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Princess of Wales, Blackheath, SE3

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

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Rex Rattus left this review about Princess of Wales

The ale selection in here was pretty good with London Pride, Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Truman's Swift, Reunion Session IPA, and Sadler's Peaky Blinders Black IPA all available. Even with some of the usual suspects present, it's still pretty good. It's not cheap in here though - the average price of our pints was £4.90. The food prices were consistent with the beer prices - the fish & chips is £15.

But the pub itself is something of a winner. The room at the front as you enter has handpumps on the counter, and a magnificent really old (Edwardian says the previous reviewer) bar back on display. But this part of the servery was not being serviced on our Wednesday afternoon visit, and to get served we had to move to the counter in the room on the right that stretches way back to a conservatory area right at the back. It's also worth noting that the Sadler's Peaky Blinders wasn't clipped in the front bar, so even if the front counter is in use it might be worth checking whether there is a different beer around to the right. As well as the long room on the right, there's also a smaller room on the left as you enter.The pub's got an upmarket chintzy drawing room feel to it, with it's fair share of armchairs and sofas, and loads of vases of flowers on the counter. There were also massive (3' high?) wine and champagne style glasses at the end of the bar counter, containg champagne corks and bottle tops for some reason. All very strange, but harmless enough I guess. There was also enough standard bench seating and normal tables to satisfy me.

Although the pub isn't statutorily Listed, the old red Gilbert Scott telephone box outside it is Grade II Listed.

This pub has a delightful location looking out over the heath, with a bit of outside seating at the front. I would be very happy to pay this pub a return visit.

On 25th October 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2564 recommendations about 2482 pubs]

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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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
25th Oct 2019, 22:03
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
30th Jan 2019, 18:07
Review submitted by Graham Coombs amended by Graham Coombs

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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
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