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Sylvan Post, SE23

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24-28 Dartmouth Road
Forest Hill
Postal town: SE23
SE23 3XU
Phone: 02082915712
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Alan Winfield left this review about Sylvan Post

I walked past this pub thinking it was still a functional Post Office although the tables and chairs outside should have been a give away,i got round to doing it after looking at my list of pubs to do in the area.

The Sylvan Post is a pub that is housed in a 60s built Post Office.
Once inside the pub still seems like a Post Office but where the counter was, there is now a bar,the room is oblong shaped and a decent size,the floor is tiled,the seating mainly normal tables and chairs plus a few tall tables and chairs,there is booth seating to the right.
There was a decent choice of real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Brockley Gold which went down very well,the other beers noted were Volden Pale,Volden Session Ale and Belleville Abbotswell White.
Food was being served and background music was playing.
The pub was reasonably busy with a mix of more upmarket customers some with children.
The beer was quite nice here but this is not really my sort of pub.

Pub visited 14/5/2016

On 5th June 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Sylvan Post

The Antic style might not be to everyone's taste, but they certainly pick some interesting buildings for their quirky, retro pubs. This place, just a short walk from Forest Hill station, is housed in a former 1960's post office and it has retained quite a few original features, including the post boxes built in to the front wall. The entrance takes you into a fairly large main room with terrazzo style tiled floor and a super-basic servery that looks like someone's GCSE woodwork project, running along the back wall. The room has been filled with tables and chairs that seem to have been pilfered from a local school, a couple of high tables and stools and some drinking ledges along the front and left hand walls. Cosy booths run along the right hand side of the room and are reminiscent of the sort of booths the postal workers might have served from. Décor is mostly in the form of postal related memorabilia, including a collection of framed stamps and an old post office clock behind the bar. A nod to the building's present use is provided by a beer bottle collection on the left hand wall and a collection of pump clips along the frame of the front windows. There is an old-school arcade machine near the front door and a collection of board games stacked on top of the post box, but I didn't see any TV screens. A series of former offices and back rooms to the rear have been converted into various snugs, which were proving popular with visitors on my visit, making it difficult to have a good snoop around. One is seemingly a former strong-room and the heavy metal door is still visible. These rooms have been furnished with lounge style seating options, as well as a curved banquette in the largest room on the right hand side. There are more post related items dotted around the place and the walls have been covered with various telegrams and the like. Apropos of nothing, there were a couple of cinema-style folding seats mounted to a wall directly opposite the toilet doors.
Five ales were available on my visit - Sharps Doom Bar, Dark Star Hophead, Malemsbury Westport, Deuchars IPA and Liverpool Craft Beer Co Hop Beast. The latter seemed to be very popular with the locals, but I opted for a pint of the Westport, which was an excellent pint in good condition.
This is a good addition to the fairly strong Forest Hill pub scene and well worth a look for the unusual interior alone. The main room does feel a bit like a canteen, but if you can bag a seat in one of the back rooms, it would be worth staying for a bit of a session.

On 28th February 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Sylvan Post

This is one of the latest additions to the Antic pubco stable. This one set in a converted Post Office, thus the exterior is very plain and ordinary. The interior isn’t a lot better I’m afraid. The original mailing boxes are still in situ, as is what must be the original stone floor, which has had some damage over the years. There’s a bank of tall stools at a ledge in the middle of the room, a few booths with distressed leather upholstered benches on the right, but the majority of furnishings are re-cycled wooden school chairs – the ones with wooden pouches on the backs for the kids sitting behind to use – combined with what look for all the world like formica covered ex-canteen tables. Quirkiness in abundance, but perhaps taken a little too far here. This is the Antic pub that I’ve liked the least. The pub seemed cold (both literally and metaphorically), having no customers other than me, and didn’t seem to me to match up to the standard of other Antic pubs that I’ve visited.
Having said that, there was the decent range of ales that I’ve come to expect from Antic. I had an excellent pint of Diamond Geezer (£3.30 a pint) from the By The Horns brewery served in a dimpled mug (no choice offered). I have had a couple of other ales from this Tooting microbrewery recently, and I would recommend them to anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to try them. Perhaps a word of caution for the uncautious – the Diamond Geezer is an excellent 4.3% bitter, but watch out for the Diamond Geezers at above 6% (yes – for some reason they offer two very different ales with just an “s” to separate them).
They do food of course, and this pub wins my prize for the most unhelpful menu – 8.95 must mean £8.95, but it was not immediately clear what 8/4 or 5/8 was meant to indicate. On enquiry at the bar I learned that you could have the “Dipped beef and horseradish sandwich” for either £8 for a whole baguette or £4 for a half baguette. I hadn’t encountered dipped beef before but I was told that it was dipped in some sort of wine jus. It came as a roast beef baguette with a bowl of gravy – then you deep the baguette in the gravy. It made the baguette a bit soggy of course, but was quite tasty. All in all a fairly unusual and entertaining luncheon experience. But even with the decent ale selection, this pub is not really to my taste.

On 12th March 2012 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Forest Hill, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Sydenham, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Honor Oak Park, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Sylvan Post, Forest Hill
5th Jun 2016, 15:52
Review submitted by Alan Winfield
1st Jun 2016, 17:27
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 23 June 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 13 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 13 February 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
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