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The Royal Victoria and Bull, Dartford - pub details

Royal Victoria and Bull
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Address: 1 High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2728) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dartford (0.2 miles), Crayford (1.8 miles), Slade Green (2.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.4/10 (rated by 20 users)
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I love this place. Historic coaching inn where Treverick, no less, lived for two years. Indeed, he died here. The place had been sympathetically refurbished, keeping the original character, with various rooms and nooks and grannies, but also making good use of the courtyard by glassing it over and creating a central bar area. Only one cask on my visit. Broadside. But in good condition.
SilkTork - 4 Apr 2014 13:08
New management is rocking! Like the food and the midweek atmosphere. The building is really different too, convenient location - I'd def. go again :)
cosmogirl2011 - 11 Apr 2011 12:13
VISITED THIS PUB LAST SATURDAY WITH SOME FREINDS,THE DOOR STAFF HAVE GOT A REALLY BAD ATTITUDE. ARE THEY GODS ( I DON'T THINK SO).
THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO GO ELSE WHERE AND SPEND YOUR MONEY.

baza - 11 Dec 2010 20:58
Popped into this pub at about 12.30ish on Sat 29th with my daughter as we were deciding what to do for lunch. The rather stroppy barmaid, who looked about 16, said that my daughter (who is 14) could not come in unless we were going to eat there. Needless to say with THAT attitude we decided to spend my money elsewhere!!. Shame really as only 2 months earlier we were in there without so much of a hint of a problem. But I suppose when you have 4 bar staff on and only 5 customers in the pub (as they did when we popped in) they could afford to be choosy about who they admit during their "busy" Saturday lunchtime trading period!!.
BillBrandon - 31 May 2010 13:59
Iím afraid that contrary to keepthechangeís comments, the recent refurbishments were more out of necessity than anything I may have conjured up but having just made my first post refurbishment visit, it appears to have been money well spent. The interior is looking in fine shape with many of the features restored to their best, in particularly the wonderful old fireplaces and the glazed courtyard. The introduction of additional furnishings where floors were once bare is a welcome improvement and even the pool room has taken on a new found attractiveness that was previously lost on me. There are several new, and in some cases bizarre old photos of the town and the pub itself dotted between the various rooms, my personal favourite being of the converted double decker bus that was used to transport bicycles through the tunnel. Many of the rooms and side bars have now been named giving them a bit of identity (the Royal Room, Games Room, the Nook etc). There is also more emphasis on the life of Richard Trevithick who lived and died here with several portraits taking prominent positions and a detailed display of the pubís history can also be found.

The multiple TVís and disco lights are still very much to the fore and if there is a drive to make the place more user friendly to those of us now beyond the first flushes of youth I doubt it will catch on as the place has an inbuilt reputation for clubbers, loud music, scantily clad nubiles, plentiful bouncers and all the baggage that goes with it. Mondays will be the new live band indie and metal evenings so that just leaves Tues to Thurs for the oldies to enjoy the improvements and I just canít see the place getting busy mid week without anything specific to attract people away from their living rooms.

One final bit of good(ish) news - for all the fresh paint, new glazing, restored features and general tarting up of the place, nothing is more welcome than the 3 new handpumps that have sneeked their way onto one tucked away corner of the bar. I say this a bit loosely as, despite the clips showing Adnams Bitter and Broadside (on 2 pumps), none were available this afternoon but Iíll give them the benefit of the doubt regarding the lack of availability since today is the first full working day after Christmas and they had a metal all dayer gig yesterday so stocks may have been a bit low (you just know how these death metal fans love to knock back their Real Ales). At least it is a large step in the right direction and there is now hopefully a much better reason to make more use of the place in the future and wallow in the expenditure.


RogerB - 29 Dec 2009 16:00

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