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The George Staples, Blackfen - pub details

George Staples
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Address: 273 Blackfen Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 8PR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1498) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Welling (1 mile), Falconwood (1.1 miles), Sidcup (1.3 miles)

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Broken Drum, Blackfen (0.1 miles), Jolly Fenman, Blackfen (0.4 miles), New Cross Turnpike, Welling (0.8 miles), Plough and Harrow, Welling (0.8 miles), Black Boy, Sidcup (0.9 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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After a mad dash across South East London to Selhurst Park, including a stop at the Craft Beer Cabin in South Norwood (not listed on BITE), I returned to the Sidcup area after the game to try a couple of pubs in Blackfen. The George Staples is a lively corner pub that was reasonably busy on a Saturday evening. The late football game had just finished and had clearly been on the screens. The ale range was better than I had expected. The regular ales are Sharp's Doom Bar & Fuller's London Pride. Other Fuller's beers were Hop Tropic & Sticky Wicket, whilst there was also Gun Extra Pale & Bexley May Place. Of more interest to me was the range of 14 Lilley's ciders in small boxes behind the bar - Pickled Parrot, Pineapple Cider, Chocolate Apple Cider, Strawberry Cider, Rum Cider, Tropical Cider, Red Rabbit, Cherries & Berries, Peach Cider, Mango Cider, Lemon & Ginger Cider, Rhubarb Cider, Apple & Blackberry Cider & Pear & Raspberry Cider. Pineapple for me and as with most of them, it was fairly sweet. They were well priced though. I believe they were £3.80 a pint, despite no discount for CAMRA members on the ciders. Primarily a young drinkers' pub, it had bouncers on the door. But, I liked it.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Aug 2019 20:17
I’m sure I visited this pub around 20 years ago on a random and very drunk night out, that’s when the pub was known as the Woodman. It’s been renamed George Staples for several years & has appeared in the 2014 & now the 2016 good beer guide.

Being only a few steps from the Broken Drum it would of been wrong not to have visited here while in the area.

Me and a pal got here at about 8.30pm and stayed for 2 pints each. The pub is really not the type I expect to find in the GBG as it’s quite family orientated and serves cheap meals, on this visit food was very popular and there were quite a few families with kids aged around 7 years old, a bit too young in my opinion to be in a pub at 8.30 on a Saturday night! The place was packed but the young bar staff served everyone in a timely and orderly manner.

Now to the reason of my visit and the reason this pub is in the GBG and that’s because of its ales. The 5 hand pumps had a varied selection of 5 ales with IPA’s, mild’s and best bitter on offer. I opted for the Brentwood Marvellous Maple Mild with an abv of 3.7% and it was excellent. If you are a Camra member and card holder you get a discount, which I think was 15%, 2 pints for £5.40…not even I can argue with what.

The ales are great and the choice was surprising but it’s a strange pub, the place is huge and there was a singer on round the other side of the bar…he wasn’t bad but he did clear the bar a bit when he was singing with a large chunk of the punters going outside to the smoking area while he performed!

If you like your ale and visit the Broken Drum take half an hour and pop in here as well, ignore the food and kids and concentrate on the ales…you won’t be disappointed.

lezford - 11 Mar 2016 13:28
Friendly staff and a passable pint (Brains seasonal) in what looks like a recent children's fun pub but now a cheap and cheerful eateries, definitely not gastro.
mtaylor40 - 23 Dec 2013 23:30
Two of us went there for lunch and a pint on 3rd June 2013. Service was pretty good although some of the girls should learn how to smile.
Had a pint of Adnam's Ghost Ship which wasn't the best pint I've had but just about drinkable.
Ordered steak and kidney pud which was very nice and some Italian chicken dish which was also nice. Didn't have to wait long but it was 2:30PM so not busy.
This is more of a gastro pub now and fine for a meal. Prices weren't too bad and overall I'd probably go again.
zapsincl - 4 Jun 2013 10:09
Went to the pub for lunch yesterday, haven't been for years but had heard the pub had sorted itself out. Was served by a nice young man who I think was the assistant manager. He was very polite and welcoming. The food arrived and was lovely, I will definitely be coming back here again.
Jojo27 - 25 Oct 2012 10:18

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