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Grey Derby, Kennington

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As others have said this place is now called the Brown Derby. It's an excellent place to spend a couple of ours with friends on a weekend. The ambiance is laid back and unfussy. They have an ever changing beer selection with 3 or 4 ales on tap, yesterday it was By the Horns - Diamond Geezer, Redemption Pale Ale and ELB Foundation Bitter. Standard pub fare for food. Not the most amazing meal I've had, but you get a gigantic Sunday roast for £9. Recommended.


Deggo - 3 Jun 2013 14:53
Not called the Grey Derby: called the Brown Derby, this is now a friendly idiosyncratic pub which has excellent jazz and similar evenings with a wide variety of eccentric clientele. Food is basic but cheap and wholesome. Beer range is fantastic and constantly changing: mainly from micro breweries, and that makes it by far the best pub in the area for me
ghostwheel - 10 Jun 2012 11:21
They closed it and painted the outside (and perhaps the inside) brown. It's now called the Brown Derby. Daren't go in.
pauldanon - 8 Oct 2011 18:07
Nice enough place which I often use if I'm down there for the cricket.

Very down to earth place with a friendly crowd and staff. Good jukebox helped atmosphere.

Tried the Bombadier but it wasnt the best to be honest.

Crazy old Londoner regalling us with tales of cricketers of yore. Obviously a regular. He got more animated after each mouthful. His language would have made Alf Garnett blush, but he was no bother. Probably added to the atmosphere if anything. Rather have him than some of the hoorays who pitch up at the cricket!
willesden_seadog - 24 Jun 2011 17:27
Been through a few traumatic changes of management (and maybe ownership) in recent months but hopefully now stabilised under mein host Tony's affable stewardship. Bitter was sporadic for a while, but supply now seems more reliable. Great folks in here (many of them from central casting). If you unsuspectingly take an overdue Lambeth-library book in with you, they think you're being anti-social and insist you join them for a good old Daily Mail-inspired rant. Studded green-leather benches make you feel like an MP fiddling his expenses with his mistress (only without the mistress and the expenses). Bring back the greyhound-burgers, rubber lettuce and bakelite chips of yesteryear, I say.
pauldanon - 3 Jun 2011 01:19
I called in for a pint and a packet of cheese & onion at 6pm today (Friday). Draught ales on offer were Bombardier and Hobgoblin; I opted for the former, which was pretty good. It was quiet, and most punters kept themselves to themselves. I sat at the end of the bar reading one of the Evening Standards set out for punters. Heart FM was playing pretty loudly. The barman seemed to know everyone else who came in; this feels like a 'regulars' place, and I was made to feel welcome.
vanillarreal - 20 May 2011 19:58
I've always walked on by this place for many a year; it was a dirty, badly run,Irish rough house of a pub, certainly unwelcoming. What a difference as we all know too well a change of leadership can dobto a place. Clean, bright, warm and welcoming. And my pint only 2.90!!! A bargain. I shall return.
anonymous - 26 Jul 2010 11:20
Very friendly, long, thin locals boozer. Only one beer of offer when I visited - Brains SA - but it was very good, which is always preferable to putting on half a dozen beers which are not kept well. Perfect for a long lunch if you're having a day at the Oval.
nmckenn - 6 May 2010 23:55
Classic South London boozer with frosted windows so the Missus can't see whether the old man is inside enjoying a pint. It's a long narrow pub with the front half being bare boarded and the to the right and seating to the left. As you get to the end of the bar there is a step up to a rear carpetted area.

TVs mounted on the walls allow for the showing of sport events and there was a sign behind the bar insisting on a minimum spend of 5 (meaning 2 pints I suppose) during a game. Having observed many, many, "make my half of OJ last an entire match" merchants in the last 10 years I have some sympathy with this. Also being a Chelsea fan and a seeming jinx on their TV games I normally get through about four pints duing a match so I can claim moral superiority in this regard.

Still I find it hard to see how you enforce the rule and the lack of sofas and a decent bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in this pub mean it's not likely to attract the shandy nursers.

Overall this is not a bad place - it's a mirror image of the Hannover 20 yds away but with better prices.
murgatroyd - 4 Dec 2009 02:39
Nice little boozer, which is far more friendly and also far more of an authentic experience than the Hanover up the road. And as everyone keeps saying - it has a brilliant jukebox.
PeoplesPalace - 12 Nov 2009 11:16
The Greyhound (my local) - has changed management several times over the last couple of years. Each change has brought something different - but please believe that those who found it unfriendly in the past (I know what you mean - it took me several months to be 'accepted') wouldn't say that now. A truly friendly place now, with well-kept ales - and good food.
Kruse - 12 Oct 2009 16:23
visited pub today prety quiet decent boozer plenty of screens fot the sporting events and a decent pint too which helps and some real ales marstons pedigree and spitfire.
also had a nice sunday roast 6.95 very reasonable considering pub round corner wanted 12.50
mintyfc - 5 Jul 2009 23:09
I liked it because it was unpretentious and friendly. A bit on the old fashioned and quiet side but I don't mind that. A good place if there's a gang of you going to the cricket as it's easier to get served than next door in the Hannover.

