42 Pubs and Bars found in or around Sydenham

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Railway Tavern

Last time we were here, we were accosted by the sight of 'middle-aged men in shorts dancing to Wham!?'. Thankfully, things were a little more tame on this visit. It definitely feels like a locals pub and we have to admit we...

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Two Half's

This place doesn't look much from the outside, but it's actually a reasonable pub. There's lots of room, a couple of pool tables, a beer garden (well, tables on the pavement) and several tellies scattered around the place....

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The Greyhound

Looks dead to us - it's been under hoardings for about three years now and the chances of it coming back now seem very slim.

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Golden Lion

Now billing itself as the "Sydenham Blues Club", we're guessing they're doing what they can to bring in the punters. To be honest, it's a big, roomy pub which has tried to go back in time a bit, putting back Victorian...

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Bridge House Tavern

The gentrification of Penge begins, as this old boozer gets relaunched by the team behind <a href="http://fancyapint.com/pubs/pub2357.html" target="_blank">The Rye</a> in Peckham. We'll be down...

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The Dolphin

Walking into the Dolphin, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'd stumbled into one of the many second-hand furniture or faux antique stores that permeate Sydenham. Panelled walls, board floors and the sort of dining...

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Jack Beard's At The Crooked Billet

Enjoying a clientele ranging from old men to quiet kids, its range of patrons results in a more pleasant drinking experience than in much of Penge. Even the pub dog seemed to be friendly enough. You wouldn't race to get here,...

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Queen Adelaide

The sort of locals' pub that you would expect to find next to a bookies, the Queen Adelaide is not worth your custom.

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Market Tavern

A locals' pub in the heart of Penge that will intimidate most newcomers, the Market Tavern is best left to its regular clientele.

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Alexandra

A rather darkly lit boozer, governed over by the sort of landlord who you wouldn't argue with at closing time. Saying that, the kids who were running about the pub seemed have carte blanche to do so. Sky Sports and a pool table...

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Man of Kent

<h3>our final review</h3><h4> posted by columbo on 20/6/2002</h4><h4>last rating: <img src='/images/rating_2.png' alt='last rating: 2 pints' title='last rating: 2...

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Fox's

Fox's is an Irish bar that's far enough away from most things that it's firmly a local's place. They don't mind strangers, but everyone knows everyone else and they seem to like it that way. The Guinness is very pleasant,...

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Hop Exchange

Recently refurbished after a fire, the Hop Exchange is a curious place. Boxing photos cover the walls alongside adverts for a Brixton arm wrestling contest run by 'Mr. X', and numerous signs warning against drug salesabuse. On...

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The Windmill

Ex-Wetherspoon (as far as we can tell), this is a cavernous pub not far from Sydenham station which has turned into a modern local. It was very empty when we were in last, but apparently gets busier in the evenings and at...

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The Woodman

This rather unremarkable pub is fairly prominent at the junction of three roads not far from Sydenham station. There's lots to keep the locals occupied, from karaoke to a quiz to sport on the tellies inside. Nothing was on the...

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Pawleyne Arms

Another no-frills Penge boozer with the usual beers on tap and a bunch of locals glued to a telly in the corner. Not great then, but there are worse in the neighbourhood.

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The Bricklayer's Arms

Owned by Youngs, this is an unpretentious fairly local pub that does everything a pub is supposed to. A Victorian pub rebuilt in the '20s, it was damaged six times by falling bombs during WWII. Its spacious interior offers...

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Goldsmith's Arms

A reasonably smart, spacious place that's OK for a quick drink. There are two pool tables if you want a game, and a few TVs for sports fans.

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Royal Oak

Apparently under new management - we'll have to get back to it and check it out.

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Golden Lion

Once upon a time, the Lion was the only real-ale free-house for miles around. It was, in those days, run like a country pub; all the regulars' pewter pots hanging from the bar, and their heads firmly wedged up their own...

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Moon & Stars

We've had our eye on this particular Wetherspoons of late, and are pleased to report that on two separate visits it has bucked the general downward trend of the franchise in recent years (a trend which is well-documented...

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Paxton Arms

In the summer of 1944, a German V1 bomb put the Paxton Arms out of business. It was, however, eventually rebuilt and the pub reopened in 1955. Inside, the pub still has the layout of something from the 1950s, with the central...

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Anerley Arms

One of the better pubs in a poor area for drinking. The Anerley Arms has a cosy wood and carpeted interior and is usually a quiet place. It's a handy place to meet up at Anerley station. Conan Doyle fans may wish to visit as...

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The Thicket Tavern

Housed in a large and imposing building, the Thicket Tavern is a fairly unremarkable place. There are some seats outside but they're too close to the main road to be enticing. The pub has regular band nights which may be worth...

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Dulwich Wood House

Housed in a building designed by Joseph Paxton, architect of the Crystal Palace, this is an attractive pub worthy of a visit. Inside, you will find a relaxed atmosphere accompanied by the usual Young's ales behind the bar. The...

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The Bell

Despite the name, Bell Green isn't a pastoral idyll in SE26; in fact its major landmarks (huge Gas holders and a giant Sainsbury's) tell a common tale of post-industrial Britain. Given those changes, it's perhaps a surprise to...

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Grape and Grain (ex Jack Beards at the Palace)

Where to start with the Grape & Grain? Formerly a succession of mediocre pubs, followed by the truly terrible Jack Beards at the Palace, the renamed and refurbished Grape and Grain opened in April of 2009 with the idea...

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Dartmouth Arms

Once a struggling Courage pub, this one's been taken firmly down the gastro road and has benefited for it - it's now wallpapered and gastro-green and when we were in last, the food smelled fantastic. Perhaps surprisingly, it...

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Question

A useful addition to the drinking options available in Forest Hill, Question is firmly in the bar camp but it's not the sort of sterile style joint that makes you feel unwelcome - completely the opposite in fact. This one does...

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Westow House

This was one of the first pubs in the area to be reshaped into a bar, so it's not really that much of a surprise that when it changed from Bluebottle to Westow House the bar stylings and attitude were retained. It's a hanger of...

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The Cambridge

The Cambridge, situated just off the roundabout, is probably one of the first places that a newcomer sees when visiting Crystal Palace. Although it has some beautiful tiling on the exterior, this pub is a rather bare and...

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