Restaurants, Contemporary European East Dulwich
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This East Dulwich stalwart’s small dining room is so quiet and dimly lit of an evening you’d barely know it was part of a pub. Retro lampshades filter an orange glow on to a room decked out with dark wood panelling and a floor of ornate mosaic tiles. Despite an open doorway separating the dining area from the green leather banquette seating and open fire of the main bar, the only sounds are the quiet clink of staff polishing cutlery and the gentle murmur of middle-aged chatter from the couples populating the few well-spaced tables. A pricey menu (two courses and two pints of lager came in at around £70) proved hit-and-miss, with meltingly soft scallops sharing a plate with chewy black pudding, and a portion of refreshing pickled girolles atop not-quite-tart-enough goat’s cheese. This was once the leading light of the East Dulwich gastro revolution, but with dishes that fail to live up to their billing (or pricing), and the current glut of artisanal produce in SE22, it’s hard not to feel that the Palmerston needs to change gear if it’s to keep pace with the competition. There are decent real ales and a sound selection of wines by the glass, but sluggish service certainly doesn’t help – it took 45 minutes from ordering for our starters to appear.



Venue name: Palmerston
Address: 91 Lordship Lane
SE22 8EP
Opening hours: 12noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 7-9.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 7-10pm Fri, Sat
Transport: East Dulwich rail
Price: Main courses £14-£19.50. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £13.75 2 courses, £16.75 3 courses
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4.5 / 5

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Phil M

Sensational food and good wine and beer selection. Just a little too pricey to go often

Danny N

The Palmerston does the best, cooked to order steak this side of London. Fact. All the staff are really friendly and clued up, great decor and atmosphere and the wine list is incredible. One of my favourite restaurants!

steve g

It's the Greatest local in the world, fine ales and cocktails, the freshest and tastiest food around and run by lovely people, go visit.

Ed T

Casual but elegant. Delicious food and good range or drinks. Also has excellent roof top terrace.

Stefan S

To be fair we visited without trying the food - this is definitely catered to be more of a gastropub/restaurant than a conventional pub. The atmosphere is a bit more formal so didn't feel as welcoming compared to the other pubs along Lordship Lane. Disappointing the roof terrace was closed when we arrived in the sunny afternoon.


Warm and cosy place with a interesting menu serving good food, great selection of wine, beers that are well looked after, and all served with experience, knowledge and a great smile. Also upstairs room and roof terraces.

Hazel n

One of my fave places to eat in London. Have had many happy times and delicious meals here.