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Rex Rattus left this review about The Travellers Friend
As I entered I was drawn to the bank of four handpumps facing me, clipped with Courage Best, Doom Bar, Bombardier, and St Austell Tribute. A pint of Tribute and a good quality cheese, pickle and salad roll from pile of clingfilm covered rolls in a basket behind the bar came to £7, which seemed reasonable enough to me. When I sat down I spotted a chalkboard on the bar back advertising the three guest ales of East London Brewery Foundation, Greene King Brasilia, and Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde. A schoolboy error by yours truly had led me to miss the three additional handpumps round to the left of the bar counter underneath the snob screens with the guest ales. But my Tribute was in excellent nick which was some consolation.
This pub is on CAMRA's London Inventory of heritage pubs. The internal features of interest here are the bank of five snob screens sheltering the guest ales; the fielded panelling on all the walls, the ancient bar back, and the row of small taps on the left of the bar back that once supposedly dispensed by gravity port, and possibly other drinks, from barrels set above the bar back. This is a basic pub with what looks like old lino on the floor, and seating is exclusively normal tables and chairs. Decor consists of jugs, bottles, and the like on a small shelf on the walls above the wood panelling; the inevitable black and white prints; another shelf on the left bearing books; and brewery and cigarette themed mirrors. It all hangs together rather well. There's a bit of bench seating outside at the front, as well as in a garden area to the right of the pub.
I liked this pub a lot. It had a friendly atmosphere when I was in Friday lunchtime, and it felt comfortable enjoying a quiet pint in the absence of music and TV noise (the TV was switched off). It's full of traditional pub character. Seven ales on, including three guest ales with a couple from less commonly seen breweries is good going as well. I have to say that it's a bit out of the way to get to, but I'm jolly glad I made the effort.
On 1st July 2014
- rating: 8
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