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user reviews of the Commercial, Herne Hill

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Recently refurbished, brighter and more colourful than before with new tables and chairs. The service on my most recent visit was quick and polite. It's pricey, but in line with the immediate area. Small beer garden / smoking area out the back and in general it's a pleasant and comfortable place to have a beer on your way home or while your wait for your most likely delayed train. Gets rather busy as the night moves on though.

Unfortunately there obviously wasn't any money in the refurbishment budget to sort out the Gents toilets which have absolutely reeked on all of my visits pre and post the refurbishment.. Points off for this.
ShelfStacker - 9 Jun 2017 14:18
Pub opposite entrance to Herne Hill Station. Useful if your train is cancelled (which Thameslink trains frequently are). Pub has free wi-fi so can check times there. Usually quite busy, but service is always very prompt. Beer quality can vary a bit, but in my most recent visit I had a Harbour Brewing Company, Breakfast Pale Ale 4.5% which was very nice.
southlondonbeero - 4 Dec 2016 16:04
With the pub I'd planned to visit not yet open at 11:30, I found the Commercial opened and thought I'd have a swift one there. It's just opposite the railway station and has a nice feel to it. Surprisingly 3 ales were on - Sharps Doom Bar, Sambrooks Junction & Black Hill Rok. Even more surprising was a real cider - Orchard Pig Maverick. But when I pointed at the box and asked for a pint of cider, I was offered Aspalls or Addlestones. Another customer also came in and asked what ciders they served. Why is it that everybody forgets about the real cider and try to promote the artificial stuff?! Anyway, rant over. I quite enjoyed my half and all credit to them for actually stocking real cider.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jul 2015 14:20
The pub is very close to the train station and Brockwell Park (so nice for stopping off after you have had a walk). There were three real ales on. I was offered a taste as the beer I selected was 'unusual'. So a very friendly barman. The pint was much to my liking - well kept. The prices are high - so beware! Inside the pub is snug but with plenty of seating and there is a fixed price menu. I didn't try the food so can't comment on the quality. The punters there seemed more of the well to do set - unlike the Brixton end of Railton Road!
julesbaby - 2 Apr 2014 10:51
eye ad sondee dinner ear and it wos volting and dergusting the chikin was blud and orrid culer and cood have kild me.
avoyd if yo went to sty alyv
bertrand - 15 Oct 2013 10:18
saw this place loads when coming out of herne hill station and thought it looked cool. finally made it there and wasn't impressed. we had reserved a table and yet someone was sitting there which was embarrassing when we had to get the staff to ask them to leave. having sat down, we discovered the seats were far too low for the table and we were gonna be eating. we were moved to a corner but this was far too dimly lit. we eventually moved away ourselves again. the food was okay, but for what they're charging it should have been great. i had southern fried chicken which was dullsville. i really thought the coating would be zingy and full of flavour. far from it. thin fries were aneemic in colour and needed 10 more mins at least in the oven. very pricy gastropub-style food but for what they're charging should have been so much better. Staff very sullen. And they also adopt the serving two people at a time system at the bar which irks me. Just show one customer your full attention at any given time. Could have been so much better.
montymonty - 17 Sep 2013 07:14
The pub itself isn't too bad, although it could be cleaner, the real problem is the staff who treat customers with contempt. They are unhelpful and rude, and on a previous visit, unapologetic when caught out after over charging a customer. This pub really needs to raise its game and remember it's in the service industry, and that customers should be its focus not an inconvenience. My advice would be to avoid this pub and try the Florence, wine bar next door, or the Half Moon instead.
willow222 - 15 Jun 2013 12:34
TERRIBLE SERVICE!! Went here for Sunday lunch 7.4.13. We booked for 8 people but only had 6 seats and no help was offered to recover the missing seats - which clearly the table next to us had taken!) We ordered and the food arrived promptly. Well all but 2 melas, when we'd ordered all together. Beef roast and asparagus salad we're really yummy. Pity that when one of the starters arrived - sweet potato wedges - it was literally half a potato, 3 wedges and 3 burnt to a crisp skins - all for £4.50!! We complained and the staff were rude and would have no interaction, merely taking the food and giving back the money. Overpriced for the portion sizes in all meals and the service is awful. All staff were rude and didn't care about what they were doing.
Noe - 8 Apr 2013 12:11
I've been going to this pub for almost 20 years now though being a Mitchell & Butler pub means that you'll pay through the nose for the drink. The same applies to the food which is far overpriced for what it is. The drink selection is very good with plenty of real ales, lagers and ciders but as I said the problem is the prices. You'd be forgiven to think that civilisation had collapsed when you are asked for £4.40 for your pint of Peroni. The same beer was £3.40 less than 18 months ago. It's hard to believe they can justify putting the price up nearly 1/3 in such a short time. The staff are generally good though a bit more attention could be paid to keeping the tables clean. Used to be the best pub by far in Herne Hill. Sadly that is no longer the case. They need to raise their game.
drum2000 - 9 Sep 2012 13:05
Notice this pub on a few visits to Herne hill and thought we (Me & the girlfriend) would give it a try for a Sunday roast.

