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This pub used to be the best in Croydon when privately owned. Now boarded up thanks to the bottom line idiots otherwise known as Punch Taverns.
lyeemoon - 22 Dec 2010 17:35
went here last week,asked for a coke and was given (sneakily) a glass from a 1.5litre bottle and the only beer on tap was stella.a friend of mine went last night and was told the only beer they had was bottled stella and some ale.he got the ale and was served in a dusty glass.
croydondrinker1 - 23 Jun 2010 18:00
GoodFood68, all Punch care about is their miserable little accountancy selves. They've destroyed so many pubs due to their moneygrabbing self centred attitude. Mrs T has a lot to answer for, her attempt to break the stranglehold of the breweries has back fired disastrously.
lyeemoon - 12 Jan 2010 20:45
Once again on looking at reviews, The Landlady Janice took over in December of I think 2004 and brought it back up to par and as JohnBonsor described the glue pot Feb 2006, a fine traditional pub with a country feel in the heart of west croydon, thats how I enjoyed this fine pub, and lout_from_the _lane, also zip and barb all these viewers knew the pub as I did, what has happened why we have to lose all our good local pubs I dont know...who else feels like this please comment , this deserves no rating at all
GoodFood68 - 11 Jan 2010 17:22
Just read all the reviews which has saddened me, it seems after the last landlady I think her name was Janice, she built back up the glue pot, after another failure of a young temporary landlady, when Janice was there her and staff made us welcolme like home from home, good wholesom cooked food, cosy, comforting, good choice of real ales good tasting clean beer, and really comfortable, and from what my friends who have been there as of late, hardly any food, the place is dirty, and we would not eat there if the kitchen is the state it is descibed, and a dog runs about the place and it smells of dog urine and dog hairs all over the place, why does this have to happen has this real ale pub finished, its a damn shame....we wont be going there again there was 22 of us in all, but will not use the glue pot..what has happened to the good old pub dont punch taverns care
GoodFood68 - 11 Jan 2010 16:28
Oh dear. Visited again today. The place was totally empty. In the past it would have been buzzing on a Friday mid afternoon. Landlord unwelcoming and unmoved by the fact that his dog was irritating my wife and I. Why do some dog owners feel it is acceptable to inflict their animals on others?

One customer came in, looked like a Camra member, while we were there and like me had the Old Hooky which was flat. Looks like the Punch Tavern multi millionaires are looking to run this down for closure like so many others.
lyeemoon - 14 Mar 2008 19:30
speaking as a regular about 4 yrs ago i can only comment regarding my time drinking there, the pub was known as the glue pot as once inside you would get stuck inside (if you know what i mean) the old landlord tony was a card! but now in new hands um not sure on the beer quality as it used to be superb.
scaramanger - 7 Feb 2008 16:46
This superb pub used to be privately owned by a proper discerning old fashioned landlord until about 3 years ago. He had a zero tolerance level on swearing and dickheads. Bearing in mind the dearth of pubs in Croydon this was a real oasis, a country type pub in the back streets of West Croydon. A gem indeed.

Then it was bought by Punch Taverns I believe. Since then I understand there's been a succession of licensees who have vainly attempted to maintain standards with limited success.

I returned on a weekday lunchtime and was the one and only customer, bearing in mind that it always used to be very busy. To my delight they had Old Hooky on which was acceptable and a proper ham sandwich, rarely available these days. So maybe it's on the up despite the fact that it would be impossible to restore it to it's former glory.
lyeemoon - 27 Jan 2008 12:41
Small friendy pub with lots of character and well kept beer - four real ales on. This is quite a run-down area with several nearby pubs closed down, so they are doing well to keep up the standards.
john_the_jester - 27 Jan 2008 11:59
Hmmm. Don't know when those 'gbg' comments relate to, but todays choice was courage, youngs, & pride; almost as sad a line up as is possible in these relatively enlightened days. Tried the latter & it was poor. Probably an ok local when busy, but I won't be going out of my way again.
trainman - 16 Oct 2007 22:23
Nice local, hidden away from the main shopping area in Croydon, but well worth a visit. Beer was good, so was service. Recommended.
Bard - 19 Jun 2007 22:56
Had a good night here with great company, excellent beer & superb service from a friendly barmaid. Well worth a visit again.
zjp - 4 Apr 2007 00:33
Found this when doing a pub crawl of Croydon's GBG pubs - a hidden gem that none of my party knew existed. If I have to make the trip to Mayday again I could easily get diverted...
lout_from_the_lane - 7 Jun 2006 17:08
Fine traditional pub, with a country feel in the heart of Werst Croydon. In contrast to the previous contributor, I found the London Pride to be on fine form. There was also a rare sighting of Banks beer from Wolverhampton. This pub is in CAMRA'S Good Beer Guide and I recommend it without hesitation. This pub doesn't seem to me to be in decline - thriving and doing very well indeed, if my visit was anything to go by.
JohnBonser - 21 Feb 2006 11:21
Recently pub seems to be in decline. Last visit (used to be every couple of weeks)London Pride was definatly OFF, current owner doesn't seem to care. Will have to check back soon but not holding much hope.
LAW_CHELSEA - 19 Nov 2004 20:32
Good food. A selection of about five real ales, and a lovely atmosphere. The place is obviously in fine hands - first visit since last summer.

Good pub generally.
lad_newton - 1 Mar 2004 17:31
Great pub. Food available most evenings which is good. Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen feature, whilst a mild is often kept. All the beers seem to be in good condition. The pub is well looked after following Tony's departure last year (saw him early this year in the Claret in Addiscombe). A good pub. Welcoming, and well worth finding.
lad_newton - 10 Jul 2003 19:40
This is a small locals pub that you will need an A-Z to find but as a former CAMRA Pub of the Year it is worth it.
The locals are very friendly but the dog is even friendlier!
Matt Le Ross - [email protected] - 8 May 2003 13:08

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