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The Job Centre Pub

Bars and pubs, Pubs Deptford
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
The Job Centre Pub

Time Out says

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this pub when it first opened, what with it taking the place of Deptford's Job Centre. But if it wasn't these guys (Antic, in case you were wondering), it would have been someone else taking over the old employment agency and at least the JC Pub pays tribute to the building's history in name.



Address: 120-122 Deptford High St
Transport: Deptford rail
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Effortlessly cool bar in an old Job Centre is the second reasons why you should made your way south of the river. With selection of local brews (a bit of hit and miss as everywhere) and excellent food, this place should be much more full during lunch time on weekends.

It’s a shared plates menu, dishes arrive when they ready. We began with Hungarian Langosh potato bread with garlic yogurt, cheese and zatar. It was deep fried, pillowy and a bit like a flat doughnut, I absolutely loved it. Accompanied by chickpeas and carrot ceviche, which was the weakest of all the dishes. I didn’t try the pork belly, but the kimchi that came with it was deeply flavoursome and sweet. The beets selection was my second favourite, not sure how they do it, but some of them tasted like bubble gum. The roasted cauliflower bedded on a generous pond of almond puree (great to see they care about food waste and are using all parts of the veg) served with red currant was a great closure to the already excellent selection. The staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable, it’s really hard to fault that place. I see the menu changes quite a lot, I’d definitely be back for more. 


A fab pub located in the heart of Deptford. Friendly staff, great cocktails with amazing prices and interesting delicious food which has a Hungarian twist to the menu. They now do roasts on Sundays which includes a vegan roast! I could stay at this pub for hours- both winter and summer! A bar garden for the warm days and cozy tables with board games in the winter. All round a win! 


I've been wanting to stop by the Job Centre for a while now, not for a job so much as for a drink. I've heard a lot about this place especially because of the controversy of the name (it used to be a job centre and they turned it into a pub of the same name and a lot of people felt it was insensitive). 

First things first - it has good beers on tap and the drinks are ok. I tried a cinnamon rum cocktail (I forget the name) and it was alright - not the best I've had nor the worst. In fact, that's kind of the sentiment I left this place with in general. It feels like a YMCA bar - busy, incredibly noisy but a bit vacuous and lacking soul for some reason. I think in part it's because they need more comfy seating, maybe some ping pong tables etc. It's a large space and with a concrete floor it ends up just not being that cozy despite best efforts on decor and the DJ spinning live tunes which was good. 

BRING SOFAS, BRING RUGS, BRING SOFT FURNISHINGS, JOB CENTRE! I'm sure it'll make all the difference to a bar which has all the makings of the good bar but just isn't quite there yet. 


I have to take off two stars: for the noise (don't get me wrong I love music in pubs) as its hard to have a conversation whilst sitting inside; drinks are only OK but nothing special. 

Other than that, I've got only good things to say - friendly staff, intersting, quirky interior, reasonable prices, plenty of space. It's definitely still one of the best places to grab a pint and catch up with friends in Deptford. 

Too noisy, music is so loud impossible to talk, more of a club. Has a garden, yet there are electric wired hanging from walls and a squeaky air conditioning on the roof is not the most pleasant sound you'd like to hear when trying to hang out

My friends and I had an amazing time in this place! It was something a little bit different, it felt really cool and the drinks we were made were amazing! The cocktail waiter was pleasant, funny and really good and making drinks we'd all never tried before. I can highly recommend this place.

Quirky, unique and friendly! This pub is in a league of its own that does special guest, local street food. A supportive and fun place to be. It has great nights out, a brilliant drinks selection and such an amazing vibe... this is a hidden gem of the South East (London.)

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