The Ladywell Tavern, Ladywell - pub details
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|Top pub, top landlord and always a good choice of at least 2 ales, the fortyniner is always good.|
Have eaten here regularly for over 4 years and the food is always good and I know for a fac is sourced locally.
Interesting mix of locals but always a good crack in here.
Maybe the previous reviewers who have been negative need to find a pub to eat and drink in that might go some way to matching their expectations and not visit here once and slag it off with untrue and excessive reviews.
This website is for people's opinions but it is also read by people who want to find a decent pub to visit so negative reviews can damage a pubs reputation.
lezford - 24 Feb 2013 13:47
|I love this pub, with its range of good beers, wines and atmosphere.|
Sadly I have to the note the disappointing downhill slide of the food service which I can no longer give the benefit of the doubt. Prices have increased but food has gone from delicious to ok and mediocre, often served up overcooked or cold.
also the excellent stamp card scheme (an incentive which rewards the customer with £10 off a meal after 10 purchased meals) has been suddenly shelved without a notice, leaving embarrassed staff explaining that cards cannot be redeemed. I feel that existing cards should be honoured for loyal customers.
I hope that someone is listening who can turn around this underwhelming food experience. Cheers.
yodagrit - 22 Aug 2012 20:08
|Really decent pub.|
Negatives are: Prices, long wait for food and not many seats.
Positives are: Good quality beer, atmosphere.
I like this place. Its cosy in the winter with the fire on full blast.
The landlord is a nice guy but has been pi**ed on a few occassions hence the wait for food.
Mattyh34 - 13 Jun 2012 10:20
|The staff and landlord of the Ladywell Tavern would like to offer a response to the previous review: Although the staff member in question did close early on this occasion, they have been reprimanded and made aware that this is unacceptable. As an explanation for this however, this member of staff usually works a Sunday night shift, when we do often close at 1030pm. However this is not normal procedure during the week. |
With regards to the staff ‘filling your lungs with polish fumes’, we would suggest that this is a massive exaggeration, with the intent of portraying the pub in as bad light as possible. We at the Tavern pride ourselves on our cleanliness and endeavour to keep tables and the rest of the pub clean throughout the day, not just at closing times. The spray we use on the tables is a water-based hand pump spray which settles on the tables, we do not use aerosols for the precise reason that they hang in the air and can cause irritation to customers, so this cannot have been the case, unless you are suggesting that the staff member on shift sprayed you directly in the face.
And yes, we are proud to have been awarded the title of Best Pub in the Lewisham Mayor’s Business Awards, an accolade which we work very hard to live up to. We go all-out to provide excellent service and good quality food and drink and the majority of the previous reviews reflect this. As you made no attempt to contact us directly, we had no chance to make an effort to make amends. It seems that your comment, Jenny M, is deliberately scathing, a fact which is immediately apparent from the bitter tone in which it is delivered. It is unconstructive, and neglects to mention any good points about the pub. In a time when pubs and small businesses are struggling, it is testament to your character that you have posted a review like this, with the apparent intent of damaging our business, rather than posting a review that would prove helpful to readers in making their own decision on whether to pay us a visit.
jack_vandersteen - 11 May 2011 14:07
|Something you need to know about 'The Best Pub in Lewisham' is that it'll close early if it doesn't think there's enough people present. This has happened to me a few times now, and I'm not even a regular. |
The other Monday night, I arrive at 9.45 and buy a pint. I'm due to meet a friend here just after 10.30. I sit at a table and suddenly I'm breathing in heavy gusts of polish fumes because the barman has decided to clear and clean the tables no one's sitting at and get ready for closing up. Then, at 9.55, last orders is called! There are about a dozen people in the pub at the time. So I finish my pint fast and order another. While he's pulling it, I ask what time they're closing and he says about 10.20. I ask why and he says he's 'been told to', apparently, because there aren't enough people present. I say I have a friend due to meet me at 10.30 here and he just looks at me as if I've suggested kipping on his floor for the night. Sure enough, we're all thrown out at 10.20 and my friend arrives later to find a locked up pub.
This is British service in a nutshell. The place prides itself on being the best pub in town yet it'll happily take over £7 of your money to make you race down two pints, while filling your lungs with polish fumes and throwing you out an hour before it's supposed to. What it should do of course is put posters up that make it clear you'll be told to leave early if there are less than X number of patrons in the place and/or they're buying expensive enough drinks to make it worth their while. But that wouldn't exactly enhance the (phoney) ambience, would it?
MrSheenLungs - 1 Mar 2011 12:19
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