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Blythe Hill Tavern (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Clarence & Fredericks - Best BitterExcellent1
Fuller's - London PrideExcellent2
Marston's - BassExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent3
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood7
Brockley - Pale AleAcceptable2
Hepworth - Harvest AleAcceptable1
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hylder BlondeNot Tried0
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)Not Tried0
Tring - MoonGazerNot Tried0
Dark Star - The Art of DarknessNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Westerham - Amazon BlackNot Tried0
Picture 1. Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, Greater London
Picture 2. Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, Greater London
Picture 3. Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, Greater London

Visits Details

13 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Unresolved conversation about why Millwall and Tranmere Rovers had late kick-offs on Saturdays in the 60s and 70s.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentFresher and cooler than 1st pint - made all the difference to enjoyment
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
15 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Barmen always in white shirt and tie. Nice relaxed Sunday night atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Westerham - Amazon Black4.00Not Tried
15 Jul 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Proper community local with very experienced bar staff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentJust the right temperature despite the heatwave
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
12 Apr 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Both beers too chilled tonight - condensation on outside of glass.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorChilled and flat
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10PoorChilled and hazy
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
16 Mar 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Pride4.10GoodNose and taste died as pint went down
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodRather cloying - not as crisp citrus bitter as once was
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - The Art of Darkness3.50Not Tried
19 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Superb service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Pride4.10ExcellentFine form with the old hop essence there
Marston's - Bass4.40Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableJust too fruity and lacking bitterness
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Tring - MoonGazer4.30Not Tried
10 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Service always "old fashioned" superb here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Clarence & Fredericks - Best Bitter4.10Excellent
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)4.00Not Tried
26 Oct 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Still thriving.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAs it should be
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Hylder Blonde4.20Not Tried
13 Oct 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Quite late into the Evening visit to a dying breed of multi-roomed boozer. Racing on TV - must be from abroad somewhere. Took a little used to sussing the layout and finding a niche. Friendly and attentive service from behind the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentPretty much always reliable
Hepworth - Harvest Ale4.50AcceptableI didn't take to this. Very sour sharp taste but it was not off
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedJust ran out, new cask on which had not yet settled. Clip then turned round
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
14 Mar 2011 (Magnus Greel)
I managed to persuade my esteemed friend ChrisE that this pub might be worth the short bus ride (185 Catford bound) from Forest Hill station and it came up trumps. Cracking unspoilt timewarp pub with a small but impressive choice in an otherwise beer desert part of London.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentGreat to see this beer in the London area, didn't disappoint either, worthy of its GBG entry.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"5.00Not Tried

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About the Blythe Hill Tavern

The pub sign. Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent14
Good13
Acceptable6
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Forest Hill, Greater London, SE23 1JB.

On Stanstead Road served by several London bus routes. A traditional street corner with a superb unspoilt interior. There are still three separate rooms with a public bar on the corner, a saloon to the left and a large room running across the back of the pub. A snug/off-sales has been incorporated into the public bar but that seems the only major change since its 1920s refit. A quirky feature is that customers can cross through the servery from the back room to the saloon. This pub was listed in the CAMRA Regional Inventory for London then in February 2013 the pub was added to CAMRA's National Inventory Part One - a high accolade indeed. Voted SE London CAMRA branch Pub of the Year in 2012, 2015 and again in 2018. SPBW London Pub of the Year 2015. Real ale, cider and perry 10% price discount offered to card carrying CAMRA members. Handpumps in both public and saloon bar areas. Amazing cider / perry range here.

We have visited this pub 21 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB