Time Out says
At the Stormbird pub in Camberwell, the emphasis is on craft beer, with a changing beer line-up and a short selection of growler lines
It’s easy to miss Stormbird. While Camberwell has become a hive of trendy pubs either doubling as bike shops or serving pricey animal organs cooked in interesting ways, this unassuming local keeps things simple. It has chairs to sit on, the toilets are absolutely fine and the music’s quiet (if it’s playing at all).
That’s why Stormbird is a rare delight. It’s a relaxed, no-nonsense beer-lovers pub, with more than a dozen craft lagers and ales on tap and nearly 100 different bottles behind the bar. The decor’s sleek and tasteful; not too hipster, not too ‘old man’. Beers can be ordered by the third-pint, served as a trio on a wooden paddle. But best of all, there’s no kitchen. That doesn’t mean going home hungry, though; anyone’s welcome to bring along a Caravaggio’s pizza from nearby or enjoy a falafel wrap from next door with their pale ale. No wonder nobody wants to leave at kicking-out time.
25 Camberwell Church St
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Many reasons to love this place. Cask ales all £3 per pint; Gamma Ray and Kernel IPA just under a fiver! Incredible beer selection.
Stormbird is five stars for craft beer. While other venues are hyping up their tap takeovers and rare releases, Stormbird regularly has all the same sought after beers on tap, in bottle and can, and on cask with no fanfare whatsoever. For good prices too. You can bring your own food, buy takeaways, and the staff are friendly. Kegged beers regularly change but often include Beavertown, Kernel, Magic Rock, Siren, Moor, Cloudwater, Stone, Mikkeller and To ol. Just remember, cash only.
Large selection of craft beers with some super wacky ones on offer. No food but you can bring in takeaway food of which Camberwell Church Street has in glorious abundance!
This is my go to pub in South London as the beer selection is spot on and there are always new beers on tap. They keep it really simple with just great beer, a few tables and help full staff but you are able to grab one of the local takeaways (FM Mangal) and eat in the pub if you are hungry. Make sure you have cash though because they do not take card and you will need a decent wad as the imported beers are not cheap if you want the good stuff!
There's a big lesson that this place needs to learn: not taking payment by card does not provide you with any kind of folksy street cred. It suggests that you're the kind of backwards thinking luddite who lusts for the days when the NHS's entire anaesthesiology department consisted of some particularly hard sticks and a placard saying 'Biteth now, sirrah!' That said, the range of booze is phenomenal. Few decent cask ales, ciders, interesting spirits selection and a choice of about ten awesome craft beers. Think chocolate IPAs, mango-infused Lagunitas, plus a constant supply of Gamma Ray on tap. Best beer range in this part of London, hands down. Just make sure you turn up jingling with coinage. Otherwise, they'll grumpily take the pint away from you after they've poured it.
I love this place. Relaxed, friendly staff and huge selection of delicious tipples (even some under £4!)... don't tell too many people though. We don't want it getting any busier.
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