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There is a man whom I shall only describe as exceptionally light skinned, infamous in the crystal palace community for being a troublemaker and a racist, who is barred from every respectable drinking establishment in the area, even the local corner shops. Despite his reputation, he is employed by this pub. That should tell you what kind of place this is.
Mongodb - 3 Sep 2016 22:38
My 1st visit to this chain pub that is adequate enough but was neigh on dead on Bank Holiday Monday evening. A pub I have walked past far too many times and to be honest I think most people do the same.

Pleasant inside, the decoration consists of carpeted floors, wood paneled walls and a decent and attractive collection of ceramic jugs on the shelf behind the bar.

3 hand pumps but only 1 ale which was London Pride, the bottles in the fridge were Newcastle Brown and Old Speckled Hen.

Usual standard lagers and Guinness also on offer.

Attentive barmaid but really not busy enough.

lezford - 8 May 2014 14:28
Have used this pub a few times in the evenings, apart from the Jeremy Kyle Show fodder that regularly drink here it's not too bad, enjoyed good live music here once or twice but that now sadly seems to be finished. Average cleanliness in the bar area, however the visit where I found SHAVING STUBBLE (and it didn't look like facial stubble either, if you catch my drift) on the bar of soap in the loo was my last!!!
LondonWhippet - 24 Sep 2013 12:00
It was just about OK a few few years back.

Sorry to read it seems to have gone down.
eddybeer - 18 Feb 2013 13:33
This pub has declined consistently in the last couple of years. Charmlessly inebriated customers, no heat in the pub in winter, very little light and a gents toilet that smells like an apple press on the turn.
terenced - 23 Apr 2012 11:52
Pleasant enough pub.
glenfarg - 11 Nov 2011 01:32
No real ale but about 4 pumps for Guinness? Loads of live music nights and a BBQ in the beer garden every weekend (5 for a Burger?)
If the weather was nice Id make a visit just for the beer garden.

pezza132 - 31 Aug 2011 13:26
This pub loves music. They have good live bands on every Saturday night and they have just started up an Open Mic night on Thursday evenings.
bigmerch - 7 Feb 2011 11:06
The beer could be better.

But, to be honest, a welcoming pub by both the staff and the punters.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot up at Crystal Palace these days.
meict - 14 Feb 2010 12:34
This place has gone downhill since I first visited it in 2005. It is now a musty smelling pub with no atmosphere and regulars who put you off going anywhere near the bar.

I doubt I'll be going back.
norwoodeyes - 3 Aug 2009 13:07
My, this place has gone downhill recently! I went a couple of weeks back and will not be returning. The whole pub seems to be a haven for local p*sheads who take it over and argue amongst each other all night. And the staff seem to turn a blind eye to smoking in the pub. It's a real shame cos this was a good boozer. The beer has also taken a turn for the worse and tasted off and vinegary, like they don't clean their pipes well enough.
suppinguy - 23 Feb 2009 17:31
Laid back 'decent boozer' feel about it, yes 'old man pub' - well not all have to be for sub-30 age group.
enjoyed my last visit here and will call in whenever back in CP

gonetolunch - 29 Dec 2008 17:20
My old local when I lived in Norwood. Never very exciting (what pub near a library is?) but it's still a decent boozer for a quiet pint.
Dan137 - 5 Jun 2008 23:16
It's not an exciting sort of place - probably best described as a bit of an old man's pub. But for all that it's well run with friendly bar staff, beers are well kept and they do a decent, good-value Sunday roast.
elleme - 23 Feb 2008 21:43
very lively pub with some decent beers.
blanksight - 28 Jul 2007 10:42
Great little boozer... none of your usual CP pretentiousness, decent price and a decent Sunday Roast...
SilverBullet - 24 May 2007 00:27
Proper old-fashioned boozer with good and reasonably priced cask ales. Unrivalled views of London from the front.
shack - 1 May 2007 16:23
I have been a couple of times to this cute, little, traditional Sunday-roast pub with no pretentiousness. The service is friendly and the food is decent. Did not stimulate my libido but I would go there again probably with the old folks.
rugbyboy - 2 Feb 2007 15:27
A charming hostelry it has to be said.
Mr Bernie runs the place well.... good beers, friendly service, gathering of locals...... Beats hands down the JDW alternative round the corner....


terenced - 7 Dec 2006 12:27
Lovely jubbly, best old fashioned boozer in palace.
anonymous - 25 Nov 2006 01:36
A gem of a boozer -- friendly, good service, quiet background music. Return visits planned.
anonymous - 17 Nov 2006 01:39
The best pub in the Crystal Palace triangle. (probably)
terenced - 4 Aug 2006 10:02
An enjoyable little establishment. Nice kept beer, beautiful front beer garden to enjoy a beverage in in the Summer Weather. Welcoming Atmosphere. Maybe one of the more 'normal' pubs in the triangle, as each has a different slant where atmosphere is concerned

And yes bask in the beauty and ponder over that skyline. As Al Murray would say 'Fu**ing beautiful that, prud British moment!'
the_original_rawnsleys - 28 Jul 2006 11:01
Quite like it in here. It's excellent for a quiet mid-week pint or two whilst reading the paper. Bernie is an affable bloke, and keeps the beer always in good nick, and not too expensive. The Sunday roasts are good, and a bargain, but get in quick as they always sell out!!

Agree with 'terenced' about the gents. It does pen and ink a bit.
misterwoppit - 24 Jul 2006 17:46
A decent local pub.
Friendly and comfortable and well-priced.
There are normally 3 ales on a good range of draught lagers (usual suspects).
Nice sun-trap beer garden in the summer and if you sit out the front you can have a beer pondering the London sky-line and try and get all evocative.

Gents toilets are frequented it seems exclusively by those with poor accuracy and aim.
terenced - 22 May 2006 11:25
Even though this isn't my local I still regularly get a bus up the hill to sink a few pints of London Pride in the Albert. Bernie, the landlord, runs an old fashioned boozer with carpet on the floor and trinkets and vases on every available shelf. It may not appear to be anything special but even a miserable, sit in the corner with a paper, git like me feels part of a community everytime I drink here. The only pub I drink in in the CP environs, just don't mention THE CLOSURE OF MORRISONS!
the_thirsty_moth - 17 May 2006 13:40
This has been my "local" for the last three or four years now. A peculiar pre-war detatched building set back from a narrow shopping street; essentially a reasonably neat and tidy no frills boozer, clientele mostly mid-30's upwards, plus students. London Pride, Young's "Ordinary" and Adnams Bitter on handpump, reasonably cheap and comfortable; no food Mondays to Saturdays but roast dinners on Sunday lunchtimes and a striking view across Central London on a clear day. I'm not one for drinking al fresco but there's a pleasant enough beer garden around the side too.
Rich66 - 2 May 2006 00:27
Decent enough pub, a proper boozer with a couple of decent beers. Cheaper and friendlier than some of the other pubs in the locale...
bensonby - 27 Apr 2006 12:06

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