After a hard day’s work in New Cross, PubSpy decided to pop into The Rose Pub and Kitchen for a midweek beer or two.

With a cosy atmosphere and plenty of space The Rose, located directly opposite New Cross Gate station, was a welcome sight after battling against Storm Barney’s 80mph gusts.

Windswept and bedraggled we made it into the warmth and headed for the bar.

At around £3.90 for a bottled beer and £5 for a glass of house wine, the prices are on par with the other fancy boozers of New Cross.

But with friendly staff, quick service and some decent music it’s worth the extra spend.

Previously operating under the name Hobgoblin, The Rose underwent a big refurbishment and reopened under new management – Urban Pubs and Bars - in January this year.

After a few drinks, and an overwhelming aroma of Christmas dinners all around, Pubspy started to feel peckish and their eyes quickly found the food menu.

Despite a wide-ranging menu, from grilled dishes to Ox cheek bourguignon, PubSpy couldn’t resist the spinach, ricotta and mushroom Calzone pizza for a cool £10.50.

And what a choice it was.

Perfectly cooked in a wood-burning oven and big enough to feed a small family, PubSpy left feeling more full than the pizza itself.

The Rose Inn is even a great place to make friends as PubSpy discovered when, after a slight miscommunication, they had to stop the gentleman opposite from having a smoke right there at his table.

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The Rose Pub and Kitchen, New Cross Road, Lewisham

How it rated:

Décor ***** Classy yet cosy

Atmosphere **** Quiet enough for a chat, with good background music

Staff ***** Friendly and quick

Price *** Not the cheapest around

Drink **** Good selection, especially for wine lovers

Food **** Pricey but worth it