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Tamworth Arms, Croydon

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paul_d102 - 21 Jun 2015 16:23
Fever karaoke will cease business at the end of this month according to their website. I don't know whether there will be another karaoke here, but the last time I went there were some idiots trying to join in with other peoples songs (grabbing the mic off them etc), so any future host will have to be firm with them. Other than that it seems an ok place.
glenfarg - 13 Apr 2015 03:45
Bring back the Guinness!
glenfarg - 18 Aug 2014 21:57
A mixed bag here. It is a good, traditional pub in a town that has a lot of 'bars'. Friendly welcome and service and the local crowd are sociable with passing drinkers like me. I enjoyed a couple of decent pints of Young's Bitter on one visit, but on the next both the bitter and the Guinness left a lot to be desired. Hard to give a rating in these circumstances. Settled on 5/10: beer quality is hit-and-miss so that gets 3/10; as a pub I rate it a respectable 7/10.
wobblybob - 24 May 2014 19:17
Young’s Pub. New Management Nicky and Kirk have taken over since the spring. To my delight there is now a quiz machine. The TVs are now flat screen with all showing the same channel. Last night Sky Sports was being shown.

Beer Draft Young’s Bitter. Selection of Lagers

Seems to be a more popular pub as more people in

off_line - 11 Jul 2012 16:38
I went in on my home from work last week. With the hope of watching sport on tv. There were not many customers 15-20, most seem to know each other. The pub is friendly with a lot of interaction between customers and staff.
off_line - 21 Jun 2011 11:19
Only one other customer on a Saturday lunchtime - nice little boozer, good jukebox selection, though the one disappointment was the unavailability of any Young's draught ales at all (so made do with Bombardier). Hope this was a rare one-off, but it really wasn't good enough for a Young's pub.
Dartitis - 26 Apr 2011 14:55
Nice little pub, prices of a pint a bit high but then again it is a young's pub, i had a pint of young's bitter it was not to bad the pub was very quite
mdoc62 - 22 Apr 2010 10:28
A place to go to get away from the hustle of Croydons busy high street.
Its not a bad place to go out of your way for for a pint or two, but it is rather small, and hasn't got anything outstanding about it per say.
Id rather pop in here on a Saturday afternoon to get the benefits of it, and drink to the end of another long working week...
the_original_rawnsleys - 12 Mar 2010 09:35
One of the better things about Croydon.
meict - 14 Feb 2010 21:10
Looking forward to the "Fun" day on Sunday 24th May. Weather permitting there will be a bouncy castle, barbeque, face painting, karaoke, etc.
localperson - 16 May 2009 11:05
Decent local boozer that probably relies on its regulars as I don't imagine there is much passing trade. The horseshoe shaped bar has a dartboard to one side and theres a small stage area in the corner. Sky has been a recently addition I believe. There was only one of four handpumps working on a Sunday lunchtime which I thought was strange but the Youngs Ordinary was in decent nick and the cheese & biscuits on the bar was a nice touch. Rather unusually there was a customer newsletter on the bar from the new landlord of six months addressing some of the issues raised by customers. It had a myriad of spelling mistakes and gramatical errors but it got the message across and was something I'd not seen before.

Millay - 10 May 2009 10:53
Fine Youngs bitter. Smart and clean on the whole, not particularly busy.

Charming enough but not particulalry outstanding from other Youngs hostelries.

terenced - 5 May 2009 10:51
Great St Georges Day, free bangers & mash & bitter for £1.50 a pint. Perfect.
The bar is spotless and the staff friendly. Come on everyone, come back.
localperson - 30 Apr 2009 10:23
What a charming pub this is. Popped in there this afternoon and enjoyed a good pint of Youngs in warm and friendly surroundings. Quite why this place isn't packed out, I'll never know. There are so many sub-standard pubs near by , I was amazed to find myself in here on my own.

Given some better business, this could be one of Croydon's hidden gems. Not too sure how popular it is later in the day, but I fear for its future if the lunchtime traffic remains as sparse as it is.

Could be brilliant.
Pubsignman - 13 Dec 2008 02:35
I'm delighted to say that the Tamworth Arms is staying well and truly open and is under new management.

The selection of drinks has vastly improved, with Youngs plus either London Pride, IPA or Bombadier on tap, and also in bottles.

The wine selection has also multiplied, for those who prefer the odd tipple.

The friendly bar staff always make you feel welcome, and of course the roaring fire is going down well at this time of year.

