Visited a few weeks ago with 3 girlfriends for a pub Sunday dinner.
It had been a warm day so we wanted to go somewhere with a beer garden for the
evening, opted for The Bickley.
I for one was very impressed by the size of the
outdoor space, was much bigger than expected, there were plenty of tables and didn’t
feel overcrowded – there was even a small outdoor play area for kids (not that
we had any with us, but thought this was a nice touch).
We sat down on a bench
table to look over the menu and all quickly decided on chicken pie so went to
the bar to order and get some drinks. Not long after we’d sat back down the
waitress soon came to apologise that they’d run out of pies much to our disappointment
and politely asked to take our order again, so I chose the crab as my second
choice and the other 3 ordered a roast chicken dinner. The food was served
relatively quickly and looked amazing (100% worthy of a #foodporn on Instagram)
– thankfully tasted just as good too! So we quickly put “pie-gate”, as we
called it, behind us – to put a positive spin on the service, the staff were
all very friendly and polite and we were not charged anything extra for our now
more expensive main dishes.
However things took a turn for the worse when it came to dessert,
only 3 of us were participating and all wanted the chocolate brownie – however there
was only 2 of these left. We accepting that they must have has a busy day and
that it was now into the evening so didn’t quibble, and to avoid any petty arguments
got the both of them along with an Eton Mess and agreed to share between us.
The brownies were nice but not the best I’ve ever had, but the Eton Mess was
very disappointing as lacked any meringue whatsoever – was mostly just cream!! Especially
as the food offerings were not cheap at all by any means, so we definitely
expected better from the desserts.
Our experience was pleasant enough, but I wouldn’t rush to
return – there are plenty of other nice gastro pubs in Chislehurst I’m sure can
fulfil what they offer on the menu and probably more reasonably priced too!