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The Tiger, Camberwell, SE5

18 Camberwell Green

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Tiger

This is a good-sized Antic pub – one of two in Camberwell – with a decent location opposite Camberwell Green. You enter into a large open-plan room with fine varnished dark wood flooring, large windows down two sides with heavy drapes and some funky wallpaper to the rear and left-hand side. The room’s spacious dimensions have allowed for copious amounts of seating to be arranged in several rows through the centre and along much of the perimeter, with standard tables and chairs mixing with low stools, some high tables and stools to the front and a couple of drinking ledges either side of the front door. The servery occupies much of the rear wall and has a tatty old wood panelled counter front with nice brass hand and foot rails and a grand mirrored bar back with a window through to the kitchen to one side. This part of the pub notably lacks any of the quirkier décor and furnishings that the Antic chain is generally known for, but there is a cosier side room to the left of the bar which has a few unusual items dotted around the wall in a lounge-like space with a good deal of extra seating across a split-level space that seemed much more peaceful that the busier, chaotic main bar area. TV screens in the main bar area were showing a live football fixture with the commentary on, which added to the general noise level.
There were just the two cask ales available on this visit, perhaps because of a drop in demand during the week although the pub was pretty busy on my Thursday evening visit. The options on this occasion were Volden Session and Butcombe Original, and the former was in great shape, served to me by a friendly member of the waiting team.
I quite liked this place thanks to its buzzy atmosphere and seeming lack of pretensions – something that can’t be said of all Antic pubs. The focus on just two ales may put some off, but the quality was very good so there were no complaints from me. This pub felt like an important part of the local community and I would be more than happy calling in here again the next time I’m passing through.

On 21st October 2020 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Tiger

Surprised to see the last reviewer say this is an Antic pub.Very mainstream pub with Butcombe,Tribute and Portobello-channel hopper

On 23rd July 2016 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Tiger

Quite an attractive emerald-green tiled and slightly curved façade. The typical Antic interior features three seating areas of differing sizes (two of which are located up a couple of steps) and a mix of furniture / eclectic decor throughout. Decent selection of six real ales on handpump, though, with Butcombe Bitter, Ghost Ship, Brains SA Gold and Trooper supplemented by BHB Cosmic II and a decent pint of Theakston's Vanilla Stout (£4.00).

On 17th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Tiger

The Tiger is a decent looking pub with some nice green tiling outside,the pub is situated on the corner of a very busy road junction.
Once inside there is a single oblonish shaped room with the bar facing,there were a few chesterfield settees near the bar,with normal tables and chairs around the edge of the room.
There was a good choice of real ales on the bar,i had a drink of beer from Beer Studio but can not remember the name of it but it was a nice drink,the other beers i noted were Butcombe Bitter,Brains Reverand James,Robinsons South Island and Deuchars IPA.
There was some background music playing and the pub was quite busy.
I was happy enough having a drink in this pub.

Pub visited 13/9/2014

On 13th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Tiger

This used to be the Silver Buckle, a pub I remember from the early 70s. I read somewhere that they uncovered the original Tiger signage during a refurbishment and decided to revert the pub to its original one. Nice one. The exterior green tiling has been revealed as well, although it looks to have suffered a fair amount of damage over the years. The Tiger is now an Antic pub, so has been given a serious internal makeover. It’s bare-boarded now with what look like the original floorboards; there’s the usual array of leather sofas in the middle of the room, with a mix of assorted well worn standard tables and chairs. You also get all kinds of other stuff in these antic pubs – like the sideboard with newspapers on it and an eclectic range of imaginative decor.
You can also expect a decent ale range from this growing chain. This one had five ales on – Brains SA, St Austell Tribute, Jennings Cumberland, Wadworth Swordfish and Yorkshire Terrier (£3.30 a pint or thereabouts). All the tables had candles on them, as well as one sheet menus. The menu isn’t loaded with pub grub favourites, but the “beefburger with hand cut chips” was there for £8.50.
I’ve quite liked all the Antic pubs that I’ve visited, and this one is no different. They’ve all been fairly comfortable, and offer a decent range of ales. I don’t visit Camberwell often, but if I do find myself down this way again I’ll be certain to pay this one a return visit.

On 1st March 2012 - rating: 7
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