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Zero Degrees, Blackheath

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Went in today for the first time. The decor is a bit strange, like something from a 70's sci-fi movie.

The beer however was very tasty. I tried the Pale Ale, Venician Lager and the Black Lager. This was happy hour (4:00 - 7:00) so only 2.00 a pint.

The menu looked good if a little pricey. I'll certainly go again.
zapsincl - 5 Feb 2010 21:59
v good pizza. we did the 6 beer taster for 2.50. Amazing value. The pale ale was best. Black lager's not at all bad either. Of the specials, the german beer tasted of smoked sausages - not right - and the smoked orange beer was like cigarettes - not good either. would go back for the food rather than the beer.
ian_j_baker - 21 Nov 2009 10:03
No disabled facilities, yet space given over to a pizza restaurant on ground floor, which is hardly warranted given the amount of eating establishments in Blackheath. Requested assistance to climb the stairs to the toilets and was look at like I had three heads! Not acceptable, given that this is a new conversion and disabled facilities should have been provided by law.
elthamlass - 28 Mar 2008 10:34
Mike, either head will do. Please re-read what I said again. I never used the word 'bland'. I said 'thin'. Big difference. 'Thin' as in there is little aftertaste to the beers and they aren't overpowering. This is a trait of most American style micro-brews. I should know, I've sampled from over 100 of them. :-)Everyone has different tastes. Personally if it came to a choice between the beers of Zero Degrees and Greenwich Meantime, I prefer Meantime's product. On a hot day though I will take a 5 litre keg of their pale ale before considering any mass produced nitro-fizzed kiddie pee.
Zaphod - 6 May 2007 15:12
To Zaphod (I never know which head should I look at while I'm responding?) - unless things have changed drastically since I was last there (admittedly a good while ago) then the beers were anything but weak or bland - are you perhaps comparing them to the best of the "out there" US micro-brews, or by most beers available in UK, as compared to the latter, the beers at ZeroDegs were much better than most (i.e. mass-brewed ales & lagers) & up there with the best of craft-brewed UK beers. (I have heard that colder & fizzier is more the order of the day now, but neither are terrible things in the appropriate beer/weather) cheers MikeMcG (former ZeroDegs brewer)
mic_mac - 17 Apr 2007 11:06
Excellent pizza. I find most of their beers a bit thin on taste and too fizzy. It seems to be a common thread with American style brew pubs. No doubt some would call the flavours 'subtle'. I find them a bit weak. Similar in quality to the Canadian Brewsters brew pubs, and the Seattle Pike Place Brewery.
Zaphod - 19 Feb 2007 15:30
love it, great staff, great food, great beer. message to anyone GO NOW!
bartmb1 - 1 Feb 2007 13:51
Mango beer is back in season, and is just incredible. Worth going to this pub for that alone (their other beers are generally good as well).

Additionally, the pizzas are fantastic, and they've expanded the menu. Not a big fan of the decor (pretty much all exposed steel) and the place is starting to wear (getting progressively filthy, as the place is constructed in a way that's virtually impossible to clean), but for their beer, I'd stand in a shed.
topdog_andy - 4 Aug 2006 12:06
The Raspberry and Mango beers are excellent but sadly haven't beemn abvailable the last few timees I've been in. Great pizzas.
Glasgowboy - 16 Jun 2006 10:28
So good, when my parents come down from Scotland they always want to come here. Great beer, pizzas and atmosphere. My only complaint is that on one occasion, rather than show the football, we had to watch 30 big men chase an egg on tv for 80 mins.
Pedders - 17 Mar 2006 12:30
I love this pub. One of the best south of the river without a doubt. Nothing beats a pizza (carne asada has to be tried) and watching the sport on the plasma screen with mates!
harryf - 17 Feb 2006 17:26
A small selection of very good beer, all brewed on site. The pilsner is a bit gassy but the Pale Ale is excellent and the food is also really good. Fit barmaids too!
Lew - 9 Feb 2006 20:07
Lovely food, good beer and funky colour-changing lights. A Must.
Phucough - 10 Jan 2006 01:51
Top quality beer still the agenda here. Visited on Tues 06/12/05 with two friends. Food very good, and we got a table within two minutes of walking in at 8pm which was great.

The pale ale and the black lager are the beers to go for.
lad_newton - 12 Dec 2005 17:48
Went here on Friday and was plesently suprised, very nice place, slightly expensive (it is Blackheath after all) but very good food and cheap own brand beers (2.40 a pint). It was packed solid by 10pm and our table for 9pm was delayed for an hour+ so be warned that you may suffer from delays. The toliets were nice and clean allbeit quite small and there was no trouble at all that I witnessed. I would be happy to go back, to eat or drink or both.
RichLondoner - 29 Nov 2005 12:30
Popped in here for a quick bite and beer with a group of friends. The bar area and micro-brewery area is beautifully presented, although the downstairs eating area could do with some more attention. It was very dull and fairly cheap looking.

Upstairs was pretty nice and my pizza was lovely. The view was also nice. If you have a large group make a booking - we could only get tables of 4, so our group was spread over 2 separate tables.

They brew 6 beers here, and the friendly barman let us have a taste of them before selecting. The Pale Ale is an absolute winner. I'd definately come back if I found myself in the area.

Oh yeah, 4 quality pints for under a tenner. Bargain!
chrisgill33 - 21 Nov 2005 13:54
Great place for a night out in a big group. Unusual beers brewed on site in a large open-plan building almost resembling a warehouse. Restaurant-quality food is prepared on view in front of the bar with metallic tables & chairs both upstairs & down giving it a modern, trendy feel that some could misinterpret as feeling a bit cold.

Plaques explain the brewing process & you can see how it's done from start to finish through huge windows behind the bar. The beers are then piped straight to the taps. The seasonal Mango wheat beer was amazing but the Pale Ale & Pilsner went down a treat too. Zero Degrees also do an unbeatable beer & pizza offer at lunchtimes that must be tried & is a great introduction to this stylish, 21st Century 'snooty' ale bar.
young_camra_collectiv - 27 Oct 2005 10:42
There's another Zero Degrees in Bristol now, run to the same formula.

Great and unusual pizzas (the Carne Asada is recommended!), good continental and New England style beers - as someone else pointed out, sometimes dangerously drinkable and strong!

Very noisy though and can get very busy. Staff are usually friendly and efficient, though.
cowbutt - 9 Oct 2005 19:37
Excellent food and drink service. . . Always very high quality. Almosphere good and friendly. Manager Wendy brilliant, even at the end of a hectic session. . .we watched her fly all night when it's busy and still smile at the end of it! Will tell everyone to come here
anonymous - 1 Sep 2005 16:24
Amazing Pear, Gorgonzola and Walnut pizza. Mussels are good too, you get plenty of chips and mayo to fill you up. Food is slightly changeable, depending on which chef is in charge of that cavern of a pizza oven.

The microbrewed beer really is quite good. A bargain at 2.40 a pint (in 2005). Nice huge glass etched diagrams all over the place to show you the "science" behind all the tuns and other stainless steel equipment that you can see way beyond the bar.

Steal one of the laminated drinks menus. I figure if you work your way through all the beers on the list then you've earned it. Don't try to steal the glass etchings, though. That would be bad.

They sell 50 litre kegs for around 70 too. If you've got your white escort van with you, you can take some of the fun home.

Little bit of seating outside for the summer, good view of the heath and the church (if you like looking at buildings). Plenty of other things to look at in Blackheath, though, if you know what I mean.
daveboden - 22 Aug 2005 23:36
The beer seems to make me completely bloated but the pizzas are ace.
Tony D - 5 Sep 2004 15:06
There is more you need. Friendly Staff. The staff there are rude. Fortunately there is the Meantime brewery in Greenwich with better beer and miles better service.
anonymous - 12 Aug 2004 11:13
Great food, dangerous beer, industrial design. Well worth a look. Far better than it's local rivals.
Mark - 23 Jul 2004 14:10
Get there early, get a table, get a pizza and work your way through their "homebrew" beers. Can get noisy late in the evening, but a good place for a pint or three.
Chris - 14 May 2004 22:01
Good bar, good food (get the mussels), good atmos, funky decor.


