Forest Hill pub crawl, where to go!

Forest Hill is in south east London. It’s a small community and is an upcoming area. I moved here 2 years ago. I love it.

As part of our lollipop stick dates we had added ‘Forest Hill pub crawl’ as it may be small, but it packs in a good bunch of bars for us to hit! Each has a quality of it’s own. Definitely one to hope for on a sunny day, due to the amount of great beer gardens. Rainy day works too, because thats a great reason to go to the pub.

It’s a hard life when you set yourself the challenge of sampling all the pubs/bars in Forest Hill.

Pubs and bars, great for meeting friends, great for Sundays, great for weekends, great for after work. They’re just great. What would we do without them? I especially love a bar/pub in the Summer. Forest Hill – watch out!

These are my recommendations for each category:

Best Beer Garden
The Honor Oak/All Inn One
THO – Newly refurbished and comes with entertainment on a weekend now.
AIO – Large beer garden, out the front and the back!

Cheapest Beer
The Capitol
Weatherspoons, guaranteed bargain beers!

Best “Local” 
Blythe Hill Tavern

It’s cosy and the staff remember your name. Same people, great atmosphere.

Best for ‘children friendly’
All Inn One
With the large playground outside, its perfect for the little ones to enjoy, whilst you have a family outing

Best Sunday Roast
Railway Telegraph
Whilst it seems to have lost it’s sparkle, this pub still has the best Sunday Roast!

Most Quirky
Sylvan Post
This is an old post office building, complete with volts!

Best meeting point
The Signal
Sitting directly opposite Forest Hill Station

I am yet to try The Bird in Hand, but it shows sports and usually has alot of men outside. Probably a blokes blokes pub, but I will go in on my pub crawl and report back!


I often go to Blythe Hill Tavern as it is my local. That’s not why it got “Best local“, I’m just lucky that my local is the best local 😉
Another one that didn’t make the list, is the Dartmouth Arms. Whilst this place is decorated fantastically inside, and it has a small beer garden……my two experiences of visiting here have not been good. The service wasn’t great and not being acknowledged on arrival, makes me turn away.


Where is your favourite local and why?

Do you live in Forest Hill, do you agree with my choices? I would love to hear what you think.


19 thoughts on “Forest Hill pub crawl, where to go!

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  1. I blooming love a proper pub. There is just something very British about a pub as opposed to the fashionable wine and cocktail bars, (which I also blooming love btw). I think the atmosphere in traditional pubs is always warmer. Good review post of your local area, enjoy trying them all xx

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  2. Bars/pubs in the UK are a lot different than here in my small hometown. Ours are all hole in the walls caked with dirt, spit, and cigarette smoke and none of the romance or history! I really enjoyed your pics and seeing another part of the world!

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  3. What a great idea to review and rate your locals! I love a good Elglish pub but find many of the old traditional ones not very wheelchair friendly. Often due to listen buildings.
    It’s great that you’ve written about all your choices and then linked them all up in one review! Very useful for locals or visitors.

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    1. Thanks Gemma! Come to think of it, I’m not sure any of them would be wheelchair sufficient. Perhaps in the beer gardens.
      We need to get your blog out there!
      Thanks for your kind words, I worked hard on this one 😉

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