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Hermit's Cave

Bars and pubs Camberwell
3 out of 5 stars
© Alys Tomlinson

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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This friendly cabin of an Irish pub has been the haunt of Camberwell’s more cultured art students since Leonardo’s time, it seems.

Prices are still cheap, the regulars still include old locals who’ve been skulking around in SE5 since Macmillan told them they’d never had it so good, and the decor is still largely made up of pre-war drinks advertising (‘Good Old Murphy’s!’) and contemporary photography.

Beers might include selections from the Brodie’s brewery in Leyton; such French ciders as Pays d’Aude and Fermier (each £6) offer an inappropriately continental alternative. Wine is not a selling point, but the prices are fair: all bottles are £12, with glasses at £4.20.

A large TV in the saloon bar attracts football fans of the laissez jouer variety; conversation around the timeless wooden interior is the definition of bonhomie.



Address: 28 Camberwell Church Street
Transport: Tube: Denmark Hill rail
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Wed; noon-2am Thur-Sat; noon-1am Sun
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