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Have heard a lot about this place so thought I'd combine it with a trip down to Nunhead Cemetry. Great interior, really well preserved. Ale very average - I've had much better kept pints of Brockley Pale. Worth visiting if your are in the area but not worth an expedition.
alebarry - 13 May 2016 12:05
Ordinary? My word this is almost a preserved 19302/40s pub with much of the original decor still in place. I'd turf the diners out and have the billards tables back in again.
On the downside service has slipped and has put me off going more regularly. I think it is also on the pricey side and (odd as this sounds) stocks too many ales and far far too many keg beers. But judging by the weekend crowd the latter brings the 20-30s in in droves, something it couldn't do before us old farts saved it. Also ironic that us old farts saved it to have a refuge from the creches that many other local pubs have turned into, yet what do we see during the day times at weekends? Oh well, it has to bring serious money in.
Still loads of community stuff going on.

baggydave - 28 Apr 2016 12:10
A brilliant pub. A huge range of fantastic ales. The only reason I am not giving it a ten is because the food is a bit ordinary. It has an attractive wooden paneled event room at the back where they have live music. If you love real ale you will love the Ivy House.
Nevster - 8 Nov 2015 16:04
Community owned pub, a large place with several good-sized drinking rooms clustered around a central bar area. Trumans Brewery panelling is still intact which gives it a good atmosphere. There is a garden (not seen) and a piano near the garden entrance if anyone is bold enough. A small but interesting range of ales (rather than have too many or run of the mill ones on) and the food was good also. Recommended.
rainlight - 24 May 2015 16:38
This is a pub that I've had in mind to visit for a good while. So I finally arrived at Nunhead station last night and made the 20 minute uphill walk to the Ivy House through residential areas bereft of pubs (apart from one other). To be honest, I'm not sure I could have told you were Nunhead was until yesterday. The front bar is a lovely affair, if somewhat small. I'd like to have visited the larger room at the rear. But this was reserved for a private party. It made beer selection difficult, as most of the handpulls seemed to be in the other room, until I spotted a blackboard with the selection. Ales on offer were Hobsons Best, Gipsy Hill Southpaw & Beatnik, Cottage Golden Arrow, Brockley Pale Ale, Truman's Runner & Cascadian Black (not sure which brewery, but possibly Saltaire). No real cider is served. Service took a fair while. I'm not sure the pub lived up to its expectations and I left a little disappointed.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2015 19:23
Lezford has already posted my thoughts on the Ivy House, A wide choice of ales,not everyone was a winner, the bar staff were somewhat inept, the building/interior was breathtakingly stunning. The potential of this pub in any other location would be really fantastic.The stage/wooden panneling, musical heritage would make any pub lover speechless, the place needs urgent financial support( the toilets are a disgrace), the whole place needs an update and a pub manager with the connections/ability to maximise the music/stage and community possibilities.A phoenix from the ashes,I love the pub but with any project there is more to do.7/10 at the moment, I fully expect a 9/10 soon.
slerpy - 18 Oct 2014 19:53
spent a pleasant Saturday afternoon there; the beer was good; the moo pie/chips/peas at 8 quid was nice; the decor, wooden panels etc., made for a traditional feel.

Too many screaming kids running around for my liking, but I'm told they're only allowed up to 8pm.
MrBabble - 19 Jan 2014 11:07
My first visit to the re-opened Ivy House last night and I was blown away with the selection of ales on offer.

Truman's Runner, Brockley Brewery Pale Ale, Clarence & Fredericks Golden Ale, Late Knights ’By the Dawns Early Light, Dark Star Hophead, Five Points Pale, Brockley Brewery Gold and Rosie Pig Cider all on hand pull along with 3x Meantime, Pilsner Lager, London Pale Ale and Pacific Pale Ale, Camden Wit, London Fields Brewery Ale and Beavertown, Gamma Ray also on tap.

One slight criticism is that out of the group of 6 of us, there were 3 not so great pints pulled. Each pint was returned & changed by the bar staff with no fuss. I am sure the beer quality will improve.

As previously mentioned this pub is now locally owned by customers and supporters of the pub.

