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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood2
Otter - Witch OtterGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood12
St Austell - Proper JobGood1
Brockley - Summer XPAAcceptable1
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Exmoor - Exile Urban FoxNot Tried0
Brockley - Pale AleNot 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
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

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
25 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Ended with a pint of Bee Sting Still Perry in a glass stacked with ice, doubled the sleep inducing nature of this balmy night!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableAlas suffering from the heat
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
18 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Once more the soothing Irish live music in the background.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodNew cask fresh on and fruitier than the previous one from the old cask
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodTowards end of a cask that ran out shortly after mine
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good
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
04 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentCool and delicious
Brockley - Summer XPA3.60AcceptableFew XPAs are successful. This was thin and not satisfying
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
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

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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-
Excellent22
Good27
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 37 times, seen 37 different beers and tried 21 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB