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Imperial Arms, Chislehurst

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Pleasant cosy pub up the hill from the caves. Missus enjoyed her tea while I had a pint of TEA (the Hogs back variety). Was it Paul or Simon who declared they smoked a pint of tea a day ?
Anyhow worth a visit when in the vicinity.
Snarling_Mallard - 10 Jan 2019 23:59
A Wednesday night visit while in the area for a football game in very late July.

I’d never been here before & with it being in the current GBG I was expecting a nice pub with good ales, and this is exactly what the Imperial Arms is.

3 ales on the hand pumps with the Harvey’s Sussex Best being on good form, other choices were Doom Bar or Pedigree

Half busy during my time here, it was very warm and they were having problems with the air conditioning so we had to keep opening the door.

Friendly barmaids who were chatty and apologetic about the music that the juke box was churning out, it was fine.

We didn’t venture in the attractive looking beer garden, with it’s own bar area….I bet this is packed at weekends.

Stayed for over an hour, had several pints, London prices, locals fine, all in all worth a visit in my book.
lezford - 9 Aug 2016 13:31
Beer is well kept, Doom Bar and Harveys normally on tap. Comfortable "locals" pub. Get a feeling that the owners are taking their eye off the ball here and concentrating on the adjoining wine bar, as the atmosphere in recent weeks has become more laddish. The live music also appears to be drying up which is a shame.
Dynamo1 - 18 Dec 2014 12:32
The pub has just been done up and very nice it is too. My wife and I took a stroll up here last weekend having received a flyer the week previous. The Doom Bar was very good and my wife was very happy with the draught Aspells. We had a bite to eat and the food was really nice. There were a few people in on the Saturday afternoon which gave the pub a nice atmosphere
tomtrumps - 13 Jul 2012 13:24
Thought I'd walked into the wrong pub. People dressed up for the evening, smart new bar, good food, polite staff and a decent pint of Doom Bar. A huge improvement.
Dynamo1 - 21 May 2012 15:59
At long last the Impi has been taken over and beautifully refurbished by the new owners. It is cosy and welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.
Gennifer - 15 May 2012 08:00
Simple awful. Did the pub smell of toilets or the toilets smell of pubs? A sunday lunchtime with hardly any customers? Awful dark brown colour scheme to the place with one huge TV screen, and not much else. Looked like someones tatty front room. . Until they get their act together, do not expect a lot from this dive.
Fortunately, the Rambler's Rest is 1 minute walk away
gartoa - 16 Nov 2011 13:19
This could be a great little pub if done up. I recently visited on a Saturday night and it was virtually empty! Strange as The Bickley & Rambler's Rest nearby were both packed. I don't think the interior has seen a lick of paint for over 20 years. The tables are in desperate need of sanding, the seating upholstery is all ripped & toilets are a state. There are probably decent floor boards under the musty carpet.
Chislehurst - 6 Apr 2009 12:03
I remember going to this pub about four years ago and never saw one other female in the place. I am pleased to say that has all changed due to the landlady who has worked extremely hard to make the pub appealing to single women and couples alike. Its a pub a female can walk into on her own. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. Sundays are fantastic. Drinks are not over-priced compared to some in the area. Perhaps it could do with a make-over but I would rather feel welcome than worry about the decor. Keep up the good work landlady and bar staff!
lucywood - 10 Jul 2008 13:50
Has been very smelly since the smoking ban. Suspect the carpets need a steam clean!

In general it's a bit dishevelled and could be a lot nicer. On the positive side, the beer is not greedily priced and the landlord seems like a decent bloke.
Beertastingmonkey - 14 Jan 2008 11:45
Very good pub with a real cosy feel to it. I recommend it to anyone in the area. Staff are very friendly and helpful. best pub in the area now because its been done up. Could do with a pool table though.
hiimharry - 25 Aug 2007 21:49
Very much a locals pub. Staff have always been pleasant enough, as have the beers & ales. Could have a wider range of real ales though. Handy if you fancy a Thai meal - given the boozer backs right on to a Thai restaurant, and is also close to the Chislehurst Caves.
trottis - 18 Jul 2007 00:56
This a great pub it's a.... the later it gets the livelier it becomes place. Staff are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. Variety of ages all there to have a booze with out the trouble of teenage tearaways. It's not always about a place being trendy it's about walking into a place and feeling comfortable and this is def one of those places.
It's worth a visit! Especially on a Sunday between 5 & 7pm as they have live music which is good.
anonymous - 5 Apr 2007 16:39
This pub is in a great location but its in a real bad state and is desperate for refurbishing. It might attract some of the trendy, wealthy locals if it was smartened up.
bromleylad2007 - 8 Mar 2007 15:47
Visited last Friday, ok for a quiet drink. Good selection of beers.
IceandaSlice - 27 Oct 2006 14:03
A decent enough local in the "back streets" of Chislehurst. A bit horse brassy but friendly none-the-less. Its major attraction is that it's half way up the hill between Ye Olde Station Master and the Ramblers, so a useful addition to a Chislehurst pub tour
Gary - 15 Oct 2004 00:07

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