Claret Free House

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
no score

Awaiting 10 Reviews
Claret Free HouseClaret Free House

Type: Bar

5a Bingham Corner, Addiscombe
London, CR0 7AA
United Kingdom (England)

+44 (0)20 8656 7452 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 1
Photo of robotiks
4.58/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The Claret free house is the place to go for lots of well-kept real ales on tap. Unassuming, and uncomplicated, it doesn't fit the classic image of a pub in one’s mind.

Tucked along a row of shops, the window blind dominates the front façade. It casts a shadow over the tinted front windows. Ash trays hang on the wall outside, the product of the UK indoor smoking ban. You might find smokers hanging about out under the blind, probably to get out of the rain.

Once through the front door, a single room opens out with the bar running along the left hand side. There are lots of small tables with plenty of chairs, providing an intimate feel. This place has no pretensions, just honest folk wanting a good pint in the company of friends and acquaintances.

It’s clear the owners take the beer seriously, it’s their forte, and they are proud to serve fresh real ales. To the right, centered in the middle of the wall you’ll see the blackboard listing the beers on tap; their strength and the brewery that made them. The beer is fresh, hand pumped and mostly local, originating from breweries based in London or the Home Counties. Overtime the beer selections rotate, most are classic English ale styles. The beer is fairly priced and served by the pint or half pint.

To get there on foot from East Croydon station, leave the station and turn left. Walk along Addiscombe Road for approx. 10-15 minutes until you reach Ashburton Road on the left. Walk to the end of the street and turn right on to Lower Addiscombe Road and continue past Bingham Road on the right. Half way along the next parade of shops on the right, sandwiched between a hairdressers and a Chinese takeaway, you'll find the Claret free house; bastion of real ale for locals and aficionados alike.

 1,777 characters

Claret Free House in London, United Kingdom (England)
4.58 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!