The Flora Sandes, Thornton Heath
Pub purists and beer bores don't like to admit it, but there is something reassuring about a well-run Wetherspoon - it does what it says on the tin. The Flora Sandes is a large, rather gloomy cavern filling the ground floor of a profoundly ugly concrete block smack opposite Thornton Heath station. It offers the full range of high and low, squashy and firm seating along with plenty of leaning and perching points for the horizontal drinker. Whatever you want to drink, they are likely to have it and at a reasonable price. On this visit something on tap seemed to be available at £1.35 while we splashed the cash by getting a quid and a copper coin in change from a fiver for a brace of Speckled Hen. There's the usual cheap, carb-loaded, alcohol absorbing food on offer. Staff are efficient and good-humoured. A 15-20 minute trot from Selhurst Park it is handy for the Palace faithful. Rival fans are also freely admitted so making it an excellent meeting point if scarcely one to attract opera goers and maiden aunts. It's also a spit away from a big Tesco and our guess was the old tradition of sending 'er indoors off to do the shop while her lord and master downs a few is still maintained in this part of London. OK, the predominantly white, male, working class clientele doesn't encourage airs and graces and it can get quite noisy, but it's an honest decent boozer.
24 Ambassador House, Thornton Heath, London, CR7 7JG
020 8689 6277
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Smack opposite Thornton Heath station