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Grace's, Birkbeck, SE20

3 Witham Road
SE20 7YA
Phone: 02034177273

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Pub SignMan left this review about Grace's

Having closed seemingly for good back in 2009, this large pub next to Birkbeck tram stop was rebuilt and reopened in 2014 as a bar and grill under the original name. It's difficult to know how much has actually been retained and how much is newly built, but the pub now has a large, opened out single room interior, which had a bit of a nightclub feel to it when I visited late on a Friday night. Steps lead up from street level past a front terrace with plenty of seating and into a spacious wide room with the servery on the back wall. A modern dark wood bar counter has strip lighting fringing it and there is a traditional bar back which looks a little out of place in the otherwise glitzy surrounds. Plenty of standard tables and chairs fill the laminate floored space opposite the bar, under a large conservatory style roof and patio windows - an unusual frontage for a pub. To the left is a carpeted lounge style area with a brick fireplace housing a traditional stove, again at odds with the pub's general look. The walls here are a shade of burgundy, which nicely contrasts the white used through the rest of the room. A TV screen here had been turned off allowing the world's most disinterested DJ to spin some tunes on his turntables. Over to the right there is limited seating space with a few high tables and stools, but most of the space here is taken up by a pool table, slot machines and arcade games.
The pub is now a freehouse and there were three ales on the go, much to my surprise. The options were not that inspiring - Sharp's Doom Bar and Atlantic and Shepherd Neame Spitfire - but it was better than nothing. Sadly my pint of Atlantic was pretty ropey, so maybe I wasn't that lucky after all. Weston's Old Rosie occupied a final hand pump.
This is a strange place that is seemingly trying to be a pub, restaurant and nightclub simultaneously, but actually falls short on all three counts. My visit could have been better timed, as the loud music and young, drunk clientele were dispiriting, but I was at least pleased to find the place open again and serving ale (even if the quality needs to be worked on).

On 20th September 2015 - rating: 4
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Roger Pester left this review about Grace's

This pub is now closed but I understand it will open again at some time
[admin note: Marked as closed 18/11/09, please let us know if it reopens]

On 18th November 2009 - no rating submitted
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