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Grove, Camberwell Grove

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It's open again, a Rampubco joint, it would seem.

You can see Wembley from here, incidentally. Or so the builder said, when he came down from his scaffolding and roof ladder.
Hulots_hat - 16 Apr 2019 15:43
This pub is justly billed here as closed, but as a result of fire damage.

It's shrouded in scaffolding, and work is well under way. As to whether it will re-open as a pub, we'll have to wait and see

I wonder what ever became of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown?
Hulots_hat - 24 Oct 2018 19:37
"The natives used to say, that if a man's heart was pure, then the poison wouldn't harm him. Poor old Hargreaves died almost immediately, in horrible agony..."

So, with Rawlinson's words ringing in my ears, I lifted the opaque, vitriol-reeking pint of Bombardier to my lips. And here I am today.

I suggested to the bar lady that the beer was off. She said that it was a new barrel. I invited her to taste it. She said that she had no idea how real ale was supposed to taste.

What does it take, to remember "not like a mixture of vinegar and bad eggs"?

Here's a note to visitors from kinder, less brutal lands. No, we do not drink beer that tastes like demon's p i s s.

Send it back like we do.
Hulots_hat - 21 Feb 2018 19:59
Popped into this pub on world cup match night 7:30pm and surprised to see only 3 drinkers in watching the screens Pint of Youngs served in Traditional Glass tankard - Impressed

But badly poured by inexperience staff, a quarter of the pint was head, when asked to top up, I was wrongly informed that the pint mark was to the top of the dimples !!?, asked to see the manager, who stated the same but reluctantly topped up to the full pint, left the Grove after that pint,I guess drinkers vote with their feet
walked down to "The Hermits Cave" busy pub (100+drinkers)cheaper beer, more variety & served correctly by professional staff

jk68 - 22 Jun 2010 10:59
Ah the Grove, what a pity. Soulless, but with nice bar staff. Drinks are alright. Place always empty.

Bring back its previous studey incarnation with the great pizza oven, the BRB. They were lovely (and there's no where else in SE5 that does them that I know). It was the only pub in SE5 with a consistently good atmos which a civilised human would want to go to for a fun feeling.
declan88 - 15 Feb 2009 19:36
Popped in after a visit to King's College on Wednesday for various tests, finally allowing the medico Vampire to withdraw quantities of my good British blood! Swear they must be selling it off to lesser mortals? Anyhow, thought it best to quickly restock and thought I'd wander through to the Grove; haven't been there for 30 odd years. However, firstly how sad to see the decline of a once, busy, but clean community such as Camberwell. The Green looks run down and grotty; Peckham road a slum. Believe you me Camberwell and neighbouring Peckham were once truly lovely places to live and grow up. Now just victims of scum culture that Liberal/Labour Southwark council appear to think acceptable for the future. And yet there is still some hope and areas of pleasant vistas to enjoy; Camberwell Grove! Lovely Georgian houses running upto Dog Kennel hill, that give Richmond, Hampstead & High gate a run for their money. And at the near end the Grove tavern still. As an old Wilsonian (Camberwell Grammar) this pub was the lunch time haunt of many of our masters at lunchtime & those of nearby Mary Datchelors; the former moved to Wallington in 1975 and the latter, now being transformed into executive homes I noticed. The girls at Mary Datchelors were always elegant and ladylike: and always a treat for school boy eyes. The youngest now must be middle aged? The Grove always represented those good standards of Englishness that many of us still miss. So having popped in the day after the heavy snow fall the other day, I was pleased to find a very pleasant, clean and friendly pub still. Okay the decor was in my belief, too modern for this Georgian building, and therefore in danger of dating quite quickly in the near future; it was pleasing. And typical of the brash new wave of Youngs new decor developments across our Capital city. I was served by a most pleasant and pretty young graduate girl called Rachel; and the few pints of Youngs drunk were enjoyed I must say. A pub that I would certainly recommend visiting.

