Blythe Hill Tavern, SE23 1JB
- 020 8690 5176
- 319 Stanstead Road, SE23 1JB
- 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight Thu-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
According to the Spring 2008 South-East London CAMRA newsletter, the Blythe Hill Tavern is the 2008 Pub of the Year for the South-East London branch area. It also mentions that there's a live Irish music session every Thursday night, and that the licensee (Con Riordan) has been with the pub for 20 years.
It's certainly a very pleasant pub, with several separate rooms internally (still with their old separate entrances, though you can get between them inside), and plenty of old sporting memorabilia on display. The main bar serves the front and back rooms, and a separate bar serves the smaller side room (where, on the Thursday, the Irish music session takes place). There's a very large beer garden outside, which includes a children's play area.
There are plenty of drinks options aside from Guinness, with four handpulls for ale on the main bar and two more on the side bar, with London Pride and Dark Star Hophead on both, as well as Courage Best and Adnam's Broadside on the main bar, on a July 2010 visit. Ale is well-kept and good value.
Ewan's verdict: A warm and welcoming local to which I'd happily return.
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- Beer In The Evening comments
- Save The Boozer review
- CAMRA Regional Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors entry
Comment added by Eamonn: lovely homely pub, Con and Claire give all the cead mile failte, good music, good craic and good locals. Con and staff have looked after their customers here for 20 years and they are all still going back. Great spot to watch a game... watch out for the super bacon and cabbage on Paddy's Day. A great spot for a good pint.