Old Nun's Head

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Drinkers and diners are both happy at this brick and timber 1930s boozer. The former get a sterling selection of cask and craft ales, plus cocktails and an acceptable wine list. The latter get a menu that changes daily, depending on the pop-up kitchen – it's worth noting that Burger Bear often have residence here. There’s plenty of seating: at large wooden tables next to the central bar, in the back garden and in the front yard facing Nunhead Green. You'll also find an array of entertainment here, including DJs, folk nights and a comedy club. And the name? A nunnery once occuped this site; the rebellious Mother Superior was murdered during the Reformation and her head stuck on a pikestaff on the green.

Venue name: Old Nun's Head
Address: 15 Nunhead Green
SE15 3QQ
Opening hours: noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat. Lunch served 12.30-2.15pm, dinner served 6.30-10.15pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.15pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun.
Transport: Nunhead rail/bus 78, P12
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:12
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Tom T

Great selection of beer, good music and cheeky staff. Could do with a better soundsystem tho!

Claire M

Superb Boozer! Cosy, lovely staff, good choice of craft beer and food is interesting with top streetfood vendors on rotation! Oh My Dog hotdogs are delicious!!

Katerina S

Hosting the excellent Burger Bear (who is using meat from the local butcher's Flock & Herd) & an amazing pub quiz every Thursday. Rotates the street kitchen monthly & shows rugby & football. Friendly staff, great atmosphere, good beer selection, small garden. Overall, flawless pub!

Nick M

The biggest and best selection of cask ale in the area, regular comedy nights, DJs and an amazing range of pop-up kitchens. This is what a local pub should be like.

Benjamin P

I love this pub. I don't think I like another pub more. Staff are lovely. Beer and cider both great. Nice wine. Everyone really cares about what they're doing. It's the best pub, definitely, in the world.

James C

Wonderful place, charming staff and banging burgers too. Good ale if it's your chosen tipple.

Nick N

The best pub in South-East London - whether its Monday/Tuesday burgers with guest foodies Burger Bear, or a quiet pint at the weekend, the place is charming week-in, week-out. Friendly staff (particularly Head Honcho Nick) and great atmosphere, the Old Nun's Head has a thriving crowd of regulars who are always keen to welcome newcomers. Less pretentious than many around it, this is a great pub for those who like beer. Or having a nice time!

Guy Parsons
moderatorStaff Writer

This is a great big pub with lots of appeal. I'd call it one of those Sunday pubs, best for chilling out with some papers and a pint, or waiting for the cosy four-seater cubby-hole to become free and settling down with some slightly hungover mates. In the winter, scoring the big sofa in front of the open fire is an absolute must.

The food is all over the place, as different guest pop-ups man the kitchen on different days of the week – you'll want to check their site to see what's on. I can confirm the Burger Bear burgers are bang on the money, however!  The 1-out-of-5 food hygiene rating is a bit off-putting... although they say it happened during a change in management and does not reflect the current state of affairs.


Forgot to rate it. 4 stars for the beer and atmosphere, 2 (at best) for the food recently.


A really nice, warm hearted pub in Nunhead. The food's pretty good, especially the Thai food and they have a decent selection of ales. Happy it's my local