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Gipsy Hill Tavern, Upper Norwood

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user reviews of the Gipsy Hill Tavern, Upper Norwood

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Great local and friendly pub. Best pint of Guiness and beer garden in Crystal Palace. Hearty open fires in Winters, brilliant function room, bands and music too.

Fe39 - 18 Jan 2016 22:12
Good pub. Great bar staff. Also do lots of music, film and comedy nights.

Well worth a visit.
Hurlock - 27 Feb 2013 16:12
In there tonight good jazz band playing..

Very poor service though, its hard to get served with the bar staff occupied flirting with the customers. Need to get some staff who don't think they are the stars of the show..


CONDEX - 9 Dec 2011 23:18
Spacious, though I prefer the Two Towers down the road.
glenfarg - 11 Nov 2011 01:34
One of my favourite pubs - friendly stuff, good prices and nice atmosphere. The garden has just been redone too and looks great!
elenita_vere - 18 Jul 2011 14:59
This is one of the last "normal" boozers in an area awash with stripped wood floors and mood music. I love it. Heavy irish contingent usually in with Gaelic sports and football being shown, charmingly grotty little beer garden as well. It's also one of the cheapest pubs I have been to in ages plus some of the entertainment stuff they put on - last week it was a country and western band and a jerk chicken bbq in the garden. amusing.
oldjg1 - 19 Jun 2011 13:04
Unfortunately the much lauded landlord was absent during my visit and I had to endure a curt barman who needs to learn some manners.

That pub itself is nice enough with a plasma screen that was showing football and I also heard some table tennis being played in the back room. There is a fire in the bar area with some sofas placed around it that would be good as the weather turns for winter. I was glad to find some covered seating in the nice sized beer garden out the back as it was raining heavily, although there were some die hards sitting in the pouring rain which confused me a little.

Pride was the only ale offering and there is only a standard draught selection, but my Guinness was on good form.

Itís a shame that I had to endure the rude service as I would have marked this pub much more favourably.
Strongers - 11 Nov 2009 12:37
I Agree this is a Great Pub, New to the area so popped in here for the 1st time the other night. Frank is a top Landlord and from what he was telling me has some good plans for the future of the pub (including an addition to the range of ale). I'm sure my apearances at this place will become quite regular!
Red_Robot - 20 Oct 2009 12:22
I agree - a smashing pub with the legend that is Frank manning the pumps and looking after all. The traditional Irish music sessions on Sundays are brilliant too.
Finbar74 - 19 Feb 2009 13:21
this is a great local - yep, you've got no real ales in there, but you've got a decent range of lagers, and great service. good place for watching the footie, ping pong, darts and table football for entertainment, as well as the events they stick on regularly, like comedy nights and gigs... it's a much better pub than when I first lived in the areas about ten years ago. I'd recommend it highly
automatik - 19 Sep 2007 17:20
Decent enough pub for drinking in before a Palace match but let down by its lack of decent beer.
crabpaste - 16 Sep 2007 16:53
This pub has a great potential in terms of space and location but you are let down by the deco and the general atmosphere. The beers are ok but average choice. Though service is great, very friendly and prompt, the crowd seem not to be bothered to be there (probably I was just very unlucky).
I must confess that in the summer it gains loads of vitality and it almost seems a different pub.
Wish I could rate them higher as their staff really deserves it!

rugbyboy - 2 Feb 2007 15:36
I haven't been to this place in 20 years, but I note with regret that nothing has changed. I inhabited the area (1983-88) and it was always considered the last place you'd want to drink in - even then.
I suppose that there has to be a refuge for those less fortunate then most of us.

andrewgwb - 6 Jan 2007 04:21
This is an impressive old Victorian building and the ladies behind the bar are friendly...

...but this pub commits the cardinal sin of pubs: there is no real ale. I was told this is because "It's too much hassle". At least they are honest. Most non-real ale pubs come out with rubbish such as "There's no demand for it", but at least this place admits to being lazy.

Real ales need looking after more than lagers, and if a pub doesn't want to put in that extra bit of effort, then that's their choice, but I won't drink there.
karloff - 30 Oct 2006 15:43
I thought this was a nice pub - some of the customers where a bit loud, but for the general part, they were rather interesting and friendly. Beer was cold and tasted good.
Chiara66 - 30 Sep 2006 00:05
To quote my mate, 'this could be a really nice pub if it wasn't for the people who drink in it'. The lack of real ale doesn't help matters either.
pubcollector - 11 Jun 2006 23:31
M U S I C I A N S
Open Mic nights are now being held here on Sundays. It's been different every time so far. This week just gone there were some real hot jams going on. The week before was a whole load of people doing acoustic solos
Juniorjc - 5 Jun 2006 13:11
hahaha Paulie P, if you dont mind me saying. Your clearly pi**ed off cos its sociable and your just a sad billy no mates!

Oh and i'd bet a fiver you go to the paxton....lol...anything else need to be said? i think not!


ms_fowler - 7 Aug 2005 21:57
More like drinking in a library rather than a pub. Bar staff more intersted in the paper than serving. NO atmosphere. Better pubs in the area.Guinness off as well. Decent garden
Paulie.P - 6 May 2005 12:54
Couldn't agree more. Really good bar staff, nice big beer garden, table football, open late on weekends.. plus it's close enough to the station to stumble on to a late train if you're not from the area. Awesome.
Chris - 28 Nov 2003 16:08
Cracking boozer next to Gipsy Hill Station, always a welcome atmosphere from Cath the landlady. Curry nights, parties, discos, bands, always something good happening here, best pub in the area by far. Comfy sofas, nice decor, beer garden and a large back room for table footy and darts.
Paul Field - 27 Nov 2003 10:48

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