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I was in this pub yesterday evening, I was appalled at the way the landlady treated one of the staff in front of everyone customers and other staff, to the extent of man handling her. I really felt for the poor girl even though verbally the young girl spoke up for herself. I don't think I will ever go back there and will be telling others the same.
Peter26 - 30 Jun 2016 17:57
this pub is a no good

come my pub very nice and do the foods

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Pineapple_The - 14 Oct 2013 11:21
Absolutely lovely pub, good beer, very comfortable with lovely outside and inside area. My only bug bear is that it is hardly ever open. The pub could make so much money if it opened for sporting events as it has 3 large tvs and is a great venue. Sometimes it serves food and other times it doesn't. It seems to open at obscure times. Such a waste of a really great establishment - not sure if its privately run or by the brewery but I wish they would change the timings or even be consistent when they are open and when they are not. Nothing else like this in the area.
publover11 - 7 Jun 2012 14:10
The Beehive is an excellent choice of pub for anyone wanting a few drinks before and after going to the cricket at the nearby Oval. Despite always nearly being at full capacity on match days there is always enough room in the beer garden out back and the staff's service is very quick.
gumbo - 16 Aug 2011 13:38
It was packed out after the cricket but staff still did a good job serving.

The bar is a square in the middle of a spacious room. There's also a large beer garden.

It's neat and tidy and a cross between a pub and wine bar. No real complaints.
willesden_seadog - 24 Jun 2011 17:30
Just been here for the first time, for a 6:30 Thursday after-work pint of Bombardier. It has a bit of an identity crisis: the trad. exterior at odds with the almost-a-wine-bar interior. It's very spacious inside, and the multiple TVs were all showing the Cardiff test match (well it IS right by the Oval). Beer was okay, Tyrells crisps (cheese & onion; what else?) good. Much more of a 'shirt n ties' place than I expected.
vanillarreal - 26 May 2011 21:01
Been frequenting the Beehive for the last couple of weeks. Clean, friendly, plenty of space. And the food is very good value.
dan76uk - 21 Apr 2010 16:11
Reasonably good pub; handy for a pint or two after the cricket at the nearby Oval.
Darren_in_the_City - 25 Aug 2009 11:10
The beautiful exterior of this pub is completely at odds with the very modern interior, but at least it has managed to remain a pub rather than going too much down the 'wine bar' route. Beer was fine and there were plenty of people on a Tuesday evening so they must be doing something right. Nice secluded garden - until they started ripping up the road right outside! Would definitely return.
Oolybel - 12 Aug 2009 08:57
there is nothing groundbreaking about this pub in the slightest - but it's alright. the beer tastes fine (Youngs and Pride), and last time i was there the barmaid remembered a five-drink order (right down to a no-ice matter), which counts for something.

Fine for a few beers if you're around. Don't make a special journey, though.

gcc24 - 12 Apr 2009 20:41
I visited this pub for a bite to eat and I'm afraid I thought it was RUBBISH. I was greeted with a face like the back end of a bus. The bar staff were rude, uninterested and gave the impression that they really did not want to be there. I dont think that gives much of an impression about this place.

What is disappointing is that this pub is actually very smart. Nice decor, good space almost trying too hard. the fundamental point is behind that cover lies a poorly run establishment. The food is nothing tho shout about. The bar staff cannot even deliver a coffee to the customer. Absolutely awful.

I usually do not take the time to comment about places I visited but I felt I had to post something on this occsion. There are a limited number of establishments in oval to explore. My advice is to go towards kennington - fantastic food, service, very original pubs - somrthing which the Beehive isn't. - reflected in the dull atmosphere made up by no more than a handful of people on my visit.

Disappointing for a pub that is well placed next to the oval round. poor in all areas.
kootta - 25 Dec 2008 20:49
Not so much Oasis as REM, specifically, shiny happy people! Adnams bitter £3 a pint. I sort of agree with everyone on this pub (unfortunately) - it is very much a modern place and nothing at all of what is suggested by the exterior. Attractive barmaids which is always a plus, as is the outside area which is architecturally well handled by glass screens.
Look at it this way. Almost opposite this pub is a white wedge-shaped building that still bears the remains of a hanging sign. This was once the Durham Arms. It was a pub, and is so no more. The Beehive has changed and adapted; and despite what Bertrand Russell said about 'one can adapt to anything, even sitting on a hot stove', the adaptation is no bad thing and the Beehive, unlike the Durham Arms, remains open. Anywhere that can appeal to a range of demographics and not just the white male which is allegedly the backbone of pub-going - and is nonetheless getting his beer from the off licence these days - has an edge, and an edge is what you need. Not traditional, but I liked it.
rainlight - 20 Jun 2008 21:55
An absolute Oasis. The place has a very clean modern and comfortable decor but still has a traditional pub feel and the staff are very friendly and make you feel at home. The bonus comes with finding it has one of best Beer Gardens in South London, private, sunny and big. Great food too
artistsagainstbush - 9 Mar 2008 13:28
I usually visit this pub during the lunch break when I'm at Oval test matches. It has certainly been improved by a refurbishment. Unfortunately, special test match prices have been introduced, meaning that a pint of Youngs bitter cost £3.50 last week.
boqueron - 14 Aug 2007 23:45
Only dropped in to see the Portsmouth based band Lifeoriley in here. A mixed crowd celebrating something or other and a few locals contributed to an interesting evening.

