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The Honor Oak, Forest Hill, SE23

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
1 St German's Road
SE23 1RH
Phone: 02086909222

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Punch Taverns

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Lester Ford left this review about The Honor Oak

A Saturday lunchtime visit and my first since its been redecorated (again), which seems to be a near yearly exercise, or maybe it's just I don't drink here very often.

Still mainly set up for diners inside and has the long, thin separate dining area down one side of the pub. There's now an interesting plant wall at the far end of the pub, and yes the plants are real!

4 hand pumps with 3 ales on, 1 from Laines in Brighton and 2 from Brockley Brewery, the pint of their Spring Ale 17 @ 4.0% was well received and went down a treat sitting outside in the front beer garden on a wonderfully warm spring day. In addition to the cask ales there are 5 ales on keg, 3 of these from Laines.

A few other punters sitting outside in the garden and a large and rowdy group of ladies in the dining area.

On this visit coupled with the good ale selection and fresh decor I'd say this is the best the Honor Oak has looked since it opened its doors after many years as the rough house that was the St Germain's Tavern.

Worth a trip, Friday and Saturday nights they have a DJ on.

On 4th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Honor Oak

As you approach this pub the signage gives you an idea of what to expect inside. There is some of the original tiling on the exterior, but other than that it looks like what it is – a pub that has been “made over” to such an extent that none of its original character remains. When I was in here on Friday lunchtime there was one largish party enjoying a Christmas dinner. All of the other free tables had “reserved” signs on them, and most of the others that were occupied seemed to be involved in children’s parties. But I got a seat at the bar, and had a decent drop of St Austell Tribute (at £3.20 a pint). There were two other ales on – Rosie Nosey and London Pride. As I recall, there were also a couple of sofas on the left as you go in. Judging from my one visit, it looks as if this place has re-branded itself as a restaurant. But I suppose it might be very if it wasn’t the run up to Christmas
The pictures on the walls seem to be of children’s wooden toys, including one that looked a bit like a naked wooden Barbie. Quite bizarre. Pride of place however, was a photograph of what looked like a wheelchair bound hospital patient. Maybe there was more to it than met the eye, but I thought that it was in incredibly bad taste. The combination of the noise from the children and the unattractive surroundings made me finish my drink and leave as soon as possible. I doubt whether I’ll back.

On 4th December 2009 - rating: 3
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