Dog And Bell
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
4.36/5 rDev +2.6%
After a few Pints earlier in the day, LondonPorter decided to pop home and attend to a few jobs. This left RichLighWeight and I to tackle a few more Pubs in the afternoon that are a little out of the way and off the beaten track.
The first of these would be the wonderful Dog and Bell in Deptford. From the train station we headed North up Deptford High Street, passed the wonderfully named Shital Off License and Grocery across a main road called Evelyn Street, continued down Waterford Street and then turn left at Prince Street, the Dog and Bell is just on your left hand side, almost on the corner but not quite.
A tall brown brick frontage towers several floors high above the left hand side two-thirds of the width of the pub. The ground floor has a wooden frontage that is all painted in a very dark green; this in turn is tastefully decorated with hanging baskets as well as several small Brewery and Beer logos such as Fullers London Pride & ESB, Trappiste Rochefort and Poperinges Hommelbier. A very tall swinging sign has a picture of a gundog with a bell around its neck sat patiently for the call to action. The lovely frontage though is partially spoilt by one of those horrid oval Becks signs that light up.
The interior is simple utilitarian but with a comfortable functionality. The main bar sits back against the wall and to your left as you enter. Six Handpumps serve Fullers London Pride and ESB with up to 4 other ever-changing Guest beers that include some very interesting offerings - sadly I just missed the Power Station Porter from Battersea Brewery, it ran off just as I asked for a Pint, bugger! The main bar area has a classic feel, but to the right of this as you enter is a separate room, slightly raised up from the main floor level, this is in fact the part of the Pub that has nothing above it from the outside, it appears to be a ground floor only extension of sorts. This room is very nicely upholstered and neatly laid out; it seems to be where many choose to eat the excellent food here. I didnt partake of the food, but the menu looked superb, I must come back and eat here next time. The walls in this room are also decorated with works of Art, most of it could be described as impressionist at best, but honestly it all looked like modern art, not really to my tastes, but if you have a few hundred quid burning a hole in your pocket then you can buy one of these colorful splodges, sorry works of art, as they are all for sale. I did notice something to my taste though, an old-fashioned Bar Billiards table set right against the back wall in this raised annex too, and its a few years since I have seen one of those!
Aside from the six Real Ales dispensed from the wickets on the bar, on each of the tables you will a hard bound beer menu that lists a superb range of bottled beers. I totted up around 50 or so bottles, but a very wide ranging list that covers many styles. It takes in a good deal of the Belgian Classics as well as a few from the trusty Germans. I even noted 3 or 4 that I have not tried before.
I didnt bother with any food, but the food menu was talked up by RichLightWeight so maybe Ill give it a whirl when I get back here, and I would dearly love to.
Servcie was great, the chap behind the bar ensured that we had oru beer as quickly as we could and offered up the Beer Menu at the bar when he realized we were interested in seeing it, even though copies were on each of the tables.
In short, everything a good Pub should be without all the fanfare, a warm welcome, convivial, easy going with a local flavor supported by beers from all over the UK as well as Belgium and Germany. Just a great place to enjoy a quiet Pint of Real Ale or sample a bottle of that favorite Belgian beer.
Well worth taking the Train out here to take in a few quiet Pints. Recommended.
Last Visit: Saturday 24th June, 2006.
07-04-2006 01:52:28 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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United Kingdom (England)
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
This a back street local in the heart of a residential area in Depford, SE London, off most people's beaten track I'm sure. But being encouraged by fellow BA RichLightWeight, I went out of my way to get there after work two weeks ago, and was not disappointed at all.
The pub has a lively, larger bar area and a quieter sitting area in a semi-attached room. Simplistic interior, cream-white/green painted walls, red carpet, with a bar-billiard at the rear of the pub--this is the kind of place where you expect a real local feel... And locals you get, plus soft music, two fire-places on, and a nice smell of well-prepared food coming from the kitchen which usually is not that welcome (for me at least), but rahter well-received on my visit (maybe coz I was hungry)... Reasonably good selection of real ales and foreign beers~~ The 6 handpumps serve London Pride, ESB, and 3 guest ales from micro-breweries in nearby counties. Two small fridges are stuffed with Belgian and German bottled beers, with many "unorthodox" ones which is a pretty good sign for discerned drinkers (not cheap though). Alas, the real ales I tried were not all in perfect condition, but "that's life" for real ales innit?
All in all, this is a straight-forward, local-style pub which is way ahead of lots and lots of East and South East London boozers. No non-sense here I assure you, it's definitely worth a short trip out of one's beaten track.
03-14-2006 20:37:30 | More by wl0307
Dog And Bell in Deptford London, United Kingdom (England)
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.