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13 Sept 2017

River Ale House

Open 2023+

131 Woolwich Road


07963 127595

River Ale House building 2008

Above Google image of 131 Woolwich Road, June 2008.

River Ale House 2017

Above photo 2017.

River Ale House inside 2023

Above photo, 2023, kindly sent by Steve Mortimore.


This is classed as a micro pub which opened 13th September 2017 in a former lingerie and hosiery business called "Under Cover Experience." It is quite large as micropubs go with two rooms, both are bare board floored. The front one contains the bar counter and there's a smaller drinking area, down one step, to the rear. The interior has a basic but comfortable feel with exposed brickwork and furniture and fixtures fabricated from scaffolding boards. Seating is at high back wooden wall-mounted settles and high tables.


From the By Darryl Chamberlain, 29 September, 2017.

The River Ale House: Have you been to Charlton’s new local micropub yet?

Okay, it’s actually in Greenwich, but we couldn’t resist giving a mention to The River Ale House, which opened a couple of weeks ago just down the Woolwich Road.

It’s in the former Under Cover Experience lingerie shop – the bottom fell out of the knickers market, and owner Trevor thought he’d try his hand at beer instead.

So far, The River Ale House is doing a good trade in the evenings – providing somewhere to go in a stretch of Woolwich Road that’s long lacked a decent pub.

There’s a rotating range of ales on, plus ciders, wines and spirits. It’s also very dog-friendly.

It’s the eighth micropub to open in south-east London over the past few years, joining the "Long Pond" in Eltham, "Door Hinge" in Welling, "Hopper’s Hut" and "Hackney Carriage" in Sidcup, "Broken Drum" in Blacken, "Penny Farthing" in Crayford and "One Inn The Wood" in Petts Wood. Another one, the "Kentish Belle," is due to open in Bexleyheath later this year.

If the River Ale House gives you a taste for the smaller boozer, here’s a micropub crawl of south-east London that’s been tried and tested by the Charlton Champion team.

The River Ale House is at 131 Woolwich Road SE10 0RJ and is open 12 noon to 11pm every day.


This was one of the few pubs that opened as an off-license during the Corona Virus pandemic in 2020.




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