In my humble opinion pubs next to railway stations tend to be fairly run-down establishments with a clientele to match.

But the New Inn at Hayes is the exception which proves the rule. It’s not quite palatial, but there is definitely something of the castle about this one and if size is important then it’s already a winner.

On this particular Friday evening the place was awash with happy, smiling folk obviously keen to celebrate the end of another tough week. Smartly turned out without being overly adorned, you could tell people had made an effort – the air was thick with the smell of quality perfume and after shave, it even wafted out across the garden.

Yes, this is a massive step up from your usual railway pub.

Despite the sea of people, this cavernous venue still had plenty of tables and chairs available with still more spread across the split level outside area.

There even seems to be some sort of band stand just waiting for the right occasion and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it caters for weddings.

We weren’t there to eat but the food looked fantastic. I daresay, like the drinks, it wouldn’t be the cheapest fare, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.           

Pleasingly there wasn’t a single quiz machine or fruitee anywhere, just one small TV screen, which interestingly wasn’t showing the football.

And, if you need final convincing about the quality of the establishment, step into the garden where you’ll find a water feature which actually works.

he pub’s makeover may have taken place a little while ago but there’s no doubt it was done extremely well – Mrs PubSpy even mentioned the border tiles in the ladies (whatever they are!)

Thinking about it now the serenity might have been due to the fact there wasn’t a single child in sight – I’m not sure if that is the pub’s policy or whether I was just lucky on this particular evening.

Realising I was late for another appointment we sadly has to dash away from the New Inn all too quickly, but not before noticing it is frequented by a number of Bromley’s great and good.

I won’t mention names, but if it’s good enough for them…

The New Inn, Station Approach, Hayes, Bromley

Decor: ***** (Imposing from the outside, equally imposing inside)

Drink: **** (a great choice of drinks all round)

Price: ** (you decide – a pint of Amstel and a large glass of white £11.00)

Atmosphere: **** (buzzing and friendly smiles everywhere)

Staff: **** (welcoming and attentive)

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