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-conditioned ales (Harveys Sussex, Woodforde’s Wherry, Hopback Summer Lightning and York Constantine on our visit), plus cocktails and an acceptable wine list. The latter get massive plates of hearty, unpretentious food at decent prices (the most expensive dish, sirloin steak, was £13; most were around £8). 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. Carnivores get the best deal: there was just one fish and one vegetarian main (puy lentil and mushroom lasagne, served with chunky chips and salad – decent but no better than most home cooks could turn out). More ambitious were lamb chops (slightly dry) with roasted garlic and anchovies, new potatoes and a tasty salsa of red pepper, green beans and black olives. Top marks went to a starter of salmon and spring onion fish cakes: grease-free and fluffy yet crammed with chunks of fish. 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: Open 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: Tube: Nunhead rail/78, P12 bus
Price: Main courses £6.95-£13.

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3.7 / 5

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Guy Parsons
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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