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The Bickley, Chislehurst - pub details

Bickley
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Address: Chislehurst Road, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5NP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 23698) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Website: http://www.thebickley.co.uk

Nearest train stations Chislehurst (0.2 miles), Bickley (0.8 miles), Elmstead Woods (0.8 miles)

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Visited recently and was surprised that they had a decent range of guest ales on tap, long may this continue. It was very busy and perhaps not enough staff on parade. But to be fair it was much busier than normal. Plenty of people were eating and it is clear to see that a lot of money has been spent on upgrading this pub. Perhaps it is more comfortable during the summer months when the garden can be used. But overall a much better effort.
Dynamo1 - 18 Dec 2014 12:39
Call this a Pub?! There is nothing on tap here. Nothing. You can buy bottled beer for about £5 a bottle (330ml) or you can have wine, which is clearly the type of place that this place tries to be. Problem is the wine list is nothing special.

Pop in for a casual drink during an evening in the week and you'll be asked to leave at around 9.30 - the place is not generating enough money to pay for staff twiddling their thumbs. This place is empty.

Food is as overpriced as the beer, and the wine, and slightly more disappointing. Picture simply asking for some chips, and then getting about 1/4 as much as you would anywhere else, in a little metal bucket. Why? Just ...why? The rest of the menu? Same kind of things apply.

This place aims to be a Gastro pub and its dressed up as one, but it has nothing to offer.
muiramas - 2 Dec 2012 11:08
I can only agree with the views already stated.4 of us went for lunch on a Monday .Only 4 other customers in the restaurant & 2 at the bar.
Beautiful day so down to the "new garden area"!!!.immediately noticed that no form of maintenance on the "furniture" if you can call it that rickety wooden seats many parts broken even 4in nails sticking out.
Took my grandson to play in the Wendy house"falling to bits" very dangerous.
Food was ok but no beers or lagers on draught.Paid £5 for a bottle of beer UNBELIEVABLE.
Bill had 12.5% service charge automatically added !!!!
it is becoming more noticeable that establishments thet go from Pub to "Gastro-pub" crank up the prices & offer v poor quality in return.
Worryigly found an additional credit card charge on my Mastercard statement at the end of the month.THIS WAS MADE AFTER I LEFT WITHOUT ME BEING PRESENT !!! CURRENTLY BEING "INVESTIGATED" WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATE
cheguevara - 1 Oct 2012 16:42
We spent Christmas Day at the Bickley Arms paying £85 a head. Four adults and two children. The experience was a great disappointment. The funiture was rickety - we saw one chair collapse under a not very large man and all of our chairs wobbled. The children's first course consisted of three cheap sausages - not top of the range sausages but more like frozen Wall's sausages. The main course was disappointing in that the potatoes tasted like ones we used to have at school and the turkey wa clearly carved off a prepared roll of meat ad not a proper turkey. The vegetables were ok but that was about it. The deserts were ok although one consisted of only cream from a can and was far too sweet. The children's "desserts" were one smal lump of vanilla ice cream - all for £85!! The coffee was lukewarm.

The service was slow and despite asking for the bill three times, the maitre d' seemed far more interested in flirting with a group of four young women thn actually getting the bill. It eventually came after 20 minutes and that was an hour after the dessert had been served.

The "pub" is no such thing - grossly over priced, over decorated with second rate beer, third rate food and a fourh rate attitude to customer service.

Avoid...
mithrandir1967 - 28 Dec 2011 14:55
I was taken here as a Fathers day treat, by my son (aged 2 1/2). My wife only booked it during the week of Fathers day, so when she was told that the Sunday was fully booked (now doubtful given other reviews and our experience…) we went on the Saturday instead. Friends had recommended the Bickley to us, (who are “Foodies”) so we had thought it would be nice…

On arrival, three people ignored us. Firstly, by the barman, then a waiter and then a waitress. It just made us feel like a nusence. What price a smile? Not a great start. After walking into the restaurant and announcing that we had booked to the waitress that had ignored us we were then shown to a table.

We ordered two Bucks Fizz’s and an Apple juice.

The Food

My son had boiled eggs and soldiers – Fine!

My Wife had the smoked cod fishcake. It was a large ball of smoked cod that was not cooked well, as it was stodgy in the middle. It seemed to us that something that big could not be cooked through properly if the outside was not to be incinerated, and so it proved. Side of Green salad.

I had the Rump Steak ‘Fillet Cut’ steak. I ordered it medium rare, but it came grey ¾ the way through and raw in the middle. It seemed to me that it was cooked when still chilled too much from the fridge, so while it felt like Medium rare, it was actually overcooked/raw. Chips were nice, but the side of beans/cabbage seemed a bit mean.

With hind site I should have complained, but as it was a treat from my Son (Wife) so I kept quiet. (Regretted later)

For Pudding I ordered the summer pudding that was also disappointing. It was tiny, dry and accompanied by clotted cream and three small dabs of fruit. It was just way to dry, as a dish with no juice. I sent it back.

My wife and son both had ice cream that was nice.

Service

While the waitress and waiter we had were pleasant enough, the manager/bloke in a suit walked around un-smilingly, ignoring everyone. I didn’t see him speak to anyone, staff or patrons. I made a point of looking at him on three occasions, nothing! Now if you are going to charge what they do, the least I would expect is a smile. I think you can do that for free, but it does take a bit of thought. Having sent the summer pudding back I would have expected the manager to come and enquire as to what the issue was, but nothing!

Bill

The bill arrived correct except the summer pudding was still included. When this was mentioned to the waiter he immediately agreed to remove it (and by now less than impressed) I curtly tolled him to take the 10% service charge off. This he did and promptly brought the new correct bill back, and I paid the £70.

On the day they were not busy, six tables max. The interior décor is what I would call crass/flash and coupled with the iffy service and under welling food makes for a disappointing experience.

Summery

Don’t bother!

Un-solicited Advice…

Don’t spend loads on hideous décor; get someone in the Kitchen who cares what leaves it and front of house, welcome people and Bloody Smile! … oh and sort the leaking roof wile your at it!
MatthewC - 19 Jun 2011 10:20

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