Good selection of drink (european lagers, real ales and cider) happy to see. very expensive.

The menu tries to lure you into a false sense of security with its Marks and spencer advert style descriptions of pretty standard dinners. We both went for the roast beef, came to £30 for 2 small cokes and 2 roast beefs. Quite pricey, hopefully the food will make up for it........

Out it came, 3 overcooked potatoes, pretty sure they hadnt been in a oven. they were mushy like they had been boiled?! The 3 slithers of beef where overcooked and had quite obviously been sitting on a hot plate for to long, yorkshire pudding was burnt, and the veg over boiled. Basically it was quite a tragic small and exspensive roast.

I did send it back, explained what was wrong and also asked for more. kindly it returned the same, with an extra mushy potato and some extra carrots!

I do not expect for much. A Roast dinner, is a pretty easy meal to get right.

there goes my hard earned cash in return for a stingy portoin of badly cooked food. I cant help feel slightly robbed.

kieronrhys - 25 Sep 2011 18:17
I've eaten in this pub before and it's been good, but my meal there last night showed just how ungenerous the management is with their food. My £9 shepherd's pie was 95% mashed potatoe, with less than a centimetre of meat sauce at the bottom; in some places just mash and gravy with no meat at all. Plus a tiny portion of veg- a totally disappointing meal; just expensive mash.
fipet - 20 Aug 2011 10:55
A great pub-with a few problems

Id been going to Herne hill for ages until I decided to give the Commercial a try-mainly down to my Herne Hill local other half having a chip on her shoulder about the place (she went in there once and they didnt have any ice) - and Im glad I did.
Until then I was a frequenter of either the Half Moon (cack range of beers decent local clinetelle) or the Florence (awesome range of beers braying posho clientelle)
The Commercial is the perfect combination of the 2 ..awesome selection of beers, ciders and spirits and a good mix of locals and slightly bohemian 'young professional' types. Its got real fires, sofas, the music is unobtrusive and in my experience the staff are always welcoming , courteous and sometimes suspicously unsteady on their feet.
The only downside is the hit & miss grub which can go from being brilliant one day ( usually when the place isnt busy) to be being utter crap (usually on a Sunday lunchtime) and I suspect this is due to the sheer amount of people ordering food and/or I suspect that the staff are at the booze themselves and are half cut by lunchtime
If you can get past the hit and miss food its, in my eyes anyway, a peach of a place.
bigmeuprudeboy - 13 Jan 2011 09:10
A great pub-with a few problems

Id been going to Herne hill for ages until I decided to give the Commercial a try-mainly down to my Herne Hill local other half having a chip on her shoulder about the place because she went in there once and they didnt have any ice - and Im glad I did.
Until then I was a frequenter of either the Half Moon (cack range of beers decent local clinetelle) or the Florence (awesome range of beers braying posho clientelle)
The Commercial is the perfect combination of the 2 ..awesome selection of beers, ciders and spirits and a good mix of locals and slightly bohemian 'young professional' types. Its got real fires, sofas, the music is unobtrusive and in my experience the staff are always welcoming , courteous and sometimes suspicously unsteady on their feet.
The only downside is the hit & miss grub which can go from being brilliant one day ( usually when the place isnt busy) to be being utter crap (usually on a Sunday lunchtime) and I suspect this is due to the sheer amount of people ordering food and/or I suspect that the staff are at the booze themselves and are half cut by lunchtime
If you can get past the hit and miss food its, in my eyes anyway, a peach of a place.
bigmeuprudeboy - 13 Jan 2011 09:10
Went here a couple of weeks ago as the menu looked good and its in a decent enough area.

That was a mistake.

Ordered a sunday dinner for my girlfiend and I which eventually turned up over an hour later (no apology) and was cold - not even luke warm. Sent it back and waited another 10 minutes for the microwave to do its work and when it was returned, half of it was still cold, and the other half semi-warm.

When the waitress came back to take away our partially touched plates and asked 'how was the meal?' we told her to which we received no comment or apology.

Probably one of the worst meals and service I've had in a long time and I certainly wouldn't go back.

markyc - 26 Oct 2010 14:33
The Commercial has a new chef (thankfully) but we went in on Sunday for lunch and nothing has changed! The food still tastes ordinary and takes about an hour receive.

I've had the exact same experience as Haldir - orders have been lost, taken over an hour or been so bad that we've taken them back but there is never an apology from the bar staff, just excuses and blank looks.

This pub and it's staff really are the worst in Herne Hill. Go to the Florence, the Prince Regent or Half Moon pub - they have great food, friendly staff and a much better atmosphere.
FionaR - 16 Aug 2010 12:12
Note the bigoted comments from Haldir. Two of the girls working behind the bar are Polish and are genuinely very nice people. Perhaps it was the heel clicking, fuhrer style behaviour of Haldir that was out of order. Have a look at her latest local reviews - not a positive note in the bunch. Let's hope she doesn't come back.
drum2000 - 21 May 2010 15:58
Oh dear, the Commercial is circling the drain if our last visit was anything to go by.
It did seem a bit cleaner, but we waited for 50 minutes for some simple bar food. Partly the delay was caused by the wait staff who clearly forgot to send the order up to the kitchen. Then it got swallowed into some chef wormhole where the normal rules of space and time were suspended.
To be honest, we wouldn't have minded if any one of the boot-faced staff came over and apologized. But they don't do apologies at the Lubyanka, sorry I mean the Commercial. Customer service is definitely Soviet style: no bourgeois manners or friendliness here, Comrade.
It's a shame, this is a pub I used to really like.
Haldir - 15 Apr 2010 23:36
The good: the beer is pretty good with a good selection of ales
The bad: went for Sunday lunch and it was nothing short of revolting. If the environmental health officer had seen the "roast chicken" that we were served, they would have shut the place on the spot. A sweaty, flabby, pale half of chicken with red blood running in it. Not only disgusting but dangerous. The staff didn't even seem to register that it was unacceptable!? I don't usually bother to rant online even about bad places, but this was unbelievable. I run a catering company and I went there with a chef, so I'm not just some disgruntled punter. Such a shame - great location and decent beer. Just don't eat there if you value your life.
Bongaloo - 11 Jan 2010 21:09
Have lived in Herne Hill for many years now and remember when The Commercial changed from local to gastro pub.

It's never been great but now it seems to be on it's way out. The pub is always dirty, the staff are usually very unhappy and the toilets are often filthy.

They have now employed a new "chef" who will cook anything for you as long as you like it burnt to a crisp and can wait 2 hours.

Strongly suggest going to the Moon (lovely pizza) or even the Florence (food that wont make you laugh when you see it).

To be avoided.

herneHillLocal - 1 Jan 2010 22:59
This place was very busy on my recent week night visit, but I wasnít overly impressed and would only visit again if waiting for a train from the station across the road.

There was a selection of premium lagers along with Pride, Bombardier and Adnams German Kolsch and there was another ale but this was off. The barmaid was very friendly, but the clientele were of the ilk that knows not how to wait in turn or keep their conversations to themselves.

