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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)Excellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood14
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
Brockley - PorterGood2
St Austell - Proper JobAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Box Steam - HandlebarNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot 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

12 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentBest at its best
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
Brockley - Porter4.30Not Tried
05 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Brockley - Porter4.30Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
04 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentMy second was cooler and better so one mark up
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodMy first one
Brockley - Porter4.30Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
30 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Nearly didn't go thinking it was Wednesday with its 11pm close, until someone in Suttons Radio corrected me!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
28 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. A chap accidentally knocked my pint off my table and immediately bought a replacement with apologies. That is true bar etiquette observed - good feller.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentWhat proved to be the very last out of the cask was really superb and marked higher than my previous pint
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
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 has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been 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 has also been 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 has also been 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 has also been 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 has also been 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

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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-
Excellent33
Good41
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 (4 plus a dummy) and saloon bar (4) areas. Truly awesome cider / perry range here, all served on gravity dispense from the cellar.

We have visited this pub 51 times, seen 44 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB