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This is a 100pc traditional old pub. I have been here plenty of times over the years as it is next door to Up The Creek. Only about a 5 minute walk from the town centre.

A lot of pubs like this have closed in the area. Go and check it out. Just don't expect Sushi with your crisps..
bigaerials - 24 Feb 2013 18:15
Still having good jazz sessions.
I am glad that the developers were not able to pull this pub down, a few years ago.
jbsjazzer - 9 Dec 2011 14:58
A welcoming traditional family run local and regulars pub, which it seems is a dying art in the area, with many soulless pub takeovers over recent years - featuring live Folk music on Tuesday evening, with free buffet. Live Jazz Wednesday nights with fantastic homecooked curry available. Jazz afternoons on Thursdays and Fridays with bargain priced wholesome pub grub on offer. Friday night - Jackie's disco from 9pm onwards. Last Saturday in month - brilliant Elvis impersonator. Sunday afternoons from 3pm - Sinatra swing singalong featuring MC Dave and the pub crooners, with amazing free buffet. A selection of real ales - Courage cask and Bombardier, with a good selection of lagers and cider. The recent new carpet has tidied the internal decor up. Good jukebox, pool table, darts, quiz machine, fruit machine and island bar. Smoking area outside. Recommended for those in search of something more traditional than can be found elsewhere in the locale.




DangerousChris - 11 Dec 2009 09:02
Next time you come to the Hood, bring sunglasses -there's a new carpet. Also the Wednesday modern jazz sessions have restarted with the addition of wonderful homecooked curry (£3 and £4.50). Otherwise it is still the best community pub in the area, with a choice of real ales -Courage Best and Bombadier.
georgebridges - 16 Nov 2009 18:28
Despite the fact that at first sight this place looks like the OAP's luncheon club it has a great vibe on a Thursday (or Friday) lunchtime IF you like Jazz. Today we were treated to the usual suspects (Brunch Bunch) plus a guest, Cuff Billet on Trumpet, who was excellent, and the place was packed. Food as cheap and as good as before and a nice man called Mark (from Ealing apparently) paid for my Courage Best as it was his birthday (thanks Mark !) If you like live music try it- if you can't make weekdays there is a Jazz all dayer on Saturday 21st November.
GreenwichGraham - 1 Oct 2009 16:32
I have been in here occasionally over the years usually for the Thursday lunchtime jazz or the Saturday jazz all dayers (one tomorrow from midday to 11pm) and have always been made to feel welcome despite not being a regular. It is a little scruffy, and it does attract mostly older customers. However the beer is kept well (draught Courage Best £2.60 a pint) and the fairly basic pub food is excellent value ( I suspect this is what brings the older locals in at lunchtimes) Bar staff are friendly and it is one of the few pubs left in Greenwich that is not part of a chain. Well worth a try if you like a traditional pub- if you don't there is always Wetherspoons over the road.
GreenwichGraham - 25 Sep 2009 10:02
A rather scruffy but popular local - there's a Queen Viv feel to the place, and the people seem to all know each other (the barmaid didn't talk to me as she served, she chatted away all the time to one of the bar flies - not something that makes a new customer feel welcome!) The place is friendly and buzzing, though not welcoming. The clientelle are poor working class, 50+, and seem to spend a lot of their money on booze.

There's an island bar, a pool table, fruit machine, games machine, and flyers for jazz nights. Two casks - Courage Best and Bombardier (the Bombardier is at the far end of the bar, and may be missed by visitors).

