Wednesday, May 30, 2018

South London Pub Animal Street Art?

So here's a few street/public art animals to be found in South London pubs.

First up, never mind the famous cat model in Catford town centre, not far away on the south circular is 'The Pride of Catford' puss reaching down for a pint in the garden of the Blythe Hill Tavern (the mosaic mural is the work of Tamara Froud @mosaicallsorts, apparently inspired by the design for the Catford Beer Festival)

From the outside it's looks like a small traditional pub (which it is), but it also has a big space out of the back that is a great place to be on a sunny day/evening. The pub is a Campaign for Real Ale favourite on account of its beer selection (not to mention elderflower cider on tap) and on Thursday and Friday nights you can get a Van Dough pizza and eat it in the pub or garden.

 Thursday nights in the Blythe Hill Tavern also features an Irish music session. The pub has managed to retain its soul as an old school Irish bar while also catering for a broad cross section of the Catford population, old and new.

The car repair shop Mech-Weld next door the pub also has some interesting statues...

Incidentally Catford Beer Festival 2018 is on from 8 - 10 June at Catford Bridge Tavern

Another great pub in terms of outdoor space is The Fox on the Hill (formerly Fox under Hill) on Denmark Hill SE5, currently a Wetherspoon pub. It has big gardens at the front and the back, with lots of mature trees that make it feel quite rural even though you're just up the road from Camberwell. 

And yes the fox in question is extensively represented, including on a statue in front garden...

... and a stained glass window inside:

photo from Trip Advisor
Finally here's a magnificent stag on the side of the White Hart in Crystal Palace Road (Church Road SE19)

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