A local pub in Chislehurst has been praised in a national awards by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Crown on School Road was 'highly commended' in the prestigious Pub Design Awards that celebrates the "highest standards of architecture in the refurbishment and historic conservation of pubs across the UK."

A panel of experts in design and conservation judged the awards with the 2024 edition seeing three winners, two highly commended and three commended pubs across the UK. 

Discussing the awards, the CAMRA’s Awards Director Laura Emson said: "It is only right that the blood, sweat and tears poured into these pubs is celebrated. I would like to raise a glass to all these award-worthy pubs!

“We hope beer-lovers across the country will seek out these breathtaking examples of how beautiful UK pubs can be, if given the appropriate love and care these much-loved establishments truly deserve.”

The Crown Pub in Chislehurst recognised in national CAMRA awards

The Crown Pub was Highly Commended in the refurbishment award only just losing out to the winner, The Kings Arms in Elham.

The refurbishment award celebrates existing pub buildings that "can range from a complete gutting and replacement to enhancing the design of what was originally in the pub."

Describing the Chislehurst pub, CAMRA said: "The Crown, which dates back to 1874, underwent a major 12-week renovation, with care taken to retain its unique character while introducing a more modern look and feel.

"An impressive central servery and a light and airy orangery leading out into the remodelled garden area are features of what is now a very contemporary interior."


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On Google Reviews, The Crown has an impressive 4.3/5 rating, as one happy guest said: "We had a delicious lunch here today. The food (fillet of hake and breast of chicken) was perfectly cooked and well presented.

"The staff are great, very helpful and friendly. They remember our food preferences from previous visits. The dining room area is beautifully decorated, clean and bright. T

"The location, on the edge of Chislehurst Common and close to National Trust woodland, is perfect for walking the meal off!"