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“The Jewel In Catford's Tarnished Crown”

Catford Bridge Tavern
Ranked #6,140 of 23,593 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 27, 2013

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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Reviewed January 24, 2013

This pub has been brought back "from the dead" recently by ANTIC. It has a good range of beers, an eclectic range of shabby chic furniture with a restaurant section giving good value for good honest food. Good for families too. A great asset to the town of Catford. Now hopefully secured as a local treasure by a planning decision by the Council.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

So glad the Catford Bridge Tavern managed to re-open in December. Besides the variety of excellent beers and ales, a good bar menu, and the friendly service, the overall atmosphere is very welcoming. As for the food, so far we've eaten in both the restaurant and the bar section and were not disappointed. The Scotch eggs and sausage rolls, from the bar menu, are delicious. The Sunday roast is also very good and the dark chocolate brownie from the restaurant menu is outstanding. 

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Thank Loggins11
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is a nice little pub to stop at when you get off the train at Catford Bridge. The food seemed expensive but the quality was fine. Lovely waitress and good beer!

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

This restaurant continues to provide excellent food and beer. It re-opened last Sunday 9 December. Yesterday I had a fantastic mushroom tart, followed by a fish fricasse. Cheesecake was also excellent, which I shared with some friends. Very good food, beer, and service. Atmosphere is very good too. Everyone should be encouraged to go there to ensure that it remains open. Meal cost about £23 including a couple of drinks - excellent value.

13 December 2012

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