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The Crown & Cushion, Lambeth, SE1

133 Westminster Bridge Road

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Tris C left this review about The Crown & Cushion

Dating from the late 18th century, this pub was rebuilt in the 1930s by who else other than A. E. Sewell, inhouse architect for Truman’s; indeed, much of the Truman’s regalia remains, including gold eagle motifs above the doors, each surmounted by a crown and cushion; it’s all very attractive, but what’s not so attractive is the general mess to the frontage, projecting Guinness sign and ugly, poorly maintained Carling sign hanging from the right-hand frontage; all the written narrative looks scruffy too.
The Guinness sign is a clue to the pub’s metier, for this is an Irish pub: the floor’s bare boarded; there’s at least one raised area with an altogether woody interior, three-quarter height original natural wood panelling, traditional furniture with some pew seating, oil lamp-style sconces (probably original) and a veritable treasure trove of Gaelic gallimaufry along with knickknacks such as old radios, a clocking-in machine and typewriter to name but a few; a flight of stairs leads up to the Anglo-Thai dining room. Customers were a very mixed bunch, though trending towards the older end of the spectrum and seemingly none Irish, all making for a very good atmosphere, let down by football commentary (no-one watching) intruding into an otherwise good ambient soundtrack.
Surprisingly there is cask ale here, the two GK offerings (IPA/OSH) wisely eschewed in favour of the far more welcome Bermondsey Best at £2.60 a half and in good nick, served by a friendly barman.
A characterful boozer with a colourful cast of characters, this is comfortably the best pub in the vicinity; a better choice of cask beer would get the score up.

On 2nd June 2023 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Crown & Cushion

Well described by others, below.  I found the pub welcoming and a positive improvement over the many chain bars and dives in the area, the staff friendly and the commuters tolerable.  Ales on were GK IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Sharp’s Coaster; the latter was in excellent condition.  I’d definitely include in a crawl. 

On 25th March 2020 - rating: 7
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Strongers . left this review about The Crown & Cushion

The Crown and Cushion is an Irish pub with an English, Tao and Thai menu that can be eaten in or collected. The traditional Victorian décor is somewhat hidden behind lots of Irish paraphernalia, but the old school boozer atmosphere is not lost. I counted two plasma screens that were airing horse racing and I noted the presence of a dartboard, although there was a rather large table on the oche. Upstairs is a function room and the free Wi-Fi passcode was on the wall for all to use. I found the landlady to be very friendly and it is always reassuring to find yourself standing next to a vicar whilst supping at the bar. Available from the bar was a standard keg range and surprisingly for an Irish pub there were three hand pumps. These were drawing Greene King’s Old Speckled Hen, IPA and Santa’s Goliath Sack… titter! As Irish pubs go I thought this place was OK.

On 1st February 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Crown & Cushion

Having travelled via Waterloo Station for so many years, I found it most strange that I had never before visited this pub. It seems to be little, if any, changed from previous reviewers' visits. The black eagle on the exterior (now gold painted) identify it as an ex Truman's pub. But there's nothing inside of Truman heritage as far as I could see. The Irish influence is very strong - there are Guinness mirrors, adverts, and bunting all over the place, some Irish place names atre displayed, and I even detected Irish accents. The said Guinness adverts were the ancient wooden bas relief type, one even featuring the iconic toucan. I'm not sure what the "Rotherhithe Street" street name was doing there, but to be sure there was all manner of bric a brac around the place.

There were a couple of TVs on, one muted and showing some cricket, with the other somewhat inevitably showing the horse racing. Furnishings seemed mainly to be wooden settles.

Three handpumps were clipped for GK IPA, Old Speckled Hen, and Sharp's Cornish Coaster. When I was charged £3.10 for a pint of Cornish Coaster I wondered if I had misheard the barman/guv'nor - but he accepted the £3.10 I proffered so I guess I didn't and it really was such a reasonable price. But unfortunately it came up rank and undrinkable, although it was readily exchanged for a pint of GK IPA. Shame - if I had known I was going to end up with GK IPA I would probably have opted for a half. Food was available - I didnt see a menu but it smelled like Thai.

Surprisingly this struck me as a real drinkers' local just round the corner from Waterloo Station. I would give it another go, on the assumption that I was just unlucky to get such a dodgy pint. To the guv'nor's credit, when I returned the pint he immediately reversed the clip, but maybe he suspected that it was about to go off.

On 2nd September 2016 - rating: 6
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Philip Carter left this review about The Crown & Cushion

I always use this pub when in the area, usually on visits to St Thomas's hospital. Luckily none of the visits are drink related. Lots of wood every where. Lots of Irish memorabillia. Upstairs is a Thai kitchen, not sure if there is seating up there, but you can order downstairs and the food will come to your table. Update, there must be seating upstairs as a group of 8 has just come down. I could have adjusted my earlier words but couldn't be bothered.

On 7th July 2016 - rating: 9
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Crown & Cushion

The Crown and Cushion is just up the road from the Horse and Stables but on the opposite side.
Once inside there is an oblong shaped room with the bar facing,the room is bare boarded,the seating was mainly pew type with cushions on.
There were two TVs at either side of the room showing the Commonwealth games.
I think the pub maybe a GK tied house,there were three real ales on the bar,i had a dink of Sharps Cornish Coaster which was quite a nice drink,the other beers were GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen.
The pub was fairly busy with a good atmosphere on my Saturday afternoon visit.
I quite liked this pub.

Pub visited 2/8/2014

On 2nd August 2014 - rating: 8
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hondo . left this review about The Crown & Cushion

"Irish pub" serving 3 real ales. Walls covered in brewery and Irish memorabilia.

On 22nd November 2013 - no rating submitted
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JohnWarks 'tache left this review about The Crown & Cushion

Can't find my previous review on rival website to paste over but rated it 6

On 2nd July 2011 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Crown & Cushion

For an Irish pub, the Crown & Cushion is one of the better of its ilk. The once bright yellow exterior has now been toned down for those with more delicate retinas but the interior still hints at enough Irishness to please the purists mixed in with a few eccentricities that make the place quite appealing to those, like me, who genrally avoid such places.

The “vast range of Real Ales” depicted outside actually equated to Speckled Hen & Greene King IPA (and the Specky ran out as I ordered ) so not terribly great on the beer front akthough you probably wouldn’t expect anything other than kegs and Guinness anyway so anything is a bonus to ale drinkers. Upstairs is a Thai restaurant thatb has a pretty good reputation although I have never treid any food here. The furnishings are haphazardly arranged and floor sections raised to create intimate areas in what would otherwise be a plain and open plan room. The walls and shelves are packed with an indeterminate amount of junk and bric-a-brac ranging from mirrors, pictures, jugs and posters to typewriters, radios and clocks. There is a dart board and a couple of falt screen TVs tuned, as per usual, to sport To the rear is a small patio area with various car number plates and road signs.

Overall I quite liked the quirky nature of the place even if thye beers are a bit on the dull side. There are far worse places around Waterloo and this does tend to lose the commuter traffic.

On 29th April 2010 - rating: 6
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Philip Carter left this review about The New Crown & Cushion

Not a bad place, friendly staff. Has upstairs seating area. There is a garden at the back. Real ale on sale, though no idea what they are, as I'd had a few and wasn't concentrating. Live music, contact pub for details. Serves Thai food and take away is also available.

On 6th September 2009 - rating: 6
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