Even at 6pm the place has a nice atmosphere, the bar staff are courteous and attentive.

Old fashioned full wooden interior with mixed table and chairs, giving a nice urban feel to.

Stage for music in the back room and a dj stand.

This visit could signal the first of many.
lezford - 18 Sep 2013 13:31
The Ivy House is now open again, and a marvelous contribution to London's Pub Scene it is. There's a huge range of beers including 6-8 cask ales, craft keg stuff and all sorts in bottles, with a helpful printed guide to assist you in your choice. The amazing interior is completely unchanged from when it was last open, if an awful lot cleaner, and it is just begging to get back on its feet as a venue - if the improvements visible in other departments are evident here as well, the Ivy House will soon establish itself as an essential place to visit. There's plenty of further improvements to be made, but the management's commitment to this is clear, and the pub's future is very bright.
guntluggs - 2 Sep 2013 12:28
The (Closed) Ivyhouse has just been bought by it's customers and supporters and will re-open fairly soon. Well done all!
molyneux - 19 Mar 2013 12:47
Just been alerted:

The Ivy House - closing down this Sunday (22/04/12)

Posted by NickTheSnick Today, 11:07AM

Yes, the rumours are true.
This Sunday (April 22nd) will be our last day of trading.

The gorgeous, lovely people at Enterprise Inns have finally managed to sell The Ivy House and are kicking us out in a stylish and classy last-minute way. On Monday one of South London's most iconic venues will be boarded up.
As far as we know it's been sold to developers and will never re-open as a pub again.

We're obviously gutted, after just 10 months we were really starting to turn this place into a popular and lively pub and venue. Lots of great stuff was already booked in for the next few months, all now sadly cancelled. (If you did have a gig or party booked I have tried to contact you already this morning)

Our final 5 days:
Wed - Hankdog's Easycome Acoustic Club
Thurs - Silent Film Night - Nosferatu (1922), with live accompaniment from musical genius Igor Outkine
Fri - Private party in the ballroom, front bar open as usual
Sat - Comedy Club - Scott Capurro, Steve Best and more
Sun - Big fat leaving party

Massive thanks and love to all the people who've supported us in our time here, we've had some amazing nights and met lots of lovely new friends.

I hope you'll be able to join us for a goodbye drink before the end of the week, we plan on going out with a bang rather than a whimper - watch this space for details of our 'closing down/drink the bar dry/so what if it's a school night' party on Sunday.

For those of you who'll miss the pizzas the most, get yourselves down to The Joiners Arms in Camberwell - same recipe, same chefs, same awesomeness.

Big Love,
Nick and the whole Ivy House team.
[email protected]

PS - Anyone looking for brilliant bar managers, bar staff, chefs or cleaners please get in touch with me - there's a whole team of skilled, charming and beautiful people looking for new jobs now.
zorrodp - 18 Apr 2012 18:08
I love this pub! Theres a great Nunhead Community feel about it. No Yummy mummys kids running around getting on your nerves, nice decent, well brought up children who know how to behave. Huge big function room at the back. Dogs welcome and tend to get a treat from the chef occasionally. Can't wait for the cold winter evenings snuggled around the fire if it's true what Pat Bateman Says. Try it, you'll love it.
mario_2 - 9 Nov 2011 10:44
I think this pub is really starting to take off.

It's attracting a very nice friendly clientele.

Most Sunday afternoons there's an excellent Irish singer with a guitar. But throughout November, on Sunday afternoons, there's gonna be jazz / Big Bands performing on stage.

Also the food is fantastic and brilliant value for money.

The pizzas are all made fresh with fresh dough that hasn't been pre frozen and are superb. For a mere 7 quid, they simply must be tried.

The rotating 2 ales on offer vary from Butcombe / Caledonian 80 shilling / Otter Ale / St Austell Tribute / Old Hooky.

Lovely cold pints of Addlestones cider also.

Hopefully there's also gonna be real fires in the Winter.
Pat_Bateman - 8 Nov 2011 12:00
Really pleased it is open again, enjoyed a good night there on Sat for the Wizz Jones gig.

