The Greyhound

The Greyhound

Few things in life are more pleasurable than a good pub next to a railway station. Sydenham's The Greyhound ticks both those boxes, and adds a few more.

The greyhound sydenham, an outside shot against a blue sky

It's a bright, pleasant pub to walk into. Large south-facing windows bathe the place in light, while the intricately decorated interior is a celebration of arts and crafts. Copper-top tables reflect the sunbeams up onto the faience tiled bar. Head into the conservatory to watch the world (of Sydenham) go by, or sit out in the front beer yard to be right among the action.

The greyhound sydenham conservatory

This is a pub with history. The original Greyhound was built in the early 18th century, and served as a hub for the Surrey hunt (a fox-hunting clique). It also, believe it or not, once sported a boat house. In the early 19th century, the pub stood on the banks of the Croydon Canal. This was filled in long ago, but ran where the rail tracks are today.

The drinks selection is laudable, with a breezy cocktail menu (including 'sustainable' options), and a London-centric selection of beers (Five points on cask, and Gipsy Hill and Brockley brews on keg, among others). Wines are at the pricier end, but well chosen. We didn't try the food, but it looks pretty impressive, with a particularly good selection of seafood.

The greyhound sydenham bar area with pint in foreground

Oh, and be sure to take a look around the back, where this exceptional mural can be found:

A huge mural made up of smaller images to show a greyhound at the greyhound inn sydenham

On Facebook, Instagram as @thegreyhoundsydenham and twitter as @thegreyhoundsyd. Quiz night is Monday.

Address: The Greyhound Sydenham 313-315 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QB

Phone: 020 8659 0231


Monday: noon-11pm

Tuesday: noon-11pm

Wednesday: noon-11pm

Thursday: noon-11pm

Friday: noon-midnight

Saturday: noon-midnight

Sunday: noon-10pm

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