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All slightly crap in different ways

The best review of Blackheath’s pubs for a long time… He’s right, you know.
http://bealing.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/difficult-difficult-lemon-difficult/

This problem has come up before, and has been solved!

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Blackheath Royal Standard Pub

I’m quite conscious of the fact that there isn’t enough about Blackheath Royal Standard (the place, not the pub) on this site… The main reason is because it takes me ages to get there, unless I’m on the bus, when I’m usually heading for the delights of Sainsbury’s or Lidl.  For a while the brilliantly named Hi, Standard blog looked like it would be doing the business, but it hasn’t been updated for a while.

Anyway, at Mrs Bugle’s suggestion, we ventured into the unknown, and headed for Blackheath Royal Standard (the pub not the place) last night.

Blackheath Royal Standard Pub, London, SE3

My overriding sense was that it is a bit of a chilly pub… Maybe we just found some draughty seats, but I felt like I couldn’t get warm in there!  The barman was friendly enough, and the pint of Pride was good (they also do ESB and Bombardier at the moment).  Mrs Bugle had a glass of Chilean Merlot which received no complaints.

But the place felt a bit depressing.  I have a problem with football on in pubs at the best of times… I don’t know why, it just always seems to spoil a pub.  And the place was full of fruit machines, and electronic quiz machines flashing and glaring at the punters.  The food looked harmless – nothing amazing, but what you’d expect from a town boozer kind of pub – chips, burgers, etc.  I bet they do vegetable lasagna for the vegetarians… If there are any vegetarians… The way that stags head was staring at me from its mounting on the wall, I’m not sure that this is the place for veggies…

It looks like it has been done up fairly recently, but as though the customers chose not to notice – weird bits of tin stuck to the ceiling, and overstuffed green leather sofas – the description on their facebook page demonstrates the slightly misguided direction that the pub has gone for:

Inside, the sophisticated décor resembles that of a classy gentleman’s club. With a ‘tin’ ceiling and an eclectic mix of furnishings including big chesterfield seats, this more upmarket, open plan site is ideal for enjoying a drink alone or with friends, or some fantastic food.

As one of the commentators on the page said “who wants tables instead of pool tables?”  As soon as I walked in, I thought “this looks like the sort of pub that will have a pool table somewhere”.  Clearly it used to have them – it’s that kind of place… And it would be great with a couple of tables for pool, a jukebox, no telly on, and maybe selling some pasties, this place would be just great, instead of trying to be something it isn’t.

Other points of interest:

Blackheath Royal Standard Pub, London, SE3, Quiz Night

Free wifi (for the geeks, although I didn’t see any)… It’s passworded though.

Quiz nights on Sundays at 9pm, entrance is £1.  Anyone ever tried this?

Oh, and Aspall cider, which is always a nice surprise.

Beerintheevening review here

The Blackheath Bugle’s Google Map here.

Contact Info
020 8858 1533

44 Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath, London, SE3 7JQ

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The Princess of Wales Pub, Blackheath

The Princess of Wales pub, Blackheath

The Princess of Wales pub is definitely one of the better pubs in Blackheath, but only on weekdays. It becomes a seething hell-hole on sunny weekends, as anyone who lives nearby can testify.

Princess of Wales pub, blackheath, pint of landlord

They have a good selection of ales, and reasonable pub food, although they do insist on using white pepper, which, as Mrs Bugle pointed out, is a peculiar thing in this country… Everyone else in the world seems to use ground black pepper for seasoning food, and most places in the UK use it too, except for pubs, which almost always offer that nasty sneezy sandy white pepper.

Princess of Wales pub blackheath pepperpot

According to the Blackheath Bugle’s new Blackheath Bible, “Blackheath Village and Environs” by Neil Rhind, the pub was also the location of the first voluntary fire service in Blackheath, after a number of houses burnt down in the 1830s. Before this time, water was often used from the Blackheath Swimming Baths to fight fires.

Prince of Wales pub plaque 1

Prince of Wales pub plaque 2

It was also the location of the first Rugby Union club, according to these plaques, and this handsome fellow.

Princess of Wales Ruby Player

It has a nice garden at the rear, recently renovated, although they do insist on putting picture frames on the walls outside, which seems a bit strange.

Princess of Wales Pub Blackheath Back Garden

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O’Neill’s or the Three Tuns

O\'Neils Pub

O’Neill’s used to be called The Three Tuns. I can’t understand why chains insist on stripping all the local character from pubs. Some things however, are not so different:

It cannot be denied that [around 1850] the Three Tuns was not the most salubrious of hostelries. It became the haunt of the riff-raff after fairs and other entertainments on the Heath, and the large crowds that congregated outside its doors would attract pick-pockets and cheats. In 1977 there was a riot in which 30 “roughs” fought a pitched battle with the police and more than 120 involved.

From “Blackheath Village and Environs” by Neil Rhind.

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