It was a long time ago when I used to venture down to the Imperial Arms in Chislehurst with my then girlfriend. It had always been a nice friendly local pub, so you can understand my horror when I returned in 2011 to find it was one of the worst pubs I had visited in London that year. Thankfully it has had a change of ownership and the new owners have made this pub worth visiting again.
New owners and new beginnings
The other week I received an email from the new owners of the Imperial Arms asking if I could review my blog as they had spent a lot on money on refurbishing the pub. Well here at the London Pub Crawl Company, we are all for pubs and to get contacted by new owners is really great. So off we went to Chislehurst to visit the revamped Imperial Arms. Well, to say we were surprised was an under-statement. The pub has been quite nicely redecorated and now has a traditional local pub feel. The beer was well kept, fresh and chilled just right. If only more pubs could serve their ales this way, we would be very happy indeed. OK, we admit that the pub is pretty new, but we really hope the new owners will keep to the standard that they have set themselves.
Great Beer and Pleasant Pub Atmosphere
They have a new menu too, which we thought looked rather appealing and several of the customers we spoke with rated the Mediterranean platter. It’s nice to see the locals getting behind the pub as it was very busy when we visited. We headed off to a couple of other local pubs, which were actually quiet in comparison.
With the refurbishment and the well kept beers, we are pleased to announce that you can find the Imperial Arms on the next version of Best London Pubs app for iPhone. The app will take you to only the best pubs in London and is a must have for any local or traveller looking for that true pub experience.