British Queen , Locksbottom
Named after the variety of strawberry once growing in a field next door, the British Queen is a down-to-earth, almost homely place (albeit quite raucous on Friday evenings). In the early 1990s, several violent incidents including a fatal stabbing nearby lent it a fearsome reputation. Luckily, all that has gone now, appropriately enough given the relatively genteel climes of Locksbottom. Apparently, it has recently been reborn as a gay pub - not that we saw any evidence of this on our last visit. It has a non-aggressive clientele, there are no real ales, there is a small beer garden which, if tidied up, would feel like your own back garden (even though it backs onto a Sainsbury's car park...). It's a welcome - if rudimentary - haven when visiting loved ones in the nearby Princess Royal University (ex-Farnborough) Hospital, and the staff will often go out of their way to chat to new visitors. The British Queen's real Achilles Heel is the fact that Ye Olde Whyte Lion, undoubtedly one of the best pubs in the whole of the London Borough of Bromley, is a mere hundred yards around the corner.
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427 Crofton Road, Locksbottom, Orpington, BR6 8NL
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