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PubSpy reviews The Furze Wren, Bexleyheath

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10:45am Thursday 30th October 2014

It wasn’t so long ago that News Shopper wrote about a breast feeding mum who was asked to cover up at The Furze Wren and a big ol’ internet debate kicked off as to whether breastfeeding is offensive (it’s not).

PubSpy reviews Royal Albert, New Cross

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12:08pm Friday 24th October 2014

When my companion took drove me past the Royal Albert and said ‘we’re going in there’, I’ll confess my heart did not jump for joy.

PubSpy reviews The Orange Tree in Wilmington

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4:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

We can’t all be astronauts or movie stars or whatever it is that Kim Kardashian does, but – as any number of women’s mags will tell you – we should be happy with ourselves.

PubSpy reviews The Bickley in Chislehurst

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3:46pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sat in an intensely comfortable tweed wing-back chair in a sunny atrium under a lofty ceiling and vast skylight, it felt remarkably like I had wandered into a nineteenth century novel.

PubSpy reviews The British Queen, Locksbottom

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4:29pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Having sat empty for a while, the British Queen in Locksbottom has only recently reopened.

PubSpy reviews The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich

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12:40pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Perhaps the best-placed pub in the whole of south east London is The Gipsy Moth in Greenwich.

PubSpy reviews The Yacht, Greenwich

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1:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Never underestimate the power of good staff, particularly in a pub.

PubSpy: Bright young things and happy hipsters at Job Centre, Deptford

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9:09am Friday 19th September 2014

It is fashionable these days, among the consciously unfashionable, to give hipsters a hard time.

PubSpy doubles up: The Pier and Sir John Franklin in Greenhithe

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11:05am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Two for the price of one this week as Greenhithe’s two waterfront pubs battle it out.

PubSpy reviews Rambles Bar, Lee High Road

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11:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

I thought I’d do a pub crawl down Lee High Road – ha, ha. With the rate pubs are closing down, you’ve got two hopes...

PubSpy reviews The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich

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9:38am Friday 29th August 2014

Foreign tourists visiting London will have two things high up on their hit lists: go to a pub and get fish and chips.

PubSpy reviews The New Cross Turnpike, Welling

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3:34pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Any pub that serves a dozen ales on tap and all for under three quid each deserves praise.

PubSpy reviews The Chelsfield, Chelsfield

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10:13am Friday 15th August 2014

What do you get your lover for your third anniversary (leather) that’s not a wallet or a belt?

PubSpy reviews All Bar One at The O2, Greenwich

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9:45am Friday 8th August 2014

Near the top of the list of places that wouldn’t automatically spring to mind for a relaxing apres-work pint is The O2, unless you’re – I dunno - Pharrell or someone.

PubSpy reviews The Fox Inn, Keston

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8:23am Monday 4th August 2014

Pubs very often end up looking naff when they are given a makeover with chandeliers and lots of leather and tables that look like they’re out of interior design catalogues.

PubSpy reviews The Clipper, Dartford

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8:50am Monday 28th July 2014

Rare is the occasion when getting a drink takes longer than food.

PubSpy reviews The Charcoal Burner, Sidcup

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9:16am Monday 21st July 2014

When the weather outside is frying, the temptation to step into an oven-like pub is not overwhelming.

PubSpy reviews The Queen's Head, Green Street Green

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9:45am Monday 14th July 2014

Finishing early must be a Friday tradition for many in Green Street Green because the Queen’s Head was filling up nicely by the time I arrived mid afternoon.

London's best pub garden? PubSpy reviews the Guildford Arms, Greenwich

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11:23am Monday 7th July 2014

When the sun is scorching down, there is only one place a PubSpy should be and that’s a great beer garden.

PubSpy reviews the Coach and Horses, Bexley Village

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews the Coach and Horses, Bexley Village

9:16am Friday 27th June 2014

Let’s all get behind a pub that, in spite of everything, is still fully behind our boys in Brazil.

