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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Otter - Witch OtterGood1
St Austell - Proper JobGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood12
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood3
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Brockley - Red AleNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Rocky RedNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Exmoor - BaristaNot 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

14 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Would seem to be the death knell of Courage Best, sold here for some many years previously. No loss.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentSo different to the Landlord also on sale here
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30ExcellentSo different to the Harvey's Best also on sale here
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Exmoor - Barista4.20Not Tried
07 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Exmoor - Barista4.20Not Tried
06 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodThe sharp bitter end of this beer's taste range
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
31 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. The usual Irish band on duty but no crazy masks or cobwebs!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent2nd one that much better, somehow cooler and fresher
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
19 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Great place with great standards.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Otter - Witch Otter4.00GoodScummy broken yeast head
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
14 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent2nd and 3rd a tad cooler so really superb
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, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Rocky Red4.50Not Tried
01 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent4½* Purely downable with excellent condition and a perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness and fruitiness. An absolute delight
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Brockley - Red Ale4.80Not Tried
12 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Seemingly can't be pleased by my beers anywhere tonight so a perry with ice cubes rounded off the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodGood condition, however at the very fruity end of this beer's taste ramge
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
02 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Lovely local with standards and manners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableNew cask today, came across as rather fresh
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
15 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodSuch an endearingly variable beer. Tonight was ultra fruity and ultra bitter in the one glass, a rare mix for Sussex Best
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not 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-
Excellent25
Good31
Acceptable11
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 (6) and saloon bar areas. Awesome cider / perry range here.

We have visited this pub 41 times, seen 40 different beers and tried 21 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB