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London Beer Dispensary, Brockley

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This was one of the highlights of my tour around South East London pubs added to the latest 2020 Good Beer Guide. It's now owned by the Southey Brewery (formerly Late Knights). Their Sephina was on cask, in addition to Marble Pint & Nene Valley Australian Pale Ale. It was also the first pub where I'd found a real cider. This was Sandford Orchards Devon Mist. A number of Southey beers were on keg - Ursus III Oatmeal Stout, Hazy Jesus & Lazy Jesus. There was also Thornbridge Satsuma & Wild Beer Bibble & Sleeping Lemons. There were only 2 other customers inside. But, I believe there was a larger group in the outdoor courtyard at the rear. The barman was friendly and professional. Decent place.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Sep 2019 13:15
Really good version of the new type of local brew pubs. Beers on tap and from the barrel - not all perfect, but much better than so many of the soulless places in the centre of Brighton. And, you can stand outside and admire the view of the power station chimney (er, the i360 monstrosity)...
alebarry - 10 Sep 2016 19:14
A visit last Thursday night with the wife for a few beers and food.

My pints of Brockley Brewery’s Red Ale were all on good form however I was a little disappointed to find only 3 ales on cask, but they did have another 5 on keg
I haven’t eaten here since they added to the burger menu, both of our burgers were excellent.

Stayed for 2 and a half hours and it got quite busy, food was popular.

Still my local favourite.

lezford - 27 Jun 2016 12:39
Popped in on a Saturday afternoon recently and enjoyed a couple of pints of Late Knights Peckham Rye IPA @ 6.3%.

Filled up during the hour I spent here, mainly with “hip” young groups and couples.

A great bar, cracking beer and a stone’s throw from my house. If you haven’t been it’s a must visit.

lezford - 23 May 2016 15:06
Dropped in twice on a Saturday a few weeks back, once at 2.30pm and the other at 6pm at both times it was pretty busy.

It’s been a short while since I’ve been in, reliable if some what uninspiring ales on during this visit, my choices were Brick Brewery Red Brick Rye @ 5.1% & Late Knights Morning Glory….the morning glory is always a dependable pint.

Rugby being shown on the tv in the back seating area and burgers being served in the front bar.

The LBD is going from strength to strength and is a welcome addition to Crofton Park.

lezford - 7 Mar 2016 16:39
This pub looks lovely but the beers are very poor quality and very over priced. I had quite a bad hangover from just two pints. I have been there three times in total and have been disappointed in all of the beers that I have tried. Some of the beers look lifeless and some tasted like home brew.
Nevster - 8 Nov 2015 15:44
There are many good things about this place, the staff, the atmosphere, the lack of a bar and the outdoors area. However despite the large number of beer available there was a lack of choice. there was about 12 beers on tap, but about 10 of them were pale ales. I even quite like a pale ale, but was in the mood for something darker. The only other beers were a pilsner and a stout.
Hedonista - 31 May 2015 18:01
First visit for over a month at around 6.30pm on a Saturday a few weeks back with a couple of pals.

4 ales on keg at varying % and price. I opted for the cask ales which on this visit there was a full compliment of 8 barrels available.

My choices were both from Southwark Brewery Harvard APA @ 5.5% & Bermondsey Best @ 4.4%

Pretty busy with all the tables at the front taken, so we grab a few stools and sat at one of the barrels near the bar area.

Great beer again, the LBD never disappoints….I do love this place.

lezford - 27 May 2015 14:08
Friends popped round today and they brought a car. I logged into BITE and searched for the highest rated pub around, in a drivable distance for a change/

We found a 10.

We thought we'd give it a go, and that it must be good, but by no way a 10. We turned up, were greeted by knowledgeable, friendly and well presented staff, who didn't mind our party disappearing mid-order.

Some of our group had food, the burgers were well priced and very tasty, the chips were good too, skin-on, jacket potato sized wedges of pure carbohydrate sexiness.

Beers all excellent, minimal sediment, clean glassware and well priced! Bonus. Atmosphere great, location easy to get to and a nice smoking area too, for those inclined to smoke the death-sticks.

Cheers guys!
BenGowdey - 9 May 2015 19:11
An amazing ,refreshing pub as the previous contributor says - It has no bar,the service is wonderful, the lack of a bar strongly contributes to that. Ales from many different breweries may be on not just Late Knights. I recently visited with three others and they were in awe and thought that this was one of the best pubs in London, The Nearby Blythe Hill is very different indeed but visit both and experience two contrasting styles and two great pubs.10/10.
slerpy - 13 Jan 2015 18:38
I have been a regular visitor here since the opening day in May 2014.

My visits are usually on a Saturday lunchtime or a Sunday tea time, though I have been known to frequent after work during the week and Saturday evenings.

This was the 2nd of the brewery taps for Late Knights Brewery in Gipsy Hill.

No bar, just a large barrel acting as a post to rest and order your beer from the umpteen barrels that are racked with the beers being dispensed directly from these.

Food has been on offer since mid June & mainly consists of burgers, all food looks good but sometimes the smell from the kitchen is a bit much.

My latest visit was yesterday evening (11/1/15) when there were 6 ales on. 3 from Late Knights, 2 from Crate and 1 from Southwark. I opted for a pint of Southwark's LPA and it was excellent (as are all the beers I have had here). All pints of ale are served in dimple jugs and are now £3.50 a pint.

Cider is also served and I believe it's £3.70 a pint but as I haven't bought any I cannot be 100% certain.

In addition to the ales and cider in the casks there is a large range of bottles in the fridge and you can also take the ales and cider home in carry out boxes.

The best thing to happen to SE4 in terms of drinking and long may this continue....I love this place.

I would give 11/10 if I could.
lezford - 12 Jan 2015 13:57

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