anonymous - 5 Feb 2009 12:58
The big letdown with this place is the little fat grey haired owner, he always seems to have a chip on his shoulder and gives the place a bad vibe. This place has a high turnover of staff (probably due to the fat controller), foods not up to much and overall does not deliver a good experience.
eaststreetclown - 18 Jan 2009 14:54
The grove has delivered yet another fantastic evening for me and my family, social and friendly bar staff didnt put a finger wrong with us couldnt be more helpful. the managers were also outstanding with their abilitie to answer our queries on the spot. I will most definetly be coming here again very soon.
Eskrimo - 12 Sep 2008 21:32
When this was the BRB you'd get a nice mix of people in here and I was a regular. Now it is soul-less, but even worse it has become a city pub in Camberwell.
A pint of Kroney is over 3.50 and the food is (g)astronomically expensive - I'd personally recommend the Black Horse round the corner or the Canning up the road. Both are similar prices, possibly less, and actually have some soul to them.
I'm sure I saw that this pub had a website.....in my opinion tailored for the more mature residents of Cam Grove. A shame - I'll pay top dollar for top beer, but this ain't it.
followthebear - 8 Apr 2008 17:52
I actually quite like this place. Yes it can be a bit quiet, but recently I have noticed it getting busier. But at least you always get a seat. And the food IS good and the service is pleasant and efficient.
vickylb - 11 Oct 2007 14:28
unsed to come here along time ag o, it as changed nail their is pizza! here and alot of dirnks their is a quze-night and combftbell seats/ it is quiet deer here but is near the busstopds, thier are no trian stakton in this hairier
bertrand - 16 Aug 2007 16:23
This place is horrible - its got no atmosphere and now that the smoking ban has come in for all pubs whats the point?
EmilyBr - 27 Jul 2007 14:12
I practically lived in here for the first year of the BRB, but still concede that it had to go in the end. Instead Camberwell is now blessed with another place decorated according to the instructions in the pub-by-numbers catalogue.

This place is seriously expensive for drinks. It looks pleasant enough admittedly, but suffers a lack of people. And it lacks people because it is expensive in Camberwell. So many incarnations of posh pubs have come and gone in this small area - Camberwell seriously tried to gentrify about 7 years ago, and it whimpered and died pretty quick, but still they try and this is just the latest effort. If it wasn't backed up by Young's I'd only give it 18 months, because it's so expensive. I said it again.
cardamom - 13 Jun 2007 16:10
Good quiz night on Mondays although cost of drinks makes it a very expensive evening
michaelfrayn - 2 May 2007 19:29
Ian_34 why do I get the impression that you are in some way connected to the pub and so have a stake in giving it a good review? Are you the manager of this establishment or just one of the Youngs corporate types? The spelling mistake in your review is consistent with the spelling mistake in the pub description.

This pub is ok -nothing particularly good but nothing particularly bad- and the plentiful staff helpful but its got absolutely no soul. And the prices cause sharp intakes of breath - there are so many better pubs with character in Camberwell so there is no need to go to this beer barn.
mooose - 21 Apr 2007 09:06
OK, but overpriced - 3.40 a Kronenburg & good but pricey food ....obviously aiming for the wealthier section of Camberwell.
If you're a couple, over 40 or like muzak (elevator music) you'll love it.....generally non-descript.
Much better pubs in Camberwell.


followthebear - 18 Apr 2007 17:33
Simply this pub is one not to be missed. The managers and stuff are extremely friendly, the ales and food extremely good. I popped in for lunch and was not disappointed. Something about the place appealled.The beer was excellent, the bar very clean and tidy, the food - simply sublime. Don't expect fast food but do expect good food. This place is highly recommended.

