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The Pilgrim, Kennington, SE11

247 Kennington Lane
SE11 5QU
Phone: 02075827585

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Pilgrim

Box-like 1950s pub adjacent to the Kennington gas-holders - actually more attractive (in an understated way) than this might sound. Opened out inside to leave a long rectangular bar with generally light decor and patio seating areas at both ends. Very busy when I visited late on a hot summer afternoon, but efficiently staffed both behind the bar and for table clearance. Polycarbonate 'glasses' were in use because of T20 cricket match at the nearby Oval, and the real ale had run out (with reversed Tribute and Betty Stogs clips visible on two of the handles). However, I had a voucher for a free pint of something else (probably a bit more suited to the sweltering conditions anyway) so I could hardly complain...

On 28th July 2019 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Pilgrim

A substantial looking street corner, red brick pub just a few yards away from the Beefeater distillery, it is a good size internally and has clearly had something of a renovation at some point, and now has quite a contemporary feel to it.

It’s largely one single, open plan room internally, and this had pale wood strip on the floor with some mottled tiling around the bar counter, white plasterwork and the obligatory exposed filament light bulbs that are essential in any pub refurbishment. There was a small brick fireplace although this was not in use on our visit, and a large projector screen at the rear that was showing Sky Sports. This seemed somewhat out of place I thought, and certainly nobody appeared to be taking any notice of it. Fortunately the volume was off, so it could have been worse, but the size of the screen did dominate somewhat. Beyond this was a patio area, although we did not investigate this.

Beers on tap were Deuchars IPA, Caledonian Golden XPA and their own Pilgrim Ale. The solitary cider meanwhile was Symonds Founders Reserve.

On 2nd February 2018 - rating: 7
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Philip Carter left this review about The Pilgrim

Nice enough place, very light inside with white walls. Three large televisions showing Olympics. Front and back gardens. The ale was good. One of the barmaids boyfriend was in the pub wearing skates, he was skating in & out of the pub. Not sure if they are trying to do what some American bars do, and have skating servers, I doubt it would work.

On 16th August 2016 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Pilgrim

Strangely enough we also dropped in on our way down to Vauxhall bus garage after doing a visit to the Beefeater Distillery round the corner (quite an interesting visit and you do get an excellent G&T included in the entrance price). Not bad looking from the outside but fairly unremarkable sports pub on the inside. Same two Caledonian beers available as reported below and we sunk a quick half on the paved outdoor seating area at the front before moving swiftly on.

On 16th August 2014 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Pilgrim

There were a couple of Caledonian Brewery ales on in here - Deuchars IPA and Flying Scotsman (£1.80 a half). There was no sign of food or menus on Wednesday afternoon. I dropped in here because it was on the walk back to Vauxhall Station – I do have a thing about dropping into pubs I would otherwise be passing. The occasional “lucky dip” is worth doing.

But this one is in the “OK” category, being fairly unremarkable. There’s a pool table on the right as you enter, some banquettes and normal tables and chairs, and then down at the end a few sofas. There’s also a small stage down there, complete with speakers, microphones and similar musical paraphernalia. Conveniently, I spotted the advert for the live music on Friday featuring one Will Udall. There is some outside seating in a garden at the back, as well as at the front. I didn’t spot any wall decor, other than some adverts, but there were four TVs – all on (but muted) and showing Sky Sports. The best feature in this pub in my opinion is the latticed bay window at the front, still with a Watney’s Ales pane of glass in it. A table near the door had a pile of London Drinkers on it, which is always a plus.

This is not a destination pub, but worth dropping in to have a swift one if you, like me, just happen to be walking down Kennington Lane.

On 13th December 2013 - rating: 5
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