Kerb appeal is also improving, and the new management is open to suggestions for improvement. The only thing missing is a few more customers as everyone seems to think it has closed!
sonia_3844 - 16 Oct 2008 16:17
You have to specifically ask for the petition - and yes, I think they have accepted the inevitable - the landlady virtually says as much in the newspaper article referred to in my last posting
JohnBonser - 25 Jan 2008 13:57
Seems a good friendly pub, but I couldn't see a petition, and I wasn't offered one. Have they given up hope? The Youngs bitter was fine.

john_the_jester - 25 Jan 2008 13:32
The John Bonser roadshow paid what is sadly likely to be his last ever visit to this pub last Sunday lunchtime.

I will always have a soft spot for this pub - first ever Youngs pub that I visited way back many many moons ago ( back in the 70's ) but, according to the Croydon Advertiser ( 18 Jan ) Youngs are set on closing it as it doesn't make money.

I signed the petition behind the bar, but what's the use ?

It's a shame - one of Croydon's few remaining proper pubs

RIP -Tamworth
JohnBonser - 23 Jan 2008 13:06
This pub is at risk again, according to the Croydon Advertiser - 4 Jan 2008

Local property developers have submitted a new application which would involve demolishing the pub and replacing it with flats.

Lets hope that this too is rejected
JohnBonser - 14 Jan 2008 13:01
Good to see that this pub has been saved from the developers. I have always found the beer quality to be satisfactory but there do seem to be one or two rather threatening locals who can make ths place intimidating. Friendly barstaff, though.
beerlover666 - 13 Nov 2007 12:27
This pub could be good if the cellarmanship was better. Unfortunately, every time I have had a pint of Youngs here it has ranged between mediocre and awful. The Dog & Bull is by far the better Youngs pub in this area.
MrGerbil - 20 Oct 2007 16:07
Behind an interesting tiled exterior is a really great local, full of character. The beer wasn't perfect when I visited, but the service and atmosphere made up for it. Don't miss it if you are in Croydon.
Bard - 19 Jun 2007 23:06
I am happy to report that the Tamworth has been saved from the threat of demolition.

The council planning committee rejected the plans that November and now the developer has submitted new proposals to build a block of flats behind the pub, leaving it intact.

Croydon council have also given the building local listed status, well done them.
Tom_Cat - 18 Apr 2007 14:09
Crap, dingy, horrible place, nice barmaid tho! (3)
Gimpmaster - 30 Nov 2006 18:10
The Tamworth is now under threat of demolition (Oct 2006) in favour of another dismal block to line the pockets of a greedy property developer. Write to the Croydon press, and above all to Croydon planning department, protesting. The planning case officer is Nicola Townsend
Beerwulf - 17 Oct 2006 17:56
Quite right... The Tamworth was reprieved at the final moment in 2001 and re-opened, much as it was before. Never a pub that will appeal to the typical Croydonian youngster - personally I think that is a blessing - this is a simple, honest back-street local for the traditionalist who will appreciate its back-to-basics approach. I have had a dodgy pint in here once before (it's fair to say the cellarmanship doesn't match that of the Dog & Bull), but eveywhere should be allowed the odd error once in a while.
Perhaps not a pub to spend all night in if you're not a local, or are desirous of somewhere a bit more centrally-located, but definitely as part of a crawl around Croydon's surprising number of "proper" boozers which still rely on convivial atmosphere, well-kept ales, and unpretentious honesty as opposed to corporate branding, theming, mass-produced chemical fizz and loud piped music.
TWG - 12 Oct 2006 17:05
Tremendous News! I was under the impression that the Tamworth Arms had closed down once tramlink construction got underway, hence I thought the Dog & Bull was the only remaining Young's pub in the area.

My mistake. Guess I'll have to wander down when I'm next around.
eccentric_man - 8 Feb 2005 14:47
Well, it looks like I 've got the honour of being the first person to post a comment on this pub.
It's a fairly small old fashioned traditional Youngs Pub in West Croydon and thus slightly away from the numerous theme pubs of Central Croydon. It's probably about 7-8 minutes walk away from The Dog and Bull in Surrey Street Market.
Customers seem to be mainly locals, being where it is it doesnt get the circuit crowd.
It was actually closed for a time when the Tramlink, which runs past the pub, was being constructed and people thought Youngs were going to sell it, but thankfully they didn't.
Good beer - it's actually listed in the new GBG - 2005 Edition. Nice warm friendly feel to the pub - enhanced by the roaring fire
Well worth popping in for one pint or two if you like proper pubs and are doing a Croydon crawl
JohnBonser - 20 Dec 2004 17:39

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