Chislehurst pubs are very much at the heart of the local community and popular social meeting places where people can talk, eat, drink, meet friends, or just chill out and relax.
Established in the 18th century this quiet little pub was previously known as The Swan, and in Pigot’s Directory of 1832 known as the White Swan naming a Matthew Tester as landlord. It was renamed in the 1880′s in honour of John Robert Townshend, 3rd Viscount Sydney. It has since been much altered and extended, with a modern conservatory added in the 1980′s. There is a splendid beer selection with a variety of real ales. Their Fullers London Pride is highly recommended.
The Queen’s Head – 2 High Street 0208 295 2873
Said to be the oldest pub in Chislehurst and one that supports the Campaign for Real Ale, promoting greater beer and cider quality, choice and value for money. The Queens Head is a member of the Cask Marque Trust in recognition of its excellence in the service of real ale. Run by Ember Inns, the ever popular Pub Food Menu is packed with freshly prepared, traditional pub and restaurant favourites. Mostly aimed at the twenty to thirty age group, it is conveniently sited for the local restaurants. There is a rear garden that overlooks Prickend Pond as well as seating to the front, however, food isn’t allowed to be served outside on Sundays.
The Bull’s Head – Royal Parade 0208 467 1727
A wonderful traditional English pub dating from 1753, the Bull’s Head was originally a coaching inn offering rooms for travellers. It was bought by Young’s Brewery in 1931. Although hit by bombs in 1945, it quickly reopened. Boxer Henry Cooper stayed at the Bull in the 1960′s whilst training for several of his championship fights and in 1969, brewery chairman, John Young, presented him with a sliver horseshoe as a good luck charm. It was voted a Campaign For Real Ale Town Pub of the year in 1999. There are 3 separate bars, a function room and 5 en-suite bedrooms. Fantastic pub food is available in the bar and garden while an a la carte menu is available in the restaurant.
The Gordon arms – 47 Park Road 0208 467 1597
Formerly of Chapel Lane, then later Park Road, the Gordon Arms was run by the Crowe family from 1885. Eugenie Crowe was still landlady in 1936 when the pub was demolished to allow the corner of Green Lane and Park Road to be widened. Later opened by the brewery Courage and Co, with Mrs Crowe still in charge, the eventual result was a building of Mock Tudor design, a totally unusual style in this particular area of Chislehurst. A quiet and traditional pub, the regulars consist of mainly older locals. Lunchtime food is excellent, homemade and very good value and ale ranges consist of Courage Best, Directors and Fullers London Pride. Recently opened is an area to the rear of the pub, which serves as a cosy patio area.
The Crown Inn – School Road 0208 467 7326
Built in 1874, the building, overlooking the beautiful Chislehurst Common is in yellow brick with black timbered gables. Newly refurbished the Crown now boasts 7 brand new tastefully furnished en-suite bedrooms. Shepherd Neame’s splendid Kentish Ales are on offer together with an excellent choice of wines. The atmosphere is that of a real family pub with bar and restaurant offering an a’la carte menu. Lunch is served Monday-Saturday 12-3pm and dinner Monday-Saturday 6.30-9.00pm, with a roast dinner available on Sunday at 12:30 and 3:00pm. With a function room available, the Crown Inn is an ideal venue for business lunches, functions and corporate entertaining.
The Tigers Head – Watts Lane 0208 467 3070
Built in the 18th century on the foundations of what was a 15th Century Inn first owned by the Walsingham family and used by travellers as a resting place. The Tigers Head played host to a large historical feast in 1849 to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon. A Chef & Brewer pub and one that is Cask Marque accredited for quality real ales such as Adnams Bitter, Fullers London Pride, Greene King and Old Speckled Hen. The Tigers Head also has an entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2008. Draught beers include Carling, Fosters, Kronenbourg, Leffe, Staropramen, Stella, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. The extensive main menu and chalkboards placed around the pub offer quality meals that are cooked to order and freshly prepared using seasonal produce.