Gordon Arms, Chislehurst
The Gordon Arms is another of those suburban pubs we've been conscious of for years, but never actually got off our backsides to visit until recently. Located in Chislehurst, one of the more expensive parts of the Borough of Bromley, this is firmly a locals' pub. Refreshingly, despite the relatively affluent surroundings it retains a working-class feel. Catering for a predominantly middle-aged clientele, it's very male-dominated although we did note that two young women felt comfortable enough to sit and share a bottle of pinot grigio amidst the Courage-drinking, six-nations watching blokes. It's a charming place in that it's decorated in the old-style, and is a bit of a throwback to how we imagine the 1970s to have been in its fixtures, fittings and (minus the fag smoke) general ambience. It gets pretty packed on a Sunday lunchtime, no doubt due at least in part to the free bar food which is sometimes laid on. On a Saturday afternoon or early evening (as on our visit) it's a bit more manageable. They have a small patio area outside too - which we imagine is pleasant in the warmer months - but we suspect that this is one of those pubs which are at their most enticing in the winter or early spring.
47 Park Road, Chislehurst, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5AY
020 8467 1597
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