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The Elm Tree, Elmers End, Beckenham

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
116 Croydon Road
Elmers End
Beckenham
BR3 4DF
Phone: 02086501983
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Elm Tree

Previously known as the William IV, this large roadside pub near Elmers End station underwent a significant refurbishment in early 2015 which resulted in a change of name as well. The pub has a pleasant exterior, with large window bays, decorative woodwork and nice angular gables all of which can be admired from a decent front patio area with lots of sturdy round tables and a rather nice Christmas tree on my pre-Christmas visit. You enter into a former two bar set up which has been opened out now but is still easily identified by the separate entrances and a partitioning archway in the centre of the room. The servery to the rear has an angular dark wood counter and smart bar back with nice display cabinets full of old bits and bobs such as jars, bottles, kettles and the like. The left side of the room is carpeted with a raised seating area in the front corner around a brick fireplace. Lots of standard tables and chairs fill out this side of the room, which extends past the bar to the rear where you can find another seating area with smart decor and comfortable furniture. The right hand side of the room has nice wood and tile flooring, lots of high tables and stools and even some high banquettes along the right hand wall. There's another fireplace to the front with stamp image wallpaper above, whilst decent banquette booths run down the side of the bar, offering a little privacy from the otherwise rather open plan room. There are numerous TV screens through both sides of the pub showing darts, horse racing and Sky Sports News with music quietly playing in the background. You pass through a curtained doorway to the rear right to enter a plushly carpeted restaurant full of standard tables and chairs, with access to the fine rear beer garden. The refurb has left the main room looking pretty good, certainly an improvement on its previous guise, and decor includes lots of old local photographs, a few arty snaps and some stylised light fixtures creating a nice muted effect.
A board outside the pub was promoting a 'try before you buy' ale policy, which boded well, but there were just the two ales to try - Wadworth Bishop's Tipple and Haviestoun Bitter and Twisted with two handpulls unused. A rather blunt barman served up a pint of the Bishop's Tipple which set me back £3.80 and was in pretty good nick. Most punters seemed to be on the lager, but I did spot a couple of other people giving the ale a go, suggesting turnover might not be too much of an issue.
This pub never really appealed in the past, but the sprucing up has created a pleasant community pub which had attracted a wide range of customers early on a Thursday evening. Having a couple of interesting, well kept ales on will add to the pub's appeal and acts as a bit of a bonus for the areas rather limited pub scene. This was an unexpected surprise and worth a look if you're in the area.

On 22nd January 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Elmers End, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Birkbeck, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Clock House, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Elm Tree, Beckenham
3rd Mar 2019, 13:08
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved
 
3rd Mar 2019, 13:08
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 January 2017 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday11:30am - 11pm
Tuesday11:30am - 11pm
Wednesday11:30am - 11pm
Thursday11:30am - 11pm
Friday11:30am - 0:30am
Saturday11:30am - 0:30am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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