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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
St Austell - Proper JobExcellent2
Brockley - PorterExcellent1
Brockley - Red AleGood1
Dark Star - Not Into YogaGood1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood8
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Acceptable1
Brockley - Pale AleAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Fat SpratNot Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Exmoor - Exile Urban FoxNot 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

20 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Thursday night is a cosy night with the Irish live music playing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentThe bitter sweet balance in this beer that I crave for whenever trying it. No need to try any other beer
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Exmoor - Exile Urban Fox4.20Not Tried
13 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. With background Irish live music playing not minded to move on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Proper Job4.50ExcellentBecoming very much the St Austell beer of choice
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodAt the more sickly fruity end of this beer's vast spectrum of tastes
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00AcceptableNew cask on, fresh and very malty - unrecognisable from the hoppy Butcombe Bitter when first launched
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
02 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Plans to move on elsewhere were cancelled when the pub, packed upon arrival, thinned out after TV football was over and the Irish folk music in the background had me drumming my fingers on a newspaper with a sadly uncompleted ES crossword attempt.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodHave had better although this was good
St Austell - Proper Job4.50GoodQuickly becoming the St Austell beer of choice over the rather increasingly bland Tribute
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not TriedDoes anybody drink this anymore
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
23 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Here for the Harvey's, or not!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
25 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, emphasis on England football on TV so a good crowd in for a Monday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brockley - Porter4.30ExcellentDelightful nourishing beer
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10AcceptableDisappointing lacking much flavour
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
14 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Live Irish music playing is very rhythmical, soon encouraging some humming along. I was given a ginger and honey drink recipe for cold treatment, if only I had a grater at home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentSlightly sweetish
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 - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
08 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until somewhat after 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodFlattish head, sweetish bitterness in a creamy pint
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Brockley - Porter4.30Not Tried
17 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. The crowds quickly thinned out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Dark Star - Not Into Yoga4.50GoodMassive pineapple tones
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 - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
10 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Usual high standards of service and atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableRather cloying
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 - Fat Sprat3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
25 Jun 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime on a very hot day. just a few regulars in the bars of this wonderful pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Brockley - Red Ale4.80Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not 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-
Excellent18
Good18
Acceptable8
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 28 times, seen 32 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB