It’s something of a surprise to find a pub as amiable as this on what is the least appealing arm of Camberwell’s beleaguered crossroads. A former Victorian gin palace dominated by a horseshoe bar, the Bear has scrubbed up nicely and now oozes warmth, especially by candlelight.
Despite this, it’s still very much a locals’ boozer, with an unusually fine selection of cast ales (look out for the occasional beer festival), a decent range of bottled beers (Duvel, Peroni, Anchor, Erdinger, Chimay Blue), a well-chosen wine list and good-value food among the consumable attractions. The rear room, decorated with stopped clocks and china dogs, is an easy place to while away an evening. There’s also a popular quiz on Tuesdays.