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Watson's General Telegraph, East Dulwich, SE22

108 Forest Hill Road
SE22
SE22 0RS
Phone: 02086933838
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Pub SignMan left this review about Watson's General Telegraph

This is a large, open plan pub with a somewhat modernised interior that gives it a similar vibe to an Antic pub. The entrance corridor suggests you’re about to enter a well-preserved heritage pub thanks to the fabulous tiled Truman’s Brewery logo on the end wall, which is an incredible sight to be greeted by, but sadly doesn’t reflect the rest of the pub in any way. Once properly inside, you find yourselves in a scuffed bare boarded room with a mix of full height old wall panels and some modern glazed tiling in two tones, plus some rather grim plastered walls between windows at the front. The servery is along the left-hand wall and has a typical wood panelled counter and bare plastered bar back with some scruffy shelving, all of which sounds terrible on paper, but it actually comes together reasonably well, and the pub’s modern credentials are emphasised by the long row of craft keg taps along part of the bar back. Hard backed chairs fill much of the room, serving a variety of table sizes with some leather sofas and armchairs in a nook to the rear right, around a fireplace with some books stacked in the window sills – quite a cosy spot, but sadly roped off and out of bounds on my pandemic-era visit. Another fireplace can be seen to the front right, this time under a bright hood, whilst the flags of various seemingly unrelated nations hang from the ceiling, which boasts a nice skylight towards the rear. A few random items have been dotted around the room, including a ‘Luggage Room’ sign hung above the door of the staff store room, a back-lit sun decoration to one side of the entrance and a traffic light operating in an odd sequence next to the greeter’s desk. More than half of the evening’s customers were sat outside in the extensive beer garden which runs down part of the side of the pub and a fair way back beyond it, offering plenty of good garden furniture and some sheltered areas. An eclectic modern soundtrack played throughout my stay and there was a reasonable buzz from the few customers who had stayed inside, despite the rather cavernous feel of the room, accentuated no doubt by the removal of some furniture for social distancing purposes.
The barman who greeted me on entering was very friendly and helpfully explained how I had to order my drinks through the pub’s website or via a QR Code. Once I’d set up an account, I was given the choice of two cask ales – Laine Best Bitter or Old Sod Session IPA – with four handpulls out of action presumably as a result of lower customer numbers in the wake of the pandemic. The Session IPA was quite easy drinking and in good shape if not exactly the most memorable.
I wasn’t too sure about this place initially, finding the open plan room a little impersonal and the faff of ordering through the website an unnecessary inconvenience, but I warmed to it as the evening progressed and left feeling that this was a well-run pub with some nice spots to enjoy a decent pint or two.

On 26th November 2020 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Rose

Now the Watson,s General Telegraph.Large interesting interior to this one room bar. Distressed painted walls and odd school room tables and chairs and wooden floorboards make it shabby chic. This is a Laines pub.5 handpumps with beer from Laines,Crate,Darkstar and Caveman.8 craft keg with a superb Outlaw -weekender 3.0 on.What Laines do really well is the outside space.Great outside covered space which was more comfortable than inside.

On 5th March 2016 - rating: 8
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M Mk left this review about The Rose

Surly staff. One knocked over my drink and despite promising to replace it failed to. The manager refused also. Won't be returning. Recommend people find somewhere with a better service and attitude.

On 19th June 2014 - rating: 1
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]


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Honor Oak Park, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Crofton Park, 1.31 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Forest Hill, 1.41 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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