Find out how London’s famous pub crawl is connected to the world’s most famous beer drinker Oliver Reed. The late Hollywood legend is probably still known as history’s most notorious heavy drinker, but did you know he had connections to Carshalton?
Reed was born in Wimbledon, and growing up he was a porter at St Heliers hospital in Carshalton. He then went on to star in many movies such as Oliver, Gladiator, Castaway, Tommy, Funny Bones and many more. He’s pictured above with Steve McQueen.
Later on in life Reed purchased The Orangery in Carshalton, situated on the corner of The Square and Brookside.
Oliver Reed with his son Mark, renovated the property in 1987 and allegedly took the original ornate frieze above the front porch with them, when they sold the property. *Update Feb 2022* I’ve recently read that the frieze was made of wood and removed and burnt way back in 1920, before it could be saved.
Reed was perhaps drawn to the village by its many watering holes. I’ve read that Oliver Reed was a frequent drinker at the Coach and Horses, the nearest pub. Well, literally just over the road from The Orangery.
Reed also drunk in The Greyhound with actor and local resident Windsor Davis (who lived nearby in Carshalton Beeches). Reed was also spotted in The Woodman in the 80s with Rick Parfitt from Status Quo.
All these pubs feature on the famous Carshalton pub crawl of nine much-loved pubs, which also includes the CAMRA award-winning The Hope community pub.
The Orangery today
Oliver Reed with son Mark
The Orangery with the ornate frieze above the porch
Reed in person, working on the renovation