Dog & Bell

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© Jamie Coates

It’s perhaps not all the better for the refurb a little while back – whatever happened to that Empire-era map of India? – but the good old Dog & Bell still charms the local creatives and ale aficionados. Mounted art, even Fred Aylwood’s wacky collage, is now neatly framed; a gas fire in the corridor linking the two rooms is surrounded by tables, thus creating a third space.

Beers include treats from Dark Star (Hophead included) and Fuller’s; draught Budvar comes in regular light and dark varieties; and a string of Belgian beers (Gentse Tripel, Liefmans) is individually labelled with little Post-it strips in the fridge.

Food-wise, the place has moved a little upmarket (stuffed peppers?), but you can still get a dish of pork sausages, mash and onion gravy for £5.95. Also present: bar billiards, the lyrics to ‘Homeward Bound’ (not the Paul Simon tune but a music hall ditty mentioning this very pub) and, yes, the regulars. Plus Deptford, tu meurs.

Venue name: Dog & Bell
Address: 116 Prince Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm daily. Food served noon-3.30pm, 6-9pm Mon-Sat; 12.30-3.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: New Cross tube/rail or Deptford rail
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Luke M

Friendly local with a rolling selection of real ales. X Factor is also sometimes on the box.

Roz W

If it's great Real Ale you are looking - this is the place. Also has a brilliant range of bottled imported beers and an exquisite range of Whiskies.

Jasiek G

A rare proper back-street pub - run by the owners, top quality beer and an original bar billiards table. No fuss

Sean A Bill

Granted, first dozen visits, totally enjoyable & the beers are the best in se London. With that said, i was shocked to realise that half of the regulars are terrified of the landlady? They become sheepish & guarded, as she hovers near them & quick at interjecting into private conversation's. IF you have different interests to her catholic reality, she, out of the blue starts staking out your activities & question others about you? The landlord's lovely & in love with her, wart's & all? The regulars just keep there heads down & a quiet life is enjoyed. Baaa? One regular's worth a note, a work-shy verbose camealion, spends a lot of time hanging around the old bailey & has picked up a lot of mannerisms & jargon, pretending to be a breif..It's an excellent place, as an Author's muse.


Lovely, unexpected gem found while walking around the back streets of Deptford. Food delicious. Open fire. Helpful landlady. Will visit again to sample more ale and food.