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The Ivy House (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hop Stuff - Pale AleExcellent1
Brick - Kinsale BitterExcellent1
Jones The Brewer - Abigail's PartyExcellent1
Otley - OxymoronExcellent1
Moor - Traditional MildGood1
Heavy Industry - Nelson's EyeGood1
Five Points - Five Points PaleGood1
Hobsons - Best BitterGood2
Brockley - Pale AleGood5
Kernel - Pale Ale - MosaicAcceptable1
Truman's - SwiftPoor1
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - MaracanãNot Tried0
Hobsons - MildNot Tried0
Clarence & Fredericks - IPANot Tried0
Clarence & Fredericks - Cascadian BlackNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - FusilierNot Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
Signature Brew - Dark HeartNot Tried0
Cottage - AphroditeNot Tried0
Jones The Brewer - The CreatureNot Tried0
Buxton - Buxton SpaNot Tried0
Reunion - Opening GambitNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Ivy House, Nunhead, Greater London
Picture 2. The Ivy House, Nunhead, Greater London
Picture 3. The Ivy House, Nunhead, Greater London
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

23 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10.30pm close.
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10AcceptableVery average
Kernel - Pale Ale - Mosaic5.30AcceptableMurk hazy. On KeyKeg so argued to be real ale. Heavy hopping ruined by overchilling and overcarbonation (burp generating) with metallic taste dominating
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
16 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Skin of the teeth arrival at 10.30pm closing time.
Brick - Kinsale Bitter4.00ExcellentVery yeasty head but I am not complaining. Very English mid brown bitter
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Reunion - Opening Gambit3.80Not Tried
23 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. There was a private party, in the rear room, whose noise and bustle inevitably permeated into the front room.
Moor - Traditional Mild3.90GoodNot seen a mild from Moor before
Truman's - Swift3.90PoorHazy and either too fresh or not fully fermented out. Perhaps the £2.95 pp price, when all others were £3.80 or £4, implied a fire sale
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Buxton - Buxton Spa4.10Not Tried
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Brick - Kinsale Bitter4.00Not Tried
26 Feb 2015 (ChrisE)
My first visit here and I was very impressed. We sat in the theatre bar and had a couple of pints each. A few of us decided to eat here as well, good food and a very slight problem with some menus that had out-of-date prices on them. A wonderful pub that I hope to visit again.
Jones The Brewer - Abigail's Party3.80Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Signature Brew - Dark Heart5.00Not Tried
Cottage - Aphrodite3.80Not Tried
Jones The Brewer - The Creature4.50Not Tried
26 Feb 2015 (HSB)
13:45 Been on my to visit list for a long time. Really worthwhile. Fascinating interior. Reasonable busy when we turned up. Sat in the theatre area.
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10GoodBit too vanilla
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40GoodRather cloudy, but tasted fine. I never know if beers are unfined or badly served these days.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Signature Brew - Dark Heart5.00Not Tried
Jones The Brewer - Abigail's Party3.80Not Tried
Cottage - Aphrodite3.80Not Tried
Jones The Brewer - The Creature4.50Not Tried
12 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Irish fiddlers night again.
Heavy Industry - Nelson's Eye4.50GoodTotal clarity with orangey citrus tang. Did subside a bit part way down
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Clarence & Fredericks - Cascadian Black5.00Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Fusilier4.30Not Tried
29 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. A small of band of Irish fiddlers in the front room
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Acceptable
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Acceptable
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Hobsons - Mild3.20Not Tried
Clarence & Fredericks - IPA5.20Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
11 Jul 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Terry and I made a bit of a meal of getting here from Peckham, involving the wrong bus and a lot of walking. Well worth the effort though to drink in such a delightful pub. I did not note all the beers that were available.
Otley - Oxymoron5.50ExcellentA Black IPA. Quite heavy.
Hop Stuff - Pale Ale4.50ExcellentLocal beer in particularly good form.
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
07 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Easily accessible off 343 or 484 buses if one gets off at the right stop!!! Amazing survivor and a must visit. The manager gave me a peek walkaround to see the old public bar area currently used for storage.
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Excellent2nd one was cooler and fresher. Very moreish
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Good
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Good
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Otley - Oxymoron5.50Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Maracanã4.00Not Tried

About The Ivy House

The pub sign. The Ivy House, Nunhead, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Nunhead, Greater London, SE15 3BE.

Formerly Newlands Tavern then Stuart Arms this is a rambling 1930s ex Truman pub (ex Enterprise Inns too), on the Nunhead / Peckham border, which is Grade II listed and was the first in the country to be registered as an Asset of Community Value, was then acquired via the community right to buy provisions of the Localism Act by a cooperative which now owns the pub and has employed a manager to run it. As the Newlands Tavern this was a famous South London "Pub Rock" music venue in the 1970s. Lots of dark wood and many original Truman's fittings. The front bar has a curved counter with 4 handpumps and there is a black and white tiled spittoon round its base. A double doored partition leads to a massive rear room with another bar counter with 4 handpumps and further tiled spittoon at its base. This room has an ornamented and curtained stage. To the right rear is another area of seating and is dominated by a massive fireplace. Truman's gold lettering remains at picture rail level in the front bar advertising its Burton and London heritage and some of its beers. There are plans to bring back the former public bar area into use (it was a licensee's flat for many years) which is currently used for storage. A real feast for the eyes of any lover of how London suburban big brewery pubs used to be. Can be difficult to find but 343 and 484 bus routes stop 200m away at the "Stuart Road" bus stops. SE London CAMRA branch runner-up Pub of the Year 2017.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 24 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE15 3BE