Diagonally opposite an unpromising strip of kebab joints and loitering hoodies, this relaxing pub attracts many an ale aficionado and dog-walker. Along one side of a homely pub space filled with cosy, upholstered settees and bare brick, a bar counter manned by an amiable Frenchman features taps of Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sambrook’s Wandle, as well as San Miguel and Peroni lagers.
Selections from the huge board of wines start at a little under £4 a glass. Below the wine board, a door leads to steep steps and a small square of gravel-surfaced back garden; the logs in the hallway come into use on wintry afternoons, when the fat candles flicker on the sturdy wooden tables.
The likes of rib-eye steak and whole baked bream might feature on the changing food menu; many, though, are happy to share a pork pie or some snacking salami with their four-legged companions at their feet, a pleasure strictly forbidden to the house dog. Occasional unplugged entertainment encourages lingering.