Selhurst

When thinking of Selhurst, the first thing that springs to mind for many is Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace’s football ground. Don’t be fooled by the name though, both Thornton Heath and Norwood Junction stations are closer.

Selhurst first opened on 1 May 1865. Architecturally, the station building is in the same style as the last few stations I’ve visited. It has retained its wooden decorative canopy shelters mind you, unlike Thornton Heath.

Selhurst is a very important location for the railway south of the river – just opposite the station there is a massive depot which is home to many of the trains that serve this part of the world. The majority of the services here into the city go to Victoria but it also has a couple of trains an hour going into London Bridge.

Two Brewers, 221 Gloucester Road, CR0 2DW

The area right by the station is mainly residential with the rail depot opposite. The pub is just over five minutes walk south, located just off Selhurst Road on Gloucester Road.

The Two Brewers looks inviting enough from the outside with its decorative hanging baskets. Inside, it’s very much a traditional old school pub with leather backed seating and cut glass windows. It even has a fish tank towards the back, something you really don’t see often in pubs anymore.

It’s a Shepherd Neame pub and had three of their ales on tap, Master Brew, Spitfire and Whitstable Bay. They don’t do food although a plate full of sandwiches did arrive for the group of locals playing poker. Arriving here on a quiet Tuesday evening, it did feel a bit like we were drinking in somebody else’s front room. The TV was on in the background with the snooker on, but it was very much in the background. They have BT and Sky Sports too. They have a dart board too if you fancy a bit of bully.

There was plenty of Crystal Palace memorabilia on the walls and no doubt the place is totally different on matchdays where I’m sure its rammed with Palace fans.That said, as a Brighton fan I doubt I’d be too welcome in those circumstances so maybe slipping in undercover on a sleepy weeknight was better all round…

The Two Brewers is a no frills, traditional boozer. While it’s not a bad pub, it’s not really interesting enough to be worth a visit. Plus now Allardyce has left Palace, you don’t even have the chance of catching him here celebrating with a pint of wine.

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