Historical version 4 of Douglas Fir, SE20 8DL (view current version)

  • 144 Anerley Road, SE20 8DL
  • Mon: Closed. Tues: 16:00–22:00. Wed-Fri: 16:00–22:30. Sat: 12:00–22:30. Sun: 12:00–22:00

Micropub in Anerley, run by the Gipsy Hill brewery, not far from Crystal Palace Park.

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.

In late January 2017, beers on offer were those from Gipsy Hill's range (Anorak, Southpaw, Dissident, Hepcat, Beatnik; mostly £4.60). Also they had Dark Star's Festival (£4.00, on handpump, in good condition), plus a few other beers, wines and spirits. There is no sign of food apart from bar snacks.

The furnishing and décor is fairly minimal. When it had been a pop-up place, there were trestle tables. 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.

Piped music is decent pop at a moderate level. There is good WiFi (password on a board behind the bar), and many electrical sockets. Newspapers (Times, Guardian) are supplied. The smoking area is presumably outside on the pavement, on the busy Anerley Hill.

On a visit on a Saturday afternoon in late January 2017, and there was just one member of staff there. (It's a small place: a former one-unit shop.) There were few other customers initially, but it came alive later, and on the following Sunday evening it was packed. Heating was from a couple of cheap space heaters, but it was acceptably warm inside.

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 a slight disability).

Transport: The nearest stations are Crystal Palace and Anerley. It's on several bus routes: 157, 249, 358, 432.

Last visited by Rowley Birkin QC, December 2014. Opening hours taken from the door, January 2017.
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