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Sylvan Post, Forest Hill

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A Tuesday night visit not knowing that is was quiz night and boy is it popular. Myself and a pal didn't enter the quiz as it was already half way through when we arrived but we semi joined in without annoying anyone!

4 ales on the 5 hand pumps , with my several pints of Sambrook's Brown Dog Riot @ 4.5% all being on good form. Not normally I brewery I like but this ale was very good.

Food was popular and the smell of burgers did linger a bit around the bar, not something I normally like but I suppose with it being busy it kind of blended in and felt right.

I like this place but a couple of pals always complain about the prices so I don't visit as often as I'd like to.

Mis match furniture and spartan decor as is the Antic Pub Chains way but it works here as the pub doesn't have too many exposed walls or a damp smell.

Gets a decent score from me.
lezford - 3 Feb 2017 13:27
Slerpy - maybe because it was a 1960's Post Office?
wealdman - 10 Feb 2016 09:37
I may have been unlucky but the beer quality has never been good on my visits. It resembles a 1970's Post Office museum inside and outside.
slerpy - 9 Feb 2016 20:56
I have to admit to quite liking Antic pubs. They are very individual in their interiors, yet follow a common theme that makes them feel welcoming and atmospheric. The Sylvan Post is a former post office with some very interesting tiny snugs. I sat in the main bar area, where there are some very basic tables anc chairs. A number of families were in and the food appeared to be popular. I was content with the ale range that was quite varied - Gipsy Hill Bounder, Ilkley Scary Spice, Twickenham Autumn Red, Volden Vim & Signature Session. I went for the only non-London beer - the Scary Spice, which was a rather nice pumpkin ale. A selection of board games was prominent. Well worth a visit if in Forest Hill and is just up the hill from the station.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Nov 2015 17:22
Small back room much more atmospheric than the open-floor bar room. Not as busy as I'd expected - is the Antic formula becoming that bit too formulaic???
Berboyblue - 6 Nov 2015 11:52
Only my 3rd visit here and my first since April.

Just after 1pm on Saturday afternoon & apart from a family of 4 having lunch the pub is empty.

The friendly bar man greets me as I stand at the bar looking at the 4 ales across the 5 pumps, a quick decision has me deciding on a pint of Full Moon @ 6.4% from the local Late Knights brewery.

As I know & expect from Antic pubs this one still doesn't disappoint. Mix matched furniture, strange lights, plenty of formica and a nod to the buildings previous existence as the Forest Hill post office make it very quirky.

Soul music playing at an acceptable level

I've heard people criticising this place due to the cost of the ales, but £3.90 is pretty much average these days in London for a good quality ale. No complaints from me this is a more than decent place to relax with a good quality well conditioned ale.

Has an entry in the 2015 GBG to go alongside the one from 2014.
lezford - 27 Oct 2014 13:44
An Attic Pub Co conversion of the old Forest Hill main post office. It's taken me some time to make it here but what a cracking pub it is.

A lot of the old features remain including the flooring, some of the hanging lights and the interior mail slots for 'Abroad', 'Country' and 'London' as well as the pigeon holes for the mail and the original counters.

5 ales on tap from which I had Conqueror from the Windsor & Eton brewery which is a very good dark IPA. £3.60 a pint but to me worth every penny.

Large amount of quirky furniture that is mostly mismatched but like other Antic pubs it works.

4 large booths that were all taken with diners. Family orientated with young children being escorted / followed by their happy fathers.

Interesting selection of framed post codes adorn the walls of the gents toilet, certainly beats staring at a blank wall while having a p!

All in all a very quirky and likable pub, I will be back.

lezford - 23 Apr 2014 13:29

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