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The Dog and Bell (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesExcellent1
Old Dairy - Snow TopExcellent1
Dark Star - Smoked PorterExcellent1
Fuller's - Black Cab StoutExcellent1
Knockout - Chocolate Stout Excellent1
Larkins - Best BitterExcellent1
Knockout - Citra IPAExcellent1
Nethergate Growler - Priory MildExcellent2
Titanic - Black IceExcellent1
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & WarthogExcellent1
Farmageddon Brewing Co-op - Mosaic IPA Excellent1
Dungarvan - Dark MildGood1
Wicklow Wolf - American Amber Good1
Hogs Back - Surrey NirvanaGood2
Colchester - Red DieselGood1
Hercules - Yardsman Belfast Pale Ale Good1
Rudgate - Brew No. 24 Expresso PorterGood1
Slater's - HakaGood3
Plain Ales - Lords-A-LeapingGood1
Clarkshaws - Gorgon's Alive!Good1
Elgood's - Cambridge BitterGood2
Rudgate - Ruby MildAcceptable1
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Easy RiderNot Tried0
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers BitterNot Tried0
Fuller's - Red FoxNot Tried0
Hogs Back - HBBNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Stour Valley GoldNot Tried0
Westerham - God's Wallop (see now 4% entry)Not Tried0
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's AleNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - CowcatcherNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Orchid MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Dog and Bell, Deptford, Greater London

Visits Details

17 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A festival of Irish beers is in progress and a large crowd has gathered by early evening. Most of the beers are in cask form, available by gravity dispense on a stillage, and a few are in keg or key-keg. A really good event. I list only those beers which I drank myself.
Knockout - Chocolate Stout 5.10ExcellentGreat chocolate flavours.
Knockout - Citra IPA4.50ExcellentPlenty of luscious Citra flavours.
Farmageddon Brewing Co-op - Mosaic IPA 6.30ExcellentSlightly flat condition, but very good taste.
Dungarvan - Dark Mild3.60GoodDark Mild with caramel flavours.
Wicklow Wolf - American Amber 4.80GoodFrom key-keg. Bittersweet.
Hercules - Yardsman Belfast Pale Ale 4.30GoodA sweetish, malty brew.
23 Dec 2016 (Andrew)
The family were at a panto in Deptford so my brother and I went for a wander. Deptford high street seems to have only 1 pub, which just had larger taps, so we gave up trying to find a pub and decided to go look at the Thames. After wandering in the general direction of the river we turned a derelict corner and found this place. A real gem!
Larkins - Best Bitter4.40ExcellentQuality bitter
Titanic - Black Ice4.10ExcellentBlack slightly sour porter.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Cowcatcher4.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Mild3.60Not Tried
15 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Friday Evening Group venue for January. Have never spent so long here and perhaps now appreciate this is one of the few proper cask boozers left in SE London, as compared to the newer Beer Boutique houses.
Rudgate - Brew No. 24 Expresso Porter3.90GoodCame on near end of the evening
Elgood's - Cambridge Bitter3.80Acceptable
Hogs Back - Surrey Nirvana4.00AcceptableRan out later in evening. Brewed with Cascade, Centennial and Surrey Fuggles hops
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not TriedRan out
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's Ale4.00Not Tried
15 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
My first visit here and I used the latest copy of the South East London Pub Guide (1994)to find it. According to the map I should have passed seven pubs on the way from the Railway Station, now there is just one left on the way, a place which my guide lists as Mamie O'Learys but now appears to be the White Swan. I was very impressed with the Dog and Bell, a proper pub with bar billiards and good value pub grub.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40ExcellentSuperb, our group drank lots of this before it finally ran out.
Elgood's - Cambridge Bitter3.80Good
Hogs Back - Surrey Nirvana4.00Good
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's Ale4.00Not Tried
12 Dec 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early Friday lunchtime and just a couple of other customers in. I always enjoy visiting this pub.
Clarkshaws - Gorgon's Alive!4.00GoodClarkshaw’s un-fined beers certainly do have a distinctive flavour of their own.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Elgood's - Cambridge Bitter3.80Not Tried
Westerham - God's Wallop (see now 4% entry)4.30Not Tried
15 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Enjoyable visit with varied conversation with the Guvs.
Slater's - Haka5.20Excellent3rd was best of all
Slater's - Haka5.20GoodSecond one was fresher and cooler
Slater's - Haka5.20AcceptableRather tepid
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Stour Valley Gold4.20Not Tried
08 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Always a pleasure to visit this lovely little pub. I came in just after Sunday opening, beaten only by a couple of locals. But crowds are expected, a large table is laid for a 60th birthday lunch, and the smells of roasting meat and herbs from the kitchen are enticing.
Colchester - Red Diesel4.20GoodA heavy, thick, slightly sweet, red ale.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Kelham Island - Easy Rider4.30Not Tried
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers Bitter4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
20 Dec 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Final Thursday evening mild drinkers gathering before Christmas.
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80ExcellentExcellent sample here. Smooth and well rounded with good roast and choc malts coming through whilst still retaining the signature slight hoppiness i the background. My score 16/20.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00ExcellentExcellent strong black winter warmer. Sweet and malty with some hop bitterness for balance. The finish is vineous and fruity. My score 16/20.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40AcceptableDark brown mild that is rather too bitter. Rather too much of a crystal malt flavour too. Dry, malty finish. My score 14/20.
22 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Filled up by the pre Christmas visit of the Thursday evening mild drinkers. Good beer, good food and a good time was had by all.
Nethergate Growler - Priory Mild3.50ExcellentBlack mild with a superb initial malty kick which then develops into bitter dark chocolate and liquorice flavours. A little fruitiness in the finish. My score 16/20.
Dark Star - Smoked Porter5.40ExcellentDark brown porter with a good smoked malt character and some hop bitterness. Fruit evident in the finish. My score 16/20.
Fuller's - Black Cab Stout4.20ExcellentExcellent roast malt character imparting a full bodied and bitter character to the beer. My score 16/20.
Plain Ales - Lords-A-Leaping4.30GoodA dark Christmas style beer with cloves and liqourice flavours coming through. Fairly sweet overall with a dryish fruity finish. My score 15/20.
16 Dec 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Nethergate Growler - Priory Mild3.50ExcellentWell rounded and malty with chocolate and biscuit notes. Low hop rate. My score 16/20.
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80ExcellentFairly sweet ruby mild with grainy malt and some fruity hop notes. A flavoursome and well balanced mild. My score 16/20.

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About The Dog and Bell

The pub sign. The Dog and Bell, Deptford, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Deptford, Greater London, SE8 3JD.

On the Thames Path, this is a great community pub which may prove difficult to find. Front room has the bar to the side plus a couple more large rooms on several levels and with a rear patio. Bar billards table at the back. Bare boarded round the bar but carpeted elsewhere. Excellent range of bottled Belgian beers in fridges behind the bar. Good local pub feel. 6 handpumps dispense a good range of UK regionals and micros.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 38 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE8 3JD