There's a certain authentic working class seedy charm to the place, and the beer was in good condition. If the place were cleaned up a bit, then it would be a half-decent boozer.
SilkTork - 25 Sep 2009 01:09
Fantastic place. Had passed this place over the years and had never felt the need to go in. However it was a pleasant surprise. We spent an enjoyable 3 hours playing darts and chatting the amiable lady behind the bar. Excellent way to spend an afternoon.
nickthefish - 9 Jul 2009 09:47
Its a solid boozer with a beer garden.
ShelfStacker - 26 Jun 2009 15:37
When The Lord Hood introduced the larger 35ml measures there was quite a bit of promotion about better value for money. They have now reverted to the 25ml measures with no decrease in price and obviously no publicity. This equates to a back door price hike of almost 30% which seems exorbitant in the current economic situation. Coincidentally their web site still says 35ml measures
damon - 19 Jun 2009 12:07
suprised this place manages to survive as it's just off the main drag for passing tourist trade, and almost directly opposite Greenwich Spoons
vinnnie - 7 Jan 2009 13:00
When I retire, or get the sack, I shall be visiting this pub every Thursday Lunch-time I can. I went there originally for the jazz music that is played there.
The food is good value for money. I don't see the point in cooking a breakfast when I can get chicken mash and veg., for £3., as a breakfast and for another £3., Scampi Chips and Salad as a dinner. I only drink 'real ales' and though not a fond lover of Courage Best, I find that the hand pump beer served here is very acceptable. I wouldn't drink it if it wasn't and at £2.50p. I'm not complaining.
The jazz is played ith enthusiasm. The bar staff serve you with enthusiasm, and I find the clientele, bar staff and the musicians that play there, very freindly.
May nothing, on my days off, stop me on my pilgrimage to the Lord Hood Thursday lunchtimes. This is a proper pub that looks like a pub and it has been saved from demolition and it is a pity that other worthy pubs have been destroyed.
If you like this sort of thing, then pay the Lord Hood a visit Thursday Lunchtime. Also do not forget Friday Lunchtime. There is another good jazz band playing there as well.
Mark.of.Ealing - 5 Mar 2008 19:06
I paid a visit here to The Lord Hood last Sunday (13th Jan), prior to attending another excellent night at the Up the Creek comedy club next door. Itís a run-down; though tidy enough localís pub which serves up jazz music from time to time Adding to the pubs detail, were, a pool table, an open area (presumably for the band?), pictures of Ships and, like so many pubs post since last July, candle lit tables. Why is this? Are they supposed to replace ashtrays? Beer selection was minimal, though the only ale, Courage Best, was tasty enough. It isnít cheap here though. Swearing, cackling clientele was plentiful, yet the atmosphere was tolerable. The background music (thankfully, not jazz) was decent enough, though this definitely isnít a pub to look out for.
HTM69 - 16 Jan 2008 18:55
this place is horrible. I was there a few weeks ago and witnessed two asian girls and the security guard being abused because of their colour by the manager and the customers. definately one to avoid
james7265 - 28 Nov 2007 15:24
rubbish
james7265 - 28 Nov 2007 15:23
Went there again, for the Thursday lunchtime jazz. Just as good as ever. Great that it is now saved from development.
Busy session in a crowded pub, but the two bar staff coped very well. It is good that they remember what, one is drinking, when the second round is bought. Even for a non-regular.
anonymous - 5 Mar 2007 14:21
Just a good, honest old fashioned local with few tourists. Beer is ok, the locals fine and there is usually music at the weekends. Glad to see that the council have seen sense and it will remain open. Just hope that developers/designers don't get their hands on this one.
DrWatson - 8 Feb 2007 17:19
Nice pub, pleasant atmosphere, good music on a Tuesday night, shame about the beer. Why don't the traditional musicians insist on some traditional ale ?
Raimundo - 8 Nov 2006 14:25
I read in the local rag that the "Save the Hood" campaign was victorious - this pub will not be destroyed.

...shame they couldn't save The Cricketers...
topdog_andy - 12 Oct 2006 13:28
Stumbled across this one only recently.
Perfect for my need for quietness where I can sit and read or dream up ideas for my own writings.
Not too fond of the beer, which'll save me money I suppose, but an otherwise great place that tourists haven't discovered it seems - and that can only be a GOOD thing!
Good atmosphere, a calm in the storm.
anonymous - 31 Aug 2006 16:09
Be a real shame if they pull this place down, and just to make a pathway to get to the proposed new development behind. It's got great character, friendly atmosphere, good beer reasonably priced, attentive staff, and fine entertainment. Definitely worth a visit. If you're in the area pop in and sign their book. they're desperately trying to keep this pub going. I hope they succeed.

Paintbrush - 28 Aug 2006 17:42
A bit old man looking but actually a great pub compared to the corporate blandness or tourist orientation of the other pubs in the area.
mrfalafel - 14 Aug 2006 19:35
The beer quality might be variable, but the atmosphere is great. Very friendly bar staff. Folk music sessions every Tuesday evening, Jazz lunch sessions with good (cheap) food on Thursdays. Unfortunately the pub is threatened by closure.
pudlet - 31 Jul 2006 22:25
A good jazz pub session on a Thursday lunchtime with the Brunch Bunch. Beer price is certainly one of the cheapest I have encountered in the area.
I hope it does not close before I can get there again!
jbsjazzer - 17 Mar 2006 14:31
With most of the other local pubs aiming at the yuppy/tourist market, the Lord Hood now has by far the cheapest beer in the area -e.g. £2 a pint for real ale compared with £2.50 in most other local pubs
georgebridges - 18 Mar 2005 21:27
Now has traditional folk music on Tuesday night and modern jazz by Meantime, a jam session hosted by Trinity College music students.
georgebridges - 2 Mar 2005 11:51
This is the best "local" pub in the Greenwich area, the only one with a full music licence. Recently installed real ale option and a full programme of live music including a jazz brunch on Thursday lunchtimes, a Sinatra singalong and jazz with a free buffet on Sunday afternoon and evenings and a skiffle session on Monday night. Always friendly and the barmaids !
georgebridges - 6 Oct 2004 09:47

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