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Hermits Cave
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Address: 28 Church Street, London, SE5 8QU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1868) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Denmark Hill (0.4 miles), Loughborough Jn (0.8 miles), East Dulwich (1 mile)

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> Current user rating: 6.8/10 (rated by 46 users)
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A lot of alcoholic losers down there at times. The governor is an Irish chap - a firm, polite and chatty elderly bloke but make no mistake, he does not give a toss if you misbehave. This place is a good boozer though. Great selection of good quality real ales and spirits. No music which is great. Good atmosphere in general. There is one con though. Be aware of the governor's daughter behind the counter. She may be quite unpleasant person to encounter. She's got poor communication skills and could be quite rude unnecessarily when you've had one too many which does not help really. She's being patiently tolerated by the customers there. Double-faced and intellectually deluded she is but I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to experience a good old traditional English boozer.
Markoo - 22 Nov 2015 11:04
There are some truly moany reviews below this one.
Best pub by a mile in the area. Clientele matches the mixed nature of the area - students and professional boozers mixing happily.
Would be good if they could make the beer quality a bit more consistent though. My pint of Shrimpers two weeks ago was possibly the best pint of my life. Tonight a bit flat and a tiny bit sour.
But always the first choice for me locally.
Uncle_Gareth - 2 Nov 2013 22:43
Best pub in Camberwell for me, small if solid line up of ales (Rudgate Ruby Mild was on a lot recently, lovely beer) and a good card of single malt too.

Alright the decor could maybe be tarted up a bit but the service is always efficient and this is still a proper boozer that has a good mix of locals and lots of students from the arts college.

Not entirely sure what the previous poster is on about but for such a big fan of the Cadeleigh you'd think he'd be aware that Dermot sold up and the Cadeleigh was no more after June 2012.
Ruddles81 - 3 Aug 2013 23:14
Used to be a great pub about 15 years ago. Now sadly lacking in atmosphere and students.

Revisited with 7 people. Although we got a large round the landlord refused to provide free tap water to a friend with a kidney infection, thereby breaking the terms of the Licensing Act.

The landlord refused to discuss this or even dispense water to anyone else.

It is definitely not the best pub in Camberwell. The Bear and the Joiners nearby are both better nowadays. The best pub in the area is the Cadeleigh Arms on Shenley Road.
bringmethebeer - 5 Feb 2013 15:06
Another pub in Camberwell that for some reason I have never visited, though its been here for as long as I can remember having grown up just down the road.

Proper pub with regulars sat at the bar watching the horse racing on the tele which dominated the left hand side of the bar.

A fair few 'arty' types came in and left again without buying a drink. Pleasant pub without being intrusive.

4 ales on tap of which all but one from out of London and fairly unusual to see in this area without them being served in 'spoons pubs.

Tired looking leather sofas and a mish mash of seats but the fireplace is a stunning marble number and the fire is real and warm.

Really good selection of photographs on the walls of local shop keepers which is a really good touch.

Decent and honest pub.
lezford - 2 Dec 2012 00:16

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