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The Horse and Groom, Dartford - pub details

Address: 15 Leyton Cross Road, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7AP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32067) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Crayford (1.2 miles), Dartford (1.9 miles), Bexley (1.9 miles)

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user reviews of the Horse and Groom, Dartford

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This place really is awful. I can only imagine the reason why nobody has reviewed this pub in 5 years is that so few people have been in.

It's ideally situated for walkers on Dartford Heath - in fact it's directly on one of the prescribed walking routes. Sadly, the place is uninviting, and exists for the benefit of a small extended family of regulars and their hyperactive (and grossly overweight) children, who run amok around the pub, unsupervised.

The selection of beers in unexciting, and the menu is quite limited. I ordered a vegetable lasagne which took about 45 minutes to appear, and turned up cold. After sending it back and waiting another 20-odd minutes, it tasted OK, although not worth £8 I paid. My wife had a lamb shank, which looked like a TV dinner, and by all accounts was the toughest, most indigestible piece of meat she'd ever had.

The staff didn't seem too bothered that we were unsatisfied. I suppose it's just a couple less outsiders they have to worry about in future.
AshingdonMan - 17 Jun 2012 17:00
Situated on the edge of Dartford Heath well away from the town, you would expect this to be a quaint rambler’s pub rather than have the feel of a town centre pub that has been built in the wrong place. From the road, the main entrance leads initially past the toilets and then into a bit of a pikey pool room with brick fireplace and big screen. Not the best introduction to a newcomer. The main bar is through a small archway and is comfortable enough but has a very tired and dated 70’s look about it with an abundance of plain mirrors, modern brick bar with pictures of actors and musicians, cheap copies of movie posters and numerous inflatable Guinness glasses attached to the ceiling fans. 4 unspectacular Real Ales (Courage Best / Directors / Tetleys / Green King IPA) but not particularly good quality on my recent visit. The décor is not currently helped by an overwhelming number of St George’s flags (presumably for the rugby World Cup) which make the place look like a BNP headquarters. The pub does have its political connections being the meeting place for the legendary Dartford Fancy Dress Party who stood at many local elections. As for entertainment, the usual run of quiz and fruit machines are supplemented by Karaokes and Elvis impersonators at the weekends but there is a large beer garden at the rear with childrens play area to escape when necessary. The Rua Thai Restauarant next door is part of the pub however our meal there was ruined by unbearable cacophony coming from the bar. On occasions, a seafood stall (one of the last in town) sets up home in the car park and if you are using the heath for a stroll, jog, nature trek or just a quick dogging session, this is the only option around for a beer. Whilst there is nothing inherently wrong with the place, it could, with a bit of enterprise, be so much more enticing.
RogerB - 8 Dec 2007 08:41

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