It has sky sports and a decent jukebox
willesden_seadog - 16 Jun 2009 08:48
Great place. My sitting-room in fact. Psst. I think they have a real phone number that I found on the web, to whit: 020 7735 2594.
pauldanon - 26 May 2009 23:15
great little pub, beer is good and great selection of Reals ales. Not many traditional british pubs left now but this is definatley One. Having visited the next door pub, the miserable staff and sheer lack of what a pub should be about, including miserable customers, we hastily beat a retrat and found a gem. very diverse group of customers from the younger too older, we ended up leaving at 2 am some 7 hrs later to the sheer annoyance of my missus waiting at home,oops, blamed the guv!!!

Anyway the Greyhound is the pub to visit, great jukebox and if i may say it, fit barstaff
sandgrinder - 5 May 2009 14:48
Emphatically not closed, this place is my new local, but don't let that put you off. This has real ale, charming folks running it, affable clientele and good pub-food - nothing poncey or gastro. A Lambeth councillor was gracious enough to hold an informal surgery there for me. It's pleasantly lived-in and fun to visit. Sarf Lahndan at her best. Stupendously handy for Oval tube, multiple bus-routes, Kennington park and not too far from Vauxhall mainline station. Visit this place but don't tell anyone else about it.
pauldanon - 18 Apr 2009 18:39
This pub isn't closed or I've been imagining my post-football drinking sessions for the last few years. Not a bad boozer, good Guinness and an interesting jukebox but can feel a bit dead.
joolsosman - 1 May 2008 14:15
this pub is definitely not closed so please change the web page for it.It is still a strange pub with a sense of claustrophobia because of the long narrow room. Which heightens the feeling of not being welcome. But the eal ales are usualy in good condition.
surreytriumphant - 24 Jan 2008 14:39
Definately not closed, I was in there last week for a cheeky couple before the cricket at The Oval.

Nothing ever changes in The Greyhound. Not over friendly but not unfriendly either. Beer ok.
FuzzyKipper - 1 Jul 2007 21:53
ah it's not really shut - it was closed for a few days (i think maybe it changed hands / lease ended) but it's open again now. poked my head in the front door but didn't seem to be any major changes.
anonymous - 8 Jan 2007 03:06
has just shut
anonymous - 28 Nov 2006 21:30
i stick by my comment below

however it does have a good irish trad session on a sunday night, and the pub does have a certain charm. Not for everyone though.
silverside - 26 Nov 2006 22:15
Won't be back to listen to the bad language, see the miserable faces, or try to get the attention of tardy bar staff.
anonymous - 22 Aug 2006 22:54
No thank you, never again. I've been in some rough pubs but never felt as intimidated as I did this time. Customers and staff just staring and not a friendly face in sight. Is it a private club? Is it a clique? Do they want new faces? No No No to all three. Could be a nice place if everyone tried harder.
anonymous - 9 Jul 2006 20:01
agree with seanboots - very "local" irish crowd who are a bit drunk and miserable. genuine place, but a bit depressing unfortunately. it's not a bad pub of itself, and it shows irish sport, but wouldn't recommend it unless you know the regularss.
silverside - 3 Jun 2006 22:32
Yeah alright I suppose if you want a standard pub experience - wouldnt choose to come here
anonymous - 28 Nov 2005 16:58
If only the staff would look happy, it would help if everyone in their didn't stare just 'cos you walk in to try the place. Everyone knows everyone and no attempt was made to make us feel welcome. Won't be back - sorry.
anonymous - 28 Aug 2005 02:03
Three of us went in one Friday night and were greeted by a lot of old Irishmen intent on looking miserable. We decided to feed the jukebox. Atomic by Blondie got them to turn the music up! On closer inspection it appeared the jukebox had 15 credits left. As we were nearing the end of our beers, and thoroughly disappointed by a venue with so much potential, we programmed YMCA 15 times, finished our drinks and left.

Haven't been back since.


lancalot - 1 Jul 2005 10:45
under-rated
anonymous - 28 May 2005 09:45
over rated
ewew - 24 May 2005 17:15
I love the Hound
sophiett - 6 Apr 2005 17:43
The might 'Hound - great traditional proper pub; nothing more, nothing less; great
anonymous - 14 Mar 2005 16:44
A No Nonsense Pub With good beer and atmosphere. Strong local clientele and friendly. Good staff who know their job. A good spot to meet up with friends for a drink if you're heading further afield with the tube nextdoor. Good pub to watch a match. Handy for the Oval Cricket ground.
The_Inspector - 24 Feb 2005 03:57
Keeping it real -

This and the Hanover are good proper pubs without any of the fancy wine bar-ish, food serving pretences of the Fentiman Arms and Royal Albert. I fear they are an endangered breed so we should enjoy them whilst we can
anonymous - 2 Feb 2005 10:42
Great Irish music on Sundays, a friendly if unkempt place with a drunkish clientele. Great for a pint, tayto and the paper, bit depressing if you stay any longer
seanboots - 14 Jan 2005 18:31
A busty Irish pub, best tasting guiness in south london
Gipsykid72 - 15 Dec 2004 12:10

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