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Well said suppinguy.
The interior is from a 1973 argos catalog.
You need to get a mortgage application on the door so you can buy a drink.
They cannot be bothered to peel the chips so they leave the skin on which tastes crap.
The only good thing about this pub is you can get served, unlike spoons round the corner.
chavsum - 20 Feb 2017 20:48
Antic pub with good real ale range. Typical, attractive half finished look and generally has something on each evening. The quiz is entertaining albeit not without some controversial answers. Food decent, about what you would expect to pay. Well worth a visit, best pub in the square mile.
BitterShurn - 4 Dec 2016 18:03
Best chicken pie I have ever had, and about the size of Jeremy Clarkson's head.
boglips - 3 Mar 2015 17:00
First visit here after the renovation and change in ownership in 2014 and delighted we now have a decent pub in Penge. Friday night here had a nice buzz and friendly atmosphere. Distressed decor and oddly configured tables but plenty of space, nice beer on tap too. Kitchen just opened this week and whilst we didn't dine here looks like a great menu. Absolutely delighted that Penge is finally catching up with the kind of pub most people want to go too. Thank you Antic for bringing this excellent addition to Penge. Only hope is the Pawleyne Arms opposite and the Alexandra are able to build on this new standard for Penge.
redimpsforever - 6 Feb 2015 21:12
Good staff, good drink selection and glad it's open, a good addition to Penge for sure.

But by god what a scruffy half finished wreck of a pub. I mean, I don't mind a bit of shabby chic, but this pub is taking the absolute mick with its customers. There are holes in the walls, half finished painting, wires hanging out of walls, what looks like a cracked soil pipe sticking out of another wall, a fireplace that has been removed and nothing put in its place leaving rotten, dusty looking brickwork behind. The tables are awful too, would hate to try to eat a meal off one of them with friends.

It's not the greatest of the antic pubs by far, much more effort is needed to finish the place off and make it feel like they actually care about the comfort and surroundings of their customers.

I'll stick with wetherspoons until they finish it properly.
suppinguy - 14 Jan 2015 16:59
Reopened after leaky roof caused an insta-shutdown. Small but well kept selection of ales. Black Sheep best was perfect. Normal range of lagers.

It's quite spread out, main bar with wall tables and high stools, saloon area with lots of big tables and sit down space. Dark, moody interior with lowish ceilings. Sound carries well enough but not too loud - I'd say just right. Shabby chic in style.

Friendly atmosphere, definitely the London crowd coming to this one, not too many townies. Fair mix considering. Lots of women. Like, lots of women. About 30 to 40 women to 10 blokes when I was in there. No food yet though so can't comment.

Thelma loved it.
Venton - 5 Dec 2014 20:01
The Goldsmiths opened for a few days and -you've guessed it,closed again. a leaky roof.
slerpy - 30 Nov 2014 13:12
This is not a review-this is clarification only. The Goldsmiths is closed at the moment the Antic group have bought it and plan to re-open. The Antic group do Gastro food but usually have a decent choice of micro brewery real ales, the Wallington Arms is an exception.I really like Antic's styling of pubs and this is welcome news.
slerpy - 24 Oct 2014 20:28
Closed 2 weeks ago for 6 weeks to become a "Gastro Pub"" no work been done yet. I think another block of flats is coming.
chavsum - 14 Jul 2014 21:28
Rumour has it that it has been bought by the Antic pub company and will open later this year...
boglips - 10 Jul 2014 13:54
~Rumour has it that the Goldsmiths is to become a bistro
glenfarg - 19 Feb 2014 22:34
This pub has the best sunday dinner i have ever tasted. The beef is fantastic. Go there just for this food. Spoons round the corner servers cold crap and once you have been in the Goldsmiths you will never eat in spoons agai.

