A slight cut about the average Wetherspoon, the Watch House is one of the best bets for a good beer choice in Lewisham town
An escape from high street shopping, and an alternative to noisy theme bars, the Watch House is a typical Wetherspoon shop conversion
of 1997 vintage, largish and low ceilinged though more stylish than some, with lots of big wooden fittings, screened off booths,
alcoves and pillars. Besides plentiful local history displays, which among other topics pay tribute to Railway Children author and
former local E Nesbit, there are some curious gargoyles and animal prints. The name commemorates Watch House Green, once the village
green and now a triangular public space and market area in front of the Lewisham Centre, overlooked by a distinctive 1897 clock
tower. The pub, however, is further south down the high street, opposite the library.
Though it’ll never be upmarket and fashionable, the Watch House has a more intimate and less garish feel than some J D Wetherspoon
pubs, offering plenty of hideaway spots. Staff are cheerful and friendly, and extra effort by the management shows not only in the
better than usual beer range but in the community notice board, which includes a detailed public transport map plotting all the
Spoons pubs in the area.
The pub sells the standard wide ranging Wetherspoon menu running from breakfasts, sandwiches and snacks to steaks, burgers and
vegetarian meals. The food is of reasonable basic quality but good value takes precedence over distinctiveness. You can get two selected meals for £6.49, or £6.59 meal and a pint promotions featuring steaks, curries and roasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday respectively.
The Watch House is one of the better Wetherspoon branches for a range of cask ales, recognised by its Good Beer Guide listing and
Cask Marque accreditation. Besides Fuller’s London Pride and regular Greene King beers like Abbot, Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles Best,
you’ll likely find beers from Weltons – a favourite with the management – or from the likes of Batemans, Grainstore or Wold Top, at
the usual keen prices. Also available are two real ciders/perries, usually from Weston’s, a few big brewery world beers like Budvar
and Erdinger, some specialist vodkas and cocktail pitchers. Around 18 wines are nearly all available by the glass, including some
from draught taps.
The Last Word
While you probably wouldn’t want to make a special trip, it’s always good to find a Wetherspoon that tries a little harder,
particularly in a place that’s short on good pubs. A watch house worth clocking.