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Wishing Well, Peckham

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It's a pretty pub now and certainly very popular but I have to agree with WINKLER1. It is very strange that the sell their burger with chips as an extra. This bumps the price up quite significantly. It wasn't even very good, certainly not for the price. It also strikes me as being a bit, well, "sleight of hand".
MATTBOYMX, you don't have to delve deeper, you can better and cheaper if you go down to The Montpelier.
Anyway, it's certainly a positive addition to the area; these guys know how to run a decent pub and the staff have always been very friendly. It will do well, and so it should.
I like the idea that it also had B&B rooms, which look lovely on the website.
telboyofpeckham - 24 Nov 2010 18:27
Much improved post refurb, great service even though it was busy and the food is top notch.
Couldn't agree less with previous poster, and fine if you want a curry or pizza go elsewhere because they are not on menu. Food is evidently fresh and not reheated / boil in bag such as in majority of other pubs. Fish lasagne and salmon pie were sublime. When in London if you want a pub meal approaching anything half decent you have to more often than not delve a little deeper into those pockets.
Music was also spot on.
Will definitely be going back.
mattboymx - 23 Aug 2010 13:51
Now the Victoria. Capital pub co - full redo. Crowd appeared on opening night - never seen here previous to that - and have kept up the tempo so far.
Central London pricing. Local chef doing an exotic menu - mostly liked it seems.
Meantime brewery on tap -2 of - and Sharps ' Cornish ' ale. Brooklyn beer in bottles are some of the drinks on the list.
gonetolunch - 4 Aug 2010 22:52
Nice beer and good atmosphere. Staff very nice also. Have eaten here twice and would not recommend the food to anyone. Very, very expensive and sh1te - 9.50 for an average burger with chips not included... You'd be better off having a few beers here then going to the gowlett for a pizza or ganapatti for a curry.
WINKER1 - 22 Jul 2010 13:39
Re opened in a new trendy foody pub format, very popular, ales described as good.
The victoria inn - bellenden road. helpful staff, outside suntrap until early evening.
popeye321 - 17 Jun 2010 14:27
Due to close and be refurbished I've heard - in new year? At least not going to be a 'lost pub' and closed altogether.
gonetolunch - 21 Nov 2009 09:12
Really could do with some sorting out here and a consistant guvnor. Was a great local, now that job being taken on very well by The Albert.
gonetolunch - 19 Jul 2009 10:10
Still up and down here - another manager in here - looking promising though - the pool table is back, back bar in use again. And good - no really it is - pub food on the go, at normal prices, not gastro. Now get some ale in the place!
gonetolunch - 20 Mar 2009 22:33
went in here on same tuesday as visiting the PA, further along the rd , we were the only customers all the 3/4 hour we were in here . 1 pint each and on our way. very quiet and fishbowlish sitting in the window

The_Pub_Inspector - 17 Mar 2009 15:39
Awful pub. I don't know how it stays open, the electricity must cost more than they take over the bar!!
hooley - 1 Mar 2009 19:32
All beer 2.50 a pint on Weds, some food on now as well. Bout time
gonetolunch - 2 Jan 2009 17:23
Yes simon i will have half wat ever bertrands on.
Beersupper - 18 Nov 2008 20:22
The last poster - bertrand - is spot on.

simwilliams - 18 Nov 2008 16:36
or came in here went it was quiet bushy and and fife dirnks but their har a lot of files in the toplets
bertrand - 18 Nov 2008 16:10
We had a superb night here when the legendary DJ Derek was playing the back room. What a laugh! If he plays again, don't miss it.
The new owners are very friendly, the Guinness was nice & cold, the decor is odd to say the least with gold framed masters such as the Mona Lisa and the barman plays in a Kraftwerk tribute band.
Honestly, you couldn't make it up.
All sorts come & drink here. If they can keep a friendly atmosphere, introduce a good Thai cook (or just good pub grub that's not frozen & reheated) and keep up the great entertainment evenings it deserves to do well. Good luck.

