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The Bridge House, Penge, SE20

2 High Street
SE20 8RZ
Phone: 02087782100
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Reviews of The Bridge House (Average Rating: 6 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Malden man left this review about The Bridge House

Austere looking from the outside with the stonework now painted black as well as the railway arch dominant above, once inside I found a mixture of a gastro pub and nursery school. The entry area at street level contains some mixed seating at scrubbed tables, some low with sofas, others at more regulation height, modern art and deer heads and antlers on the walls. The area is on a slope so up a curved stair to the main bar and dining room which is L-shaped, most tables up here were set for formal eating. Four handpumps on the bar, two were reversed (one was Tribute, I couldn't see the other), this left Stonehenge Spire Ale (£2.00 a half) and Gales Seafarers. The Spire Ale was fine once I had persuaded the barmaid to actually put a proper half in the glass, this was after waiting to be served while the previous customer requested a colouring sheet and crayons for his kid and despite me being the only person waiting this was more important than serving me, leaving me there for around three minutes that I'll never get back while she disappeared to find them.
Plenty going on here, the pub has an upstairs theatre, comedy and cabaret nights are advertised and they even do a yoga night, bet that's tricky while holding a pint.
There's a nice looking garden to the rear beyond the diners which in milder times may be a better choice than the downstairs area which was full of buggies and young kids, albeit well behaved but to me distracting from the pub experience. They could do with keeping on top of the table clearing too.

On 23rd February 2014 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bridge House Tavern

Stood next to the railway bridge at Penge West station, this is an imposing split level, gastro style pub. You enter into the front lower half of the pub, which is essentially a large seating area, broken up by a dividing wall to the left of the entrance. There is a mixture of seating here including sofas and square tub chairs as well as some more traditional table and chair arrangements. A small, modern fireplace can be found on the back wall with a large, elaborate mirror hung above. Elsewhere, the room is decorated with a stag's head and sets of antlers as well as a few artworks, some of which appeared to be for sale. A half flight of stairs leads up to the bar area which is bare boarded and has limited seating, most of which is in an alcove opposite the servery, allowing you to look down over the lower part of the pub. The servery runs along the back wall and has a door to the in-house theatre to the right, whilst to the left, the room extends into a restaurant type space with standard seating at formally arranged tables. The walls in this area are half panelled, with the top half painted in the dull pastel shades that characterises the décor throughout the pub. There is a fireplace on the left hand wall, out of action on our visit although some bright spark came up with the idea of putting a TV screen next to it showing an image of a flickering fire. There is a nice looking beer garden to the rear, lit on our evening visit by some attractive light fittings and furnished with plenty of picnic benches and lots of plants that probably came straight from the neighbouring Homebase store. Music played quietly in the background throughout our stay and blackboards listed a whole range of upcoming entertainment options including live comedy, cabaret nights and yoga lessons.
Three handpulls were dispensing the pleasantly surprising ale line-up of Roosters Wild Mule, Cross Bay Halo and St Austell Tribute, with a fourth pump out of action. My pint of Wild Mule was spot on, although I didn't think it was one of the better Roosters brews I've encountered. We ate here as well and whilst we both enjoyed our food, the prices seemed a bit excessive for what is essentially glorified pub grub.
I like the fact that this pub is trying to create a community feel by providing more than just food and drink, especially in an area devoid of great drinking options. Whilst the bid for inclusivity has resulted in a loss of real character, there is still a good deal to applaud and I hope the good people of Penge continue to support the pub's efforts.

On 6th February 2014 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Lower level only - last updated 06 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
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