hardy’s Freehouse.

Review: Lullingstone Castle, Swanley

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12:48pm Tuesday 14th May 2013

SETTING the record for earliest hostile stare on arrival at a pub, ladies and gentlemen raise your glasses to Lullingstone Castle in Swanley.

Review: The White Hart Hotel, New Cross

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9:35am Monday 13th May 2013

It is not clear how this confusion crept in, but Pub Spy is not a wedding singer. Requests are absolutely discouraged. 

Review: Rambler's Rest, Chislehurst

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12:17pm Thursday 9th May 2013

THE Rambler’s Rest has been quenching thirsts since 1684, and the furnishings could be due an update.

Review: The Dart, Dartford

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8:50am Friday 3rd May 2013

MAYBE they were born on a Crossfire Hurricane, but if you want to mark out Mick and Keef’s old stomping ground then The Dart in Chastilian Road is about bullseye.






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