South East Rundown: Simon the Tanner, The Paxton, The Great Exhibition

In line with the edict passed down by English the other week I’m going to talk about pubs. Not just one pub but three; so apologies in advance if this comes across like Beer in the Evening. All in South East London and well worth a visit I’d be interested to hear your take on these and others – you know where to comment.

To start, an afterwork drink with English at Simon the Tanner in Borough. It’s a solid little pub which I’ve been meaning to visit since it reopened last year, but well, I’ve just been too lazy. It’s not going to drive the beer geeks wild but has a good selection on our visit (Windsor & Eton Treetops, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Black Isle Porter and Brooklyn Lager on the bar), music and a mixed crowd (I did warn you this could go a bit BITE). As an after work stop it ticks all the boxes and offers a change from the Rake which of late hasn’t been as much a draw.

Next up, The Paxton in Gipsy Hill, which isn’t exactly my local but it’s close enough when on this occasion the Rosendale (my actual local) had become a Monday evening crèche. Previously the Mansion, it’s had a Capital Pub Company makeover and has all their hallmarks in terms of good design and I’m happy to say a great burger. I’m sure that someone is itching to point out that The Paxton (as with others in the Capital Pub Co family) isn’t unknown to pram jams but at 7pm on a Monday night I just want a pint without watching junior being spoonfed. It maybe unrealistic but I can dream I suppose – either that or move.

Last in this quick rundown is the Great Exhibition in East Dulwich. Another refurb, having previously been the Crystal Palace Tavern, it has retained much of its character while opening up the two bars into one. There’s plenty of choice on the bar with Laine’s and Dark Star my favoured of this Sunday afternoon stop. There seems to be a lot going on in the way of a Gin Yard, good looking menu, weekend markets and other events, which with the opening of the new Draft House on Lordship Lane seems like a smart move to compete in this strong local market.

Simon The Tanner, 231 Long Lane, SE1 4PR

The Paxton, 255 Gipsy Road, Gipsy Hill, SE27 9QY

The Great Exhibition, 193 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9EP

South East Rundown: Simon the Tanner, The Paxton, The Great Exhibition