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The Hill, Forest Hill, SE23

47 Dartmouth Road
SE23
SE23 3HN
Phone: 02086995686
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Hill

The Hill is a pretty trendy pub that was converted from a shop.
Once inside there is an oblong shaped room which runs to the rear,the room is carpeted and divided into different areas by partitions,the bar is to the rear right,there is a piano halfway down the left side,the seating is normal tables and chairs and all had knifes and forks on them but i did notice other drinkers sitting at these tables so i did with no problems.
There was one real ale on the bar which was The Hill Pale Ale,this was a decent enough drink,but not sure who brews it.
The background music was from Smooth Radio.
This would be a pleasant place to bring the wife or girlfriend to but not really suited to me while doing a large pub crawl in the area.
I will score this on how it looks and not on my needs or desires.

Pub visited 14/5/2016

On 5th June 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hill

This 1980's shop conversion was previously known as the Forest Barn. Malt Shovel and Question Bar, but recently revamped itself as a strange mix of café, bar and restaurant, with real ale now available. You enter into a smart room with a deli counter immediately to your right with various pastries, cakes and fresh produce on show, beyond which is a pizza oven and a little further back, the servery. All of the seating is confined to the left hand side, partially obscured from the bar and deli area by retained partitioning walls. The carpeted front area has high quality furnishing including some large tables and chairs and comfortable button back armchairs. A baby grand piano in the front window does nothing to dispel the feel of being in a classy, if somewhat small, hotel lobby. The walls are decorated with elaborately framed mirrors and black and white photos of Forest Hill and I noticed a stack of board games on a table that also had leaflets and flyers for various local events. There is a slightly separate space to the rear with plenty more seating and relatively restrained décor as well as nice views out to the green beer garden. Stairs lead up to a function room, unexplored on this visit, and the venue's pub credentials were enhanced by posters advertising a weekly pub quiz.
We popped in here for food and enjoyed some good pizza from a competitively priced menu. The service was friendly, if not entirely efficient and the place had a pretty good community vibe to it, with some family groups with well behaved kids in attendance. There are extensive wine and cocktails options listed on the menu, plus a limited keg beer range and a single real ale - Exmoor Fox - which was sadly very tired and perhaps indicative of the slow turnover enjoyed in such a venue.
I had very low expectations for this place, having only visited because the nearby Sylvan Post had just closed their kitchen, but I was surprised to find a well presented, smart, comfortable multi-purpose venue that served up some enjoyable food. The beer was never going to be the big selling point here and you could certainly do worse if you're looking for a bite to eat in the area, but scoring it purely as a pub, it doesn't quite match up to others in the vicinity.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Forest Hill, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Sydenham, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Honor Oak Park, 1.08 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Hill, SE23
27th Jul 2019, 20:40
Request to mark pub as open by Rex Rattus approved
 
27th Jul 2019, 20:40
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Rex Rattus, with included notes: Now reopened.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 18 April 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
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