Gravesend’s The Echo Pub Undergoes Makeover, Maintains Cleanliness and Organization

A Review of The Echo Pub in Gravesend

If you’re in the mood for a lively atmosphere and friendly banter, The Echo pub in Gravesend might not be the place for you. However, if you enjoy a quiet drink and don’t mind the smell of fresh paint, then this corner pub on Old Road East might be worth a visit.

As soon as you step inside the door, the smell of fresh paint hits you like a wave. The pub has recently undergone a makeover, both inside and out, and it’s clear that a lot of care has been taken to maintain the cleanliness and organization of the space. Some might even find it a bit clinical and detached, but it’s a testament to the dedication of the staff.

Speaking of the staff, barmaid Sandra may sound a bit like 1970s funnyman Arthur Mullard, but she’s efficient and helpful. However, she did mention that the popular Gale’s 3.6% Seafarers ale was off due to a recent run on it. Instead, I settled for a pint of Doom Bar, with an accompanying pack of salt and vinegar crisps. The ale was not the best example of this average beer, but it was still drinkable.

The prices at The Echo are a bit high, with the Doom Bar costing £4.60 and the crisps setting me back £1.50. However, the pub offers an impressive selection of whiskies, all displayed on shelves above the bar.

The atmosphere in the pub is quiet, with not much going on in terms of entertainment. The big screens play snooker silently to an empty room, and the only other choices for entertainment are listening to the two old men at the bar moaning or watching the paint dry.

The outdoor seating area at the back of the pub is just as well-maintained as the inside, with a log on the wall to track the hourly cleaning of the facilities. The only downside is that the area is located near a busy roundabout, which can cause some traffic noise.

Overall, The Echo is a proper corner pub with a loyal following of locals. While it may not have a lively atmosphere or the best drinks, it’s clear that the staff takes great pride in maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the space. If you’re looking for a quiet drink and don’t mind the smell of fresh paint, The Echo might be worth a visit.

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