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The Copper Tap

  • Bars and pubs
  • Peckham
  • 2 out of 5 stars

Time Out Says

2 out of 5 stars

A smartened-up pub beneath a housing estate, serving local beer and cocktails.

How do you gentrify a pub without upsetting the old regulars?

Simple: introduce all the things middle-class people like, but do it badly enough to ensure those pesky beardy bastards stay well away.

First, the beer. When I dropped in on a Friday evening there was just one non-mass-market option on tap – from Peckham Rye’s Brick Brewery – and just one of the five cask ale pumps was in use.

Cocktails are all £8.50 (hastily marked down from £10 by biro on the needlessly smart printed menus), and lean heavily on crushed ice and sugary mixers. Only during the oddly generous happy hour (5pm-8pm daily) can they be considered decent value.

There are mixed messages in the decor, too – some vintage booze ephemera here, a giant plasma screen there. It’s all symptomatic of a pub that’s eager to please everyone, but ultimately The Copper Tap at the Old Red Cow (as it officially insists on calling itself) simply comes across as half-arsed.

Written by
David Clack


190 Peckham High St
SE15 5EG
Queens Road Peckham
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