The Fellowship, Catford
To put it bluntly, the Fellowship has a reputation for being a hotbed of nationalism. We stress we didn't see any evidence of this however. What this place unquestionably is, mind you, is a classic, working-class South-East London pub. With Greene King IPA at £1.90 a pint (and John Smiths at not much more), it doesn't exactly encourage responsible drinking - although the only drunkenness we saw was from two middle-aged women with shopping bags. The pub has a fair amount of character, albeit in a cluttered way. Almost every drink-related aphorism imaginable is on display at the bar, there are ancient copies of tabloid papers (why are they not in frames?), sports memorabilia including a signed photo of Muhammad Ali (we suspect it's a replica), and a pool area at the rear. This is darkened, deliberately or otherwise, and has an American feel. Like a few pubs in South-East London (notably the Bugle Horn in Charlton), a rather strange smell permeates since the smoking ban. It's not somewhere to come for a romantic date or serious conversation, but it strikes us as an honest place.
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Randlesdown Road, Catford, London, SE6 3BT
020 8875 4996
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