This converted pub is now an excellent neighbourhood restaurant, with a brasserie feel – so expect white paper tablecloths and bare brick walls. The front is occupied by a bustling bar and as well as other drinks, stocks excellent Shepherd Neame beers and Aspall’s cider.
The kitchen specialises in British seasonal produce, and these are handled carefully but with the minimum of fuss.
Depending on the season, starters such as ‘Colchester Oysters’; ‘deep-fried Courgettes with Aioli’; ‘Ox Tongue with Frisée & Pear; ‘Deep-Fried Cod Cheeks with Frisée & Tartare Sauce’ and ‘Chitterlings with Chicory & Snails’ set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by ‘Black Leg Chicken with Gem Lettuce, Peas & Bacon’; ‘Whole Plaice with Brown Shrimp Butter’; ‘Rump of Veal with Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Chorizo’; ‘Old Spot Pork Belly with Beetroot & Dandelion’ or ‘Glamorgan Sausages with Spinach & Cherry Tomatoes’.
Desserts are of the good dinner-party-style variety, but shouldn’t be missed if you still have room – with maybe ‘Chocolate & Lavender Pot’; ‘Apple & Caramel Ice Cream’ and ‘Strawberry & Raspberry Mousse’ on offer; while those with a more savoury tooth will enjoy their selection of farmhouse cheeses.
Their weekday set lunch is particularly good value. They run a good 'Farm Shop' next door.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-23.00 (Sat 10.00 opening), Thurs, Fri & Sat (until 24.00); set L £14 (2 courses), £17 (3 courses); set L Sun £15; mains about £15 to £29
- Dinner: all week, 12.00-23.00 (Sat 10.00 opening), Thurs, Fri & Sat (until 24.00); mains about £15 to £29
- Seats: 66 (plus about 10 outside)
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups, and is backed up by good beers & cider
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: East Dulwich Rail (10 minutes)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating