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Stormbird

Bars and pubs Camberwell
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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.

By: Ben Williams

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Address: 25 Camberwell Church St
London
SE5 8TR
Transport: Rail: Denmark Hill
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5 out of 5 stars

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tastemaker

Hidden Gem - being a big craft beer fan it was amazing to stumble onto this great pub! I do not know how they do it but they have got an amazing selection of great craft beers on tap from around the globe - their fridge game is also on point! 


All their beers are very reasonably priced, however one point to note is that it is a cash only establishment, but there is a cashpoint located close by - just be sure to take cash! 

Tastemaker

Camberwell is quickly becoming - actually it's already there - a haven of fantastic pubs, stocked to the brim with excellent beer, cozy seating, and colorful staff. Somehow, these pubs manage to keep their true character and soul, without becoming too trendy, hip and expensive. Age ole' locals still visit these pubs, mixing in with the hipsters that now proliferate Camberwell's leafy groves. But, somehow, everyone seems to get along. Lovely, just lovely. 


Stormbird is probably one of the more hipster-y of pubs in Camberwell, but still a really fantastic boozer. An incredible amount of beer and cider selection, and very helpful staff who are willing to let you try the lot before making a decision. Twinkly lights, posters and beer mats adorn the walls, making the place feel both romantic and old school.


Often quite busy, so getting a seat can be difficult. On warm days though, best to take you pint and sit on the curb outside. Not one to miss!

tastemaker

There are many reasons to love this place but there could be a few improvements. The selection of uniquely flavoured beers and ales are really impressive and I've tried some belters which I've never come across before, and it's great to be able to order in food from Theo's across the road. I also appreciate its non-pretentiousness and no nonsense interior- there are no weird and 'quirky' adornments, such as wall-mounted taxidermy wearing sunglasses which seem to be all the rage these days. Having said that it is so low key it looks bare and kind of like they're in between decorating the joint, plus a playlist wouldn't go amiss. The worst thing though is they only take cash, and in a time of contactless payment and oyster cards my moneyless self always forgets and has to trek down the road to the cash machine.

tastemaker

Impressive craft beer selection - it is changing pretty often, so if you particularly fancy one of the seasonal beers you have to visit Stormbird as often as you can as it might be gone forever (forever means at least several months).

It was my case with a rhubarb (yes!) beer from Arizona.

You can bring your own food (big pro!) and it is open until late (12 - 1 am).

The only con I could think of is that they don't accept cards. 



Just the best ... try other places and always disappointed when compared to here!


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.

Staff Writertastemaker

To add to the comment below I've always loved the Stormbird but spent a long time panicking it was only for beer lovers- NO, no it's not. They keep a delicious selection of unusual Gins and various other spirts (I never get past the gin) and the staff will always be able to tell you a bit about them too.

Open later than a normal pub (12 and later at weekends) its a great place to go after dinner and relax knowing you can get a few in  before you're turfed out but its also worth the trip alone.

Staff Writer

I know I'm shooting myself in the craft beer foot by coming here and telling the world how much I love Stormbird, but basically I can't hold it in. If you like to try interesting beers, ales and ciders; if you are a fan of having more boozy choices than you can get through in one session; if you enjoy paying less for your pint than you would in almost any other London pub; basically if you like a drink, this pub is going to delight you. I have only one request for the owners of Stormbird, and it is to make Blushing Monk a permanent fixture, because it is nearly as alcoholic as your average wine and yet tastes like intensely delicious raspberry juice.

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