Skylark, CR0 1DP
- 020 8649 9909
- 34-36 South End, CR0 1DP
- 8am-midnight Mon-Thu; 8am-1am Fri-Sat; 8am-midnight Sun
The ground floor is fairly open, with a raised area containing bookshelves (with real books!). There are a few sofas at the front, as well as booths around the edges of the room. A line of high chairs and tables stands opposite the bar. Some of the seating is on a dais. There's more seating upstairs on the first floor, but in the past this hasn't always been open and/or has closed early (as of late 2012 this may no longer be the case).
Daytimes, the clientele are generally your standard daytime drinkers; old men nursing a pint per hour before gently staggering off home in the early evening. In the evenings, you do get a few groups of lager drinkers, but not the overly rowdy kind. It's a fairly standard Wetherspoons, but overall it's pretty good here if you know what to expect.
On Kake and bob's October 2012 visit, there were more than half a dozen real ales on, including B & T Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout, Sambrook's Wandle and Junction, Dark Star Festival, Pilgrim Templar, Adnams Lighthouse, and Spitfire. They also had a Weston's cider on handpull. Service was friendly and informative, but sadly the ales were served rather too cold.
In October 2013, a pint of Moorhouse White Mist was £2.49 and a pint of lime and soda was £1.25.
Apparently there's a beer garden, but I've never noticed it. --Kake
The food menu is absolutely standard across all Wetherspoons, but service is friendly enough and prices are good.
Accessibility: Step-free to get in, to get to the bar, and to get to some of the seating; and there's a RADAR-locked toilet on the ground floor. Other toilets are up a flight of stairs with a sturdy handrail.