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The Dacre Arms, SE13

11 Kingswood Place
SE13 5BU
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Dacre Arms

There were six ales on in here - GK IPA, Doom Bar, London Pride, Bombardier, Harvey's Best, and Brain's Rev James (£3.90 a pint). This is an Enterprise pub, so one shouldn't be surprised by the predominance of the usual suspects. But the Rev James was in good shape. They don't do food in here.

This is a rare survivor of a backstreet locals' pub. It's carpeted, is furnished with fixed bench seating plus chairs and standard tables, and has some screening partitioning off several sections of the pub. The walls are all covered with inter-war fielded panelling and a couple of wood framed and cream tiled fireplaces are at the front and back of the pub. According to one of the locals I spoke to, the servery used to run across the centre of the room (it is currently on the left), effectively separating the public bar at the front from the saloon bar at the back. The changes occcurred in the 70s, which replaced the old bar counter and introduced the screening panels. Apparently the jug and bottle bar used to be where the ladies is currently sited, at the front on the left.

Notwithstanding those fundamental changes, this remains a magnificent pub of the sort that went largely out of fashion some 40 or 50 years ago. The swathes of hops are still strung across the ceiling, and just about everywhere is covered with knick-knacks such as toby jugs, horse brasses, copper plates, old radios, etc, etc. There are also prints on the walls, many of them showing pubs that have been managed by the current tenant. I also saw some London Drinkers around the place, which is also a good sign.

There are no TVs, juke boxes, games machines, or nything else like that. This is a gem of a pub - visit it while you can.

On 10th February 2017 - rating: 8
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Roger Button left this review about The Dacre Arms

Sandwiched between upmarket Blackheath Village and more down at heel Lee, the Dacre is a fairly small but cosy, welcoming and rather tranquil oasis in a fairly comfortable residential area. A good assortment of Ales is generally available although on my recent visit only the Courage Best and Green King IPA were left on leaving the Deuchers, Landlord and Harveys forlornly indisposed. From the out of action lager pumps I can assume they had a pretty busy session that took them by surprise. The interior is quite old fashioned but eminates a sedate and cosy atmosphere with little chance of experiencing anything by way of scandoulous or raucous behaviour (unless you owned the Blue Volvo that blocked in the barmaid's car). There is a mass of hops draped around the bar frame and a variety of vases, urns, jugs, pictures, photos and all kinds of nick nacks that are balanced precariously on the shelves, mantelpieces, screen tops and anywhere else where space is to be found. Not a place for waltzing your partner whilst wearing a large rucksack. Don't apply for any jobs as the duster either. Entertainment (apart from the playful scraggy old dog) comes from a basic TV perched in one corner and a healthy selection of books. This is as far away from Old Skool DJ's, pool tables and Karaoke evenings as you could wish and all the better for it. The Dacre is certainly not a place you would come across by accident but well worth the effort to find if you are in the area and need a relaxing place to while away a few hours.

On 18th November 2008 - rating: 6
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train man left this review about The Dacre Arms

Cosy & friendly single-roomed neighbourhood pub with 6 handpumps serving mostly mainstream beers – Pride, Bombardier, Deuchers, Bass, Courage. Quiet Sat afternoon but we were advised that some would be returning from the Valley after the match – a nice fact that locals here support the local team. We were well received and both the barman and the handful of punters at the bar were happy to chat. Comfortable upholstered seating in sections around the walls & a slightly mad but star-quality West Highland terrier keeping an eye on proceedings. Hardly worthy of its brief spell at the top of the tree, but a very pleasant place for a few beers nevertheless.

On 7th January 2008 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Hither Green, 0.93 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Lewisham, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Lee, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Dacre Arms, SE13
12th Dec 2023, 17:50
Pub map correction submitted by Tris C approved
12th Dec 2023, 17:50
Pub map correction submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 November 2008 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Karaoke : No last updated 18 November 2008 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 December 2023 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 February 2017 by Rex Rattus
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