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The Pembroke, Coulsdon

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12-16 Chipstead Valley Road
Coulsdon
CR5 2RA
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Pembroke

This is a large, shop converted Stonegate pub in the heart of Coulsdon, providing the kind of mass appeal venue the town is in desperate need of. The place is pretty vast, as might be expected in a former supermarket unit, with a huge single room space which sees the servery run midway down the left hand side. You enter into a bare boarded area with tartan tub chairs underneath a wall with map themed wallpaper on the left hand side and a bare brick walled space to the right with a fireplace, plain mirror and additional tub chair and standard seating options. The servery has a bit of the flat-pack assembly look to it, with a shelved bar back surrounding a boring pub mirror in the centre. High tables and stools are arranged opposite the bar and some large pillars here break the sightlines up a bit, helping to shake of the 'former-supermarket' vibe. Further back there is a raised seating area with nice button backed banquette booths and a few standard tables and chairs underneath wood panelled walls with large art prints of seemingly random, unconnected images. To the rear right there are a few more booths which give views out towards the tidy, compact pub garden which was nicely lit on my evening visit. TV screens dotted around the room broadcast a muted news channel whilst dance music played quietly in the background and a remarkable array of slot machines flashed away in silence. The pub has been around for a few years now, but still had a bit of a 'new pub' feel to it, inasmuch as there was no real character to the place and that it still needed to bed in a bit.
The ale range is much wider than you might expect, with ten handpulls offering seven beers, although the selection is perhaps a little unadventurous. Options on this visit were Fullers London Pride, St Austell Tribute, Courage Best, Adnams Broadside, Greene King Abbot Ale, Sharps Doom Bar and Cottage Duchess. Another Cottage beer had just been taken off (Somerset and Dorset Ale) and a real cider clip was also reversed. I tried the Duchess, which was in good shape, although I have to wonder who thought the best way to supplement such a bland ale range was to get some Cottage ales on. The barmaid was extremely friendly and welcoming, making idle chat and profusely apologising for forgetting to turn the clip of the unavailable ale.
This pub didn't really get the pulse racing, despite expectations that this would be the highlight of a crawl around Coulsdon. It is however, a decent option if you are in the area, the kind of place that will satisfy a broad range of tastes without wowing anyone and a good bet for a decent pint.

On 12th February 2015 - rating: 6
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Nick Davies left this review about The Pembroke

The S&J pubco has gone bust since I wrote the notes below and the Pembroke was acquired as part of a parcel of pubs by Stonegate. They positioned this one in their mid-market "Great Traditional Pubs" brand and gave it a cosmetic refurb. It remains in much the same market as a town centre Wetherspoons and attracts a similarly broad-based clientele. The beer range is mainstream but good value, £1 to £1.50 a pint less than central London or rural Surrey. Stonegate must have a deal with Cottage as that's where the guests have been from lately. Beer quality is very variable,getting a nice pint is luck of the draw.


2011 review
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The Pembroke is a relatively new oasis in the desert that is Coulsdon. Since the mercy killing of the Red Lion all there's been is the lager and footie bar round the corner, which hardly caters to the mass market.

Situated in the old Co-op premises the Pembroke is a identikit Smith and Jones branded outlet so if you know what they're like you'll know what you get. Quite big, pleasantly decorated, similar to but a bit up-market of a JDW, food a bit fancier, service a bit prompter, that sort of thing. There's usually six real ales on, they tend to be the usual suspects though you're occasionally surprised by a couple of interesting guests; and it's always in good shape too.

It's not a destination pub, but it certainly makes a decent fist of serving the local community.

On 9th February 2015 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Nick Davies
Coulsdon Town, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Coulsdon South, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Woodmansterne, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Pembroke, Coulsdon
12th Feb 2015, 23:52
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
9th Feb 2015, 16:33
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Darts : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Karaoke : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live Music : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 July 2013 by Nick Davies
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