The Crown and Greyhound

Bars and pubs, Pubs Dulwich Village
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A cavernous old Dulwich boozer, reopened with a facelift.

The Crown & Greyhound – a venerable pile of a pub in Dulwich Village, and ‘The Dog’ to locals – was closed for renovations for so long it feels like a miracle it’s reopened at all. It’s still recognisably the same local institution (and the Village’s only proper watering hole), but it’s been given a neat revamp. It’s nothing too progressive though: rather like the sprawling Half Moon in nearby Herne Hill (which has also had a significant facelift), it’s simply a decent, classic London pub, and all the better for it.

There’s acres of wooden panelling, decorative glass, snazzy cornicing and artfully mismatched furniture. The pub comprises a massive, leafy beer garden, a back room covered in framed butterflies and other faux naturalist bits ’n’ pieces, and a restaurant doing snazzed-up takes on standard pub grub.

The bar had alternative mainstream beers and ales like Meantime, Camden and Sharp’s on tap, and a host of modish craft ales in the fridge. It’s 2017, so of course there’s gallons of gin. It’s much like any other posh neighbourhood pub – and reliably crammed with families on my visit – but it has a warm familiarity. It’s a more than welcome return. The old Dog’s still got it.

By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: The Crown and Greyhound
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Address: 73 Dulwich Village
London
SE21 7BJ
Transport: Rail: West Dulwich
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tastemaker

Now a fairly modern,unremarkable clean-looking pub after a recent revamp.  Almost empty on a weekday lunchtime, I hope the numbers are larger on weekends and evenings to justify the now cavernous space.  An enormous bar at the front, serving a good range of ale and beer and behind this, 2 large separate areas:  a dining room and a light and airy conservatory (closed during my visit).  My expensive (£13.50) mushroom risotto was short on mushrooms and undercooked, my fellow diners seared tuna dish they pronounced "delicious".  Service was prompt and friendly.  This will be a lovely place to visit in the summer with outdoor seating at the front in the surroundings of the lovely Dulwich village and the inviting conservatory and garden at the back.

Tastemaker

This is one of my favourite spots in the summer. Dulwich village is so cute and this pub offers a prime spot for drinking and enjoying this lovely part of London. When hot it offers lovely BBQs and you can mingle with the locals (a very friendly bunch). 

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