Fentiman Arms

Bars and pubs South Lambeth
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Tucked away on a quiet, handsome residential street between Vauxhall and Stockwell, the Fentiman Arms has been designed by Geronimo Inns to appeal to the neighbourhood’s discreetly wealthy locals.

Upmarket, clean-cut and tasteful, the pub attracts well-spoken City boys and shiny-haired career blondes who’d rather hide out with a decent bottle of wine and a plate of gastropub-type food than face the mean streets of SW8 of an evening.

It’s bigger than it looks from the outside: the pleasing main room extends into a handsome, well maintained garden, and there’s a nice room upstairs available for private hire.

Service can be hit-or-miss, from very helpful to borderline rude; prices are high, but the regulars either don’t notice or don’t mind. Its proximity to the Oval means it’s rarely anything less than packed after close of play; understandable, as it’s the best option within a ten-minute walk of the ground.


Venue name: Fentiman Arms
Address: 64 Fentiman Road
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 6-10pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oval tube or Vauxhall tube/rail
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Mykolas P
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The best place around Oval and Vauxhall with stunning cider garden!

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I had a great time here last week with some mates. I had the fish dish off the specials board and my friends all enjoyed their food too, the burger looked amazing. The staff were great when I was there, very helpful and happy to adsvise. I will definitely go back!

Brian D

Paying £29 for a 2-course (starter & mains) christmas feast would leave you thinking you are getting exactly that. 2 bowls potatos/veg were shared amongts 12 people. I got 1potato! The slices of turkey stood idle in the middle of an otherwise empty plate staked on 2 pigs in blankets and some stuffing. I can safely say this was the very first pub christmas dinner I finished still feeling hungry and slightly robbed!

Tyler B

Easily the nicest pub in the neighbourhood. Great outdoor garden and decent food.

Georgia G

Lovely local Geronimo pub serving great food, good beers, friendly staff & the beer garden is a treat on hot summer days.

Tara P

The Fentiman Arms is a cosy pub for a drink, a chat and maybe even a board game (they have a good selection available). It's the closest thing you'll find to a country pub in Oval, with a pleasing wood-filled interior and a small outdoor seating area. Fentiman Road itself is pretty quiet, except for the odd speeding motorcycle. What lets it down is the food, with 3 star quality at four or even five star prices - it's not unusual to have main courses at £17+. Unfortunately the quality doesn't live up to that, and it's a shame that the menu is so gastro-pub when in actuality normal pub-grub might leave a better taste in the mouth.

Kateryna V

This is definitely more of a gastropub than your local. On a Saturday night it was all about younger slightly hipster crowd with just a single old timer doting over his apple crumble (which looked yummy!). It got busy at some point, Saturday night and all, and it was difficult to get hold of a waiter at times. But once you've succeeded, the service was prompt (and always friendly). I had a pearl barley risotto - an obvious nod towards gastropub fare - which looked better than it tasted. So maybe apple crumble next time. They have lovely Penguin Classics wallpaper at the back and a surprisingly spacious secret garden perfect for smokers like me. Not a destination in itself, but a nice spot to know if you are looking to knock down a few drinks in Vauxhall area (and not least for the lack of alternatives).


Used to be much better, but now feels like a very ordinary experience of a thinly applied corporate "gastropub" veneer. Staff are nice, but seem to turnover rather too regularly. Menu full of overpriced culinary clichés, probably resting on its laurels – but there are now many better options in the area.