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Angelsea Arms
Shepherd Neame 1985

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When the Angelsea Arms was a Shepherd Neame pub

When the Angelsea Arms was a Shepherd Neame pub
From CAMRA's London Drinker magazine February 1985.
"There's one particular regular at the Angelsea Arms in Woolwich New Road, Lonndon SE18, who will be glad that Shepherd Neame's £30,000 improvements programme at the pub has been completed.
And that's the pub's friendly ghost - believed to be a lady who, customers swear, sometimes joins them in the bar for a convivial drink.
Manager Bob Lomas says: "No one knows the story behind our ghost, but several customers are convinced of a strange - but not unfriendly! - presence at the bar! "
Shepherd Neame Director Stuart Neame pulled a traditional "first pint" to officially re-open the house on Monday, November 26.
The interior of the Angelsea Arms - which has been closed for a month - has been totally refurbished. New furniture, carpets, bar counters and serveries have given the Angelsea Arms an entirely different appearance.
Bob Lomas who runs the pub with his wife Jan, said "The Angelsea Arms has been restored in a traditional style, and we now keep the full range of Shepherd Neame's four real ales - Master Brew Bitter, Invicta Best Bitter, Master Brew Mild and Stock.
The Angelsea Arms is also a popular watering hole for lunchtime office workers. Evening regulars are stalwart players of darts and pool, although the latter group of sportsmen have yet to win a game in their local league!"
Built during the First World War, the Angelsea Arms is one of Shepherd Neame's 18 pubs in the London area. The work carried out is part of a continuing programme by the brewery to bring its entire estate of 250 houses to the very highest standards of traditional comfort.

Looking at the magazine the beers seems to be from left to right: Master Brew Mild, Master Brew Bitter and the keg Hurlimann Lager (brewed under licence from Shep's Swiss partner of the time).