Crawley Pub Guide
All The Town Centre Pubs
- The Crown, Ifield Road
Whitbread house, aimed squarely at the youth market. Multiple pool tables
and video jukebox. Open all day, food lunchtimes. Generally only one
cask ale (Flowers OB). Unfortunate reputation
for violence amongst its youthful clientele. Verdict - avoid at all costs.
- Firecracker & Firkin, Brighton Road
Part of the Firkin chain. Started out with onsite brewing but now abandoned. Open all
day. Food at all times.
Youthful clientele. Loud music. Live bands Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Lacks character. Verdict - only if your passing.
- George Hotel Bar, High Street
Given its place in Crawley's history and its advantageous position in the High
Street this should be the town's showcase pub. Sadly it barely achieves mediocrity.
Run as an appendage to the hotel with disinterest at best. Boddingtons and 6X on
handpump but badly kept. Expensive. Older clientele. Verdict - tourists only.
- The Shades, The Broadwalk
Whitbread pub. Open all day. Best choice of beers in town - up to 8 hand pumps on
the go. Food from lunchtime until about 6.00 pm. Mixed clientele, seems to be
getting more and more popular. Music can be loud in the evenings.
Verdict - beer drinkers choice.
- Jubilee Oak, High Street
Part of the Wetherspoons chain. Vast single bar recently refurbished but
still lacking in character. Beers are well kept and very keenly priced but lack
variation of late. Service can be patchy, with long waits at busy times.
Open all day, food from lunchtime till late evening with some cut price meals for
two people. Queue to get in Friday/Saturday evenings.
Verdict - trying hard, worth a visit, but avoid Friday/Saturday nights.
- The Old Punchbowl, High Street
Newish Green King pub. Expensive. Disintersted staff. Nice building is the only good
point. Verdict - forget it.
- Rat & Parrot, High Street
Aimed squarely at the early 20's
pre-nightclub designer bottle crowd. However it's ok if you stick to the quieter times.
Directors and Theakstons Best on handpump - not inspiring, but adequate. Opens
at 8.00 am for breakfasts with food all day until early evening. Not cheap. Dress code
(no sportswear, workwear, ripped jeans, trainers) with door staff in the evenings.
Verdict - a pub for non-pubby people.
- The Swan, Horsham Road
Whitbread house. Looks derelict from outside, not much better inside.
Open all day. Up to six cask ales available. Food lunchtimes (not Sunday).
Lively clientle of all ages. Dogs welcome. See under "my local" for more info.
Verdict - real pub with real people.
- White Hart, High Street
Busy but efficiently run two bar Harveys pub with a lively, bustling atmosphere.
Clientele slightly on the older side, lots of 'foreigners' ie
Irish/Scots/Geordies/Scousers. Can get very busy.
Food lunchtimes until 4.00pm, filled rolls on the back bar otherwise. Separate
non-smoking dining room.
Open at 10.00 am on market days (Fri/Sat). Occasional live music of the
folky kind on Sunday nights. Pool table. Beer garden at rear. Verdict - real pub.
Best Of The Rest
- Bennigans, Post Master General's Roundabout (near Hawth theatre)
American style bar/restaurant recently open. Very busy. Very noisy. Very expensive. Expect to
queue up if you want a seat. No draught beer, but do try a cocktail. Verdict - it will make
an impression on your date and your wallet.
- Plough, Ifield Street, Ifield
Recently refurbished and extended two bar King and Barnes pub next to church. Vernon Lambert
is Crawley and K&B's longest serving tenant - 22 years. Nice cosy atmosphere, mostly
local clientele and older people.
Food lunchtimes and evenings - not much choice, but good stuff.
Verdict - very pleasant, strongly recommended.