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The Builders Arms, Addiscombe, Croydon

65 Leslie Park Road
Phone: 02086541803

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Moby Duck left this review about The Builders Arms

A backstreet Fullers pub, because of its location it seemed very much a locals pub and largely unspoiled, It has two rooms both traditionally attired. Only Pride and Hophead on handpump, the latter being kept in good condition. Nice enough pub with friendly service.

On 4th October 2020 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Builders Arms

Thriving Fuller's community pub; a bit hidden away on a side street between East Croydon station and Addiscombe. Retains two separate bars either side of the central servery, with the lounge extending back to a dining room. Traditionally furnished with unfussy decor throughout. Also has a few wooden benches out front. Pride, Oliver's Island, ESB and the seasonal Front Row (£4.10) available from the bank of four handpumps on each counter.

On 21st April 2018 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Builders Arms

The Builders Arms is a Fuller’s pub with a thin public bar to the right that houses a dartboard by the entrance, a plasma screen on the back wall, two gaming machines and a few high tables. Standard draught is available from the bar and the four hand pumps were drawing Fuller’s London Pride (x2), Seafarers and ESB. The plasma screen was switched off, but there was some smooth background music playing. The left hand bar is a bigger than the right with the same drink options along the bar. This bar leads to a rear seating area that seemed to be set up for diners. The menus on the tables listed traditional pub food with mains that were priced around the £10 mark. Out the back is a patio beer garden.

I found the service to be polite and I would return if in the area.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Builders Arms

This is a Fuller’s pub, and had on four of their ales – ESB, HSB, London Pride and Chiswick. Being a Fuller’s pub, a decent range of food was available on a weekday lunchtime. Ciabbatta wraps, including some salad and a generous portions of chips, were between £5 and £6 as I recall.
I hadn’t visited this pub before the refurbishment mentioned by Pubsignman so can’t make comparisons, but is still a good pub by any standards, and was easily the best pub I visited in Croydon. It’s tucked away down a smallish street off the busy Lower Addiscombe Road, and still has two distinct rooms joined by a doorway past the bar counter. The room on the left looks as if it’s the old saloon bar, and is where I spent my visit. The room is bare-barded at the front with a carpeted area further back, and which looks as if it might have been extended at some stage to create a fairly large room. It’s large enough to have two fireplaces – both alight with real log fires - on the left, indicating that it was originally two rooms (at least). This room leads to a garden at the rear. Furnishings are comfortable as well, but with one or two armchairs dotted around and just one tall pedestal table and tall stools. The “public bar” room is more basic, with mainly tall tables/stools as furnishings.
The pubby atmosphere is complemented by the black Labrador padding around the place; presumably the pub dog considering the air of ownwership and confidence he displayed in his perambulations. I like Fuller’s ales so was happy with the ale choice. The pint of Chiswick I had was in excellent nick, and I still find it surprising that so many Fuller’s pubs don’t offer this great session ale as a regular. Good beer, good food, warm and comfortable pub – that’ll do for me. I’ll be happy to pay a return visit sometime. I just wish I had known it when Pubsignman had it as a regular haunt.

On 31st December 2011 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Builders Arms

This Fullers pub underwent a refurb last year which effectively changed its appearance from 'traditional' to 'modern-gastro'. The pub certainly was looking a little tired and the refurb admittedly looks great, but more than the decor seems to have changed and what was a regular haunt of mine, has now almost slipped off my radar, as increased beer prices and sloppy service have become annoying new features.
Three Fullers beers are usually available (Pride, Chiswick and ESB - Honeydew is on tap sometimes as well) and there has been a dip in the quality of the ales to boot.
A shame, as this had a great community pub feel before, which seems to be slipping away, despite a loyal band of regulars still propping up the bar.
Has a fantastic beer garden, so still worth a look in the summer, but sadly not the pub it used to be.

On 24th February 2010 - rating: 6
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