Morden Arms, Greenwich
The Morden is an odd little pub. It's a rather handsome Victorian pub, set in quiet Victorian suburb and somehow, it seems, Victorian eccentricity has persisted, resulting in a pub with a distinctly offbeat personality. On the ale front it's pretty conventional with Courage Best and Directors on tap, there's an un-extraordinary range of lager, cider etc plus a limited range of wines and spirits. The Morden's layout is a simple, none-too-large, one-roomed affair, but it's with the décor the pub, becomes somewhat idiosyncratic. The Morden had been looking a little worse for wear in recent years, but recently it's been redecorated - the furniture's been repaired and replaced and the walls are now painted in a sort of womb-like deep red. The toilets have also been refurbished and are much improved as a result. But the most striking feature of the refurb are the strange, slightly disturbing, back-lit paintings that wrap around the gallery above the bar. The clientele is much as it ever was, a bunch of friendly locals, who periodically wander over to an ancient PC in an alcove under the TV and tap for a few minutes on the old clacky keyboard. There are still jazz nights and open-mike comedy nights (it seems the regulars are forever perfecting their routines most nights here) and these events seem to be reasonably popular. Whilst many pubs nowadays are closing for good, the Morden just keeps on, following it's own nonconformist agenda, maybe there's a lesson here for other pubs.
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1 Brand Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8SP
020 8858 2189
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How to find the Morden Arms pub
Leave the station, cross over the road and walk right into Greenwich South Street. Take the first left up Circus Street, and you will find the pub up on the right.