Tommyfield

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Kennington
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Tommyfield

For locals of certain age, this corner site with forever be La Finca. For two decades it was the place all south London folk came to learn flamenco, quaff sangria and put away some tapas. More recently it was bought by Rennaissance Inns, who’ve been turning ailing south London pub sites into smart, British-focused gastropubs; among them are Avalon in Balham, and Stonhouse and Abbeville in Clapham. For a while they ran this La Finca site as theWhite Hart pub, but now they’ve given it a makeover and new direction as the Tommyfield gastropub.

Food’s to the fore. Blackboards outside the pub proclaim its ethos: the fish is sustainable ‘where possible’. More blackboards inside list the day’s specials, which are succinctly organised under the headings ‘Fish – Pies – Grill’. Coley (aka saithe), a fish which the Marine Stewardship Council and others are proposing as an alternative to the likes of cod, appears battered with fat chips (£9); nice, crisp batter, though its flesh isn’t as firm-textured as cod (few fishes’ are).

The starter of ‘British meat board’ (£7) follows the current trend for robust flavours and British charcuterie, and although decent, this is no Harwood Arms or Bull & Last (the standards by which others should be measured). The scotch egg was overcooked and dry, and for some reason served cut in two, but the sausage roll was agreeably moist and fatty. The home-made piccalilli was nice touch.

Meat’s a big feature of the menu too, and although the sirloin steak was correctly rare, it was very thin-cut. Puds include sticky toffee pudding and jam roly poly with custard.

Tommyfield’s a good all-rounder, with enthusiastic and cheerful staff, a brief choice of proper real ales (Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sharp’s Doom Bar) and a wine list that’s decent too – including Spain’s most iconic style, red rioja. On our visit the place was buzzing with the kind of energy not seen since La Finca’s early days.

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Venue name: Tommyfield
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Address: 185 Kennington Lane
London
SE11 4EZ
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kennington tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £60
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Jenni H
tastemaker

The Tommyfield is definitely the place to go for a good pie! With ever changing options on the blackboard, I have never been disappointed. I would also thoroughly recommend going for the creamy mash, which always goes perfectly with the pie of the day. They also offer a great 50% off food deal  Mon-Fri in January, you just need to sign up to the offer online - a good reason to visit before the end of the month! 


I've only ever been to the pub for food, but I've heard great things about the quiz night and weekly comedy on Thursdays. Get your tickets for the comedy early, as they go quickly and rightly so - they've got Reginald D Hunter on the bill in February! 

Caroline
tastemaker

Great pub! The Tommyfield does really good food, I'm vegetarian, and there is always something I want to eat. I very much recommend the Sunday nut roast with all the trimmings (with Yorkshire pudding - a rare find on a vegetarian roast!). I am still mourning the vegetarian pie which has left the menu, but my meat eating friends tell me the meat pies with mash are very nice. Drinks are fairly pricey, but there is always a nice atmosphere and it is a good place to meet for a drink. I would also recommend checking out the pub quiz. You need to book a table if you want to go, because it gets busy. It's a great quiz, just the right level of challenging and fun, with great bonus rounds to try to earn yourself a free drink!

Fergus B

Nice gastro pub: spacious, good decor and good light + delicious British pub fare with generous portion sizes. Brilliant choice for a Sunday lunch. Only major drawback in my opinion is that, while the staff are all very friendly, service has always felt disorganised to me ...trying to catch someone's eye can be as challenging as completing a Rubics Cube. They have an upstairs function room that books some pretty big-name comedians at times (...generally for warm-up tours I think which can carry with it an inherent risk!) and well worth looking out for if you're a Kennington local.

Rose L

Great atmosphere and great food. Standard pub dishes on offer but also a few different things. Some delicious healthy fish options. Very friendly staff. Reasonably priced and accept taste cards making it ridicously good value.

Sheens86
Tastemaker

Revamped, gastropub and boutique hotel in the heart of Kennington. This pub underwent major refurbishment last year to what you see today, we did not spend much time in the main pub as we had booked primarily for the hotel room. Of the 6 rooms, we had Room 2 which was a good size, super comfortable bed and a huge luxurious bathroom. We took full advantage of the roll top bath and rain shower during our 2 night stay. It was a very reasonably priced room, considering the amenities and location compared to other chain hotels. The only downside for me was that you could really hear other guests coming up the stairs and moving around in their rooms. Despite that, I’d definitely stay here again!

sharon

l went to the tommyfield on sunday lunch and had tasty and juicy roast chicken ,my dad had roast beef very tender and huge portion good food in this pub

Kerry

Really disappointed with food tonight; and don't think I will return. Was recommended the grilled haddock. It was overcooked and dry, the accompanying mash potato was barely warm. Service is lovely, but food is appalling value for money, and I left feeling very unsatisfied. There are so many good pubs in the area now, I will go elsewhere.