It’s already 18 months since Antic London’s pub presence in Catford moved from the Catford Bridge Tavern and into the derelict premises of the former Catford Conservative Club.
That was then…
While the Antic team continued to serve a good range of craft beers and excellent gastropub food at the Catford Constitutional Club (CCC) from the start, the space was – despite their best cleaning efforts – run-down and grubby to say the least (unsurprisingly, having been empty for 20 years). Not shabby-chic, just shabby. And still with pictures of Conservative ministers and snooker champions on the walls, just as it was when it was left vacant by the old conservative club.
All masked in a mouldy, mildewy smell that had built up over a long time and doesn’t just disappear overnight (off-putting when dining despite the excellent gastropub food).
But this is now…
Eighteen months on, the CCC feels lived in again – a homely pub that you *want* to visit. And the large beer garden with its pot plants and paintings is a punter-pleaser for the warm, summer days. It’s a real reflection on the pub’s team that they’ve worked so hard to make the CCC an attractive and appealing space in which you can relax comfortably over a craft beer or two and enjoy a good meal.
On our most recent visit to the CCC (both the bar and restaurant) we were unable to stray from our old favourites: a charcuterie sharing platter for starters, a burger for K and fish for me.
The verdict: Excellent food and great range of craft beers + ciders that changes all the time. The team’s done a great job of cleaning up an old vacant building and turning it into a homely pub. Shame it’s likely to close in 2016 as part of Lewisham Borough Council’s plans to redevelop Catford Broadway (shopping area) which is needed. But here’s hoping the Antic team will move into another new space and make that a homely watering hole too..
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, gastropub food, real ales + ciders
~ Address: Catford Broadway, Catford, London
~ Postcode: SE6 4SP
~ Tel: 020 8613 7188
~ Nearest rail stations: Catford Bridge, Catford
~ Website + menus: Catford Constitutional Club website + Antic London website
~ Photos on flickr: My Catford Constitutional Club photos
~ Location: Catford Constitutional Club map
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