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Black Boy, Avery Hill, Sidcup

DA15 8EA

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Punch Taverns

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Rex Rattus left this review about Black Boy

The door on the right hand (Restons Crescent) side has a glass panel identifying it as the Public Bar which looks original; a further unused and blocked in door on this side looks as if it would have provided access to a jug and bottle bar. The walls in the public bar are covered in plain and cheap-looking wood panelling to three quarter height. The bar counter in here has vertical fluted panelling with a piece of plain wood panelling for approx a foot just below the counter top, as well as a large gantry with a plain wood panelled front and with "The Boys Bar" and "Welcome to your Local" in gold script on it. The bar back has a mix of glass and wood shelves, and at the top illuminated signage for Double Diamond on the left, DD symbol in the centre, and Long Life on the right. Furnishings are traditional.

The Saloon bar is on the left of the building with its own access door from the outside, as well as being joined to the Public Bar via a short corridor. This room is carpeted, whereas the Public Bar is not. It also has plain wood panelling on the walls to three-quarter height; the bar counter front has fluted panelling, with plain tongue and grove panelling above it for approx a foot. The counter in here is wood-framed with a smaller wood panelled gantry above it, giving it the appearance of a large serving hatch. The bar back in here backs on to the one in the Public Bar and is similar in style. There is signage on the top with Double Diamond on the left, the DD symbol illuminated in the centre, and Skol Lager on the right. There's a pool table in the middle of the room, which is furnished with normal tables and chairs.

Unfortunately there's no real ale, although there are still four unused handpumps. There was no Guinness either, so we settled for halves of Prava lager. I saw free wi-fi advertised, as well as a DJ and disco. Definitely a throwback to the 60s and 70s. A large notice board is on one of the walls in the public bar. This is a locals' pub of course. I actually rather liked its simplicity and informality, but the absence of a real ale marks it down unfortunately.

On 17th September 2018 - rating: 5
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