Montague Arms

Bars and pubs Nunhead
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Montague Arms
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The ‘Tourist Welcome Coaches Welcome’ sign isn’t blind optimism: stuck out on a bend of the main road between Peckham and Europe, this idiosyncratic gem once attracted busloads of adventurers bound for Dover.

Somewhere in the attics of neat homes across Holland must be snaps of this weird English pub with zebra heads and maritime knick-knacks; perhaps even a group shot with laconic Stan, the timeless landlord, and his evergreen bar ladies.

It’s not only Eurostar and easyJet that have changed the dynamic of this low-ceilinged anomaly: locals who 20 years ago would have scoffed at the Casiotone entertainment provided by Peter ‘Two Moogs’ London from the main stage now cherish the place.

On Sundays, when medieval-sized hunks of meat are slathered in gravy and served to the compact row of dining tables, you can’t move. Regular gigs bring a fresh crowd from Goldsmiths, happier with the plain lagers rather than the three or four ales.

The first Friday of the month is alternative night (as if this place weren’t already alternative enough): expect wacky bands from Slovenia or anything rhombus-shaped from south-east London.


Venue name: Montague Arms
Address: 289 Queens Road
SE15 2PA
Opening hours: Open 7.30pm-midnight Mon, Tue; 7pm-midnight Thur-Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Food served 12.30-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Queens Road Peckham rail
Price: Admission free-£5
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If you like old-fashioned barmy boozers then the Montague Arms is the pub for you. With it’s antiquated interior of upholstered treasures, original bold and brazen signage and kitsch taxidermy, it exudes an eccentric charm that’s both bizarre and inviting, and a far cry from the minimalist bars popping up all over Peckham. There’s also a small low budget function room in the back, which hosts local gigs and alternative club nights on the teeny, red velvet curtained stage. Plus on Mondays they do quizzes and Pieminister pie offers, the most delicious pies around.

Tucking into a deep filled pie covered in thick gravy, sipping on a reasonably priced pint of ale while nestled into a vintage leather armchair will easily transport you back to the time of the boozy sessions of the old local geezers, enjoying getting suitably and comfortably inebriated. A beautifully peculiar public house.


The new owners have definitely upped the game of this local institution. Keeping the old features while updating the overall look of the place. The drinks selection is better quality and the local bands are still flocking to play there.

I used to think it was a scary place to venture to, with its dark exterior and bold 'WELCOME' sign: making me think what they had to hide to make them a bit too overzealous for my custom but happy to report that it's cosy and inviting inside. Drinks are reasonably priced and could happily spend a couple of hours there forgetting the woes of the day.

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The new team have brought better service and a better range of booze. They've kept lots of the pubs old quirky features (including the carriage with two stuffed zebras- if you like bad taxidermy this is your joint).

The little stage is great and like something out of Phoenix Nights, feels like the kind of place bad dads took their kids for a quiet pint in the 90s, and i do mean that in a good way!

Sad to see the lovely old couple that built this place up go but so pleased its open again without losing too much of its eerie charm. Definitely worth going out of your way from either Peckham or New Cross for a night out here!


Not sure if they've started doing food again yet, but this has re-opened under new management and apparently a lot of the quirky design features are as they were before