Bars and pubs, Gastropubs West Dulwich
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The Rosendale is the only food-focused pub to serve West Dulwich; perhaps it’s the lack of competition that has caused standards to slip despite this handsome establishment’s refurbishment by the well-regarded Renaissance group.

The sheer expanse of the dining area, while an appealing place to sit (bright by day, cosy yet elegant in the evening), is clearly challenging to fill with diners. On our last visit, we noted punters migrating from the bar area to share a bottle of wine and maybe a bar snack. Arriving at a quiet time, we nonetheless faced a considerable wait for our food.

When the meal arrived, even the promising ‘specials’ had the air of weary, part pre-cooked standbys: stodgy risotto; ‘pan-fried’ duck with grey flesh and soggy, resilient skin; old-school cabbage. The ‘summer fruit’ tart owed its crisp, buttery pastry to last-minute assembly that threw up unhalved grapes and unripe mango.

Wondering at the pub’s popularity, we noted relaxed family groups populating the extensive, decked back garden with its dedicated toddlers’ play area. Add fairly priced wines and decent cask beers to the mix and the Rosendale continues to fulfil a welcome, if not gastronomically exalted, function.


Venue name: Rosendale
Address: 65 Rosendale Road
SE21 8EZ
Opening hours: Bar Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6-10.30pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-9pm Sun. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: West Dulwich rail
Price: Main courses £9-£16
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Teagan M

Excellent range of beers and impressive wine list. Roomy sun-filled (sometimes blindingly so) dining room and bar, lovely garden with soft-play and landscaped wraparound outside eating area. Really jolly bar staff, mainly well-spoken gap-yearers from the best schools money can buy. Extremely busy at weekends especially with parents and rugrats because the Sunday lunches are so good the local well-heeled families have given up using their Agas and have taken-up roosting here. At times staff can't cope with outdoor orders, which is a shame as the pub is struggling with it's own success. Recommend booking.


Great place, great good and great service but a bit over priced - £4 for half a cob of sweetcorn is pretty crazy by any standard


Whilst the bar area is much better after last year's refurb (usually a couple of decent ales on, and a good selection of wine), the Rosendale is really disappointing when it comes to food. Pretty poor quality, overpriced stuff. A real shame.


I think this is a great pub. I love the refurb. I had Sunday lunch there two weeks ago and the food was great. Roast dinner with all the trimmings and delicious banoffee pie for dessert. Wine selection is really good as well. Service was good and staff very friendly. So glad to have a great pub in my road now!

sharp one

started out as a good place to eat but has gone downhill in last month or so with long waits for food lack of consistency as for the decore most of it relates to north london not south the or the area its in. maybe they think its muswell hill not tulse hill shame really