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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
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood13
Brockley - PorterGood2
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Brockley - Summer XPANot Tried0
Brockley - Hoppy IPANot 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

17 Sep 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Almost normal Thursday footfall except for the Irish music players.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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
Brockley - Hoppy IPA4.50Not Tried
08 Sep 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. All doors wide open, lightly loaded inside. Paid for 3 pints up front and had an immediate scare with first pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good3rd pint better still but not best form
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Acceptable2nd pint better
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorUgh 1st one out must have been in the pipe a long time. I panicked as had paid up for 3 pints on card
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brockley - Summer XPA4.00Not Tried
07 Mar 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Ended with a real perry with lots of ice.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodMarred by being at the extreme end of the fruity scale of Harvey's Best's flavour range
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Brockley - Porter4.30Not Tried
04 Mar 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodSecond one just a tad cooler than the first
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
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
03 Mar 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Early afternoon right hand bar was busy whereas the left side was empty. We sat in the rear bar and enjoyed the superb atmosphere in this gem of a pub. Tempting fate but pleased to see another pub not been ruined since my previous visit nine years ago. I aim not to leave it so long for my next visit..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedAlways a joy to see this represented in London pubs.
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
19 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentVirtually the last out of the cask and superb
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodFirst out of a new cask. A tad fresh and will get better as the cask goes down
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not 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
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

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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-
Excellent35
Good46
Acceptable14
Poor4

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 57 times, seen 45 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 1JB