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Blacksmiths Arms, Rotherhithe, SE16

257 Rotherhithe Street
SE16 5EJ

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Blacksmiths Arms

Attractive old Fullers pub with the brewers Tudor façade enlivened by a plethora of hanging baskets, located close to the former warehouses lining the Rotherhithe riverside. The interior has a 1930's feel to it, with square patterning to the dark wood panelling and the surviving glazing in the exterior windows and interior partitioning. Layout comprises an 'U'-shaped bar at the front and a dining room to the rear. Pleasantly-relaxed but still traditional, with the obligatory photograph of the Queen Mother enjoying a tipple in 1988. Pride, Seafarers and Oliver's Island (£4.20, and served in the right glass) available from two banks of four handpumps.

On 13th September 2015 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Blacksmiths Arms

This is a Fuller’s pub so expect the usual ale selection. I went for their seasonal “Front Row”, at a staggering £3.90 a pint for a 3.7% ABV ale. Even for someone used to London prices, as I am, this struck me as a way over the top price. The food was mainly Thai, although there were a handful of “English” dishes on offer that again were not cheap – cod, chips and peas weighed in at £8.75. A standard Thai chicken stir fry was £8.50.
The pub itself is rather nice though. The walls are covered in what certainly appears to be the original wood panelling (possibly oak?), as is the central island bar. The large front room is divided by a wood framed archway with a concertina wooden door that could be closed to turn it into separate rooms should the need arise. The right hand side of this room is carpeted, but the rest of the pub is bare-boarded. Furnishings are mainly normal tables and chairs, although there were a number of “tub” armchairs. Thre's also a separate room right at the back.
The service was friendly, with the attractive young Thai barmaid treating me to a delightful smile. I liked this pub very much, with the only offputting thing for me being the prices.
Prospective visitors should note that this pub does not open until 1700 on weekdays.

On 26th February 2011 - rating: 7
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john mcgraw left this review about Blacksmiths Arms

This is the pub we were told by the customer from The 3 Compasses to come to for real ale, "well done that man". this is a small local with an island bar and plenty of wood panelling. it had a seperate dining room in the rear and had a big selection of Fuller's which was in tip top condition and served by a very friendly Irishman,also on tap was Gales. bus C10 stops outside

On 18th February 2007 - rating: 8
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