This was my first visit and the pub felt a little lost between up market and local but the beer was enjoyable, as was the band. Staff and landlady were friendly enough. The wife was happy with the wine too.
Harlap - 23 May 2007 13:26
Wasn`t complaining, just stating a fact, glad you liked it though but its totally different to the pub I remembered and as the cliche goes ,its all about opinions.
TSW - 21 May 2006 15:23
Doesn't look like picture above anymore BUT i loved it - nicely done inside and to a quality finish and a lovely paved beer garden - well impressed. Could do with larger range of ales but probably not aimed at that market anyway. Went on a sunny thursday evening and had a great time in the garden - once we got a table! Get rid of the cash machine though! Oh and ignore person below complaining about 'another traditional london Boozer poncified'!!!
JohnnyL - 15 May 2006 15:49
Heaving when we visited on a Friday night - seemed to be mainly aftre work people. Very smoky interior, very pleasant garden.
cuttysark - 22 Apr 2006 06:57
went in after the Ashes test and couldn`t believe how much it has changed. Another traditional London boozer poncified out of all recognition. In years to come when all pubs are like this someones gonna come up with an idea of a London theme pub and change em back
TSW - 21 Apr 2006 22:39
Only problem with the pub is that they dont serve wine in large glasses so you have to make do with 175ML glasses or buying a bottle.
anonymous - 28 Mar 2006 22:01
I would thoroughly recommend this pub - its bright and airy, has a good range of beers and wines and food and was very welcoming on a recent Sunday afternoon visit.
anonymous - 13 Mar 2006 10:41
Spent the evening in there after the Ashes win at the Oval. Friendly staff and I'll definitely be back there again.
MikeyBee - 13 Sep 2005 21:16
Perfectly passable pub, although I tend to agree that the prices are a bit steep. The food is fine as far as it goes, but nothing special. Generally a pleasant enough place. Would have been nice to have got a smile from the staff, but they were probably concerned that I was from the immigration department.....
womble54321 - 6 Sep 2005 15:23
New look with passable pint of Pride and bit of a back garden. Don't know what the food's like though!
Oval - 1 Sep 2005 20:36
With sumptuous decor and good selection of wines, beers and food, this is a very classy pub. Prices are a bit steep, but this ensures that the riff-raff stay elsewhere, so you can usually find a seat. Good outside seating area, and the toilets are as lavish as and you will find in a pub.
ChrisF - 28 Aug 2005 10:51
Ridiculously expensive, especially so for a pub outside the centre of London. Nice beer garden though.
mike - 12 Jul 2005 11:26
One of the better pubs in the area, and you are usually able to get a seat. Courage Best usually kept better than their Directors.
oneoverthe8 - 7 Apr 2005 20:22
Clueless management. During the last cricket test match at the Oval between SA and England there was also a Rugby test on between SA and Argentina being broadcast on TV. During the lunch break the bar was full of Saffas catching up on the rugby. When lunch was over the management put the TV back to cricket much to the annoyance of the Saffa fans who had left the Oval to watch the rugby. Despite a mini protest management refused to go back to the rugby. The result - all of us left and went back to the Oval to watch the cricket live leaving a petulant management with an empty bar!
Owen - 18 Nov 2003 16:01
Boring pub, always empty in the evenings.
Nick - 15 Oct 2003 17:18
We went in here by accident (kind of) last Sunday afternoon and it was very pleasant - friendly staff, clean, footy on the TV, and a very nice looking (if not particularly large) beer garden. No idea what it's like at other times, but I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.
anne - 26 Sep 2003 15:21
Located near the Oval cricket ground and the only times Iíve been here is during lunchtimes at the test match. Always amazes me that they insist on still serving food even when thereís a test match on and the place is packed to the rafters. Thereís always the same old boy fighting his way through the crowds with a plate of egg and chips without a clue who ordered it. Get real guys, forget the food during big games and give people what they want, three quick pints before they go back to the Oval for the afternoon session.
Millay - 26 Sep 2003 08:05

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