I spotted a plasma screen that was off and I saw no advertisements for Sky, which didnít surprise me as this doesnít seem the sort of place that sports fans would congregate. I did however spot a man in his fifties wearing ultra tight clothes and a burgundy beret, something I hope that I never see again.

This is the only pub I have been into in this area, but there must be better about.
Strongers - 15 Nov 2009 13:31
Is it under new management? Certainly the commitment to a variety of decent real ale from other than boring mainstream offerings seems to have vanished, causing me to do the same without imbibing recently.
trainman - 20 Aug 2009 11:43
A handy location what with it being opp the station and all BUT the last few times I visited the pints I had were bordering on the undrinkable. So I tend to head round the corner to the Half Moon and drink well served Pride instead.
the_thirsty_moth - 20 Aug 2009 11:17
I like the Commercial - weirdly enough, mostly for the music they play. Good beer, nice staff. Friendly crowd. The only thing I don't like is that it's really not very clean.
No one ever wipes down the tables which are frankly, filthy, womens' toilet need a deep clean.
C'mon Commercial - I like you - clean yourself up a bit.
Haldir - 3 Aug 2009 23:51
Went in on Monday, had undrinkable pint of ale which bar staff claimed was 'normal' even though they admitted to not even drinking beer (I alwasy take the view that if a customer says something tastes horrific and abnormal, in this case a beer that tastes of blue cheese, you don't just deny anything can be wrong with it). followed by another pint of barely drinkable beer and finally an almost average pint of pride. won't be going back. shame though as the pub quiz was quite entertaining
jp84 - 24 Jun 2009 16:07
Great pub, with about 4 real ales on. The ones I tried were in good condition.

We had excellent burgers for our late lunch at about 4 pm, when the pub was quite quiet.

we would happily return.
guypettigrew - 12 Jun 2009 18:08
Marston's Pedigree and Pride were available yesterday. I won't bother going back.

Miles007 - 11 May 2009 16:37
It used to be a very good pub. Not sure what it's done to the interior? Very cluttered arrangement of furniture; rather like Paddy Joes market. Beer okay, but Florence around the back a better place by far.
SUSSEXSAXON - 27 Sep 2008 06:48
Recently had a revisit to Happy Herne Hill having had a half hour to change trains across the road at the station. Always was the only pub worth while going to as a young fella. On entering, hailed by Nick from Walters the Butchers. Pleasant surprise to see an old local Herne Hill face. Pub's been painted a dark colour outside and is now open plan. Have a liking to how it was before, clean, tidy, 1920s bar with public and saloon. Now cluttered with 1950/60s tatty furniture making it look uncomfortable. I suppose the great unwashed who call themselves creatives like that sort of thing. Just makes the place look seedy; a wrong move. Apart from that the chap from Coventry behind the bar was very pleasant, professional. And the Lagers were numerous and well presented. And I'm not a Lager chappie. Have to return and try the Bitters on a different date.
anonymous - 25 Sep 2008 13:08
Longer ago than that Td - I think '85-'89 were our years of almost permanent residence; darts & camaraderie being the main draw in those days. Long since changed shape and added a decent selection of changing beers, usually veering a little from mainstream but seldom, if ever, featuring micros. The beers are usually well kept so it was most disappointing to hear of your experience with bad pints & even worse staff attitude to changing them - I thought the current mgr was enthusiastic about his ales, so I doubt he'd be happy to read about his staff arguing with (ahem) experienced drinkers about beer which was clearly 'wrong'. Sad to hear the damning verdict, let's hope it causes the Commercial to review standards & improve quality.
trainman - 20 Aug 2008 08:31
Love this pub, really nice atmosphere and decent friendly punters. Makes a change from some of the other bars in the area which veer from rough as a broken pool cue round the back of the head, to ideas above their station gastro type affairs. Never had an issue with the food or the beer here either but I suppose there's always off days wherever you go. They do a brilliant pub quiz on a Monday as well-shame it can't be moved to another day though-a hangover on a Tuesday aint clever!
Bru_J - 10 Aug 2008 18:04
This pub used to be the centre of the beer universe for some mates of mine 10 years ago. Now done up but still 4 real ales. I had Olympic which was acceptable but 2 mates had Bombadier which was awful. Cue big argument to get them changed - to Pride which was like vinegar. Even bigger argument to get these changed with the 2 girls behind the bar tasting the beer and declaring it to be spot on! On the list of places to avoid I'm afraid.
Tigerdrinker - 3 Aug 2008 09:06
This is my favourite pub in Herne Hill, good selection of beers, not to poncey as seems to be the trend in the area and untill last night the food has usually been OK. We both opted for the 10 oz burger called the 'big one'. It took a while to arrive and when it did it was so overcooked that it had shrivelled away to nothing. The 'chunky maris piper chips' were barely warm and clearly out of the freezer while the lettuce was going brown and the onion rings cold and greasy. If we hadnt been so hungry it'd have been sent back. Its a shame as I really like this pub but doubt if I will eat there again for a while.
TonyW69 - 2 Aug 2008 07:37
Visited here once a few months ago. Lovely beer range with many fine ales and well situated across from the railway station.. Its always splendid to get one of those old fashioned beer mugs!
TheSensiblePubReviewer - 30 Jun 2008 14:51
Sometimes when you visit this pub there are no bar staff around at all.

