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The Long Pond (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
House Beer - Pond LifeExcellent2
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPAExcellent1
Tonbridge - Das KölnerExcellent1
Kent - Caramel LatteExcellent1
Iron Pier - Woodlands IPAExcellent1
Kent - Pilgrim Single Hopped Pale AleExcellent1
Tonbridge - Winter SolaceExcellent1
Tonbridge - American PaleExcellent1
Wantsum - Green Hop Bullion StoutExcellent1
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutExcellent1
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionExcellent1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LifeExcellent1
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Charrington Oatmeal StoutExcellent2
Musket - Powder BurnExcellent1
Kent - PorterGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Harvest (Green Hop Beer 2023)Good1
Hop Fuzz - Hoppy EasterGood1
Musket - Ball PullerAcceptable2
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Kent - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleNot Tried0
Musket - TriggerNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Ebony MoonNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Whispering GrassNot Tried0
Kent - Tropic AleNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Unsinkable SamNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Mad Cat - MonumentalNot Tried0
Wantsum - HengistNot Tried0
Wantsum - Hoppy BunnyNot Tried0
Musket - Flintlock Best BitterNot Tried0
Wantsum - Swallow DiveNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me! (Green Hop Beer 2023)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Long Pond, Eltham, Greater London
Picture 2. The Long Pond, Eltham, Greater London
Picture 3. The Long Pond, Eltham, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

16 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Steady footfall.
BeerABVScoreNotes
House Beer - Pond Life3.60ExcellentGreat first ale refresher
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40ExcellentPrime condition with lasting head and lacing
Musket - Powder Burn5.00ExcellentNightcapper making up the third 4* offering here tonight
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPA4.50Not TriedMarked as hazy on beer board
30 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until an Easter weekend earlier close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Fuzz - Hoppy Easter4.20GoodGood but uninspiring
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
Mad Cat - Monumental5.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Hoppy Bunny4.50Not Tried
04 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Warm welcome but the only customer. Second only set of beer purchases in cash since the pandemic, here tonight as the card machine had gone west.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Caramel Latte5.20ExcellentRight in every way
Kent - Pilgrim Single Hopped Pale Ale4.50Excellent4½* This was in spectacular condition. Brim topping head, total clarity and flavour
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
Kent - Tropic Ale4.90Not Tried
Mad Cat - Unsinkable Sam5.20Not Tried
02 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit of the alleged boycotter, until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20ExcellentThe second venue tonight where this was found to be a tasty zingy pale with full flavour hit
House Beer - Pond Life3.60GoodNew cask today, came across somewhat fresh to me
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Whispering Grass5.50Not Tried
16 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close, first for a while. Only customer in at this late hour on a freezing night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Excellent4½* Exceptional flavour hit in prime condition
Musket - Ball Puller4.00AcceptableOK but felt tired with soon no head
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
Musket - Trigger3.60Not Tried
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
30 Nov 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit with a good crowd still in from the Westmount Road Christmas Lights turn-on ceremony earlier. Bar humbug!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Winter Solace4.80ExcellentWas it 4.5 or 4.8% ABV? Either way it came across as much heavier than this
Kent - Porter5.50GoodAll the flavours but would have liked a lot more head and lacing
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Easy Street Pale3.90Not Tried
06 Nov 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Long evening session for a meeting, until close. I must say the sausages and the home made sausage rolls were the very best I have munched on for years.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Life3.90ExcellentNew cask on tonight, excellent with the bitterness I like
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPA4.50ExcellentTop form, alas albeit a taste profile that is far from my favourite
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
16 Oct 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Green Hop Bullion Stout4.60ExcellentStraight up moreish
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Harvest (Green Hop Beer 2023)4.00GoodNew cask on today - a tad fresh but a refreshing green hopper
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me! (Green Hop Beer 2023)4.80Not Tried
28 Sep 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit on 2024 Good Beer Guide launch day, The Pond being included.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Charrington Oatmeal Stout4.00ExcellentEven better than last week's, with a wonderful towering head on first pour. Still thinner than I recall from before
Iron Pier - Woodlands IPA4.80ExcellentOne of Iron Pier's better brews
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried
Wantsum - Swallow Dive4.30Not Tried
21 Sep 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close with the guest presence of the pub Guv this side of the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Charrington Oatmeal Stout4.00ExcellentNot as full bodied as I recall but in peak condition
Tonbridge - Das Kölner4.30ExcellentNot a style I particularly like but in prime condition
Musket - Ball Puller4.00AcceptableDisappointing with poor head and lacing and a haze I was not pre-warned of. I had not realised Musket had gone all vegan friendly and so a propensity for haziness so now on my list of those to avoid. However the pub Guv was pushing this beer down and his had a good head and lacing. Ho hum
Wantsum - Hengist5.00Not Tried
House Beer - Pond Life3.60Not Tried

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About The Long Pond

The pub sign. The Long Pond, Eltham, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional13
Excellent256
Good101
Acceptable20
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The pub is found in Eltham, Greater London, SE9 1UT.

Micropub located in a former plumbing supplies shop in Westmount Road in the parade of shops adjacent to the former entrance to the now closed Eltham Park railway station. An area previously devoid of pubs at the wish of the estate builder at the time. Expected to open in December 2014 and did, in fact, open on cue on Friday 12th December 2014 at 5 pm. Named after the Long Pond in Eltham Park North, a short walk away. There are 4-6 local real ales and cider served on gravity dispense from a chilled stillage room which may be viewed through a window behind the bar counter. There is also real cider and perry. At the front seating is on high wall mounted benches and high tables. To the left rear is a low tables and chairs seated area called "The Dorchester Room". A long corridor leads to the toilets at the very back and is usually packed with full and empty casks. Local CAMRA branch runner-up Pub of the Year 2016. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2017 and runner-up in 2016 and 2020 and local CAMRA branch Cider Pub of the Year 2017 too. The house beer Pond Life is Tonbridge Traditional. There is a limited range of cold snacks available in the form of pork pies, ploughman's and platters. No dogs, no children and card payment is strongly preferred here rather than cash please.

We have visited this pub 221 times, seen 340 different beers and tried 188 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 1UT