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The Copper Tap

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Peckham
2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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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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