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The Colby Arms, SE19

132 Gipsy Hill
SE19
SE19 1PW
Phone: 02082448022

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Moby Duck left this review about The Colby Arms

A sizable corner pub, upon approach I could see a hand written sign taped to the door,proclaiming "Cash Only", not being a problem I entered to find a few locals gathered for a Sunday lunchtime session, It's all standard stuff inside ,mixed seating styles, floor a mix of wood and carpet, there was a pool table in use and the telly had Coronation Street on with sound subdued but helpfully subtitles if indeed thats your thing, It's not mine. Two handles on the bar , Youngs Bitter and Twickenham Redhead, clip turned on the latter. The quality of the Youngs was poor and in fact everyone else were drinking the Lager or Cider. It is what it is but I am unlikely to be tempted back.

On 27th May 2019 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about The Colby Arms

A locals' pub with an L-shaped interior, part wooden, part tiled floor with rugs, numerous doors are testimony to the once multiple roomed interior. Lower walls are painted in a vibrant red colour, the front area has a pool table with an associated collection of trophies in a glass case nearby. Seating is traditional with a narrow raised area to one side at the back, the TV had the football showing on various screens.
The two handpumps are not immediately obvious, being down the long side rather than the front of the bar as you enter, so go and look. Sunday afternoon had Twickenham Grandstand with what looked like another Twickers ale clip reversed.
It's a popular pub, very close to Gipsy Hill station but I found the abundance of drug notices and the unwanted attention of a seriously ratted if inoffensive customer to be off-putting.

On 4th December 2016 - rating: 5
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Colby Arms

The Colby Arms is a decent looking pub that is very handy for Gipsy Hill train station.
Once inside there is a single L shaped room with the bar facing,the room is carpeted and has normal tables and chairs plus a few pew seats to the front,the rear right side has normal tables and chairs and one leather settee,there was also a real fire on the go in this area,there was a TV above the fire showing the Norwich v Sunderland game,there is a pool table to the front left and another TV here which was showing horse racing.
There were no real ales on the bar or keg bitters so had a drink of Guinness Extra Cold which was as bland as it usually is.
This is a decent enough pub that was let down by the lack of one real ale.

Pub visited 16/4/2016

On 22nd May 2016 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Colby Arms

Nice traditional pub but a bit old fashioned nowadays but smart clean and tidy .Still lots of tv,s and a pool table.Two Trumans beers Swift and Runner on handpump.Nice pint and a warm feel to this locals pub.

On 8th August 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Colby Arms

Truman’s Runner (£2.95 a pint) and Sharp’s Cornish Coaster were available here, and I spotted a small display of pump clips over the bar suggesting that the ales change from time to time. There were no menus on the tables, but a couple of blokes at the bar had used plates in front of them suggesting that they do bar snacks of some kind.

There are several unused sets of doors, testifying to its former multi-room format. In fact it still is effectively two rooms, with the back room reached via an archway to the right of the front bar on the main road. It’s mainly carpeted, but with a smallish bare-boarded area to the left of the main bar, where the pool table is sited. Furnishings comprise a banquette or two, but are mainly standard chairs and smallish round tables, and there’s a traditional tiled splash area surrounding the bar counter. Shelves above the bar back contain some nick-nacks such as scales, vases and stoneware jugs and the like, and a shelving unit near the pool table containing sporting trophies of some kind. Wall decor consists of various prints, but I didn’t get close enough to see what they were about.

Unfortunately this pub displayed on of my personal pub annoyances – two TVs tuned to different channels with the sound on and competing with each other. But I still liked this pub very much. I had an excellent pint of ale for “only” £2.95 a pint, and I felt that I was in a real pub rather than a restaurant masquerading as a pub.

On 18th October 2013 - rating: 7
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