A timbered inn dating back a few centuries, and with a great deal of character, the Old Bull Inn is one of the better pubs down the Cray Valley. There are two bars, three real ales on the hand pumps, a moderately adventurous food menu, and various lines of cigar sold at the bar. It's a relaxed and pleasurable place to be. The walls play host to brasses, old photos, and evidence of the pub's work for several charities. On a previous visit we had been - erm, bemused, and amused by the pride of place displayed on the wall of the gents - a cover of 'Razzle's Readers Wives', with the headline 'St. Paul's Cray Wives - Is Yours Inside?' - although by the time of our most recent visit this had been carefully stashed away somewhere. On that occasion, particularly, we appreciated the courteous, efficient service - the pub was really busy and all hands were on deck. This pub shows How It Should Be Done in the Cray Valley, as Isaak Babel might put it.
Reviewed by venichka
10 Apr 2007