Jam Circus, SE4 2BT
The information below is retained for historical purposes.
It has a spacious front area with polished floorboards, mismatched chairs, and a couple of upright armchairs. The tables aren't large (but not too small — would be able to fit food and drinks for four people) and are spaced fairly widely. Full-length windows at the front can be opened up in good weather. There's also a couple of cosier, dimmer areas at the back, plus more seating out the front on the pavement for the smokers. On Ewan's early-2008 visit, there were newspapers provided for reading, and a real fire in a corner of the front room.
Kake visited on a Monday lunchtime in February 2008. There were quite a few other customers in, but I had no trouble finding a table. A 250ml bottle of James White organic pear juice was £2.50. They also had keg taps for things including Stowford Press cider (£3.10/pint), and other interesting soft drinks in bottles (e.g. Big Tom tomato juice cocktail). As of March 2008, they also had Timothy Taylor Landlord available for the real ale drinkers, and as of May 2008 they have a small range of cocktails too. A pint of lime and soda was 40p in January 2014. When bob visited on a Monday afternoon in August 2015 there were two real ales on: Vim (£1.65/half) and Doom Bar.
Food is served, including brunch and Sunday lunch.
In February 2008, Kake tried the tuna mayo and sweetcorn sandwich (£3.20, plus £1 for a portion of fries on the side). The sandwich itself was a bit small but very tasty. The fries were thin and crispy and not too oily, and a generous portion (which went cold before I could finish it) photo.
When Ewan visited on a Sunday around the same time, the menu was limited to roasts (including vegetarian) and burgers, so I had a vegetarian burger. It consisted of a large portobello mushroom with mozzarella cheese, served with lettuce and tomato on an untoasted white bun. It was a bit too large to eat as a burger, but it was tasty nonetheless (pity about the white bun though!), and was served with thin-cut fries, nicely crispy.
They have free wifi — when we tested this in February 2008, the procedure was to ask at the bar for the password.
According to their website as of August 2015, there's a pub quiz every Tuesday night from 8pm, and there's a function room which can be hired out.
Child-friendliness: According to their website as of August 2015, children are welcome until 9pm every day, and on Fridays they have a children's play area open between noon and 5pm.
Dog-friendliness: According to their website as of August 2015, dogs are welcome (but must be kept on a leash at all times) and one can ask at the bar for a bowl of water or a free biscuit.
Accessibility: Two steps to get in. There's an accessible toilet on the level once you're in. Other toilets are up a further couple of steps to the rear of the pub; the three cubicles in the ladies' are quite small, and have odd concertina-style doors which can be tricky to open and close. The men's toilets are in the same place and have one cubicle with a bifold door.