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Average typical boozer supposedly. Yet for all the by-numbers Stonegate-run stuff, there's still something for the cask beer drinker here. Up to nine beers on pump, and although pretty 'obvious' choices such as Fuller's London Pride, Wells Courage, Marstons Pedigree New World and Sharp's Doom Bar feature, there are some offerings for the more adventurous quaffer, such as a range of more local Westerham ales. The principal thing to note is that whatever is available, it'll be found in perfect form - cellarmanship seems excellent here with all beers kept well and at the correct temperature - and at a locally competitive price: from £2.50 to £3.45. So for those that way inclined, this pub may not be such a poor choice.

Besides all this, service was good from all, but Lauren was the loveliest! Fabulous eyebrows, amongst other things.
Gamboozler - 3 Jun 2016 21:39
Comfortable modern pub.
Decent beer selection.
I enjoyed my visit.
Alph_river - 2 Nov 2014 14:48
Decent boozer. Ideal place for my very rotund Irish friend to meet up and eat loads of food with his old pastor! ! !
BeerGutt - 8 Sep 2010 12:58
They've stopped the live music. It's now just another large pub with no character.
brightboy - 26 Jun 2010 08:34
I've now been in a couple of times.
Very civlized.
Strong Seven.
Interestingly, the clientele includes folks of many ages, from barely legal drinkers [to go by looks, they may already have degrees] to sixties and - probably seventies.
Seems a community pub.
That is magic; every community should have one [or more].
railtracksurvivor - 13 Mar 2010 21:48
Have visited a few times and nothing bad to say about the pub. The beer is well kept and lots of variety to choose from. We have eaten here a while back and it was good food at a reasonable price.
We heard a band on a Friday night, who were a bit louder than we hoped, having gone there for a drink and chat. However, now we know, we will check to see if there is music on before we go. The band were ok though so that made up for it.
The atmosphere is friendly and the waitress service is a real positive that is to be encouraged.
All in all, a decent pub in Coulsdon at last.
trouble1 - 27 Jan 2010 14:06
Food and ales were surprisingly good for this sort of pub. Handy to finally have a pub in Coulsdon town centre.
paulelvis - 13 Jan 2010 21:06
Fairly quiet on a Saturday night, but it's a big place, so it may have been busier than it looked. Got served quickly, the London Pride and the Youngs were fine, and Adnams Broadside was also on show. Friendly atmosphere and comfortable. Not bad, and Coulsdon definitely needed somewhere to meet up for a pint or three. It might be good if they ever re-develop the old Red Lion site, and build another pub to give this one a bit of competition.
CountryBoy - 2 Dec 2009 20:17
Started to visit this pub when a band i follow started to play there. Nice big pub, good decor., good priced beer too! Great place to hear bands on a Friday night. Huge "stage" area for band to play in. Now go there to see other bands aswell.
BigFatTeddy123 - 29 Nov 2009 14:36
I haven't actually visited this place to drink.

Folk I know go on the first and third Wednesday of the month - evenings [1930 or 2000 hours, I guess] - for the Pub's Knitting Circle.

I gather that they do other Community 'Things'.

So 'Plus Marks' for that.

I also understand that they are - by May 2009 - a bit more effective at weeding out the (what is the politically correct term for the 5H1tZ? - LABC - I'll try it . . . ) less appropiately behaved clientele.

Be fair, Coulsdon was seriously short of vaguely tolerable ale-houses.
The Smugglers seems also to be sound.

I've never been a fan of the Sports Bar in the Brighton Road - each to their own, I guess!

Try the Pembroke [the name apparently related to a former lord of Pembroke, who was an MP for the are in the nineteen century.
It's not c o m p l e t e l y unrelated to the area] if you're passing.

railtracksurvivor - 29 May 2009 22:44

Nothing good to say about this pub, nightmare for those who live here.
Racy - 1 Apr 2009 21:34
I'm not a fan of chain pubs, but the arrival of the Pembroke brings long awaited relief to the beer desert that ha been Coulsdon for so long. It's one of Barracuda's Smith and Jones brand so it's big, in converted shop premises (this was the Co-op) and quite smartly done out, less traditional in feel than a Wetherspoons but still reasonably pubby. I think it's attracting a rather wider range of customers than they expected, which is hardly surprising given the lack of competition - Pistols has held on to its niche market - so there's folks from all age ranges, not just kids, which makes for quite a pleasant atmosphere.

What do you get: well there usually six beers on, which isn't bad going, though nothing slightest bit interesting, Pride, GKIPA, Directors, Youngs Ord, the usual stuff; and not inspiring in quality either, drinkable but not top notch - 3/5. Food is the usual Brakes/3663 if you like that sort of thing.

It's not a trip out pub, just a bog standard town centre chain pub, but a godsend to those who live round here.
nickdavies - 26 Mar 2009 12:28

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