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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordExcellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood13
Otter - Witch OtterGood1
St Austell - Proper JobGood2
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Best Bitter (use Banks's entry now please)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Exmoor - BaristaNot Tried0
Box Steam - HandlebarNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Brockley - PorterNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not 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

15 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm and a bit. Really buzzing here tonight and no TV sport showing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good2nd and later ones were half a star better being a tad cooler and fresher
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
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brockley - Porter4.30Not Tried
08 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodAt the bitter end of this beer's wide taste spectrum
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedSeems to becoming a fixture here, perhaps instead of Courage Best
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Brockley - Porter4.30Not Tried
01 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Good footfall and, confusingly, the Thursday Irish musicians were jamming today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good2nd one was decidedly cleaner tasting and cooler
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Acceptable
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Acceptable
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
11 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until just after 11 close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentOne near end of cask and one the final almost pint from the cask, both in very fine form
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentBest Old I've had in a long time. Lingering sweet counterbalance
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
28 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight and still the Irish music continued!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent2nd one was just that bit cooler and so was excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodCame up creamy with a subdued bitterness
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Box Steam - Handlebar4.40Not TriedIncludes a charitable donation to the Movember Foundation
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 (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Best Bitter (use Banks's entry now please)4.00Not 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 (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Best Bitter (use Banks's entry now please)4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not 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-
Excellent28
Good36
Acceptable13
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 46 times, seen 44 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB