Cutty Sark, Thamesmead

Our rating: FAP Rating 1 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 1 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
We confess: we did, briefly, contemplate raising this to a two-pinter. Essentially because we seem to end up here whenever we are in Thamesmead. But, after revisiting the Sark again, we realised, nah, rating: sin-gu-LAR. While it is competently run and more or less all things to all 'Meaders, the principal virtue of the Cutty Sark is that it exists. 'Cos there (still) ain't nah other pubs in the "real" Mead, at least not until you risk life and limb to cross THAT road or THAT bridge out (the commuter village of "Thamesmead West" not keepin' it real, nor being particularly accessible from "Thamesmead Central" in our book). The Cutty Sark has the feel of a seventies' boozer (although it isn't: it was all marshes round here then), gloomy as the omission of windows from the design has banished natural light from entering. And - if that says "like a dodgy Glasgwegian pub" to you, oh yeah, there's loads of Rangers memorabilia behind the bar, and, at the back of the pub, possibly the only Glasgow Rangers shove ha'penny board in London. A lot of England flag wavin' goin' on too. The Met Police Sniffer Dogs' signs and very plastic-looking plants further set the tone, and the semi-claustrophobic canal-side (of sorts) beer garden (again, of sorts) is not open as often as it should be. So, while we give thanks for the existence of a non-members-only drinking venue in old old SE28, the message remains: could do better.
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12 Jan 2012
Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Quite a harsh review from Fancyapint, in my opinion. One pint pubs are horrible dives, which this pub is not. Also, it does have windows, which makes me wonder if their reviewer was in the right pub. It also serves a fine pint of Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale, which again the reviewer missed, somehow.

The "semi-claustrophic beer garden" was an apt phrase though, particularly as Thamesmead boasts such a surfeit of fencing.

The Cutty Sark is built for darts though, as you would expect given that it's Andy Forham's pub.

It's a canal-side pub in a strange but not entirely grim lost part of London and they're trying their best to make a decent go of it. My visit, which admittedly was on a Monday afternoon, was very pleasant one.

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14 Joyce Dawson Way, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8RA
020 8312 2793

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