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Address: 2a Battery Road, Thamesmead, London, SE28 0JS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28245) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Plumstead (0.8 miles), Woolwich Arsenal (1.3 miles), North Woolwich (1.3 miles)

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not the greatest, the unsavory element may be to do with it's vicinity to the Crown court and Bellmarsh prison over the road, first port of call if you've just been released or acquited
vinnnie - 17 Nov 2014 20:18
There's lots you could say about the Princess Alice and its location. But sometimes charity goes a long way.

There are some extremely drunk people in here very early in the day. I would go easy on the eye contact know what i mean.

Having said that, the odds are stacked against it but it doesn't do bad considering the odds.

terenced - 14 May 2010 10:28
Staff too chatty. There are there to serve not to hold conferences. Perhaps better training could resolve this!
jmansons - 23 Apr 2010 13:41
There is obviously no rolling selection of ales as Pride and Greene King IPA were still the ales of choice as they were in June. San Miguel was also available along with a standard draught selection and although my Guinness was a little short due to it being poured wrongly it was still good.

This is a Crown Carveries pub which is basically a cheaper version of Harvester, even down to the bland d�cor and constant smell of cooling meat wafting through the air. That said, the barmaid was friendly and if I worked locally I would probably pop in for lunch every now and again.

I wouldn�t go out of my way to visit here again and if passing in the evening I would probably walk past even though the nearest pub is about a mile away.
Strongers - 27 Oct 2009 12:01
Sometimes you visit a pub because the building is quaint, or the location is picturesque, or the pub is historic. Sometimes, you choose a pub because it's there, and it has a car park. The Princess Alice is one of the latter.

Sitting in the middle of a modern (yet somewhat rundown) shopping centre in the less than glamorous Thamesmead, the Princess Alice doesn't look promising. There are invariably folk standing outside smoking. The client�le can best be described as mixed - it represents, to be fair, the area in which the pub sits. Because the food (a carvery) is very, very cheap, there are often lots of families with lots of kids running around.

This is a large pub, and rather 'plastic-y'. Being a modern building, it has a modern (though not nicely modern) feel - having said that, there is an attempt to pander to traditionalists, with framed pictures depicting the eponymous ship (the Princess Alice, natch). There are lots of tables, both low and high (bar stool height), and a few booths.

This so far doesn't sound a glowing endorsement, does it. Ah, there is a rub. The Princess Alice has a good choice of real ales, decently (though not splendidly) kept. When I've been there, there has been a choice of up to four ales...and they are very, very cheap. At less than �2.00 a pint for actual, named, branded ale (as opposed to that in Sam Smith's pubs), this is a bit of a find if you are in that area in need of a swift half or two. This isn't a Weatherspoons, and the beer is kept better than many of the branded pubs manage.

Although a bit raucous, I have never felt unsafe in the Princess Alice. Admittedly, I am unlikely to have anything in common with the regulars, but the staff and punters seem friendly enough.

I've not tried the food, and I suspect it's not my cup of tea, however, the customers who were eating seemed to have large portions, and enjoying them. The food too is extremely cheap, and I can see why it's a popular dining establish amongst the families of the area.

All in all, this isn't a great pub, but given its setting, it is a good one.

mattygroves - 28 Jul 2009 11:18

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