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Joined 01-12-2005
Posted on Monday, 05 December, 2005 - 11:24 am:   

Hello, I'm moving to Devonshire Road in the New Year and was hoping to tap into someones knowledge of the best local pub to watch premiership football. Thanks very much.
Joined 28-01-2004
Posted on Monday, 05 December, 2005 - 02:23 pm:   

I like the Railway Telegraph on Stanstead Road - good atmos and screens. Also shows rugby.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 05 December, 2005 - 02:28 pm:   

Wotcha. This is something that has become a little more tricky over recent times. The puzzle will sometimes open the basement for big games. The Goose will show everything, but shall I say is not to everyone's cup of tea. The Hob will also show some games, but there seems no pattern to what is and isn't shown. There's also a pub behind the Co-op on Stanstead Road that shows almost everything. They also do some very very good karaoke and jamming sessions. Most impressed.
Joined 01-12-2005
Posted on Monday, 05 December, 2005 - 02:38 pm:   

Thanks, fellas. Look out for the over excited bloke screaming like a girl the next time Fulham are playing. Unfortunely it's probably me.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 05 December, 2005 - 05:43 pm:   

Recent problem with RT was that they have the rugby on when others wanted to have footy. Also on their recent takeover they stopped the pay to view (but think it back on again). The Dulwich Woodhouse on Sydenham Hill should be a lovely place to watch footy but has been let down in the past by indifferent management and again locals wanting to watch the rugby. Baggie Dave can remember a time during ITV/On digital when he wanted to watch his team there play Grimsby (one of the last places to watch the now defunct channel) only for others have their way and see Palace play a totally irrelevant match (when ITV screened matches on a Sunday afternoon) but then others to insist on the rugby.
The Bricklayers on Dartmouth Road used to be a good place to watch and I was there early morning for the Brazil England match. Another place that seems to have suffered from a change in managment.
Finally my favourite place is Le Britanny Pub, Huelgoat, Finistere, where I saw Everton get mauled. They have about 200 channels and were prepared to have rugby and footy on at the same time (different TVs). Whoops let my secret out Toffee Jim.

Oh and Deano, thank God they didn't televise the Fulham match on Saturday. Times gave it 0/5 for entertainment.

My local, the Moor Park Tavern, is unfortunately a football free zone. You can go down to the Forest Hill pub, on Forest Hill Road but will probably get a kicking if you support the wrong team
Joined 03-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 05 December, 2005 - 07:08 pm:   

girl's don't scream when fulham are playing.
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 06 December, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

Blythe Hill Tavern on Stanstead Road towards Catford (althoug in SE23) is a good one. Can get a bit packed for a big match but they will always show the footie on at least one screen.
Joined 01-12-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 06 December, 2005 - 10:13 am:   

Ah, 0 out of 5.... Come on you Super Whites, indeed. And when I said girly scream, I really meant viking-like roar.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 06 December, 2005 - 11:46 am:   

I would say The Capitol
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 06 December, 2005 - 07:13 pm:   

Brian, your tone is "but" ("I would say") ie that it is not a great pub, can think of many examples why not - it shifts between a sterile or threatening atmosphere, the Stepford Wives of pubs, that it could be used for much better purposes etc. BHT great pub, but would think of going there for non football purposes ie enjoyng a great pub
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 07 December, 2005 - 11:12 am:   

What about the Bricklayer's Arms further up Dartmouth Road. It shows sport and serves Youngs. However I'm probably not allowed to suggest this as it's probably in SE26 rather than SE23. But the BHT gets promoted and that's in SE6.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 07 December, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   


It's in SE23.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 07 December, 2005 - 12:16 pm:   

SE23 1JB
Joined 08-12-2005
Posted on Saturday, 10 December, 2005 - 11:30 am:   

I would just like to point out a mistake made by baggydave about where to watch football in se23 1st of all i agree about the forest hill taven as that can be a bit of a trouble pub but the mistake was the Moore Park is only a football free zone because its been private houses for the last 10 years appox and not a pub and we all know why this pub was shut down well anyone who has lived around here for over 10 years would
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Monday, 12 December, 2005 - 01:38 pm:   

Because no-one went or is there a more interesting reason?
Joined 08-12-2005
Posted on Monday, 12 December, 2005 - 05:07 pm:   

Oh many people went there mostly underage lads and lass's who wanted to buy their drugs as the pub had become se23's biggest drug den, I know this as i was someone who helped get it shut down but alas all that happened was it moved to the next pub down the road still there are many places in se23 where they can buy their drugs and its not on the local estate in woodvale as many think.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 12 December, 2005 - 07:12 pm:   

I feel the reinstate a pub in the posh estate campaign is starting to gather momentum. Particularly now all the dodgy business has moved to the Forest Hill Tavern. But to change the subject the new Indian restaurant in FH road looks good. Whoops, SE22, off-topic.
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 - 11:38 am:   

Can anyone remember the Forest Hill pub where someone walked up to a customer at the bar and whacked them over the head with a shovel? The way it was reported in the local press it sounded like Tom & Jerry.
Joined 22-11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 - 12:10 pm:   

I also am interested in this thread as, with the upcoming World Cup next year (I do watch the World Cup each time, but not all other footy - some internationals, friendlies etc)
I may wish to escape to watch a few matches if my sons decide they don't want to.
Seriously though, are there any child friendly local pubs that will be screening the WC? Although I may have a jar or two at the same time, food/meals and non alcoholic drinks will be a necessity for me and my family (a beer garden that allows dogs also would be nice, with a big screen outside - one can but hope/dream)
I am thinking along the lines of one or two trips/treats out to a local pub, as a break from watching at home:- more atmosphere etc.
As you may be able to tell, despite living in/on The Hill for over 10 years, I really don't use the pubs, although I have way back in time, once or twice. I would like to on occasion, with my family or a friend/s, when the need arises/circumstances allow me to.

Thankyou for input here or via e-mail

~Scorpy Sue~
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 13 December, 2005 - 01:33 pm:   

The Railway Telegraph is fairly child friendly, has a nice beer garden and has a big screen. Unfortunately it's not as nice a pub since it changed hands earlier this year.

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