It's hard to imagine that a single pub could change the whole atmosphere of a neighbourhood; however, it's true of the CBT. Amidst the dismal array of dodgy pubs, fried chicken shacks, greasy spoons and kebab shops, sits a beacon of hope for all those who enjoy good beer and really good food. It is a sanctuary for the local middle class; yes dear reader, there are middle class people hiding in them thar (Catford) hills.... lots of 'em.
If you know ANTIC pubs, then you'll know the formula - a decent assortment of beers, which change regularly, served by friendly staff, in a room filled with an eclectic, somewhat, ironic mix of old junk. I have to admit to being an ANTIC fan, but as good as most of their pubs are, the CBT is definitely one of the best yet.
So why is it SO good? Simple, it's the food. The food is of an incredibly high standard. If you're simply popping in for a pint or two, don't leave without sampling one of the delicious, home-made pork and black pudding sausage rolls, or the even better Scotch eggs.
However, I'd urge you to linger a little longer, and stay for a meal. With most mains around £10, but starting at only £6 for a hearty plate of stew, served with home-made soda bread. There is no restaurant in London (or anywhere else, for that matter), which serves this standard of cooking at this price. The menu changes weekly, and although it's mostly made up of gastro-pub standards, there are usually a few, unfamiliar twists to the dishes. The fish dishes are particularly successful, and at around a tenner for a sizeable portion, they're a bargain to boot!
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