User name:



Sign in with Facebook

Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW

Chat about:
Cafe Rouge with Delboy20 on the Pub Forum

The View, South Croydon

188 Selsdon Road
South Croydon

Return to pub summary

Pub Type

Punch Taverns

Reviews (Current Rating Average: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Ann cooper left this review about The View

I love this place and the people in it! but Im biased !! Its a great place to meet friends and make friends. The locals are welcoming and the bar staff are full of fun. We are still here despite set backs which shows the support we have from the locals. Please feel free to leave some reviews/suggestions on this site and look forward to seeing you at one of our band nights, kareoke or just for a quiet drink or two.

On 8th July 2011 - rating: 10
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

John Bonser left this review about The View

Visited in May 2010

The View is a two bar traditional pub, situated not too far away from South Croydon station.

Although it's still basically the same pub as it was on my last visit several years ago, it's clearly had quite a major change in emphasis since then, which has resulted in a name change from The Railway View to the rather pretentious sounding The View. Sadly, the splendid railway pictures in the comfortably furnished saloon bar have been replaced with a series of art prints of pop stars including The Beatles and that splendid role model, Amy Winehouse. This has created a pub with a bit of a student feel to it and, perhaps in recognition of this, the food menu is pizza orientated. Notably, both bars have a dartboard. Sporting related prints ( eg - World Cup 1966, George Best ) remain in the smaller adjoining public bar, which has a tiled floor

There's a fine outside decking area and garden, which, despite the pub name, does not have much of a view worth talking about.

On my Bank Holiday Monday visit, the pub was rather deserted and I was able to watch in splendid isolation on the TV screen the conclusion of the Test Match against Bangladesh at Lords. The barman seemed more interested in working on his laptop than in engaging in meaningful conversation with yours truly.

Beers on were London Pride, Adnams and Harveys Best, the latter being on good form and at a keenly priced £ 2.85p. A Fathers Day Beer Festival is being held over the weekend of 19/20 June. The pub was in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide a few years ago when it was The Railway View, but it's not in the 2010 Edition.

This was not a particularly memorable visit in all honesty and the jury's out on this one as far as I'm concerned, but a return visit is not ruled out at some time in the future.

On 20th October 2010 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 560 recommendations about 560 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Pub SignMan left this review about The View

This appeared to be a pub in transition when I visited this afternoon.
Split into two distinct rooms - public and lounge bars - the place has something of a student vibe with its art prints of the Beatles and Phil Taylor on the walls. However, it is clearly a local's pub that's had a bit of a makeover, possibly in anticipation of new tenants (a Punch Tavern sign outside advertises the vacancy). There were signs of ongoing improvement work, such as the out of action gent’s toilets.
There were three hand pumps, but just one in action, serving up a below par pint of Pride (£2.85). A Harvey’s Best clip had been turned around, whilst the third pump appeared to be out of use altogether. Food was being promoted, with special deals for Mother's Day and a cheap pizza menu.
There are dartboards in both bars and a sign in the connecting passageway pointed down some stairs to a pool room.
Not an impressive first visit - maybe worth a look in a few months time when things have settled down.

On 14th March 2010 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2470 recommendations about 2470 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Nick Davies left this review about The View

Renamed and lease up for sale, so things will change. Punch Taverns.
[Admin edit: Name changed from The Rail View to The View 20/2/10]

On 20th February 2010 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 489 recommendations about 481 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

train man left this review about The Rail View

My first visit yesterday. Two of the three handpumps on, Pride & a decent Harveys, £2.75. The two rooms either side of a central bar both have a dartboard, the lounge on the left (where the pumps are) was showing the rugby and, when we opted for the empty vault (public) we were invited to flick on the tv if we wanted to watch it. This side sports images of Taylor, Bristow (signed), Bobby Moore aloft the ’66 team, Best. Seems a community local and was being decorated with balloons & 50th birthday bunting while we were there. It’d be nice to see that 3rd HP in use with a micro beer, but I liked the place. Shame the name has been shortened to the slightly pretentious sounding 'The View'.

On 14th February 2010 - rating: 6
[User has posted 411 recommendations about 410 pubs]