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Zerodegrees, Blackheath, SE3

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29/31 Montpelier Vale
Phone: 02088525619
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Graham Coombs left this review about Zerodegrees

Situated at the top of Blackheath village, near the heath, this shop conversion is an ultra modern, ultra cool sort of place. Entering past the brewery section, you find yourself in a large open space, with dark artily-plastered walls, with a large bar to one side. Various high-tech furnishings include a table made from an aircraft flap. Further back is a tabled area, again with lots of space, fronting the large pizza kitchen. Continuing round are more tables packed in close round the back of the beer fermenters, which provide a rather interesting view of the brewery. Further seating is upstairs. There are also a few tables out the front, although traffic on the one way system can be a bit of a nuisance. The beers are mainly of Czech or US types, although there is quite a large variation of recipes. Half a dozen regulars are augmented by whatever is available of seasonal specials; check the beer menu and boards behind the bar for details. Beer is dispensed through a large European-style font direct from tanks rather than by top pressure, however I found it slightly gassy and suspect blanket pressure is used. There were some interesting and tasty beers however. Food is mainly pizza and pasta, but also with unusual flavours like Peking duck or Jamaican chicken. Certainly not a traditional pub, but I suspect you could have a very enjoyable evening here.

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Zerodegrees

Having visited the other Zerodegrees bars in Cardiff, Reading and Bristol, I was keen to see how their London branch, in the heart of Blackheath, measured up to the rest. My initial impression was that this was by far the smallest of the four branches, before a trip to the toilets uncovered a vast part of the pub that I hadn’t realised existed. The front section is a reasonably pleasant spot, set in an interesting swirl-patterned, concrete floored room with a crooked servery along the left hand wall. The room has been decorated in gastro-pub grey and offers an odd mix of seating with high stools under the front windows and along a ledge opposite the bar, whilst standard tables and chairs have been sparingly arranged through the rest of the room, including some down the right hand wall, next to an old disused fireplace. Further back, the setting is more like a formal dining room, with pre-set tales in front of an open kitchen. On entering, you’ll notice the pub’s own brew plant is to the left, behind the servery, but it’s only when you pass the bar and kitchen and enter the previously undetected rear part of the pub, that you get a feel for the size of the operation. This rear part of the pub has a much more industrial-feel to it, much like other Zerodegrees bars, enhanced no doubt by all the brewing equipment. Steps lead up to a mezzanine-style area with lots of formal seating, but no customers, whilst a similar area can be found beyond the brewery in a space reached by descending a curved staircase at the far end of the first floor. A separate bar can be found upstairs as well, presumably saved for private functions. The menu revolves around pizza, pasta and mussels – I tried what turned out to be a very good pizza which was served in good time by a friendly barmaid. I was fortunate to bag a window seat, which gave good views out over the nice front patio area and across to the Common.
The core Zerodegrees range was available, although this was difficult to ascertain initially, as all of the taps are on the bar back without labelling, so I had to check with the barman who provided me with a menu and explained that unfortunately neither of the seasonal beers were available. The remaining options were Pilsner, Pale Ale, Wheat Ale, Black Lager and Mango. A pint of the Pale Ale was £3.95, which seems competitive for the area, especially for a (‘craft’?) keg beer.
This place, like the chain as a whole, was a bit of a mixed bag. The beer was pretty good, if a bit too cold and over carbonated, the food and service was very good and the interior was a mismatch of smart contemporary bar and cold, impersonal drinking barn. Overall, I felt the positives outweighed the negatives and I’d be happy to come back for a meal or to see if anything interesting was on the bar.

On 5th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Zerodegrees

Smaller and faintly more intimate than the other ZD outlets (Cardiff, Reading and especially Bristol). Internally it’s an opened-out front room, sparsely furnished, with a surprisingly larger area to the rear for dining which is also home to the brew kit. The front is quite light due to the traditional large Victorian shop front windows. Like the rest of the ZD chain, it’s quite an echoey place but the lower ceiling and general décor is much less industrial utilitarian, though the copper stud bar front is a nod. The Prisoner-style ‘egg pod’ chair was an unusual touch and quite the talking point. Seating out front in a decent garden patio with nice boho views toward the heath. Usual ZD menu, pizzas and mussels and pasta. ZD homebrews on, with a seasonal Winter Ale which was quite palatable. Unlike the Reading outlet, the beer here isn’t ‘real’ as they add CO2.With a bit more homeliness this could easily be the best in the chain.

On 7th January 2015 - rating: 6
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Lewisham, 1.23 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Kidbrooke, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Maze Hill, 1.52 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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