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The Montague Arms (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPAAcceptable1
White Horse - Luna - Dark MoonAcceptable1
Truman's - ZephyrNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0

Visits Details

23 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Had noticed this place had reopened yesterday when I saw lights on from a Night Bus and visited to suss out the changes. Quite a transformation, perhaps towards a degree of gentrification but definitely welcoming a wider community than in its most recent incarnation. Let's hope the real ale range can become more adventurous. Good chat with the Guv who imparted a lot of information of where he hopes to take the place.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80AcceptableClearly not a fast mover, OK but not giving inspiration
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
03 Nov 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I used to love places like this – a small live music room with black-painted walls and a sticky floor alongside a tatty but friendly bar. Not many like this left now though. No sign of any Monkey Chews beer.
White Horse - Luna - Dark Moon4.90AcceptableLuna seems to be a ‘brew your own’ project based at Oxfordshire’s White Horse Brewery. This was a soft, brown beer with malt flavours dominant.
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
26 Jan 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Have probably passed this place on the bus 42,000 times but this was the time to visit. Unusual but friendly. A couple of other guest beers had sold out over the weekend.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent

About The Montague Arms

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Peckham, Greater London, SE14 2PA.

An imposing corner house once owned by Truman's. Under threat after a period of closure following the death of the elderly owners but re-opened in 2014. Famous for its idiosyncratic cave-like inside with artefacts and curios everywhere. A performance room had a stage for regular live music. Allegedly for a while home of the Monkey Chews Brewery which was installed in 2015. Closed in January 2018 after leasehold purchase by Chapman & Winney. On line petition to retain this as a live music venue. Reopened April 2018 with a significant transformation with the stage removed and artefacts gone. Windows unblocked and given an airy contemporary makeover. There are free to use table and electronic machine games. 2 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 5 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE14 2PA