Fentiman Arms

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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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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!


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.