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The Smugglers Inn, Coulsdon

Pub added by Nick Davies
320 Chipstead Valley Road
Coulsdon
CR5 3BE
Phone: 01737550043
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Smugglers Inn

Located a short distance from the centre of Coulsdon, this is a pleasant single room, traditional pub with a nautical theme. The interior has a lot of dark wood including the exposed floorboards, ceiling beams and nicely styled servery on the back wall. There are two padded bench booths on the left hand wall, banquettes under the front windows, broken midway by a protruding section of wall, and standard tables and chairs in the centre of the room. A couple of TV screens were showing a live Chelsea fixture, which might have helped to account for the large number of customers in attendance on my recent mid-week visit. The room has been decorated with a vast amount of eclectic items, much of which merits closer inspection. My attention was caught by, among other things, some lovely old sherry bottles in the front windows, a vast collection of trophies on the left hand side of the room, various pots, kettles, tankards and the like suspended from the beams, some nice brewery mirrors, a large Smugglers Inn 3-D mural on the right hand wall, lots of breweriana and various random items such as old radios, bull horns, glassware and much more. A corridor to the left of the bar leads to the toilets and has framed cigarette cards, enamel advertisements and a road sign (Delavel Road, Paddington) on display. Although the commentary from the football was audible, the buzz generated by a decent crowd meant that it wasn't really a distraction and conversation easily prevailed.
There were three hand pumps in operation, dispensing Theakston Black Bull Bitter, Hepworth Sussex and Courage Best. A friendly barman served me a good pint of the Sussex although the majority of customer seemed to be drinking mainstream lager brands.
This was a most welcome part of an otherwise dispiriting crawl around Coulsdon. I found the place to be welcoming, cosy and a good place to relax over a well kept ale or two. It doesn't really have the mass appeal of somewhere like the Pembroke, but for me it is the best pub in town.

On 8th February 2015 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about The Smugglers Inn

The Smugglers is a smallish one bar locals' pub in a row of shops. Crucially for many of the locals it's opposite the bookies, many seem to enjoy spending the afternoon shuttling between the two establishments.

It's friendly enough and quite cosy inside, done out with (unsurprisingly) a nautical theme as was common in such pubs about 35 years ago. Plenty of tellies to watch the racing on. The smokers' terrace out front is nice in summer for watching the comings and goings.

Real ale isn't a big thing here, usually Pride I'm afraid.

On 3rd April 2011 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Nick Davies
Woodmansterne, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Coulsdon South, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Coulsdon Town, 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Smugglers Inn, Coulsdon
8th Feb 2015, 18:57
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
6th Dec 2011, 18:25
Picture submitted by john mcgraw approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Hot Food : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 08 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
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