Honey, I shrunk the boozer: PubSpy reviews Petts Wood micropub, the One Inn the Wood

News Shopper: Kentish beer and local sausage rolls - Petts Wood's new micropub has opened its doors

9:51am Monday 23rd June 2014

You know a pub takes its beer seriously when the lager is kept out of sight underneath the bar, like a self-imposed philistine prohibition.

PubSpy reviews The Lamb Inn, Swanley Village

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9:11am Monday 16th June 2014

Some pubs are so out of the way that it makes no sense for anyone but locals to visit, but The Lamb Inn does its best to attract casual drinkers.

PubSpy vows to see out zombie apocalypse with UKIP leader at The Blacksmith Arms, Cudham

News Shopper: PubSpy vows to see out zombie apocalypse with UKIP leader at The Blacksmith's Arm, Cudham

6:30am Monday 9th June 2014

When society finally breaks down into chaos or the zombie apocalypse comes – and one or both of those is surely inevitable – there is one place you will find me; locked in at The Blacksmith Arms.

PubSpy returns to The Chatterton Arms

News Shopper: PubSpy returns to The Chatterton Arms

8:54am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The last time I was here, a dog as big as a horse walked in.

Quick one at The Cock or go in The Buff? Top 10 funniest or weirdest pub names

News Shopper: The Fanny on the Hill in Welling

11:30am Friday 30th May 2014

I asked for your suggestions for the strangest or most amusing pub names in the area, and got some great responses.

PubSpy reviews The Hop and Rye, Bromley

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Hop and Rye, Bromley

9:25am Wednesday 28th May 2014

It’s a funny thing, architecture. The Hop and Rye in Bromley, for example, is recognisably a pub but it doesn’t look much like a pub.

Is the greatest pub quiz team name in this funny 13 - or do you know a better one?

News Shopper: Cat & fiddle pub Phab quiz ight

7:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

Who doesn’t love a good pub quiz? The chance to pit your general knowledge against others in a friendly battle of who-knows-the-most-random-information while enjoying a drink with some mates – what a great way to spend an evening.

Perfection at a price: PubSpy reviews The Greenwich Union

News Shopper: The Greenwich Union to celebrate Starkbierfest beer festival

9:10am Monday 19th May 2014

If you are willing to afford the premium prices at the Greenwich Union, then there is very little not to love.

PubSpy reviews The Cock Inn, Halstead

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Cock Inn, Halstead

9:08am Tuesday 13th May 2014

ONE of the pleasures of a weekend is being able to tootle off out of the traffic to a pub in the countryside.

What’s your favourite pub in south-east London and north Kent?

News Shopper: Prime Minister: pubs can stay open longer for World Cup match

6:30am Friday 9th May 2014

No great preamble to this one, just the very simple question: What do you think is the best boozer in the south-east London and north Kent area, the one you’d be most heartbroken to ever see close down?

PubSpy reviews The Royal Oak, Northumberland Heath

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Royal Oak, Northumberland Heath

8:56am Tuesday 6th May 2014

Getting people out of their houses and down to the bar is not an easy task for most pubs, especially during the day, but the Royal Oak seems to have a successful formula.

PubSpy finds a Kent countryside idyll at the Manor Farm Barn in Southfleet

News Shopper: PubSpy finds a countryside idyll at the Manor Farm Barn in Southfleet

9:04am Monday 28th April 2014

Down in the countryside, beside a duck pond and facing a cute farm shop, the Manor Farm Barn stands like a beacon.

PubSpy reviews The Dutch House, Eltham

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Dutch House, Eltham

8:59am Thursday 17th April 2014

No-one could argue that The Dutch House is hidden away, as it looms large at the side of the road. But how helpful is passing traffic to trade when the road in question is the A20?

No sex, no drugs but PubSpy sees signs of rock and roll at The Five Bells in Chelsfield

News Shopper: No sex, no drugs but PubSpy sees signs of rock and roll at The Five Bells in Chelsfield

11:15am Friday 11th April 2014

FOLLOWING a month of beat-downs, kinkiness, dodgy pints, and general hostility – and just a few gems in between -  PubSpy decided to retire to the countryside to lick his wounds.

UPDATE: Worst pub in Britain? Sex and violence horror for PubSpy at Lullingstone Castle, Swanley - redhead responds

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews Lullingstone Castle, Swanley

10:30am Monday 7th April 2014

Shameless Swanley. Ever seen a mindless thug push a bespectacled, grey-haired, 25-stone man to the floor before kicking him ferociously in the head until he was senseless? Try an early evening in the Lullingstone Castle.

PubSpy: Is it the Old Post Office or Eltham GPO? Hipster bar will split opinions

News Shopper: PubSpy: Is it the Old Post Office or Eltham GPO? Hipster bar will split opinions

8:56am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

HOW can I make my mind up about a pub if the place can’t even decide what it’s called?

PubSpy reviews The Prince of Wales, Belvedere

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Prince of Wales, Belvedere

8:35am Monday 24th March 2014

LIFE sometimes presents you with difficult choices. There have been occasions where I have wondered how differently things could have been if I had picked differently.

PubSpy reviews The Volunteer, Bexleyheath

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Volunteer, Bexleyheath

8:30am Monday 17th March 2014

AFTER last week’s debacle with the pint half-filled from the slops tray, PubSpy was not keen for another disaster pint.

PubSpy reviews Change of Horses, Farnborough

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews Change of Horses, Farnborough

7:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

You know that feeling where something seems really good, but there’s one little thing that leaves you feeling uneasy?

PubSpy reviews The Railway Tavern, Meopham

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11:33am Monday 3rd March 2014

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m always a little bit on edge when I visit pubs close to railway stations, particularly as it nears closing time.

PubSpy reviews The Maxwell, Orpington

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Maxwell, Orpington

8:52am Monday 24th February 2014

AT The Maxwell, you may enter with close-minded trepidation but you’ll leave with a grin.

PubSpy reviews The George in Hayes

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The George in Hayes

9:09am Friday 14th February 2014

IS it a pub or is it a restaurant? That's the big question surrounding The George in Hayes.

PubSpy reviews The Birds Nest, Deptford

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Birds Nest, Deptford

8:50am Wednesday 5th February 2014

NOW here’s a proper venue – not a bell or whistle or frill in sight, just cheap beer and rock music.

PubSpy reviews The Baring Hall Hotel in Grove Park

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Baring Hall Hotel in Grove Park

10:29am Thursday 30th January 2014

PLENTY of pubs can and do disappear every week with barely a neighbour batting an eyelid.

PubSpy reviews The Green Man, Hodsoll Street

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Green Man, Hodsoll Street

9:33am Monday 27th January 2014

NAVIGATING my way to The Green Man was like following a convoluted treasure trail, though it was admittedly worth it.

PubSpy reviews The Greyhound, Keston

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Greyhound, Keston

8:45am Monday 20th January 2014

ANY place where PubSpy is asked – apropos of nothing – if I'm a model is virtually guaranteed a positive review.

PubSpy reviews The British Oak, Blackheath

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The British Oak, Blackheath

8:46am Monday 13th January 2014

SOMETIMES you find yourself in a neighbourhood with no particular plan when something interesting comes up and smacks you between the eyes.

PubSpy reviews The George Staples, Blackfen

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The George Staples, Blackfen

8:22am Friday 3rd January 2014

IMAGINE describing scampi to a Martian, because they would probably come back with something remarkably similar to the mush I ate at The George Staples.

PubSpy's Golden Pint and Grotty Toilet awards 2013

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews the Tailor's Chalk, Sidcup

3:40pm Monday 23rd December 2013

EVERYONE seems to be dishing out gaudy plastic idols in recognition of any tut at this time of year – I saw one where Andy Murray won best ‘personality’ – so now it is time for me to wheel out this tired conceit which means I don’t have to leave the bedsit this week.

PubSpy reviews The Rose and Crown, Green Street Green

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Rose and Crown, Green Street Green

9:26am Monday 16th December 2013

HAVING grazed at the Royal Oak a few times, I have always been curious as to how the Rose and Crown opposite compares.






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