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Submitted on Monday, 21st March 2016
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Rose & Crown, Southwark, SE1

47 Colombo Street
Phone: 02079284285
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Pub SignMan left this review about Rose & Crown

Hidden away down the old back street of Southwark, this is a cosy, traditional boozer of the sort that is becoming harder to find in the city centre. The pub has a simple L-shaped layout that clearly signposts a former multiple room layout, not least by virtue of there being no less than four entrances (two of which are now blocked up). Both remaining doors lead into the same bar boarded front bar area with some full length tongue and groove panelled walls and a lovely dark wood bar counter with a pleasing curved front section under an attractive old fashioned gantry and white tile bar back. High tables and stools offer basic seating along the front wall, with a single regular tables to the left, under a wall covered with nice old black and white photos and a blackboard listing various food options. The large fairy-light bordered windows to the front and right have modern etched glass panes with the pub’s name and the Shepherd Neame Brewery logo picked out. The room extends down the right hand side into a raised rear space with more wood panelling, a few more tables and chairs and a long button backed banquette under another collection of black and white photos. A couple of TV screens were on, showing subtitled news coverage whilst a series of dreadful modern pop tunes played loudly through a pub with just three customers. A surprisingly large patio garden with lots of benches can be found out the back – ideal for local office workers to get some fresh air.
There are four handpulls on the bar, but only Shepherd Neame Spitfire was available, with a Whitstable Bay pump clip turned and the other pumps unclipped. The barmaid checked that I wanted the Spitfire ale and not the kegged lager of the same name (not always a given in Shep’s pubs, as I’ve found to my cost in the past) and poured a reasonable pint which I quite enjoyed despite not really being a fan of the beer.
I found it quite difficult to judge this pub on such a quiet mid-week afternoon visit, but it struck me as a very nice traditional pub that suffers from a limited ale range. It’s good to see pubs like this still trading though and whilst it didn’t quite work for me, I’m pleased that I finally got round to visiting. It’s worth bearing in mind that the pub has limited weekend opening, with an early finish on a Saturday and full closure on Sundays, so don’t do as I did and turn up here at the wrong part of the week!

On 11th February 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Rose & Crown

Excellent Shepherd Neame pub, with a good atmosphere and somewhat 'old fashioned' (in the best sense of the phrase...) interior. Comprises a compact. slightly split-level 'L'-shaped bar with limited furniture and dark decor. However, its best feature is the pleasant beer garden to the rear (left open following wartime bomb damage). On this visit, I found Whitstable Bay Pale, the two Spitfires - original and Gold - and the seasonal Early Bird (£4.65, and in fine form as the beer always is here) being dispensed from the four handpumps. Well worth seeking out.

On 12th May 2018 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about Rose & Crown

A great looking Shepherd Neame pub on a backstreet corner, a real survivor, all adjoining buildings were bombed in WWII, evidence of this in the rendered raking shore to one side and the very large (for central London) rear garden. There are tales of the pub dating from the 16th century but I cannot buy that, the building style is distinctly Victorian, perhaps parts of it are older.
Slightly split level ground floor area inside, a compact bar to the front with some carved wood, boarded floor and high tables in this area. The return of the L-shaped room has more regular seating. There are full height panelled walls, lots of framed stuff including pearly kings and queens, river scenes, abstract art and old local scenes. Three remaining doors, two in use, hint at this small pub's once layout of three tiny rooms. Some etched glass remains also. Iggy Pop was the soundtrack while curiously the TVs showed some old film with subtitles.
Sheps beers, Spitfire plus Spitfire Gold, Early Bird and Whitstable Bay turned around.
This is a fine pub indeed, a superb building, highly recommended. I can take or leave SN beers generally, if this place had an eclectic selection it would be right up there with the best.

On 22nd March 2016 - rating: 7
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11th Feb 2019, 18:50
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
13th May 2018, 22:51
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
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  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 15 February 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 May 2008 by Alan Winfield
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 11 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
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