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Beer Academy at the ‘Sloaney Pony’

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly

With a triangular walled front terrace overlooking Parson’s Green, the late 18th-century, former coaching inn and Victorian gin palace is a substantial sandstone pub. It’s a destination for lovers of British pub food and interesting real ales and wines, with a restaurant in the former coach house, an upstairs bar, and a luxurious private dining area. The interior is a pleasing blend of polished mahogany and wooden and flagstone floors, open fires and contemporary lighting. Bar snacks are very tempting – tempura cauliflower, chilli mayo; and pan-fried chorizo being just two to get you started. Every dish on the menu comes with a recommended beer to drink, such partnering forming part of the pub’s Beer Academy Courses. For instance, a starter of salt and pepper squid with spiced mayonnaise is paired with Goose Island 312; and a main of steak focaccia with caramelised onion, should be washed down with Adnams Broadside. It’s good for Sunday brunch, summer barbecues and its four annual beer festivals – American, European, British and Old Ale. At any one time the pub has at least 135 bottled beers from around the world.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12-10.30
  • Dinner: all week 12-10.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Adnams Broadside, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, 4 times a year (American, Great British, Old Ale and European)


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

140 metres from Parson's Green tube station

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