Local boy Robbie O’Neill and his experienced team have created a welcoming venue for all comers, and all seasons. You can pop in for a pint of real ale – a modest range, but well kept and correctly served – or linger over a glass of wine from an affordable list that offers interest rather than intimidation, in the cosy bar area. Decide to dine and you can migrate to the more brightly lit, spacious restaurant, its comforting dark wood and leather leavened by contemporary touches. On a summer evening the decking-clad garden beckons irresistibly, not least to children. The menu, too, is designed to please all generations and traditionalists as much as adventurers. Chef Andrew Belew espouses the gastropub calling with correct and vigorous precision: Italian pastas benefit from the same deft execution as dishes graced with South-east Asian seasoning, while traditional staples – bangers and mash, haddock and chips with mushy peas – are properly staunch, even when a mischievous twist intervenes. On our visit, chargrilled asparagus in season was smoky, crunchy perfection and beer batter tempura-light over moist and flaky fish. Seasoning tends to the barely noticeable, but is nicely offset by deeply caramelised chutneys and sauces. Service is friendly, intelligent and flexible.
|Venue name:||Perry Hill||Contact:|
78-80 Perry Hill
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm daily. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Catford Bridge or Lower Sydenham rail|
|Price:||Main courses £8.50-£13.50.|