telboyofpeckham - 13 Oct 2008 15:58
Warning! Just don't go there. TV screens everywhere. They advertise food outside in great big billboards and there is NO food! Nip up the road to the Montpelier.
hooley - 10 May 2008 13:16
An update due, as no-one else has put in their tuppence worth. Much better nowadays at the WW; keen young chap at the helm, hopfully for a while and lots of beer on tap, plus couple of ales too, Pride & Trojan.
Some music nights on the go to keep us locals entertained. Im rating it upwards.
gonetolunch - 25 Apr 2008 16:30
The 'Well' has had some bad management of late - not enough pub experience or even interest from the new owners. Despite this it remains a lively and liked real pub, with types from all walks of life as regulars and in and outers; young and old, horserace watchers and football shouters, students to business men, muscians and moaners. There are beer and wine drinkers, builders and artists (often argueing), tradesmen alongside gents and ladies, loners and bon vivants. Come along if you're around Peckhams Bellenden road area. Almost every other pub has been altered away from 'a boozer' round here, mostly good, but not 'a boozer'. Anyone keen on taking on this place could; the owners have the 2 bars up for let to interested parties. They would keep the B&B rooms on above.
If you do - just run it well. Dont change too much.
gonetolunch - 23 Feb 2008 19:43
The landlord used to be a man called Pat. He went back to Ireland. There are two Paul tables in the back and a little bed and breakfast upstairs. Some boys come in here from round the corner to watch the football matches.
hertz - 28 Jan 2008 19:30
Stayed for 3 days in their B&B with my girlfriend and had a lovely time. Enjoyed the pub which had a relaxed atmosphere and even though the pool room was busy we had a few games of pool without anyone bothering us at all and if anything people were quite friendly. We would certainly stay there again.
BillBrandon - 16 Dec 2007 17:47
What's happened? Gone into meltdown last two months. Good luck getting an ale, and good luck without protective armour. Was nice before.
writerandco - 14 Sep 2007 14:56
This is one of the nicest pubs in the area
bertrand - 14 Aug 2007 16:15
Oh my Gawd. This pub is dreadful. The staff actually wear uniforms!!! Customers are inundated and assaulted by tv screens everywhere. It could be such a good venue, for example the back room could host a comedy club or live music. Get someone with some intelligence, education, imagination to run the place and it could be a grand venue.
anonymous - 29 Apr 2007 15:12
Bloody awful noisy place. TV screens everywhere. Customers that look like they died last year. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. A drink in here would drive you nuts and terrify you with the screens that dominate the place. Horrible,they even have all the screens on when noone is watching.
anonymous - 25 Nov 2006 16:21
Brilliant pub, but some mopey bar-staff. Guess they must be "human" or something. Hur hur!
KilgoreTrout - 24 Jun 2006 22:03
Nice pub, probably the best traditional pub in Peckham, well kept original bar with ornamental clock and mirrors. Separate pool room, which is not very relaxing. But other room is relaxing, good overall.
alphabetclub - 6 May 2006 15:50
Top pub. I especially like the games room where I am regularly whipped on a Saturday afternoon by north london's finest. 10/10 for pub. 0/10 for my pool/darts.
andrew_lane - 14 Nov 2005 17:58
Used to have a snooker table in back! Those were the days, that and happy hour so you could drink your afternoons away playing snooker in a happy, smokey haze!

The Wishing Well is still a top pub which I often pop into. Great for Footy Matches - friendly too!

Should not have got rid of the Wishing Well outside though!
ratsterama - 27 Sep 2005 11:48
An unusual place ! - served as the boozer in the film version of Last Orders (with Michael Caine's and Helen Mirren's Butcher shop - now Lucius & Richards, a deli - gentrification in action), filmed in Bellenden Road, but only the exterior was used. Decorated inside in a deep Victoriana/tarts boudoir style with old masters on the walls and curiously dressed bar staff. Very good, and increasingly rare original c1880 bar fittings, although they ruined the exterior of the pub by replacing the sash windows with plastic a few years ago - the fools.....

Blyth - 6 Sep 2005 16:08
Lovely pub. Nice Victorian intererior, pool tables around the back, which is good if you want a game but because they are in a seperate room they are are not intrusive. Not much ale to be had but it is looked after well and it is always nice and cold. Good friendly pub. The tv screens are not blaringly loud as has been described, though it is usually on. There are several large wooden tables outside to chill on on a sunny day.
ElijahBailey - 22 Aug 2005 20:10
This pub is awful. There are TV screens blaring out from every possible corner. There used to be a Wishing Well outside which they took away. They then spent a fortune on revamping the place and it all looks hideous. There are horrendous pictures of horses and all sorts of stuff on the walls. It just goes to show that money can't buy style or good taste. Dreadful place.
anonymous - 22 Aug 2005 17:47
Good traditional London boozer. Once upon a time it was all we really had around these parts for a decent pint...but thank god all that has changed! Still thouugh, i do have a major soft spot for the place, and their wicked happy hour all day up until 6pm rocks!
charlottekm - 12 Aug 2005 12:29

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