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Address: 39, Sydenham Hill, London, SE26 6RS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4129) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Sydenham Hill (0.3 miles), Gipsy Hill (0.8 miles), Sydenham (1 mile)

Brewery: Young's

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I returned by mistake. They were surly about kids in the garden after a certain time. I don't want ankle biters annoying me but these were reasonably grown up teenagers. Garden was only half full and we weren't bothering anyone. Use your discretion I say. Oh it is health and safety they say. Bolloxs!
The Sri Lankan waitor was helpful and pleasant. Only plus point
Oh and the police cordon around the woods as they had found a dead body was the most exciting part of the evening. Not foul play.
baggydave - 28 May 2016 11:16
So what could be lovelier on a scorching evening like tonight, than a beer in a traditional English pub with a nice beer garden.

Wrong.

I so wanted this to be right, and some return to what it was like 15 years ago when the ambience and decor suited its great history.

Dunno where to start. The brash barman. The noise. The failure to try to make it look like an 1870s pub interior. All trendy and modern.

So outside, and even worse. Not relaxing but artificial. The grass (wtf), the tables, the boxy squareness of it all. And the artificial grass. I think I will give up now.

Still it was doing a trade, I don't run a pub, so what do I know. Artificial grass? May as well pave over the outside.
baggydave - 29 Jun 2015 20:22
Rumour has it that the refurb will return the pub to some of its former glory, you know like a front door and bar in the main front room. Always good for a start.

I was going to check it out for my birthday but feel with indifferent reviews on Tripadvisor (oh dear, how bad have things gone if I go there to check a place that isn't a hotel out) perhaps I'll go to a real restaurant instead.

I did like this earlier review though as it sounded as if could have written it.

Looking back a few years when Pete and Jo Henderson were managing "The Woodlouse" as it was affectionately known locally. Was probably the front runner for best pub in London. Frequented by a motley cross section of humanity. Journalists actors Musicians Bikers Doctors Tradesmen of all kinds Bus drivers and Cabbies. The conversations that could be heard covered every subject under the sun. This of course stimulated discussion and on occasion serious debate. To spend an evening in here was a joyous experience. That is until the Brewery patriarch a Mr John Young died. Then everything changed, a new manager was installed and we the merry band of Ale lovers were told we were no longer welcome, as Youngs new owners intend to turn a thriving busy local hostelry into a Gastro pub. The result of this action saw the heart torn out of the historic interior and the once friendly atmosphere sucked out the door. Now its business is slow and locals avoid the once vibrant ale house to sup their pints inn pubs other than this..
baggydave - 17 Jun 2015 23:10
I'd say a few reviewers are being slightly unfair here.
I've been past this interesting looking establishment as a motorbike courier many a time, but never been in as I'm a NW London man.
Popped in yesterday when cycling. Solo visit. Very warm day. Opted for a bottle of Bulmer's (Yes, sacrilege. Wrong site, etc. - I am normally a "proper" beer drinker) and was a mite peeved that the ice machine had packed up, so no ice! You don't primarily quaff Bulmer's fruit cider for the taste - I could have bought a chilled cherryade at a Mr. Patel's somewhere.
Five pounds and three shillings was very steep. I bought a different Bulmer's fruit cider in the yuppified Clapham North boozer on the corner of Bedford Road and for 55p less earlier in the week.
Fair selection of Young's ales and it is a nice pub. Spacious and well-tended beer garden, though there were quite a few kids running around: not out of control; just being five-year-olds.
The food looked OK.
Not really my cup of tea, but this is a very affluent area. If Young's can get away with charging these prices for a pleasant atmosphere and a relaxing setting, I can't see that we can complain. It was busy but there were plenty of staff on.
I wouldn't rule out a return visit. Hopefully in beer weather... or when the ice machine's fixed.

MarlingSnallard - 9 Jun 2014 15:40
It feels like you're in the countryside when you step off the bus here. The pub also feels like a village local with groups of elderly men and their dogs chatting away, with diners enjoying a post-meal drink or two. The guy behind the bar was also very friendly. Being a Youngs pub, it only stocked their ales - Bitter, Special, London Gold & Winter Warmer. At least this was a larger selection than my previous 2 Youngs pubs earlier in the day. Nice pub. But not the easiest to get to.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Nov 2013 14:15

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