Camberwell Arms

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This well-proportioned Victorian boozer has been revamped by the team that produced Waterloo’s Anchor & Hope and Stockwell’s Canton Arms – both of them excellent gastropubs. The de rigueur open kitchen has arrived with huge charcoal grill, and there’s a dining area at the back of the ground floor. This was a quiet spot compared to the front bar, where lots of enthusiastic imbibing was helping fuel the noise levels.

The menu is in a similarly rustic and seasonal style to the Anchor and the Canton. A blackboard listed ‘half a chopped rabbit + chopped black cabbage for two £28’, while the printed menu included ‘pork fat and scotch bonnet on toast’, and ‘ox tongue, beetroot and horseradish’ – this is food for adventurous palates.  

Kid had been slow-cooked until tender, and was served layered with (soggy) crispbread and a yogurt sauce tasting of mint and chilli. Despite all the searing and spit-roasting, the best dish was a simple leek and jerusalem artichoke gratin. The spiced rhubarb cake with crème fraîche was the happiest marriage, the sweet moments outweighing the sour.

Drinks include daily-changing guest ales – Skinners Betty Stogs and Sambrook’s Junction among them. There’s also a decent wine list and well-stocked shelves of spirits, though the rowdy mob in the bar appeared to be sticking to lager-lager-lager on our visit.

Venue name: Camberwell Arms
Address: 65 Camberwell Church St
Opening hours: 11am-11pm Tue-Sun; 5pm-11pm Mon
Transport: Denmark Hill Overground or bus 12, 36, 185
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65.

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Raphael B

What a pleasure to have one of the best places in London for a roast right on my doorstep! Not to mention the drink and the rather dishy staff too!

Alexandra P

OUtstanding, sentational food. Mike is a genius chef .  Simple fresh ingredients perfectly cooked, what more can you ask for. A full page positive from Fay Maschler too!!

Ian M

"But don’t hold your breath expecting a Foxtons next door". Seriously, don't. And be thankful. While we in Camberwell have done well to hide Camberwell's hidden gems from Foxtons and their ilk, alas we haven't down so well avoiding the critical scrutiny of reviewers like the one above. This sniffy review, and its knowing thinly-velied snobbery, is appalling and deserves no place in the otherwise excellent Time Out. 

The quite costly overhaul of the old pub has delivered a good dining venue very much in the style of the Canton and the Anchor & Hope, but with a partially open kitchen. We had the spit-roasted chicken, with potatoes, watercress (not soggy) and wholegrain mustard last night, and it was great and reasonable value for 2 at £27. The lager-lager-lager crowd weren't apparent . Despite the bar serving a fairly mediocre selection of lagers on tap, the only thing ending up well "battered" was me after a few bottles of their very good Lake District ales.

There was a fairly constant stream of police vehicles outside; the local bobbies are very fond of the excellent F.M. Mangal across the road. That might not be apparent to you if you keep your head down and hurry fearfully back to your more salubrious neighbourhood. But don't do that, it would be a terrible shame. 

UPDATE: Since writing this review, the original TO review above by Guy Dimond, has been edited to remove the less-than-helpful remarks I referred to. I applaud TO for that, and hope you get a chance to visit the Camberwell Arms. 

ian l

So people never get stopped by police elsewhere? Honestly TO, please weed out casual, inaccurate and pointless comments of this kind.