DECOR **** (cosy) DRINK ***** (spoilt for choice) PRICE *** (won’t break the bank) ATMOSPHERE ***** (irresistible) STAFF **** (infectiously friendly) FOOD ***** (traditional pub grub cooked to perfection)

JUST 10 minutes walk from Cutty Sark DLR station is a pub which has so much going on, I’m packing my bags and moving in.

From knitting to quizzes and darts to live music, The Pelton Arms is no doubt lobbying for an eighth day of the week to find time for all the events it has scheduled.

I was invited to review this unimposing boozer by its social media savvy owners on Facebook, who despite my scurrilous reputation were confident I would enjoy a drink under their roof.

And they were not wrong.

Tucked away down a quiet suburban backstreet leading off from the Thames path is this delightfully cosy and deliriously friendly boozer which lives up to its claim to be the best kept secret in Greenwich.

Decked out with comfy leather sofas and rustic wooden tables and chairs, made even more invitingly warm by the soft, but not dim, lighting, the bar has a homely atmosphere which encourages the visitor to slump happily with a glass of his or her favourite tipple and let the day’s troubles simply slip away.

Alternatively, perch yourself on one of the bar stools and enjoy a natter with the infectiously cheery Welsh barman, who will point you in the right direction should get stuck choosing from one of the seven ales on tap.

With Bombardier, Greene King IPA and Nutty All Black all on offer, as well as plenty of lagers, spirits and an extensive wine list, for the first time in months I felt like a kid in a candy shop.

However, when in Rome, or Greenwich as the case might be, do as the locals do.

So, I happily rooted for the nearby Meantime brewery’s refreshingly bitter pale ale (£3.30).

There’s a landscape garden out back but with last week’s cold snap biting hard outside I was happy to stay inside in the warmth, listening to Dolly Parton and hunting for another punter to play one of the pub’s many board games with me.

However, my piping hot beer battered cod and chips (£7.95) arrived before I had the chance to ask one of the ale-swigging regulars at the bar to join me for a spot of scrabble.

Served with a small portion of peas and a mountain of fluffy and delicious chunky chips, it was a meal fit for a king.

The portion of fish was equally generous and the homemade tartare sauce was delicious.

The boozer’s biggest claim to fame is its featuring in an Only Fools and Horses prequel about the early life of Rodney Trotter which was aired on the BBC last year.

It’s easy to see why this lovely jubbly watering hole was chosen. The atmosphere is irresistible.

If only landlords at other pubs in the News Shopper area followed The Pelton Arms’ example and instead of wallowing in self-pity about rising prices and the death of the local pub, upped their game and put their money where their mouths are.

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