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The Copper Tap

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Peckham
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

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.

The Copper Tap says
A traditional pub with a whole other side to it (literally). One side you can experience exquisite cocktails exclusive to us, or have any of the classics you desire. The other side boasts 16 beer taps, five real-ale pumps, a mix of interesting bottled drinks and, of course, our spirits and wines!


Address: 190 Peckham High St
SE15 5EG
Transport: Queens Road Peckham
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Users say (2)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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I thought I should try this pub while in the area but sadly it isn't all its made out to be. Prices are a tad high in comparison to other pubs in the area... Also the decor isn't that flash just a stock standard sports bar. This wasn't my kind of place but maybe for those looking for a local spot to watch the footy then check it out.

Seriously underrated pub just off the main drag. The cocktails are like desserts, the beer list is extensive and the wine is cheap (for this area). The staff - namely Zac and Ed - are simply lovely and always happy to oblige. Food can be brought in from outside, so get in here for Friday dancing, Wednesday quizzes or weekend football. A brilliant local!

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