The beer is expensive, the pub is not all that, but, the food on a Sunday is worth eating!
chavsum - 26 Oct 2013 21:45
It's okay, but the Pawleyne is better if you want a nicer Irish pub.
glenfarg - 11 Nov 2011 01:19
Went back the other week after a while not being here, hasn't improved. Beer was quite poor and had to go on the fizzy stuff. Worse thing was the locals who were off their faces, arguing with each other and being quite intimidating. Won't make any efforts to go back here for sure.
anonymous - 23 Feb 2009 18:03
One of the first times I was drinking here, I noticed it had suddenly turned very quiet. Looking around I saw that everyone in the pub, and I do mean EVERYONE, was standing up, fist on heart whilst the Irish national anthem boomed out on the big screen coverage of a Gaelic football match. If that's faux Irish I'm not sure what the real deal would look like.
They sell decent Youngs ordinary at £1.80 a pint (no other real ales) and the live music on a Saturday/Sunday is usually a great laugh as some of the punters get up to dance. If you like real pubs, cheap beer and people watching then I can highly recommend this pub. If you prefer gastropubs and get nervous in close proximity to the working class I'd steer clear...

the_thirsty_moth - 14 Sep 2007 08:38
"Faux Irish"??? Hardly. I was the only Englishman in there when I visted recently. Everyone else was Irish...
glenfarg - 3 Jun 2007 10:48
Best pub to go in the sunday evening after work
wheterspoonsky - 16 May 2007 13:39
In response to 'Irishdrinker' I drank in this pub for 12 years.
It was not Irish but British. It was an old fashoned Penge pub. It was a great pub. Now it is totally crap.

It is a Faux Irish pub ( Consult the dictionary if you dont know what it means).
It is crap!
chavsum - 16 Jan 2007 22:19
Not bad. Just not bad. Serve Youngs on tap, not bad quality. You do tend to get kicked out at 11 on weekdays a bit sharpish though which is a bit annoying post licensing hours changes.
anonymous - 25 Nov 2006 01:30
This pub is about as Irish as a south London Dog Turd.
It was always a South London Pub since 1868 (I have the map)
Now it has been converted a Faux Plastic Irish Pub it is totally Crap.
Knock it down and make flats
chavsum - 23 Nov 2006 21:39
if you fancy a proper irish experence, not the commercialised fakes like O'Neils gives, go to the goldsmiths.craken irish pub in penge and lets face it most pub in penge are something to be desired, from the likes of the market taveren (a.k.a.The DIRTY HSE)the Queen Adelaide (Home to all the loop lou's of penge)Crooked billet (just plan rough) The Royal Oak (would someone put it out of its misery and convert it to flats PLEASE). i think the moon and stars speaks for its self, its a weatherspoons pub, another commercialised company, destroying pubs in britain as we know and love them, with the cheap, bad beer, p#ss poor food and staff who'd rather be anywhere else. when it comes to Pubs in Penge the Goldsmiths is most definately the Diamond in the rough.
irishdrinker - 22 Nov 2006 16:09
A great pub, as for the comment made by 'CHAVSUM', you'r obviouly one of the druged-up scum that were cleared out of the place over two years ago when the present managment took over. Its far from plastic, how can a pub owned & run by an IRISH person be described as PLASTIC.The drink might be a little more expensive, but at least your getting value for your money, good beer, nice CLEAN comfortable surroundings, friendly staff. il gladly pay an extra 5p or 10p for my pint.
irishdrinker - 22 Nov 2006 12:54
A big detached pub with its exterior painted a likeably garish orange.
I expected this place to be devoid of real ale. But to my delight I discovered it has a hand-pump serving Young’s ordinary bitter, and not only that but it was in good condition.
Inside has all been knocked through into one big U-shaped room, but it still retains a certain amount of cosiness. Darts up one end; eating and drinking at the slightly raised other end. I would certainly go back.
Nice to see that the exterior still has some original ornate tiling on the lower part of the walls. Also of note is the unusual feature of a small rounded overhanging window on one of the first floor corners, looking like a retired sea captain’s observation room.

karloff - 9 Nov 2006 17:47
This used to be a great pub years ago. Then they knocked it all about and cocked it up. Its now a Plastic irish pub and is a s*ithole.

Do not bother.
chavsum - 2 Oct 2006 18:52
KilgoreTrout - 24 Jun 2006 21:45
Oh yes it is a typical Old Irish Pub.
Very pleasant but my drink was a bit costly.
xMandyx - 4 Jun 2006 09:44
A great genuine "Irish Pub" to visit (Not fake like O'neils), live music every sat and sunday (Mostly Irish)shows all sports including the GAA games has 2 large and 5 small screens... Never seen a fight and kids not really allowed in after 7 - 8 PM also has a Big Beer Garden, can also get a nice Bacon and Cabbage on a saturday!
Gary - 4 Jul 2005 16:09

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