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Knowles of Norwood, West Norwood, SE27

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294-298 Norwood Road
SE27
SE27 9AF
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Pub SignMan left this review about Knowles of Norwood

This is a large Antic pub on the main road through West Norwood, converted from a former shop unit in the typical, rough and ready Antic style. Initial impressions are mixed, with some tacky floor tiles, red lincrusta ceiling and tatty looking pillars through the centre of the room all looking pretty off-putting. Tables served by old school chairs run through the centre of the room with comfier options around the perimeter, including some nice wing-back chairs under the large floor-to-ceiling front windows. Despite being situated in a former 99p-style discount store, the pub’s name refers to an old hardware store that was located hereabouts, and the internal décor references this, with a large number of small drawers similar to those you might find in a hardware store, line much of the left hand wall, along with some displays behind glass screens, whilst buckets, watering cans and the like have been hung from the ceiling. The right side of the room is a bit more circumspect, with a drinking ledge and notice board giving way to the servery which has a nice curved bar counter with a padded front, a basic, featureless bar back and a portrait of the Queen as a young woman. The room’s centrepiece seems to be a large safe, which stands pride of place in the middle of the room but serves no obvious purpose as far as I can tell. Further back there are some bookshelves lined with fairy lights, mainly stocking old Lonely Planet guide books, whilst steps lead up to a banquette lined plain seating area, set in a fairly enclosed space. Continuing further along, you reach an area dominated by a pool table and eventually the door for the beer garden. Pop music was playing through the first half of my mid-week evening visit, eventually making way for the evening’s pub quiz.
There were four cask ale options on this visit – Volden Session and Summer, Twickenham Redhead and a collaboration brew between Adnams and Cloudwater called So Many Different Worlds. I tried the latter and thought it was in pretty good shape although maybe not as exciting as I might have expected from such a pairing of fine brewers.
This is another Antic venture that has landed in a part of London starved of decent pub options, helping to revive the local scene. I quite liked the pub’s theme and thought the ambiance and ale selection were both worthy of note. There’s a good mini-crawl to be had around this area and this place is arguably the pick of the bunch.

On 25th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Knowles of Norwood

Large converted shop given the Antic treatment decor-wise, although the furniture is verging on the orderly (with various almost matching sets of tables and chairs). The wooden benches and planters out on the front patio area look surprisingly tidy too. The rectangular bar is partially sub-divided by bookshelf partitions; quite dark at the back but benefiting from full-height windows along the façade. Fairly modest selection of real ales from the four handpumps: Session (£3.30) and Pale from Volden, Dark Star Partridge and Naked Ladies from Twickenham.

On 5th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Knowles of Norwood

Knowles of Norwood is a new pub that is situated on the busy shopping street.
Once inside there is a large room with the bar to the mid right,the floor is tiled,the seating in the front area is mainly normal tables and chairs,there are lots of different objects hanging from the ceiling,there is another area to the rear which is bare boarded and has bench seating.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Volden Session Ale which went down well,the other beers were Volden Pale Ale and Brixton Low Voltage.
The background music was decent and food was just staring to be served on my early Saturday dinner visit.
This is not really my sort of pub,give me a grotty back street pub any day,but having said that the beer was nice and it seemed friendly enough.

Pub visited 16/4/2016

On 21st May 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Pub SignMan
Tulse Hill, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
West Norwood, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
West Dulwich, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Knowles of Norwood, SE27
25th Nov 2019, 17:44
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
5th Aug 2017, 10:23
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
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