A very pleasant evening yesterday. I met a friend and spent a convivial few hours in the Railway Bell, a pub situated about 5 minutes walk from Gipsy Hill station and 10-15 minutes from Crystal Palace station.
The Bell is my favourite pub in the Crystal Palace area. In the midst of winter its lovely to go in there and feel the warmth of a blazing open fire. It looks so homely with Drew, my guide dog lying by the fire wagging her tail at anyone who shows the slightest interest in her.
There is always a nice atmosphere and the staff are always friendly irrespective of whether one is a regular or a completely new face.
Certainly the beer is rather more expensive than the Whetherspoons (which is situated about a 10 minute walk away), however the friendly atmosphere makes up for the price differencial.
In summer there is a nice garden, with a fish pond, while inside the walls have pictures of steam locomotives which my friends tell me adds a nice touch to the pub.
If you are in the vicinity I’d certainly recommend popping in for a drink.