You wait. And you wait. And then you go to leave. Think better of it. Wait some more. And then leave.

This is a shame as when there are staff at the bar the Commercial can really be a decent pub.

It's not a complex multi-layered, scientific process is it? Sort it out.
terenced - 30 Jun 2008 14:47
My local pub. Great for meeting up with friends in a relaxed and un-poncey atmosphere. Good selection of Euopean beers and the food aint half bad either. Would definitely recommend.
Corach1Cymraeg - 6 May 2008 12:28
A lovely little pub the Commercial is, lots of character compared to other refurbed gastro pubs in the Herne Hill area. Food is generally excellent-they do little Tapas style dishes that are quite nice and the chips are the chunkiest buggers I've ever seen. And good news! The gents toilets seem to have been thoroughly cleaned and you can now take a leak without first having to don a Biohazard suit...
sposedoe - 4 May 2008 13:30
Nice pub, with surprisingly unpleasant gents toilets. So bad in fact, the ammonia stench rises as you approach the gents toilet door. Why don't they clean in there?!
Maynard - 1 Apr 2008 16:07
I like the pub but would not eat the Sunday roast again. I had to send mine back after being given a plate of fat and gristle instead of roast lamb but to their credit, they did change it right away and without question. Still, the roast potatoes were not remotely crisp, the carrots advertised as "buttered" had never sniffed a butter dish and I'm sorry, but who eats boiled parsnips? Everything was unseasoned and bland. On the whole, not worth £8.90.
elmparker - 17 Mar 2008 07:15
This pub was so short staffed on Saturday afternoon i felt like getting behind the bar myself to helop out the poor lass serving.

Subsequently the place was pretty dirty as she did not havethe time to serve food, drinks and clean up around the tables...

I am hoping this is a one off, because it is a lovely pub, and i like the beer...
propertyking - 4 Feb 2008 10:52
Identical to the White Hart in Crystal Palace.

Decent pub of course a good range on tap. Normally a couple of good ales on and an impressive range of lagers.

If you miss your train from Herne Hill, don't stand on the platform cursing your inability to run up stairs fast enough. Go for a light ale in the Commercial. May the road rise with you...
terenced - 10 Jan 2008 13:44
Back in town for a few days over xmas. was my local from '93-'95. Brought back many happy memories. still a great little pub. missed many trains over the years because of this place. thanks for the memories and keep going
mazzarini - 3 Jan 2008 15:46
Good Hostelry, containing a decent modern look, with interesting interior seating

