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Half Moon, Herne HIll

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Fuller's have indeed re-opened the Half Moon and it was very busy when I visited late on Saturday afternoon yesterday. The interior is very traditional with the main room separated into two distinct areas, in addition to a small snug and a dining room. All seating was taken. So, I was forced to stand at the bar. London Pride is the regular beer. But they also had Gale's Seafarers & HSB & Dark Star Hophead. A pub with plenty of character. But in all honesty, it was nothing special and there are better places to drink in Herne Hill.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jan 2019 16:18
Currently closed still, but work is under way at moment. Fullers plan to re-open it February 2017.
southlondonbeero - 4 Dec 2016 15:58
Still closed, mostly due to flooding in 2013. Has some kind of preservation order as an asset of community value so should be reopening as a pub at some point.
BitterShurn - 5 Aug 2016 11:55
Still closed.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jul 2015 14:12
Last time I visited it was closed up.
leon99 - 16 Jun 2014 22:06
This was my 2nd pub of 3 I visited in the same afternoon in Herne Hill.

Huge pub at the junction by Herne Hill station and Brockwell Park that I'm sure years ago was a Spoons, but someone might correct me.

Outside there are benches and lots of foliage, the windows are stained glass with words across the centre.

The interior is very much in keeping with the old fashioned of the style of the pub, the building is a historic landmark after all.

Nice atmosphere inside but the smell of Garlic must be mentioned it was very over powering. I know food was being served but the smell was really strong.

Whilst I mention the food it did look good especially the pizzas.

3 ales on tap, 1 each from Sambrooks, Fullers and Caledonian. I had a pint of IPA from Caledonian and it was perfect. Interesting though that the beer here is more pricey than the Prince Regent strange as this is more of a drinkers pub than the Regent. Is this due to location ?

Football was on the tele to the right of the bar, but the sound was on silent.

A decent enough pub now onto the Florence
lezford - 6 Jan 2013 14:52
Excellent pint of Old Hooky last night and the service there is always good and friendly. Started talking to a couple of people sitting near me who turned out to be active CAMRA members with the SE London branch so I learnt a lot about the local pubs & ales. All in all a great night.
pezza132 - 4 Aug 2011 10:57
I like this place. The interior design in the front of the pub is lovely, a long bar, a cosy little snug, and I was pleased to see the torn upholstery had been replaced last time I went in. Great pizzas on offer, helpful staff and a great atmosphere. I also went to the open mike night one Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
2rachel - 28 Jul 2010 10:30
I seem to be only posting nowadays to say "yet another lovely pub that has been trashed by turning into a restaurant" or "yet another pub that has poor stock control"

Some of the first and all of the second in this case. Well let's be positive - a lovely interior, not totally spoiled and a good number for a Thursday night, many for the quiz and even more for the huge brass jazz/soul band. Always has a place in my heart as it was a top music pub during the various golden ages.

Now for the let down - Dulwich ripples so full of nice people and lost some of the edge it had. And many eating the what look like decent pizzas - but tending more to the restaurant rather than pub.

But now the dreadful bit - please CAMRA/cask marque, delist any pubs that can't manage their stock control. Three handpumps but none on. Oh we had a rush tonight and were caught out - you had drinkers 30+ who are more likely to drink the national tipple what do you expect? And that was after a five minute wait as the bar staff were seriving food rather than beer. And surely you are supposed to order beer in advance to condition it ready to put it on. So in desparation Newkie Brown - hello! What about a glass?

Oh , there is an interesting bottled beer. Oh no it isn't - it is pear cider (what?) and raspberry. As Jonny Rotten said, ever get the feeling that you have been fooled.

Wont rate the pub as perhaps saw it in a poor light and seriously do need to encourage great music venues. See my post on the Clyde to appreciate a pub that has beer on.
baggydave - 13 Nov 2009 21:20
went there for new years got rat arsed and had a mental time , will be back for more
brian_hamilton - 19 Aug 2009 02:23
This pub is on the CAMRA inventory of London heritage pubs, so inside expect to see all the usual original Victorian features – spectacular barback; carved woodwork; etched and cut glass etc. But if you do venture in here make the effort to poke your nose into the snug on the left to have a butcher’s at some of the best surviving back painted mirrors. But the modern style bar gantry is a hideous modern addition, supporting two large speakers, to what is otherwise an extremely attractive pub.

