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The Chandos, Brockley, SE23

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56 Brockley Rise
SE23 1LN
Phone: 02083145920

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Pub SignMan left this review about Chandos

This place always struck me as a fairly rough and unappealing pub with not much going for it, but passing recently, I was surprised to see it had undergone a major refurbishment and was now full of young families with one or two old locals still in the Public Bar. The pub doesn't look all that great from the outside, thanks to the dark painted external walls, but there are a few picnic benches out here, should you wish to soak up the gloomy aspect and listen to the traffic passing on the busy B218. The right hand side of the pub seemed like the nicest area, comprising a small Public Bar with simple seating, a good deal of standing room and a nice stretch of the curved dark wood servery. A large screen on the back wall showed live football to a rapt audience and the room was separated from the main bar by some nice dark wood screening with etched glass panes - seemingly a nicely retained period feature. The main room to the left is a huge open space set up more for diners, but packed full of young families with pushchairs and screaming kids. It's clearly a former two room set up, with evidence of former partitioning still discernible and the curved servery runs towards the rear before merging into an open kitchen. The bar has a nice counter with a tile frieze on the bar back which has been topped with various beer boxes. The room is filled with regular tables and chairs on exposed floorboards under walls painted in drab neutral shades. Various contemporary portraits and other such bits of art cover the walls, some of which have exposed brickwork, and there was another large screen on the back wall showing the same FA Cup tie. The menu seemed to specialise in pizzas and a number of pizza based offers were being advertised throughout the pub.
There were three hand pumps in operation, offering Brockley IPA, Sharps Atlantic and a real cider, but the pub's strength seemed to be its craft keg and bottle range which was also detailed on various boards and seemed to include a good mix of local, national and international options (including the 0.5% abv Brewdog Nanny State which my friend ordered under the impression it was Punk IPA!). Such a faux-pas was avoided on my part by trying the Brockley IPA which was in decent shape if not exactly the greatest example of the style I've encountered.
This is a tricky one, as the refurbishment has obviously opened the pub up to a whole new audience but has also seemingly driven out some of the regular who kept the place going over the years. For me it was a bit too bland and devoid of atmosphere, but that's not to say that things won't improve in the evenings. I'd suggest this is an improvement in the main but I feel bad for the displaced old school drinkers and would chose to drink in a number of superior venues up the road in Brockley myself.

On 8th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Sean Ryan left this review about Chandos

All change at The Chandos new landlord and a much nicer pub. Real ale is now available as well as an extensive wine list. With live music every Saturday night and Dj's and karaoke on alternative Fridays, Meat raffle on a Sunday and many screens to watch all the sport this is fast turning into one of Brockley best kept secrets. Its not the pub of old but a great place to frequent.

On 29th June 2015 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about Chandos

There are a couple of rather attractive looking handpumps on the counter, but unfortunately not in use as they don’t do real ale. There was no sign of food or menus on Saturday afternoon.

This is a big, traditional old pub. It’s carpeted, and still has most of its original multi room format intact. What looks like the old Public Bar is on the right; leading through attractive glazed doors into a small snug-like area with bay windows looking out over the busy road; then on into a large room on the left which is effectively a Saloon/Lounge. At the back of this lounge is a door leading outside to a small smoking/drinking area. Interesting features include the ornately decorated bar back, some green banded glazing in the windows (ex-Charrington perhaps), and a Corinthian capitalled pillar. As you would expect there are TVs here, showing the cricket (but muted) when I was in.

It’s furnished throughout with traditional furnishings – some banquette seating and normal tables and chairs. This is a really comfortable and friendly pub – shame about the overly loud pop music (probably for the benefit of the barmaid), and absence of real ale.

On 20th July 2014 - rating: 5
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