Jump to content


Photo

The Sparrowhawk - 2 Westow Hill, SE19


  • Please log in to reply
230 replies to this topic

Poll: How do you rate this pub? (34 member(s) have cast votes)

Please let other members know how you rate this pub

  1. Excellent (6 votes [17.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.65%

  2. Good (12 votes [35.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.29%

  3. Average (7 votes [20.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.59%

  4. Poor (9 votes [26.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.47%

Vote Guests cannot vote

#16 Hesketh

Hesketh

    Member

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 271 posts

Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:30 AM

Gosh, we were all in there last night!? Friendly staff, decent beer, good vibe, clean. Beats the Hollybush for sure! A nice little addition to the Triangle.

#17 Summit Lover

Summit Lover

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 5,019 posts

Posted 03 September 2011 - 10:07 AM

We couldn't squeeze in there last night as it was so busy so retired to Numidie. Pleased for them that their first night was so successful :)


#18 andreas

andreas

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 1,982 posts

Posted 03 September 2011 - 11:46 AM

Sounds like very good news. Glad the owners are really nice too. Only to be welcomed, not least for how beautifully they have restored the exterior.
opposed to taking terrapins.

#19 jbphoto

jbphoto

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 628 posts

Posted 03 September 2011 - 02:19 PM

We nipped in for a pint at lunchtime. Definitely gets the thumbs up!

Check out my Interior Photography Blog at http://jamesbalston.com


#20 Summit Lover

Summit Lover

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 5,019 posts

Posted 03 September 2011 - 03:11 PM

We are going to try some grub later :)

#21 Posie

Posie

    Member

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 460 posts

Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:12 PM

We stopped by to drown our sorrows at the Photo exhibition of Trevor Christie's being shut when we went to view it, it was very busy and a couple of the beers were off, I don't think they realised just how busy they were going to be this week, we stood by the door (as it was open and I spend my entire life being too hot) it was very entertaining watching everyone being very surprised by the slant of the floor, which is just enough to see many rendered slightly off balance for a second or two, as everyone corrects themselves they look down behind them, there were a couple of real Norman Wisdom moments amongst them, and in case anyone thinks I'm a cold heartless b*tch my effort was more hurried penguin on slippery glacier. Husband reckons it is a little sparse and needs a few pics, maybe they could feature local artists work? I may suggest that to them, Mmmmmm.

#22 Summit Lover

Summit Lover

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 5,019 posts

Posted 04 September 2011 - 11:17 AM

We had a very good meal there yesterday, the four of us variously chose a feta and squash dish, mushroom tart and smoked mackerel starters with sides of dauphinoise potatoes and chips, washed down with some very nice malbec. The food got a thumbs up all round and the service was friendly and efficient. We had a table by the window so could see the world go by - including an external visit from Dazza who gurned through the window at us (but would not be tempted inside!).



I know what you mean about the slight incline on the floor Posie, I remember the slightly unsettling feeling from the Hollybush days :)

(nb chrissyb - seen any dachshunds recently? ;) )


Edited by Summit Lover, 04 September 2011 - 12:47 PM.
a not so wee dog


#23 gekko

gekko

    Sponsor

  • Sponsors
  • 4,570 posts

Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:38 PM

Chrissyb and I were SL's companions for the evening and what a night it was. Let's just say I can't remember the last time I lay in bed until 11.30 the next day :D.

SL was wise enough to book a table, which was necessary as all seats were taken when we arrived at 6pm. The service at the bar was a little disorganised but they've only been open a few nights so there's no reason to quibble yet. They only had one bitter on so hopefully there'll be more soon. Once seated, we all decided on a starter with side dishes as opposed to mains. There were many delicious options and the watercress, squash & feta dish I had was lovely. I can highly recommend the Malbec and after four bottles between us you can rest assured that we know what we are talking about - or maybe not ;). A big thumbs up to the Canadian woman who served us throughout the evening; she was really friendly and helpful.

By the time we left, the place was absolutely buzzing. It seemed like there was the odd Hollybush refugee hanging around, not sure what to make of the place and several people pressed their noses against the window to have a look. It will be interesting to see what the vibe is like once the novelty has worn off and the pub settles down with a regular clientele. I've been in twice now and it's been quite a mixed crowd so far. It definitely feels more like a pub than a restaurant so that should satisfy those (including myself) who feel there should be more places in the triangle that provide a good atmosphere for a drink and a bit of socialising.

So, a thumbs up so far from me.
Mel, Forum Moderator

#24 chrissyb

chrissyb

    what shall we make today?

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 156 posts

Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:52 PM

Yes great night in the Sparrowhawk. Didn't see any daschunds!

#25 Nanazola

Nanazola

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,460 posts

Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:22 PM

Went on Friday night and the staff were very nice. Got caught by sloping floor too! Place was packed and there was nowhere to sit but we decided that was a good thing as it was so buzzing that we could only hear each other if we spoke into each other's ears. There wasn't any background music, it's just that the combination of lots of people and bare surfaces makes for a very noisy environment. Other people have mentioned the bare walls - I'd advise putting up a few hangings, or curtains maybe, to absorb some noise. It was a lovely place with a friendly vibe, but the noise meant we didn't feel like staying for more than one drink.

I think it's quite sensible to leave the decor for the time being, until they've gauged the feel of the place and the clientele (if that is the reason!). As it is they've got a smart, well-finished place that can develop its character over time.

#26 chrissyb

chrissyb

    what shall we make today?

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 156 posts

Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:00 PM

Hi agree on the walls/sound issue. I like the idea of lots of local posters etc on some of the wall spaces - not too much or it looks like a student union -but similar to what the bakery does in their windows by advertising local classes, services etc. (although in saying that I walked past yesterday and they were all down - they are having a spring clean I think)

Those walls lend themselves really well to art and photography - maybe someone should volunteer to exhiibit!

#27 ChewderOde

ChewderOde

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,965 posts

Posted 04 September 2011 - 08:23 PM

tried it on sat eve for a couple of pints - was quite busy but nothing mega - service was a bit cack-handed but as said b4 by others, early days etc and bar staff the attitude was a lot more friendly than the White Hart - was alright really - will try it again

#28 edgar

edgar

    Member

  • Members 1
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 96 posts

Posted 07 September 2011 - 01:21 AM

Called in tonight to meet a friend. He had a Stella Black (4.50) - fair enough. I asked for a pint of orange juice and soda and was given a baby soda made up with an equal amount of orange juice. Not a pint, but no matter. Cost.... 4.00!!!!!' gobsmacking! An absolute shocker of a price. Feel utterly ripped off. Nothing The Sparrowhawk has to offer at present can justify that price! I will be watching!

#29 Dazza

Dazza

    Council Boy

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,327 posts

Posted 07 September 2011 - 11:34 AM

Its obviously user friendly for kids if you have deep pockets !

Dazza
Your obviously mistaken me with someone who gives a fig

#30 Elmo

Elmo

    All bad precedents began as justifiable measures

  • Sponsors
  • 3,226 posts

Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:15 PM

A Guinness is £4.10. Got to admit that it's really quite expensive as a pub... That said, if the food is really up to scratch then maybe I should look at it more as a place for dining rather than drinking.
Jermaine was right... "You can't reason with stupidity"

Follow me on Twitter