claire - 14 May 2004 18:28
Probably the best drinking hole in Blackheath. Good, reasonably priced food, ditto the beer. One reservation though - I always have a filthy hangover, even after a couple of pints there.
James C - 27 Apr 2004 10:16
Best drinking place in Blackheath, food is excellant too. They used to do live jazz on a monday night but have stopped it recently - apparently the council forced them to stop after the neighbours complained? So that's what lewisham borough council do when their not hiking up our council tax.
Gus Tavo - 23 Feb 2004 13:19
Eat and drink here often. Excellent food, excellent beer and often excellent service. <b>Warning</b>: the home-brewed beer gets you steaming. The best bar in Blackheath by a country mile. Keep up the good work.
The_Verderer_of_Cank - 16 Jan 2004 11:44
the best bar and beer in blackheath
andy - 5 Jan 2004 17:39
i think this is the best place in blackheath for a drink ive only been twice didnt know it was there 4 years but i would recommend it to every1
andy - 5 Jan 2004 17:31
Great place, let down by the fact there's always one or two beers off at peak times, normally always the speciality, which is a great shame as it's a great beer. Can't this be sorted?
john mas - 21 Nov 2003 15:23
This is the best pub/bar/restaurant in Blackheath. Excellent wines, boyfriend approves heartily of lagers, and food excellent. You've never tasted pizza like it! And the kilo pot of mussels with frites (a la Belgium) are incredibly delicious and there are many variations. I live locally and frequent Zero Degrees weekly. Decor impressive, staff very efficient and friendly, and atmosphere terrific on weekends.
Annabel - 3 Nov 2003 16:26
I love microbreweries and this did not disappoint for service and decor. Having a TV with no sounds during sporting events is truly odd..is this atmos or just lack of budget for the speakers? The wheat beer was first class, but the mango beer was far too sweet. I'm looking forward to going back.
Marc - 28 Oct 2003 12:14
This is an impressive pub visually, the staff have always been polite and friendly and it is usually a nice atmosphere. I have had good recommendations about the food but the beer always sends you bonkers.It really is monkey juice.
If you drink the beer, you will become a chimpanzee. And thats not good.
Jim - 10 Oct 2003 12:13
let me know what the beer is like and direct any comments and questions to me.This is a message from the brewer.sent messages to norman@zerodegrees-microbrewery.co.uk. I would appreciate this
norman - 6 Oct 2003 20:20
Have to disagree about the beer. If real ale is your thing then you're OK but I've tried them all and they are all cloudy and sweet including the so called lagers. The venue is like a Tardis. Tiny entrance with a small tunnel through to this space age cave. Spectacular and I've been in there twice with people who lived nearby but didn't know it was even there! The wood fired pizza oven kitchen is also impressive and the food was very nice the one time I ate there. If only they sold normal beers...
Tim - 5 Sep 2003 17:30
I was in blackheath last night dropped into Zero's for a quick pint ended up staying all night they had this fab live band on and their new wheat is mango flavoured and it's the best fruit flavoured beer around, i only tried it 'cause a nice chap at the counter gave me a sample of it, 3 years on and I still think this is the best bar in Blackheath.
Jeff - 19 Aug 2003 09:05
Live Jazz on a monday night from 8pm goes down a treat. Varying acts, all great quality. What better way to spend a monday night. Great Pizza, Great Staff, Great live music!
Romeo - 13 Aug 2003 21:26
Been there once a few weeks back. Sat out front in the sun and had a good banter with the two doorman - who incidentally also work the door at Cave Austins (you know the one... the 'bar' a few doors down with the chic sofistication of a goat on heat - thanks entirely to the boppers that attend). Any Zero Degrees seem fantastic. The brews are very tasty (ask for a taste test from the friendly staff - yes!, but only if you make the first move admittedly). The sound system is atrocious, but within the "residents-with-a-petition" policy guidelines - yep, apparently a few complained about the noise level. In final, this place is great if you're not hung up on people watching (Zurich syndrome I call it) and get on with having a good pint! Where is a good place to dance in Blackheath - ANSWER ME THAT!!!
Damian - damian@nzpilot.com - 25 Jul 2003 16:47
Beer good, food rather hit and miss but families welcome during the day. Men should wear ted baker, Women should have orange fake tan and no matter what their size or age wear lycra tops to fit in with the Fri/Sat night crowd.
Em - 23 Jul 2003 17:02
Beer is excellent and well priced (1.50 b4 7pm M-F, 2.20 afterwards - remarkable given the quality). Food is similarly good. Lacking in chairs however (get there early and enjoy a cheap pint and secure a comfortable spot). Lack of sound for the footy isn't great and the perfume sellers in the toilets grate after about 5 visits on a Friday night (after an early start). The beer occassionally also gives rise to the worst possible hangovers!
Billy Fisher - 16 Jul 2003 13:41
I must be the only one who appreciates the staff. Stop winging and chat to them, they're only looking glum 'cos people like you say they're up themselves.
Food is good, in fact last time I spoke to my Dad, he told me that he often nips down the road for a pint and pizza at lunchtime.
I must agree however with the comments about the acoustics, which are abismal, in fact I think it's that, that makes me feel rather dizzy at the end of a long evening in there!
Me - 27 Jun 2003 14:31
I regularly eat at this establishment. Its in a great location. The bear is exellent (Even though it may change in taste from week-to-week) and the pizza is one of the best pizzas this side of Naples.(This is coming from a home-grown Italian)
Antonio - antoniorossi@nri-ltd.com - 27 Jun 2003 14:08
Yes, the staff are sniffy to say the least, and it doesn't work as a drinking venue. The acoustics are poor and the seating is uncomfortable.
anonymous - 12 May 2003 11:17
I think this is a great pub especially if you get there before 7.00Pm all the beers are 1.70 a pint. The food is really good. The Pizza's are different especially the Peking Duck Pizza and Salmon Pizza also the mussels are good value if you share. They do put the football on but with no sound which is a bit shit. The best thing about it is you can buy kegs of beer.
ian - 9 May 2003 11:17
Not enough seats, seems too hung up on trying to be trendy to be friendly, and the staff don't really seem interested.

