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South East London Pub of the Year 2008..
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bigjulie


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Post: #1
13-03-2008 11:56 PM

.... is our very own Blythe Hill Tavern. Congratulations to Con and his team.

http://www.selcamra.org.uk/PuboftheYear.htm

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brian


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14-03-2008 01:09 PM

Congratulations as well. Must be honest have not been there for about 25 years but must pay a visit.

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Tersie


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Post: #3
14-03-2008 01:16 PM

Great news for Con and all the staff. I do enjoy going in there. Will be there on monday for St Patricks eve drinks. They are doing a traditional music session.

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Ghis


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Post: #4
14-03-2008 06:04 PM

Great news!

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Toffeejim


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Post: #5
15-03-2008 02:04 AM

That's really great news. And a look at the previous recipients of this prize shows the Blythe to be in some very select company indeed.

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Butterfield8


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Post: #6
15-03-2008 03:31 AM

Brilliant news!!! its time to pay a visitSmile

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brian


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24-03-2008 02:27 PM

I have lived in SE 23/26 for 59 years but do not believe I have ever visited this establishment.
1. The Pub is clearly in SE 6.
2. Beer was excellent , staff also very polite and friendly
3. Liked the fact it is still 3 separate rooms
4. Downside . I had only sat down about 2 mins when I had counted at least 3 Felixstowe words. Not the sort of place you would take a lady.

More positive than negative but surprised CAMARA claim this is the best pub in SE London, but I guess this says something about the CAMARA beard and spectacles brigade. Until recently you had to have an outside convenience with no wash hand basin to be allowed in.

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admin
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Post: #8
24-03-2008 06:03 PM

brian Wrote:
1. The Pub is clearly in SE 6.

SE23 1JB

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MartinH


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Post: #9
24-03-2008 06:29 PM

I suggest then that you switch off your telly at 9.00.

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brian


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24-03-2008 08:32 PM

Re Post code. Coming from Forest Hill the road before claims to be SE 6. If it is SE 23 then really wierd , must go back to SE 23 leaving an SE6 enclave .
My visit was about 5.30 pm. Tend to switch of programmes with excessive swearing. Do not mind the occasional word but if in every sentence , seams pointless. I believe the English Language has over 500.000 words , plenty of others to utilise.
As I summed up in general liked the Pub

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MartinH


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24-03-2008 08:40 PM

Ah 5.30pm, that explains it.That's the early shift- when the pub is full of men.

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Baboonery


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25-03-2008 10:49 AM

Depends on whether your 'lady' is the sort to get upset by people using one or two of those thousands of words.

The one I would be most likely to take there would be far more offended by your characterisation of CAMRA and its adherents.

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hilltopgeneral


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25-03-2008 12:25 PM

Baboonery Wrote:
The one I would be most likely to take there would be far more offended by your characterisation of CAMRA and its adherents.


She is sensitive about her beard and spectacles?

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michael


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Post: #14
25-03-2008 12:54 PM

Blythe Hill Tavern is an important part of the diversity of drinking establishments in SE23. While not my favourite [and I have posted a less positive review on this site - but mainly to wind up BaggyDave] I can understand why people like it.

Once you get over the 'we haven't seen you in here before' looks from the regulars everybody is very friendly. I don't personally like the layout with the front room that feels like somebody's living room, the bar area with little room to sit except for at the bar, and the back room - which is relatively pleasant (if you sit a little distance from the toilets). The garden looks really nice and is probably the nicest pub garden in SE23.

Personally I prefer not to have sports on the TVs in every room, but then I also like to smoke with a pint, so I have learnt to make compromises.

I did not notice any Felixstowe language referred to above, I probably assumed that it was Gaelic.

With regular traditional music, good beer, and a nice garden, the biggest problem with this pub is the bus ride home. The good news for all those who don't like this pub is that there are another 12 pubs in Forest Hill from which to choose.

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brian


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25-03-2008 01:25 PM

I accept maybe I called at a bad or unusual time re bad language. I was in the back bar , maybe that is worse. Not sure what is the old Public rather than saloon or snug.
Re CAMERA I apologise if I have upset anyone. I have been a member since it started but avoid all meetings as usually they are zealots who think every change is bad. They seem to want pubs as they were in say 1965 , in a time warp. The reason keg and lager took of when they did was because many landlords in 50's and 60's had no idea on how to look after real ale. Fortunately the pubs that do still serve real ale normally look after it well.

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baggydave


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Post: #16
01-04-2008 10:53 PM

...pub of the year?...

told you so.

Many times.

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baggydave


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05-04-2008 08:03 PM

To answer Michael's questions - bus ride home? What is wrong with a stroll, and in any case as you are all fans of the Oyster card it is only ?1.80, cheaper than a pint and well less than 10 fags.

And with regards to the other pubs in Forest Hill, apart from the ones that are restaurants they all have tellies in them. The good thing about BHT is that apart from big footy matches they do not dominate the rooms, that they often have a choice of sports on including the Gaelic ones (no plastic paddy pub this one), and I believe I even saw Crufts on there once.

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michael


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22-05-2012 10:19 PM
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