Douglas Fir, SE20 8DL
- 144 Anerley Road, SE20 8DL
- Mon-Tue: 4pm-10pm; Wed-Thu: 4pm-10:30pm; Fri: 4pm-11pm; Sat: noon-11pm; Sun: noon-10pm
This is the one and only pub run by the Gipsy Hill Brewing Company. It originally opened early in 2016 as a temporary pop-up bar, closing after maybe a couple of months. It reopened permanently in late 2016. Presumably the place is named after the fir trees opposite.
It's a small place (a former one-unit shop), and the furnishing and décor are fairly minimal. When it had been a pop-up place, there were trestle tables, but the current tables are a bit more sturdy, including one central, largish solid wood table with matching benches. There are two comfortable armchairs. Apart from the tables, little has changed. The smoking area is presumably outside on the pavement, on the busy Anerley Road.
Rowley Birkin QC visited on a Saturday afternoon in late January 2017. There was just one member of staff on duty, and there were few other customers initially, but it came alive later, and on the following Sunday evening it was packed. Piped music was playing: decent pop at a moderate level. Heating was from a couple of cheap space heaters, but it was acceptably warm inside.
The beers on offer were those from Gipsy Hill's range (Anorak, Southpaw, Dissident, Hepcat, Beatnik; mostly £4.60/pint), as well as Dark Star Festival (£4.00/pint, on handpump, in good condition), plus a few other beers, wines and spirits. There was no sign of food apart from bar snacks. There is a chiller cabinet containing cans for sale from Gipsy Hill and others.
There was good WiFi (password on a board behind the bar), and many electrical sockets.
Accessibility: It's not wheelchair-accessible (a small step into the pub, but the toilet is a single, small WC with a step which could be tricky for someone with even a slight disability).
Update by Rowley Birkin QC: Fairly busy on a Wednesday and a Monday evening in February 2019. NOTE: cash no longer accepted — now card-only.