Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill

3C23F63B-1280-43B6-9DDE-363FBDB44F13Let’s go local.

This quaint little Irish pub is my local in Forest Hill. It’s a bit like a Tardis, as it’s situated on a corner of Stanstead Road and Blythe Hill Lane and doesn’t look very big. But step inside and it has three lounge rooms and a very large beer garden!

I must admit, I didn’t go in for months when we first moved here as it looks like an ‘old man’s’ pub. However, we wanted to try it out, so we did. It was like stepping back in time. Though it is a bit dated, the place has a touch of charm, with it’s short bar stools and battered carpet. The drinks are very reasonably priced and they always offer a great selection of ciders and ales, which is why we keep going back. Did I mention they are award winning, for that very reason?!

The bar staff all wear white shirts and black ties, they’re all very friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Quite the opposite to St. Patrick’s day (obviously) which is as busy as you would imagine, but the staff don’t get flustered and the food on offer is traditional Irish fodder and a real treat to be had. This day/evening is one to join in on, the atmosphere is incredible.

Last night, I went in to enjoy their rather secret, large beer garden, in the sunshine. There is a small park area for the children and plenty of tables to choose from. It’s set off from the main road, so isn’t distracted by the traffic and has a very peaceful feel to it.

They feature sports and have been very accommodating for me if my team have ever played, so I love this place for that! Another time to go, is on a Friday when they have the pizza van outside that serve take away stone baked pizzas.

If you like a pub with a ‘home’ feel, with friendly staff and chatty customers with good prices, then this is a place to go! I’ve even witnessed a typical Irish band having a jam over a few Guinness, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Go and check it out and I might see you there!

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