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PubSpy reviews The Foresters Arms, Gravesend
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.
Horrid green tiles, a flaky sign and generally downtrodden exterior make for a package as wholly anti-seductive as a date talking about her psoriasis all through dinner.
Being an unfussy sort of guy devoid of any kind of class, I barrelled in, though I was concerned about what I’d find within.
Inside, it was not unlike being held in a forester’s burly arms in that space is at a premium and there’s not a lot of natural light.
That said, it’s dated interior is well-kept so that it feels cosy rather than squalid. Tired reds and browns, ceiling fans and old fashioned tables and benches, feel antiquated but are clean and well-preserved.
While all around feels very 20th century, the sparkling metal and lights on the bar are much more Starship Enterprise, with fancy tall taps selling relatively standard lagers like Stella and Carling and the added bonus of Cobra.
I was delighted to see Cobra on the bar, even if it did take the polite greying barman about a month to pour a pint that wasn’t half head.
When he did, it tasted great. And only set me back £3.20.
Though it is a small place, The Foresters pack in a dartboard, pool table, games machine, juke box, slot machine and a massive TV.
Judging by photos, notice boards and pool trophies above the bar, these pub activities indicate a nice community pub although there was just a smattering of folks the day I went in.
Not bad for a public toilet.
The Foresters Arms, Parrock Street, Gravesend
How it rated:
Exterior When the toilet is better looking, you’re in trouble
Decor ** A palace compared to the outside
Atmosphere *** None while I was there, but I’m taking a punt
Staff ** Meh
Price *** Decent
Drink ** Not the biggest range, but bonus points for Cobra
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