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Previously called: Hobgoblin

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Address: 7 Devonshire Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3HE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2683) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Forest Hill (0 miles), Honor Oak Park (0.9 miles), Sydenham (0.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 26 users)
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It's been re-named The Signal for some time now. This is a pub that I think I've only ever been in once before and that was many years ago when it was called the Hob. My recollection of the pub & my visit on that occasion apart from the layout is non-existent.

My most recent visit is a Tuesday night in January and by 7pm its nicely full. Most people drinking in couples or groups with a table of 7 having a meal in the lower part of the bar. I didn't see or smell any food so on this I cannot comment.

On the L shaped bar are at least 14 shiny keg taps with lagers, Guinness, cider and a couple of keg ales. The cask pumps have 3 ales on which were Brixton's Effra Ale, Brockley Brewery IPA and Truman's Swift. My £4.20 pint of Effra Ale was very good.

The pub feels quite dark but I think that's down to the mood lighting, there's several lights hanging from ceiling across both parts of the open plan area. Wooden flooring throughout, a piano by the door and 2 really cool old school desks with attached seats. Great to sit in one of these and write this review !

To the side is a covered smoking area / garden and upstairs is a Bar, Rotisserie and Grill.

Service was good, the ales was very good, it had a nice buzz about it and is opposite Forest Hill station.

lezford - 3 Feb 2017 10:28
Fri 12th April 2013 - first visit in at least 10 years, and I thought it was great. Went to see a band. Great crowd, and a surprising amount of dancing going on. The real mega plus point was that after the band, a classic rock covers band called Chain, the DJ (or the man who puts the music on !) played more classic rock, and not some horrible disco dirge as happens all too frequently in other places.
bkfromcatford - 14 Apr 2013 13:07
Rather shabby down at heel pub that seemed overwhelmingly populated by older men. Not somewhere I'd rush back to but the pint of Harveys I had was perfectly well-kept.
JonW999 - 20 Feb 2011 23:55
I think the Hob is a great pub and personally find the last comment about the pool table attracting a "grotty crowd" rather snobby. It's not the Dartmouth Arm but I think it's all the better for it. It has a good mix of people (which personally I like) a good quiz on a Thurs, live music, comedy etc.

You can order food in from outside which is also unusual as it's rare to find a pub these days that isn't trying to flog you chunky skin on chips at an extortionate price. It's a pub for people who like pubs, not people who like pub restaurants. To my knowledge it's also the only pub in Forest Hill to let dogs in and the staff always offer my dog a bowl of water which I think is a nice touch.

I think it could do with a few more furnishings, curtains or a couple more sofas perhaps as it does feel slightly bare, but other than that I think it's a really good pub and I've never had a bad night in there.
wobblymoth - 25 Oct 2010 13:30
A very good pub for comedy (the upstairs bit often has big name comics trying out new material for a few quid) but I've never found it to be a nice place to drink. The pool table tends to attract a grotty crowd and it never feels very homely in there. The guest ales are very good but it's not the most friendy pub I've ever been into.
halfafarthing - 12 Oct 2010 16:16

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