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The Blythe Hill Tavern, Catford, SE23

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319 Stanstead Road
SE23
SE23 1JB
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Phil Wong left this review about The Blythe Hill Tavern

This pub and joiners arms are the 2 most properest pubs in Lewisham. Bar staff are the best in London. Always smartly dressed and always go the extra mile for you.

Good bar snacks.

Footy always on.

Garden a joy in the summer.

Alround top pub and just what Catford needs. None of your gentlefication; this is just a solid 9/10 boozer.

On 4th March 2017 - rating: 9
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Aqualung . left this review about The Blythe Hill Tavern

The prominent golden cockerel outside shows that in the days of the big six breweries this was a Courage pub. It probably hasn't changed that much since those days apart from the fact that it is a regular GBG entry whereas then it was all keg. The separate three rooms are well described below and I parked myself in the narrow room to the right. There was a choice of five beers Harvey's Best, Dark Star Hophead, Courage Best, Tring Fanny Ebbs and Adnam's Broadside. I went for the Dark Star Hophead (£3.30) which was in very good nick although a trifle on the warm side.
Although this is a good example of a relatively unspoilt London pub it didn't impress me as much as it clearly does others. I thought the beer choice was a bit pedestrian and the TV screens are an annoyance. The Caffrey's mirror above the door as you enter is more a Bargain Hunt heavy loss item than an Antiques Road Show treasure. The live evening music is another downside for me. The saddest thing about this pub is that I remember a time when much of the London Young's tied estate was just like this but without the TV screens.
It's certainly worth a look but not one I would return to unless I was passing close by.
I wish I had referred to Whatpub before coming here as they say it does a 10% CAMRA discount.

On 14th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Blythe Hill Tavern

The Blythe Hill Tavern is a fine traditional pub at the Catford end of Forest Hill. The pub has a three room format, with the main bar on the right hand side of the building. This room is quite narrow, with the bar running along the left side whilst a few tables fill the space opposite. A TV screen was on showing League 1 football to a good crowd of customers. At the rear of the room there is access to the back room, which is carpeted and has a mixture of banquette and standard seating, as well as a very short stretch of bar. A few books are lined up on a shelf behind the banquettes and there are a further two TV screens, one showing the football, the other offering At the Races, which was appropriate given the horse racing theme of the room which included lots of photos, paintings and even a jockey's silks. Access to the garden is possible from this rear room. The left hand side of the pub houses a second bar, which didn't appear to be in use during my stay. This room is almost wedge shaped and has yet another TV screen, again showing the football.
There were five beers on when I visited - London Pride, Dark Star Hophead (£2.95), Courage Best, Harvey's Best and Adnams Broadside and my pint of Hophead was well kept. Most punters seemed to be drinking Guinness, which may be explained by the fact that most of the customers and staff appeared to be Irish.
This is a classic example of an old-fashioned local's pub with plenty of character and is the sort of place I would happily spend a good bit of time in. Worth making the trek down Stanstead Road from the train station.

On 16th October 2011 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Catford, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Catford Bridge, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Honor Oak Park, 0.92 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blythe Hill Tavern, SE23
4th Mar 2017, 15:26
Review submitted by Phil Wong
 
22nd Nov 2015, 22:35
Request to remove pub from area Forest Hill by Just a quick pint, then I'm off approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% includes real cider - last updated 03 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 September 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 13 September 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 September 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 08 February 2010 by moby duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 December 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 February 2010 by moby duck
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 September 2014 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 19 December 2017 by Komakino .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11:59pm
Friday11am - 11:59pm
Saturday11am - 11:59pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: March 31st 2017
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