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The Ancient Foresters, Bermondsey, SE16

282 Southwark Park Road
SE16 2HB
Phone: 02073941633

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Ancient Foresters

There are no handpumps on show, therefore no real ale available, with just the keg versions of John Smiths and Courage Best (£1.55 a half) on offer. This seems to be a recurring Bermondsey theme. There was no sign of food during my Wednesday afternoon visit.

Red upholstered banquettes and chairs and standard wooden tables are the order here, with the red theme continuing with the bar counter and walls up to the dado level also this colour. This is till a two-room pub, with the rooms connected by a mirror lined corridor behind the central servery. I noticed a dartboard in the left hand room, but little else. I spent my visit in the right hand room. Apart from a bit of Millwall stuff, this room is clearly music themed. The stage at the back was cluttered with amplifiers, microphone stands and the like, indicating that it is still used for music purposes. Fake road signs at the back of the stage for Rat Pack Alley and Frank Sinatra Drive, along with a large black and white photograph of the three iconic Rat Pack members give us a strong clue as to the musical tastes of the management. There are assorted musical instruments on the walls, a print of the famous piano scene from Casablanca, and several framed montages of photographs, presumably of pub regulars. Entertainment, which I would gladly have forgone, was provided by the TV showing the Jeremy Kyle Show.
This is quite an interesting pub, but without the possibility of a real ale, I can’t see me returning.

On 18th January 2013 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about The Ancient Foresters

This place doesn’t look much from the outside as it is on a busy road by a railway bridge and the three picnic tables outside look as though they have been sitting there for twenty years through all weathers. I wasn’t expecting much when I walked in and the three locals sitting at the bar delighting in Noel Edmonds trying to make someone opening random boxes interesting didn’t really surprise me. However, I was surprised to see a stage adorned with Rat Pack art and more pictures around the pub of three of the legendary crooners. This is probably where the advertised karaoke is performed and I’d imagine that there is live music due to the pub set up. There is another bar on the left hand side of the pub which was quieter due to the plasma screen being off and the fact that I was the only person in there. It was good to see a dartboard in an impressive case on the wall and there is also a pool table in an adjoining room.

There is no real ale in here, but the Guinness was good and the service was friendly enough.

I would pop back in if passing, but not at a time when Millwall are playing at home.

On 9th July 2010 - rating: 6
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