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Elephant & Castle, Elephant & Castle, SE1

1 Newington Causeway
SE1
SE1 6BN
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Pub SignMan left this review about Elephant & Castle

This is a large open plan Antic pub on the busy junction in the heart of Elephant & Castle. The pub is a continuation of the pub from which the area takes its name and this particular incarnation was built in 1966 as part of the areas post-war rebuilding programme. The pub's most recent claim to fame was that it was where many of the pioneers of the UK Garage scene used to DJ, making it something of a leading venue in the scene's early days. The pub closed in 2015 but locals helped it to gain ACV status and soon Antic were on board, reopening the pub in 2016. Today, the pub has a single room interior with large windows along three sides, bare floorboards throughout and a great, brutalised ceiling that gives the game away that this is an Antic pub. There is a raised seating area under the front windows with low red upholstered banquettes, mixed chairs and low stools all supporting a weird selection of retro tables of various shapes and sizes. Longer banquettes can be found in the lower section of the room, with a few additional chairs and high stools over to the left. The bar is on the rear wall and has a dark wood counter, metal framed bar back and open kitchen to the left under a set of bookshelves. The room has been decorated with old-fashioned wallpaper, paintings and all manner of period objects such old phones, radios, LP's, shoes, clocks, drinks bottles and the like, all of which combine to give the pub something of a 1960's feel appropriate to the architecture of the area and vintage of the pub itself. To the left is a semi-heated patio area whilst over to the right there were some stairs down to a basement bar which i failed to explore. Music was playing in the background but this was almost entirely lost under the din of a packed post-work crowd.
A good ale range, of the sort you come to expect from Antic, comprised Dark Star APA, Adnams Ghost Ship, Howling Hops XX Pale, Siren Coldblooded and Volden Session. My APA was in sub-par condition, but still drinkable and it is worth noting that I had to enjoy it stood up due to the huge mid-week crowd which far surpassed anything else I saw in the area.
I quite liked this pub, despite the dubious quality of the beer. I thought Antic had done a really good job of evoking the period in which this pub originally opened its doors and plays its own small tribute to the era in which the surrounding estate came into being. It certainly seems popular with the locals and would be my pub of choice when in the area.

On 23rd July 2018 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about Elephant & Castle

Just a squareglass box really.Typical Antic.5 cask beers on inc Adnams -Satsuma Butcombe -goram and my Brew Buddies -session buddy which was knocked out of my hand as turned from the bar but was replaced free.Nice one.Outside seating to the side for anyone who likes traffic fumes.

On 9th December 2017 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Elephant & Castle

Antic reinstatement of a pub that was controversially - but fortunately temporarily - lost to a change of use. Very dull 60s exterior, but rather more orderly and conventional inside than one might expect from the chain (apart from the bare ceiling). Mind you, the bar was deserted on a hot day, with all the punters outside in the basic side patio beer garden. Not a bad selection of real ales from the five handpumps, ranging from the Volden Session Ale to the Butcombe 42 black IPA (£3.80).

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Elephant & Castle, 0.17 miles, 3 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 1.08 miles, 20 min walk (show)
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