Proper Pint mugs, and fairly prompt service

How can one walk past the Train Station, unless heading to the Half Moon Instead?
the_original_rawnsleys - 11 Dec 2007 20:51
Great Bar Staff, Great Ales, Nice Crowd, But should drinking up time be 20mins, I thought this had changed when the new laws came in to 30mins,please correct me if I am wrong.
Buddhamick - 25 Oct 2007 16:35
This is a remarkable place that deserves all the plaudits it's been getting lately. It is a near certainty to win the big prize come the end of the year and I for one shall be voting for it. Well done to all those involved and if you do win you deserve it.
kenspubs55 - 21 Sep 2007 17:34
we went in here because it/s nair the train stakton we sat nair the widow and watched the pople the drinks are nice ant the torlest were clean we stoppe,d for about 2 hous and then we werent home n the train, we will come back to theis pub
bertrand - 15 Aug 2007 17:39
I do love this pub, a little bit pricey but with good food and nice booze. Addlestones cider on tap and lots of other ales and lagers.

Really friendly staff - Poppy0801, I went on my not stag, stag (long story) with about 12 blokes already steaming drunk and we acted up terribly, swearing, playing games etc etc but the staff only ever told us to wind it in when we stepped over the line and generally looked after us like VIPs!

mattylad - 12 Jul 2007 13:44
In light of my previous comments re The Florence and its policy of only selling premium brands at premium prices and 5% alcohol content, I was always cheered when visiting this pub as it had Carling on draft. Alas no more, on Saturday I was informed that they didn't do Carling (or Stella) anymore as it didn't fit with their customer profile!! However Becks Vier was available (only 4%) at a 20p hike from Carling. What is going on in Herne Hill? Judging by the emptyness of the Commercial, clearly lots of people don't fit their customer profile. You cannot get a pint of ordinary cider (Strongbow etc) for love nor money (admittedly I haven't visited the Half Moon), it's all Magners etc. The Commercial is still a decent pub but surely there is sufficient demand for pubs to be different?
LordRegent - 10 Jul 2007 10:51
Enjoyed a nice pint of SA out of a dimply glass, aint had one of those for ages. If i round this way it could be my new local.
propertyking - 10 Jul 2007 10:48
Frequent users of the pub, a group of us went in on Sunday, 27 May, bank holiday weekend and the assistant manager refused to serve us as she said one of the lads was a bit noisy, there was no swearing, no abuse, just a happy person out enjoying himself. Eventually, after 10 minutes she decided to serve us. Perhaps we weren't so noisy after all, but no doubt she was clocking up the $$$$$ signs (there were 15 of us and we were all going to leave). I think she may be better off getting a job in the local LIBRARY, she is certainly in the wrong business if she doesn't like noise.
Poppy0801 - 29 May 2007 15:31
The only place in Herne Hill (or Tulse Hill or West Norwood for that matter) for decent real ale. Four handpumps change on rotation and are well kept. The range isn't too radical but the mainstreams are supplemented with some decent alternatives such as Timothy Taylors, Brains SA etc, also Addlestones cider and some weissbiers. Used to drink in here late80s when I first moved south so I regret the loss of the lovely wood panelling and 50% of the old horseshoe bar but the place still retains some charm & is now busy in the evenings so the conversion is evidently a success, no doubt aided by its location directly outside HH train station. Food & wine menus pretty much the same as the Greyhound in Dulwich. Good pub.
trainman - 28 Apr 2007 12:23
Testing123, why are my reviews disappearing into the ether?
trainman - 28 Apr 2007 09:11
Fantastic little boozer, very friendly staff, excellent range of real ales. Pay the assisatnt manager is fantastic.
anonymous - 3 Apr 2007 12:33
East Dulwich is slowly being invaded by chains and now it's happening in Herne Hill. This is an ok place to drink if you don't mind the fact you could be anywhere in the UK........
anonymous - 1 Apr 2007 17:29
This is a terrific pub, a pukka local in a very friendly corner of south london. The staff are consistently good and the management operate in a very low key, firm but fair way. The food is good without being too gastro and the range of drinks is excellent, satisfying everyone from the carling drinker to the wine enthusiast. The Addlestons cider is superb and the Australian Merlot slips down beautifully, particularly when you're sat by the fire. Sure, it's not the cheapest pub around but there's something reassuringly expensive about The Commercial, especially if you're a Herne Hill local.
wordup100 - 15 Dec 2006 11:05
This place is good for a beer in the afternoon when it's nice and chilled with good music and friendly staff before it gets really crowded. Wouldn't go there in the evenings if you're not fond of crowds.
The food is a bit overpriced for what you get though although I have to say it has improved marginally from when I ordered a Caesar Salad and received lettuce drowned in dressing and parmesan and EGGS!!!
anonymous - 9 Nov 2006 16:17
Pretty nice pub. Good selection of beers and handy for both the station and Brockwell park.