They had three real ales on when I was in there – Pride, Adnam’s Bitter, and Wadworth’s 6X. I opted for the Pride which was pretty good, but also pretty expensive for the area at £3.20 a pint. This pub is definitely worth seeking out if you’re into antique pub architecture and decor, but otherwise I don’t think that this pub has a lot to offer.
RexRattus - 23 Apr 2009 19:19
Huge place, as big as any pub that isn't a 'spoons conversion, plenty of architectural glass and a surprising snug. Beers Adnams and a couple of others. Would like to come back here for one of their regular music gigs or when the football hasn't packed the place out!
rainlight - 16 Apr 2009 07:45
Has some character, a good atmosphere and friendly staff, but all the ales were off when I went.
aaroncp - 6 Feb 2009 23:18
Needs a lick of paint or at least a good clean. Go in for the live footie. Then watch the place empty when the final whistle blows. Back room is a real surprise its massive and if any decent band are playing it is superb ( saw eddie and the hotrods there )
ifyourbuying - 26 Dec 2008 16:34
The beer could be a bit more varied in my humble but is reasonably kept for the most part. The pizza is excellent and recommended! A pint of Guinness, however, will cause you to exclaim "HOW MUCH?!!" when they hit you with £3.40. Apparently a move to suppress the Burberry cap crowd though in my observations they tend to drink lager. Also, it is the only place left in Herne Hill that you can watch football.
drum2000 - 22 Dec 2008 12:54
I was in Brockley Park over the weekend meeting a few friends. As you do, we decided to have a pint and found that The Half Moon is not only the place for a good pint with a friendly smile from a lovely bar maid but also one of the best pizzas I've had in a long time. So good I had two.
kevinamilo - 8 Sep 2008 21:23
Had a fantastic night at the Half Moon. The open music night was just outstanding, which made the day a very enjoyable one.

The staff are very friendly who do a great job.

As for the food, they certinaly know how to cook in the kitchen! The pizza's are mouthwatering and make you want to come back for more.

All in all, an excellent night!
Kareem - 22 Aug 2008 20:33
Boxing gym with pub downstairs
BillCake - 13 Aug 2008 11:55
A quality down-to-earth but friendly hostelry well worth a visit if you are in the area.

They've not ruined it on the inside and you can pretend you're going to the boxing gym above it but secretly run into the pub for a less strenuous although none the less virtuous light ale.
terenced - 30 Jun 2008 14:42
Great place to sit and have a good session ...we meet up with a load of mates from all over London and everyone agrees it's one of the best pubs they know ?

Recommended (and I'm from Pompey which is a long way to go for a beer :))
W980501 - 2 May 2008 12:06
Went to The Half Moon on Sunday 6th April. New to the area so thought i'd pop in for a pint. Everything a pub should be and more. Great friendly service, good range of beers. Saw some very lovely looking Sunday Roast coming out so ordered one. Stunning!! Was told the place has only been doing food again for the last couple of weeks. It's obvious the people in the kitchen know what the're doing. Good luck to them. I'll be back!
whitto - 7 Apr 2008 13:31
Splendidly traditional interior in a large road-house type of pub, a short walk from Herne Hill B R ( Blackfriars Line ).

Much splendid glasswork and wood pannelling

Note in particular the mini snug on the left with the coloured mirrors.

There were only 2 real ales on when I visited early last Saturday evening - Adnams and Wadworths 6X.

Despite the pub being reasonably busy, I seemed to be the only real ale customer - which is never a good sign - but the Adnams did not disappoint.

If you're in to old fashioned Victorian pub interiors, you should seek this one out


JohnBonser - 14 Jan 2008 13:24
Nice traditional look of a Hostelry. Very nice 6X on tap, shame it ran out on an early afternoon visit, saving grace was a decent Adnams

Nice screen to watch a match on, Im not sure what the atmosphere is like when packed though
the_original_rawnsleys - 11 Dec 2007 20:53
went here to watch my mates band Gold Digger. I'd never even heard of the pub before but it was ace! it's a fantastic victorian affair - all the history is preserved and then - out the back - a massive live venue! it's the best one I've been to, I'd rate it alongside the metro and water rats as a venue - the sound and lights are amazing and everyone was really friendly. A great atmosphere. I've been back a few times now.