May be better as a restaurant, but it's on a loser as a boozer, which is a shame because the beer isn't bad at all.
Darryl - 5 May 2003 23:26
Surprised at some of the comments left below. I've never found the staff to be rude (apart from the bouncers on a weekend, who really could do to take a crash course in making your punters feel welcome), although that could be because virtually every time I've been here it's been to eat and drink, rather than just to drink. I'll go for a drink up there later today to find out ;)

The food's not exactly cheap, but it's good value for your money because it's always really nice and you get a good fill every time.

The beer might be "home brew", but I'd much rather pay 2.40 for a pint of their home brew than 2.70 or even more for a pint of tasteless piss in one of the competing establishments in Blackheath.
mike - 18 Apr 2003 12:46
Crikey guys! Has it really got THAT bad? Must go and see for myself! My experience was of good food and quality beer - at a price - but the staff were a just a little short of friendly. Presumably the modern way to run a pub is only as a business - Enter, eat, drink, leave in that order. I wonder if the company bans its staff from being too friendly with the customers. Its something they should take heed of because I personally enjoyed what I drank and ate there, but that was about it!
lad_newton - 11 Apr 2003 16:53
Don't understand fuss stainless steel is obviously in fashion at the moment. Food very pricey, beer likewise for homebrew. Staff think they are very important, are very arrogant and rude, you are working in a pub dear accept that outside of your little world you are as insignificant as the shit on my shoe!
edmund keane - 1 Apr 2003 13:07
Not enough seats. Too noisy to have a conversation, mainly because of the poor acoustics rather than people having a good time. Staff not exactly charming.
anonymous - 4 Mar 2003 16:12
Visited the pub twice and enjoyed fabulous beer and exquisite food. Only "issue" is a "perceived" dress code which, although did not spoil my enjoyment could have spoilt that of others!
lad_newton - 21 Feb 2003 19:10
Great beer and lovely pizzas - when it is busy the atmosphere is good too. Shame that no casual dress (i.e. trainers) are allowed on Saturday nights.
tatiana - 18 Feb 2003 10:32
the staff have never been anything less than charming, my only criticism is the alarming calorie content of their beautiful and all too tempting food!
anonymous - 26 Dec 2002 20:57
It is ghastly. Very rude staff and poor service.
anonymous - 4 Nov 2002 12:39
Fantastic artichokes and buffalo mozzarella pizza. yum!
Clare - 25 Oct 2002 11:05
The Belgium WitBeer was great if not better than what you get in Belgium. Their other beers were no doubt the best beers in England. I throughly enjoyed my kilo pot of mussels and my partner loved her pizza too. To be frank you must go otherwise you won't know what you're missing out on. The service was friendly and atmosphere was lively. See you there.
Tim Scott - 18 Oct 2002 14:34
A really good restaurant with excellent beer. If you like mussels and fries combined with tasty beer it is worth a yourney! Foxy: Maybe you should not walk out again next time!
Christof - 10 Oct 2002 18:23
I walked in and walked straight out again - its not a pub, its a damn restaurant!
Foxy Stoat - 12 Sep 2002 16:59
Nice pizza, nice wheat beers. What more do you need?
Andy Warrick - 15 Aug 2002 13:26
Intriguingly has its own microbrewery, with a top range of beers. Does, however, tend to become packed full of pretentious punters at the weekend.
Pauly H - 12 Aug 2002 11:36
Lovely pizzas. Better in the week than on weekends if you want it quieter.
Clare - 9 Aug 2002 13:56

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