Sea Cow

  • Restaurants
  • British
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South East London

We remember this place as light and buzzing, but some recent interior decorating in pond-slime green seems to have had an equally depressing effect on the atmosphere. What the Sea Cow sells itself on – good quality fresh fish cooked simply – it does well.

Battered haddock got the thumbs-up from someone who lives in a fishing village, and a generous pile of grilled sardines were crispy and tasty. However, the chips were a bit dry and tasteless (as is so often the way since chippies abandoned lard) and the salads showed no effort whatsoever, being either a seemingly undressed pile of green leaves or some chunks of red onion and fuzzy tomato (billed as a ‘Moroccan salad’).

Top marks, though, for the surprisingly light, vanilla-infused bread and butter pudding. The Sea Cow’s saving grace is its family deals – kids eat free before 4pm at weekends and at other times receive large portions for a snip – an offer that’s hard to ignore.


Venue name: Sea Cow
Address: 37 Lordship Lane
SE22 8EW
Opening hours: Meals served 5-10pm Mon; 5-10.30pm Tue, Wed; noon-10.30pm Thur-Sun
Transport: Tube: East Dulwich rail or bus 176
Price: Main courses £8.50-£10
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