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Princess of Wales, Blackheath, SE3

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1a Montpelier Row
SE3
SE3 0RL
Phone: 02088525784
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Graham Coombs left this review about Princess of Wales

A large and rather plush upmarket pub in an imposing period building on the edge of the heath, by the pond. You enter through a narrow front bar, which is not always open, past a side room which has a bit of a drawing room feel but is crying out for some more comfortable seating. Admiring the splendid Edwardian bar back, you continue round a corner, past of couple of leather sofas to find the rather long main bar, which is faced by a dark green wall covered in portraits. This extends back to a room with French windows overlooking the large tabled garden area. Seating inside is a mixture of tables and booths. No pub games, although there is an alcove full of board games, and major sporting events are televised. Very dog friendly, with water bowls and treats available throughout the pub. Draught beers were London Pride, Doom Bar and Proper Job, with welcome variation in the form of Sharps Crosshaven, Butcombe Plough On and Hawkshead Pale. Condition was excellent (Cask Marque listed), while various foreign beers are also available. Some of the clientele were a bit up themselves, and this is far from a boozer to bring your mates to, but still a nice pub to visit if in the area.

On 30th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about Princess of Wales

Overlooking the heath, this is a deceptively large pub with two bar areas. Unfortunately, I didn't realise this on entering, I approached the rather narrow front bar where there were three handpumps offering Pride, Doom Bar and Hop Back Summer Lightning. It wasn't until I had ordered my Summer Lightning that I discovered that the pub extended back considerably to the right beyond the front bar where another area offered additional choices. Not the worst event ever but a chalkboard or some double clips would have been helpful. The second set of pumps had in addition Sambrook's Junction, Liberation IPA from the Channel Islands and Stonehenge Eye Opener.
The front bar has an attractive bar back with the slogans "Champagne, Brandies", "Old Tom", "Cigars", Liqueurs" and such displayed across the top in gold leaf, both bars are in carved dark wood with mirrors. The side bar had a selection of cacti on top in metal pots.
Wooden boarded flooring, mixed seating, the TV on a bulkhead was off while music played. Beyond the side bar is a conservatory, open to the pub, occupied at the time by a substantial and rather screechy hen party which had also spread outside to the rear garden; I kept well clear.
The pub was generally busy and lively not just with the hen party, food is served and seemed popular. Well worth a visit, just remember to wander round and check out all the pumps before choosing if you want a cask ale.

On 23rd June 2013 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales has been standing on the edge of Blackheath since at least the 1830’s when it was also the home of a voluntary Fire Service. The pub’s main claim to fame was in the field of rugby, being the pub where Blackheath Rugby Club, the oldest open rugby club in the world, was founded. It was also used as a dressing room for the first ever England v Wales international played on the adjacent heath in 1881.

Sadly much of the rugby memorabilia that was on display was “lost” during a refurbishment a couple of years ago (I have heard unproven rumours that the builders walked off with it all after a misunderstanding) and the pub’s connections with the sport are now barely noticeable.

The interior consists of a front bar area to the left of which is the small cosy paneled room where the rugby displays were. A cabinet in one corner still houses some hockey memorabilia. This section was probably the most appealing bit of drinking in Blackheath but now seems rather bare and plain with an unused open fireplace and much of the gentlemans club furnishings replaced by more ordinary furniture. The bar area has some ornate column heads and golden leaf trimmings.
Beyond a corner section lies a surprisingly large rear bar that looks quite stylish with large mirrors and chandeliers. A conservatory area has been tacked on at the rear and this leads to an attractive and spacious beer garden with BBQ.

If the beer selection is similar to the nearby Railway, it is because they are owned by the same people). The PoW generally has 4 ales available although the capacity is there for more. London Pride and Doom Bar seem to be the constants with 2 guest beers (Acorn Sorachi Ace IPA and Stonehenge Eye Opener on my latest visit). Quality is usually decent enough but prices are a bit unnerving at £3.50+ for the guest ales. There is a good range of top end lagers and craft beers also available.

The ambience is reasonably civilized although the intrusive piped music can be intrusive can be annoying. The pub seems to meander from being surprisingly good or desperately disappointing and each visit seems to be one or the other. It’s not really clear what group of people it is aimed at and there are aspects that quite appealing and equally offputting though more often the former than the latter.

On 6th December 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Kidbrooke, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Maze Hill, 1.34 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Lewisham, 1.37 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Princess of Wales, SE3
30th Jan 2019, 18:07
Review submitted by Graham Coombs amended by Graham Coombs
 
30th Jan 2019, 18:07
Review submitted by Graham Coombs

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Child Friendly : Yes - To 20.00 - last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - major events - last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : 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 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: June 6th 2017
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