I bet you can’t wait to find out what Mrs RM (seen above about to tell me off) thought of the Prince Albert, can you ?
We’d passed Rose’s on the way up Hare St, and Mrs RM must have known there was no way we’d avoid it on the way back to the Thames.
Perhaps it was that magical sign.
Yes, an authentic ’80s Heineken livery.
So, after a brief look at the newer architectural highlights in Woolwich,
and a flat white and stodgy cake (but not the Laughing Yoga) in the exceptional ArtFix Café,
we headed for one of my favourite London boozers..
There were six blokes in at 2.30pm, and three hand pumps. That’s a better ratio than you get in most pubs on an afternoon these days. Beer priced to go, too.
Rose’s has dropped out of the Beer Guide in recent years, but still shows a commitment to cask that’s a bit more than token. The Hop Back Red Ember is an unusual find, and an easy choice when Black Sheep and Cottage appear with handwritten pump clips.
Let’s be honest; Mrs RM preferred the Tap Room, but her phone worked just as well here and those chairs were surprisingly comfortable. She though the Hop Back was good, I reckoned a marginal NBSS 3. We’re not that far apart on most things (apart from Chinese takeaways).
A bit of a party atmosphere, like you get in the best east London pubs, though also a place to hide away from the chain shops starting to dominate Woolwich High Street.
And the music. Wow. We’d had Deep Trance in the Tap House, and the Beach Boys Stars on 45 here.
You’ll remember Stars on 45…
To cap it off, classic loos…
And a proper pub pet, though Mudgie may disagree.
Best pub reptile outside the Blisland, which I see is out of the Guide this year.
That was our lot, save the obligatory Ice Cream Bear photo.
So we waved goodbye to SE18 for another year, and enjoyed one of London’s great bargains (i.e. it’s free), the ferry back to North Woolwich.
It was a fairly uneventful trip back. Perhaps they can add a bar to the boat ?