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Sylvan Post (Portobello Pub Company)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Belleville - Thames SurferExcellent1
Whitstable - Native BitterAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurAcceptable1
Black Iris - Rise & ShineAcceptable1
Clarence & Fredericks - Best BitterPoor1
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildNot Tried0
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)Not Tried0
Volden - SummerNot Tried0
Whitstable - Winkle PickerNot Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0

Visits Details

18 Jan 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. The bar staff were having difficulties pulling some handpumped beers due to "gas running out".
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70AcceptableRuined by overfobbing whilst serving, this had ripped the guts out of the beer which came out creamy and with few smells and tastes left extant
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50Not TriedOrdered but the barmaid just could not get the glass filled due to gas problems, whatever they are
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
23 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Eerie how the postal boxes remain labelled outside and in.
Belleville - Thames Surfer5.60Excellent4½* Superb, creamy, hard hitting with good hop balance
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Volden - Summer4.20Not Tried
20 Mar 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
Black Iris - Rise & Shine5.20AcceptableWent flat in the glass
Clarence & Fredericks - Best Bitter4.10PoorReturned as murkier than murk and exchanged with good grace
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
27 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Building easily missed at moment as it is shrouded in scaffolding.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90AcceptableJaded - hazy
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried

About the Sylvan Post

The pub sign. Sylvan Post, Forest Hill, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Forest Hill, Greater London, SE23 3XU.

A commercial conversion by the Antic London Collective pub group. Formerly the Forest Hill Branch Post Office it still retains inside the three letter box labelled slots and some shelving and other Post Office type features. Quirky furnishings play to a 50s and 60s feel. Main bar has a wooden bar with black formica inlay top and sports 5 handpumps. This front bar has 1960s style canteen tables and chairs on the main floor and 4 soft furnished booths against one wall and has a table football table. There is a soft furnished "cupboard" seated area to the left rear corner of the front bar. The rear bar area is "sitting room" style with period sideboard and old TV. This rear bar area has 2 original safe vaults with heavy full height doors which have been converted into tiny seated areas. One wall of the main bar is adorned with framed postage stamps and telegrams to celebrate the pub's former use. 5 handpumps. Portobello took over from Antic here in 2020.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 13 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 3XU