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Address: 296a Camberwell New Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0RP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 31853) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Oval (0.8 miles), Kennington (0.9 mile)

Nearest train stations Denmark Hill (0.7 miles), Loughborough Jn (0.8 miles), Brixton (1.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.8/10 (rated by 13 users)
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Currently closed as of the date of this post. Best guess is that new owners will open in March 2016, possibly earlier.
BoxRoom - 12 Jan 2016 17:29
Having been past this pub a thousand times today I made my first visit.

Corner plot pub on the main road between Peckham and Vauxhall, the interior is tastefully decorated with wooden floors and brown painted wallpaper and ceiling.

2 ales on draught, one from London and one from Kings in Sussex. The pint I had was very good and was a new beer for me. Many pumps of fancy lager and Meantime brewery also had 2 pumps.

Large amount of spent beer clips adorned the shelves behind the bar, some very interesting ales.

Mix of people in, of which a few were eating or just drinking coffee.

Music quietly playing in the background, no television or fruit machines.

Good atmosphere and the large furry bear on the bar as you enter is playful.

Unsure how long the pub has been modernised for but its certainly been done well.
lezford - 2 Dec 2012 00:14
It's not a good sign when the toilets smell better than the pub. Bad drains a could have just been a one off.
filf - 4 Mar 2012 15:39
Modernised street corner pub with a central island bar dispensing.2 real ales - Batemans Salem Porter and one other I can't remember, plus several continental lagers. Cider was Thatchers Gold and Westons over Ice. The pub is fairly dimly lit in the evening. There are no TVs, just music. Blackboards show the current menu, which looked quite adventurous. Although I wasn't here for the food.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Jun 2010 20:52
Nice old street corner pub, but not quite my cup of tea. Stong emphasis on the food side with place mats laid out at all the tables when I arrived shortly after opening time on a Sunday; clientele predominantly young professional types. However I was mainly tempted along by its appearance in the Good Beer Guide, and two real ales were on namely Acorn Barnsley Bitter and Oakham Rollercoaster. The former was superbly kept, the latter slightly green and rather pricey at 3.45 a pint.

The pub istelf was furnished smartly and simply with bare floorboards and wooden tables & chairs with banquette seating along one wall, but despite nice big windows and sunny weather the dark brown walls and ceiling made it feel a bit gloomy. Painting the walls & ceiling in a much paler colour would be a big improvement.
Delirious_Nomad - 19 Apr 2010 13:19

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