However take exception with one of the comments made by Pat. It is precisely because it remains a traditional boozer that I like it, unlike the ubiquitous gastro pubs where interiors have been trashed such as the Clock, Herne and Forest Hill Tavern (aka the Rose). Why are we throwing all this away?

The Butcombe and 80 shillings weren't to my liking, but this is me being fussy. Prices were sensible.
baggydave - 19 Sep 2011 13:13
The new people in charge seem like a decent bunch of blokes.

I tried the pizza which was very good and the burger which was one of the best I've ever had. Both were a lot cheaper than most pubs these days.

I really hope this pub becomes a success, but there's a lot of little unchangeable things going against it:

It's a lovely building inside, but it doesn't get a lot of light and it's the kind of place where it might be difficult to generate any kind of atmosphere.

It's competing against the nearby and already established Herne Tavern, Clockhouse and The Rye ... all of which have the added advantage of large outside seating areas. There are a couple benches at the front of the Ivy House, but there's not much to look at on Stuart Road.

It's early days and I hope it succeeds, but they're gonna have a tough job, pulling customers away from those other pubs.

I'll certainly be returning for more of those burgers.

Pat_Bateman - 25 Jul 2011 10:49
Sorry, my mistake.

The comedy club has been moved to somewhere in Peckham.

The Ivy House IS CLOSED.
Pat_Bateman - 14 Mar 2011 09:25
I don't think it's closed, but it's not operating as a pub.

Think it's been changed to a venue only type set up.

The Pull The Other One comedy night is scheduled for (I think) 25th of Feb.
Pat_Bateman - 16 Feb 2011 10:51
Oh dear, looks like The Ivy House has closed. There's a sign outside advertising for new tenants so I won't fret - yet.
swifthalf - 12 Feb 2011 15:53
This is an amazing pub. Walk through the small public bar at the front and you find a room with a full on stage. How many pubs in London (in the UK?) do you find that? Really this should be a listed building.
The guys running it should be commended for bringing live music & entertainment back to a local pub. They're trying very hard and doing a great job.It has improved so much.
Superb comedy club last Friday of every month (Pull The Other One).
Get down & support this most unique venue.
telboyofpeckham - 24 Nov 2010 18:08
The Ivy House is under new management - the same people who run The Alma in Crystal Palace. Last night I saw John Hegley there - it was packed as it always is for Pull The Other One, the comedy night. But most of the time it is seriously empty. If the current team don't make a go of it, the beautiful panelling and tiles, the curious plasterwork, the fantastic bar and stage will surely end up in a skip outside, underneath a sign heralding forthcoming luxury apartments. This would be a total disaster. The Ivy House could be one of the best pubs around, but I suspect it might not be a pub at all for much longer. If you enjoy an interesting pub (perhaps after a walk around a really spooky Victorian cemetery) get yourself in there. They have decent beer and pizzas now, but sadly no punters.
guntluggs - 25 Sep 2010 18:57
Sorry about non answer of phone. We have had trouble with the wrong nunbers listed on several sites.
The correct no. is 02076356426.

sandmanne - 22 Jun 2009 10:01
No answer on phone yesterday (14:00), is this place open or does it have non-pub hours?
trainman - 17 May 2009 08:44
igocollege - 16 Feb 2009 17:10
New comedy series starts Friday 6th May. Hosted by Karl Edrik
Featuring Nina Conti, Ali Cook and Frank Sanazi plus live music.
8:30 till midnight 10
Hot buffet served 6:30 (6)