ian_34 - 18 Apr 2007 11:20
Has now reopened and first impressions are not good - they have redone the interior so that it is now full of tables and barn like. Worst thing is it has no soul. Often more bar staff than customers. I guess it could be described as a higher class Wetherspoons
mooose - 28 Feb 2007 11:08
Going to open this Friday as smoke free venue according to website
michaelfrayn - 20 Feb 2007 00:42
HAS NOW SHUT - undergoing internal redecoration to reopen as youngs pub
Simon28 - 5 Feb 2007 21:46
Not impressed, my buzzer for food ent after being there for 30 mins and it wasn't for me, then it gos again 15 minutes later and they tell me that they've only just "got" my order. Had to be quite pushy about getting a refund.
thermionic - 14 Jan 2007 21:07
Apparently going to close at the end of Jan '07 for a month or so and then reopen as sparkling new Youngs pub - so no pizzas and probably in the same vain as other newly created Youngs pubs such as the Riverside in Vauxhall.
trousers - 29 Dec 2006 13:02
Let itself go bigtime... rumour has it that it will reopen as a Young's pub early next year
trousers - 1 Dec 2006 22:12
empty when we went on a Saturday night when I would have thought it should have been very busy given its location and intended market
cuttysark - 1 Oct 2006 19:38
The Grove BRB used to do the best pizzas in London. Now it's been bought by Youngs and the pizza is awful. Uninspired beer selection too.
anonymous - 21 Sep 2006 19:51
Good pizzas and Erdinger - a good white beer
Beertastingmonkey - 23 Jul 2006 22:10
Fantastic vibe, good (if standard) range of beer and good cocktails. Nice terrace area outside too. Seems to open to midnight Fridays, Saturdays
anonymous - 30 Jun 2006 11:57
i recently moved to the area as a student and me and my mates came across this little beauty tucked away from the main high street. we were made to feel very welcome, although we were there for 241 pizza on tuesday and it was packed, the staff were really friendly! ill definitely go back there - the stonebaked pizza was delicious! the music was cool and then they put the football on the big screen and although i dont like football there was a friendly atmosphere in the bar.
emmajo - 4 Nov 2005 12:22
The Pizzas are indeed very good but not sure about the punters. Pizzas - yes, Punters - no.

Prefer the smaller side... the main side table layout makes you think you're drinking on a cruise boat. Also there's babyfoot over there - always a no-no.

Apparently it's no good for watching the "footy" - I don't know what this is so cannot comment.
shw500 - 17 Oct 2005 15:47
Good pizzas and decent if expensive and uninspired beer. Was a favourite haunt un my uni days and the cocktails ensure a good night is had even if the place does get ridiculously busy.
the_sarah_day_fan_club - 19 Sep 2005 18:04
Have been going for a while and Thursday has become a really good night. The new djs have improved the night,also the two for one cocktails as the deal of the night you can't go wrong.
tim jones - 13 Oct 2004 17:54
BRB a great improvement on The Grove (sticky carpets and reeking of smoke). The pizzas are great, the beer and wine are more than adaquate. Staff are friendly. Everyone I've taken here has loved it.
Cassius - 5 Jun 2004 16:46
Pizzas have got better. You can now see the toppings... Lots of arty types and boffs from Camberwell Art College/Kings hospital. Awful pub for watching the footy in the daytime (sound off in big bar, no curtains on windows). OK in evenings. Reasonable selection of beers on tap, but nothing special. Can reserve small bar at no cost for private party. Reasonable night out.
Parsnip - 19 Jan 2004 15:16
Very good all week - trendy and local without being over trendy or over localish if you know what I mean. Open late at weekends I think. Great pizzas - come on Tuesday when they are two for the price of one.
Ptolemy - 3 Sep 2003 13:02
was a Tayor Walker pub The Grove, then taken over by Bar Room Bar and now does Pizzas. Was always one of the better pubs in Camberwell with two bars, big screen, table football, small beer garden but is not a major road so couple of tables out front also
Barney - 10 Jul 2002 16:39

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