I'm just pleased to see a beautiful pub like this preserved for all to enjoy
randongambler - 7 Dec 2007 12:04
I've been to a few gigs here over the past year - most recently Rapscallions and Glassglue. I've enjoyed all the nights I've been to here, the music is varied and sound quality good... and now and then there have been some rather creative decorations.
aliceaar - 21 Nov 2007 22:57
I saw a couple of great emerging bands here about a month ago: The Rapscallions and Glassglue, they rock! The venue is cool, the sound system excellent, good resonable priced lagers, what more can you ask for a night out of good music and fun?
duncanx - 18 Nov 2007 16:23
brilliant live music!
Grace1982 - 16 Nov 2007 11:15
I suggest going to this Pub if you're interested in watching really good live music. I've seen some excellent Hip Hop, Electro and Funk bands there on Fridays. The quality of the sound system (TurboSound) blew me away. I can't believe that more people don't know about this great music venue. Truly a hidden gem....
Funkatron - 30 Oct 2007 16:54
The Half Moon is the only pub remaining in the Herne Hill area that is not yet (although the post below suggests otherwise) by appearance at least grasping for the disposable income of the bland, aspirational middle classes.

Embourgeoisement, ladies and gentlemen, it's a long word. it sounds a bit French and it's ripping the heart out of a lot of pubs.

Standard usual suspects on tap. Decent enough boozer with an interestingly kept interior.
terenced - 30 Oct 2007 09:22
This is a superb pub. Though it is not yet up to the standard of Escape Bar and Art or the magnificent Commercial, it has great deal going for it. The furniture here is possibly some of the finest example of John Rice Dillon that I've ever seen and the frontage has to be the most stunning of any local bar.
Everyone involved should be extremely proud of the job they have done here. Although it almost certainly won't win the main prize, best newcomer is a possibility.
kenspubs55 - 21 Sep 2007 17:40
Well the inevitable has happened. The landlord has put the prices up again.

Not this time by a few pence, he has added a whopping 20p onto lager and 40p a pint onto bitter, making this pub the most expensive in the area now.

Quite ridiculous and greedy.
garyedwards - 29 Apr 2007 12:32
With Ganleys being turned into yet another 'gastro' pub catering for the Dulwich crowd, the Half Moon is really the only pub left for locals in the area.

That is about to change though, with the landlord sniffing the wallets of the wealthy Dulwich crowd, the pool table has now been removed, Premiership football will stop being shown next season (The Half Moon is the last remaining pub in the Village that shows football) and over priced pizzas are to be introduced.

Unfortunately the drive to rid the pub of the local people who have lived in the area and used it for years is well underway in favour of those who will use it once or twice a year.

If you want another samey samey Gastro pub like everywhere else in the area, the Half Moon will be the pub for you, if you are looking for the genuine South London experience you will soon be out of luck.

I am rating it as a five as I still enjoy the odd drink down there but with the football under threat and the pool table gone, it will not be the same.

JFC - 17 Apr 2007 16:30
It is a great pub nice staff i did like tha pub
Anina - 28 Feb 2006 13:03
it's not a bad looking pub. been there once with a mate who ordered a real ale which was served at about the same temperature as a cup of tea! tried to get the landlady to switch it but she just got aggressive... avoid
simon - 16 Jul 2004 12:16
Went there last night (28.2.04). Nice pub, went to see The Disco Students play live in the music bit. Quite a good scene - great friendly staff.
Pastie - [email protected] - 29 Feb 2004 19:27
I actuallyh worked here a long time ago (back in the days when MArk ran it) and I definitely agree with the fight central comment.

The pub itself isn't too bad. It could make more use of the space it has though. It has three seperate bars, two of which are always open to the public, and one that is saved for live music events or special functions. Unfortunately, the only bar that could be described as "nice" is the one they open very rarely. The others are just too worn and desperately need some decorating. A lick of paint, a new chair here and there...the little things.

The staff there are good at the moment and the landlady is a lovely, friendly worker. Just a shame about the location and the punters.
Ali - 28 Feb 2004 06:15
this pub looks huge from the outside, but must utilise some sort of inverse tardis effect as inside it is tiny, there are two bars, but only ever been in one of them, the other looks to be full of old codgers smoking to their last. beer is fine and they show the football and rugby on large screen. bit ropey.
matt - 12 Jan 2004 12:31

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