sandmanne - 14 Feb 2009 13:10
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igocollege - 10 Feb 2009 21:34
Wednesday 4th Feb. Klinker Club. 8:30pm 5
Hugh Metcalfe and friends perform their unusual mix of experimental music, jazz, poetry and performance art. Excentric, eclectic, challenging with good humuor in probably the best venue in SE London. The Harvey's bitter is pretty good too.
sandmanne - 1 Feb 2009 15:55
Are you a promoter of live music or any other form of live entertainment? Are you a band with a following and looking for a venue? Our dance hall is free to hire. With good quality sound system and mixing desk we are ideal for bands. There is a proper stage, real fires and the bar is probably the cheapest of any venue around. You may charge entry and keep the proceeds.
Please note correct phone no. 02076356426.
At the moment we are hosting comedy, salsa, line dancing, rock, folk, private parties, weddings, funerals.
Sunday Jan 25: School of Rock showcases some their bands. From 2pm to about 7pm.
sandmanne - 16 Jan 2009 10:15
doesnt anyone visit the place and comment?? We have been a couple of times only, for the very good, left field events that are put on in the back function room. But the 2 bars are worth a visit as well - quite odd the main one, and then a pool table room with bar. Excellent south london crowd of all sorts and ages. Good luck to them here - it would have gorn the way of the dodo I think if not for the efforts put in to attract the art and events crowd.
- will keep getting in when pos.
gonetolunch - 28 Dec 2008 12:37
The Ivy House function room is available free for live events, parties, weddings, funeral wakes etc. Capacity 100+. Catering available.
sandmanne - 22 Nov 2008 11:27
Correct phone number is 0207 635 6426
sandmanne - 15 Aug 2008 11:11
Real Ale arriving soon at Ivy House.
By the way, the large functionroom with mirrored, wood panelled walls and proper stage is available for free. Great venue for live bands.
sandmanne - 15 Aug 2008 10:37
Saturday 23rd August "Jugsmania". Old Skool/Garage.
DJ Jugsy 9pm-2am. Free.
sandmanne - 15 Aug 2008 10:33
New to Ivy House. The Pull The Other One Comedy and Arts club starts Thursday 13th March then every 2nd and 3rd Thursday.Top quality.
sandmanne - 5 Mar 2008 19:12
klinker Club every 1st and 3rd Thursday.
Front Club blues every 2nd and fourth Thursday.High quality musicians.
Salsa every Tuesday.
Disco (house style dance) every Friday.
sandmanne - 4 Feb 2008 10:06
The Ivy House. Nunhead
Live Bands every 2nd sunday/ Prog/rock/metal nights.
Open Mic every Tuesday.
Klinker every last Thursday
Salsa classes weds

Triumph_Promotions - 21 Jan 2008 22:14
Further update on the Ivy House.
There is a large function room to the rear of the front bar.Suitable for about 150 people. This is available for free for private functions (weddings, funerals etc).
Anyone wishing to use it as a venue for gigs (music, drama etc) phone 02076356426. Catering is possible.
sandmanne - 17 Jan 2008 12:59
New phone no for Ivy House 02076356426
sandmanne - 3 Dec 2007 11:59
New phone no 02076356426
sandmanne - 3 Dec 2007 11:59
Under new (yet again) management since end of August.
It's been cleaned up quite a bit; the gents loo in the front bar doesn't wrinkle your nose at 20 paces. There are toilet seats in the ladies - at last. The hand driers work; the third rate framed hunting prints have gone, replaced by 60's film stars; new plasma TV; and a real fire is planned for the bar (safety regulations permitting). As the new governor I am slightly biased, but we are probably the first to spend real money on this place in over five years. We intend to carry on as a venue pub.
sandmanne - 25 Oct 2007 11:14
Just discovered it - nice eccentric place

Small bar, huge glittery stage. Great!
spincat - 5 Oct 2007 19:39
Great pub, stage at the back was stunning.I had a chat with George one of the owners for a while good bloke-top pub.
nickchug - 2 Apr 2006 15:10
On Thurday nights this pub is now the home of the eccentric Klinker club featuring a variety of unusual acts performing improv jazz, spoken word, the undiscribable and the weird and wonderful including The Worm Poet, Hugh Metcalfe, The Balloons
and Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra. An entertaining and highly unique evening is guaranteed.
Philip Minton - 18 Oct 2004 18:20
it is a pukka pub!! especially on a fri night, theres karoke and its open til 12!!! rest of the week a bit dead!! often has a late lisence!!!
katie - 28 Apr 2004 17:51
Huge pub, 2 pool tables, very good beer, regular karaoke nights on the stage in the back, live music, late licence. Worth a visit.
Paul - 3 Oct 2003 02:40

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