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The Crown, Blackheath, SE3

49 Tranquil Vale
SE3
SE3 0BS
Phone: 02088520326
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Crown

A suitably aged building but the glass doors are the first indication that the interior has been totally modernised. Nothing like a traditional pub, although all the elements are here. Not especially unpleasant, but no real character at all. There is a separate wine bar signposted upstairs, available for hire but not open at time of visit. Beers are from Shepherd Neame, although I can't think of many of their pubs where asking for a Spitfire would result in the question "bitter or lager". Pretty stupid and inappropriate reuse of the name anyway, but I digress. The bitter was actually in tolerable but not great condition, so perhaps that was why. Will not be rushing back.

On 30th January 2019 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Crown

Situated in the centre of Blackheath, just a short walk from both the station and the heath itself, this is an extremely gentrified Shepherd Neame pub that seems to be trying to compete with the local bistros more than the neighbourhood pubs. You enter the pub through some sort of large, plate glass porch with a crown motif in the middle of the panes. It's a very unusual feature and looks very out of place on the front of an historic pub that can trace its lineage back to the 1740's. Once inside, it's just another upmarket gastro pub that greets you, with a bare boarded room and dark wood servery to the rear. The bar area is actually quite pleasant, thanks in part to the fine semi-circular bar counter and old pub mirror on the bar back. High tables and stools fill much of the space opposite, with some regular tables and chairs elsewhere and a couple of drinking shelves around the support pillars. To the left of the entrance there is a fairly homely looking area centred around a couple of fireplaces and this looked like it was probably the best spot to grab a seat. Moving past the right hand end of the bar you find a rear room (opened out into the main bar now) with more standard and fixed bench seating. There are some fine display cabinets in here with various collections of bottles and the like on show, with shelves full of dusty old books in between. One wall has been decorated with old Victorian era sporting pictures and equipment including cricket bats and hockey sticks. The pub has it's own wine bar upstairs, but this was shut when we visited, so I didn't get to snoop around. There are a few seats outside the front of the pub, which may well make for some interesting people watching, but I didn't see any kind of rear garden.
Three Shep's beers made up the ale selection - Spitfire, Whitstable Bay and Late Red. We tried the Late Red, which was in good shape and noticed that the menus had details of the full Shep's range printed on them, which caused much confusion when we tried to order from it only to be told that only the three above mentioned beers were actually available. We also decided to eat here and were pleased to find that against our expectations, the food was pretty reasonably priced, with most mains costing around a tenner. The food turned out to be of a high quality and I would suggest this makes it one of Blackheath's best bets for a good value meal.
It's no real surprise to find gentrified pubs in a place like Blackheath, but this one seems to have lost more of its pub character than many others in the area. It fits in with the neighbourhood fairly well and seemed to be doing decent business on a Saturday lunchtime but there are other better pubs in the area and this would only really be worth seeking out if you wanted some competitively priced food with your pint.

On 5th January 2017 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Crown

This is an L-shaped wood floored pub with the curved bar counter directly opposite the entrance. A stair rises up to "The King's Room" which was unvisited by me but from the persons seen to-ing and fro-ing it would appear to be another regular bar rather than a dedicated restaurant. A fireplace to one end has a modern crown etched mirror above while the adjacent alcove is stacked with logs from floor to ceiling, more as an art statement than functional storage I'd say. The area completing the "L" behind the bar and stair has the feel of a library with full height bookshelves. There is a bit of exposed brickwork, otherwise the colour scheme is mainly magenta and grey. There are a few B&W framed photos of old Blackheath plus some of old SN brewery drays.
The bar itself has a painted mirror behind displaying the pub name plus the usual SN branding at the top of the bar back. It was well staffed on Saturday afternoon with four uniformed and efficient staff which is a nice change, beers were Masterbrew, Spitfire, Kent's Best, Canterbury Jack and the plainly named and never seen by me before, Mild.
here is a nice sunny terrace to the front which gives good views of the heath and seemed popular on Saturday afternoon despite the occasional showers.
A fairly routine village centre pub I thought, sitting somewhere in the middle range of Blackheath pubs, I cannot agree with the reviewer below enough though about the fully glazed entrance lobby, it was like walking into Superdrug, a hideous addition to the pub.

On 26th June 2013 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Lewisham, 1.25 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Kidbrooke, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Hither Green, 1.43 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Crown, SE3
30th Jan 2019, 17:56
Picture submitted by Graham Coombs approved
 
30th Jan 2019, 17:51
Pub map correction submitted by Graham Coombs approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No - major events - last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
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