Royal Hotel, Purfleet

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Purfleet is an old village nestling beside the Thames, the M25 and the A13. It's best known as the English home of Bram Stoker's Dracula (there were a number of Conservative Party election posters around). Nowadays, it is a pretty quiet, desolate place, though when we arrived on Sunday, an evangelical church meeting was drawing to a close with clapping and loud cries. The Royal Hotel is the only pub in Purfleet: a large riverside place (part of which is grade II listed) which offers accommodation for the weary and a separate restaurant area for a meal out, as well as a downstairs bar. Of course, it is mainly locals who come here for a drink. We sensed a certain pride and community amongst the clientele, who literally seemed to know everyone else in the bar. The drink on offer is nondescript: no real ales, a few wines, Breezer clones in the chiller. While the bar menu is similarly unimaginative, we were pleasantly surprised by the freshness of our meals. Bland, modern furnishings (garish carpet - check) and the usual piped fodder (Minogue, Daniel Bedingfield) didn't help the atmosphere, especially in such a venerable building. The big beer garden and terrace offer a cracking view across the Thames: Erith, Dartford salt marshes and power station, and the Queen Elizabeth II bridge; Jerome K. Jerome territory it is not.
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07 Dec 2009
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Lovely listed building set in a perfect position really like this pub met my other half here ten years ago.

The position is great as the view across the thames estuary is superb.

Normal range of beers and a good value restaurant. Use the upstairs to eat as the view is better. 2 roast dinners for a tenner cant go wrong!

Although the pub needs a little decoration dont let this distract you from making a well worth visit.

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High Street, Purfleet, London, RM19 1QB
01708 865432

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