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The Shirker's Rest (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Elusive - ReflexExcellent1
Anspach & Hobday - The Shirker's Rest (re-badged The Ordinary Bitter)Excellent2
Brockley - We Are Lewisham Golden AleGood1
Anspach & Hobday - The Ordinary BitterGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - DDH JaipurGood1
RedWillow - WeightlessGood1
RedWillow - HeadlessAcceptable1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - SaplingNot Tried0

Visits Details

29 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
Elusive - Reflex4.50ExcellentWest Coast IPA in very good condition. Not my favourite flavour but not marked down for that
Anspach & Hobday - The Shirker's Rest (re-badged The Ordinary Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Brockley - We Are Lewisham Golden Ale4.50Not Tried
13 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close using the function room up the steep flight of stairs.
Anspach & Hobday - The Shirker's Rest (re-badged The Ordinary Bitter)3.70ExcellentBest seller here on price I suspect
RedWillow - Weightless4.20GoodZingy reasonably subtle citrussy
RedWillow - Headless3.90AcceptableRather bland and seemed rather tired
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Sapling4.80Not Tried
22 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Managed to get a seat and table in the bar. All outside seats taken including what appears to be a rocking chair.
Anspach & Hobday - The Ordinary Bitter3.70Good
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - DDH Jaipur5.90GoodNot normally on cask. Not pre-warned it was a milky murk. OK but bears no resemblance of any sort to usual Jaipur
Brockley - We Are Lewisham Golden Ale4.50Not Tried
08 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, my first here. Impressed by the friendliness of all customers and staff and owners. Clearly cask fans and modern keg too. Should be a honeypot when the students return for autumn term in Goldsmiths opposite.
Anspach & Hobday - The Shirker's Rest (re-badged The Ordinary Bitter)3.70GoodRe-badged The Ordinary Bitter. Better example of this than I recall having elsewhere. Mid brown basic English bitter
Brockley - We Are Lewisham Golden Ale4.50GoodUsually no lover of Brockley beer this had good tastes, someone said a new brewer has taken over

About The Shirker's Rest

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in New Cross, Greater London, SE14 6PP.

A micropub style venue that opened in Lewisham Way on Thursday 2nd June 2022 in a former solicitor's office. It is located opposite Goldsmiths university so could become popular with students. Cask ales sold on 4 handpumps and a row of wall keg taps. On two levels with an upstairs drinking area which doubles for displaying local art and talent. Currently closed on Monday. Card payment only here, no cash accepted. **BEWARE Last orders must be placed 30 minutes before the closing times advertised.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 8 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE14 6PP