Fentiman Arms

Bars and pubs South Lambeth
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Tucked away on a quiet, handsome residential street between Vauxhall and Stockwell, the Fentiman Arms has been designed by Geronimo Inns to appeal to the neighbourhood’s discreetly wealthy locals.

Upmarket, clean-cut and tasteful, the pub attracts well-spoken City boys and shiny-haired career blondes who’d rather hide out with a decent bottle of wine and a plate of gastropub-type food than face the mean streets of SW8 of an evening.

It’s bigger than it looks from the outside: the pleasing main room extends into a handsome, well maintained garden, and there’s a nice room upstairs available for private hire.

Service can be hit-or-miss, from very helpful to borderline rude; prices are high, but the regulars either don’t notice or don’t mind. Its proximity to the Oval means it’s rarely anything less than packed after close of play; understandable, as it’s the best option within a ten-minute walk of the ground.

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Venue name: Fentiman Arms
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Address: 64 Fentiman Road
London
SW8 1LA
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 6-10pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oval tube or Vauxhall tube/rail
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Mykolas P
1 of 1 found helpful

The best place around Oval and Vauxhall with stunning cider garden!

Dave
1 of 1 found helpful

I had a great time here last week with some mates. I had the fish dish off the specials board and my friends all enjoyed their food too, the burger looked amazing. The staff were great when I was there, very helpful and happy to adsvise. I will definitely go back!

Jenni H
tastemaker

The best bit about the Fentiman Arms is it's lovely and large walled beer garden. In the summer months they have an outside pop up bar and themed events, with lots of seating and heaters for when the evenings get a bit chilly.

The inside has recently had a lick of paint, but unless you've booked a table can sometimes be hard to come by at peak times. The food is good, definitely overpriced for what it is, but a nice meal if you're ok paying £10+ for a main.

Beware of days when the cricket is on at oval as the fentiman gets super busy!

Brian D

Paying £29 for a 2-course (starter & mains) christmas feast would leave you thinking you are getting exactly that. 2 bowls potatos/veg were shared amongts 12 people. I got 1potato! The slices of turkey stood idle in the middle of an otherwise empty plate staked on 2 pigs in blankets and some stuffing. I can safely say this was the very first pub christmas dinner I finished still feeling hungry and slightly robbed!

Tyler B

Easily the nicest pub in the neighbourhood. Great outdoor garden and decent food.

Georgia G

Lovely local Geronimo pub serving great food, good beers, friendly staff & the beer garden is a treat on hot summer days.

Tara P
Tastemaker

The Fentiman Arms is a cosy pub for a drink, a chat and maybe even a board game (they have a good selection available). It's the closest thing you'll find to a country pub in Oval, with a pleasing wood-filled interior and a small outdoor seating area. Fentiman Road itself is pretty quiet, except for the odd speeding motorcycle. What lets it down is the food, with 3 star quality at four or even five star prices - it's not unusual to have main courses at £17+. Unfortunately the quality doesn't live up to that, and it's a shame that the menu is so gastro-pub when in actuality normal pub-grub might leave a better taste in the mouth.

Kateryna V
Tastemaker

This is definitely more of a gastropub than your local. On a Saturday night it was all about younger slightly hipster crowd with just a single old timer doting over his apple crumble (which looked yummy!). It got busy at some point, Saturday night and all, and it was difficult to get hold of a waiter at times. But once you've succeeded, the service was prompt (and always friendly). I had a pearl barley risotto - an obvious nod towards gastropub fare - which looked better than it tasted. So maybe apple crumble next time. They have lovely Penguin Classics wallpaper at the back and a surprisingly spacious secret garden perfect for smokers like me. Not a destination in itself, but a nice spot to know if you are looking to knock down a few drinks in Vauxhall area (and not least for the lack of alternatives).


tj

Used to be much better, but now feels like a very ordinary experience of a thinly applied corporate "gastropub" veneer. Staff are nice, but seem to turnover rather too regularly. Menu full of overpriced culinary clichés, probably resting on its laurels – but there are now many better options in the area.