A bit expensive; but its pleasant enough to spend some time in...
mattfulf - 25 Jul 2006 13:39
Nice pub,
always clean and well managed
JohnWallace - 17 May 2006 20:27
I'm not really too sure what pub some of these reviewers were in but certainly not The Commercial. I agree that in the daytime they do allow families in but if you are part of a community this is no bad thing. The evenings are pretty busy but there is usually little wait as the bar staff are generally quick, friendly and in sufficient numbers. The clientele is widely mixed (age ranges from 20ís to 50ís) and everyone gets along well. And women can come here alone or in groups and not put up with hassle from prowling males. The pub stocks a fine array of draught European beers include Kuppers Kolsch, Franziskaner Weissbier and Paulaner lager(Germany), Freuli (a refreshing strawberry wheat beer) and Hoegaarden, De Konnick and Leffe (Belgium). These sit well along side a constant rotation of four well kept real ales as well as a few more common beers such as Grolsch, Stella Artois and Guinness. They even stock Carling but, as most taste buds know, this is not beer. If beer is not your tipple they have an extensive range of international wines - red, white, rose and champagne. I have never counted but I would guess that there are approximately 24 varietyís to choose from. As for food I am a little less versed here but what I have had has been very good. And I can vouch that the hamburgers are not £9.95 (I seem to remember paying £6.95). Oh, and have I mentioned the beer garden? Say no more...
drum2000 - 17 Feb 2006 23:34
agree aboutthe kids everywhere at weekends. good place to see the sport though. 9.95 for a burger is fer too expensive.
anonymous - 2 Feb 2006 23:35
Becomes a bit of a creche on Sundays - beware of stepping on babies, and can be rather overpriced but good choice of drinks and fair food make it worth a visit.
brookesboy - 2 Feb 2006 16:06
That's Funny, are you sure you have the right pub?
They don't sell courage directors, or lowenbrau for that matter.
anonymous - 9 Jan 2006 19:51
had a terrible pint of courage directors there last night. swapped to lager, but my new pint of lowenbrau was warm. won't be going back.
anonymous - 8 Jan 2006 20:30
Having lived in the the area for 1 month, the first time I walked in I was struck by how friendly the staff and management are - quite in contrast to some of the comments posted below... with good food and a great selection of beers and wines, I would definitely recommend it.
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 13:31
I loved this pub when it was still £1.80 a pint and was somewhat worried when it was being refurbed... but I love the results.

The selection of beer is great the staff are friendly the food is good and the atmosphere and mix of clientelle is great.

I love it
Jesper - 12 Dec 2005 16:54
Best pub in the area. The staff (and the manager) are friendly. A good selection of beers and largers. The real ales would be better if pulled with a sparkler. The food is good. Good mix of customers. This pub has taken a lot of customers from Escape. Not sure why somebody thinks that this pub is smokey.
anonymous - 2 Nov 2005 16:39
overpriced & smoky. a chain pub. big company owned. avoid.
anonymous - 26 Oct 2005 13:17
I spend the majority of my time in Herne Hill in the Commercial, and au contraire find the manager has always time for his customers, and tries to please everyone.
Saint - 17 Oct 2005 22:54
Possibly the best looking pub in the area...

But Herne Hill's most beautiful watering hole comes armed with attitude Ė the manger here seems terribly rude and obnoxious.

You can easily find more welcoming pubs than this in SE24, I promise.
anonymous - 16 Oct 2005 17:57
Not bad at all. Yep it's a chain, yep the food can be quite inconsistent and the drink prices quite high but to be honest it's not a bad boozer and seems to pull in quite a mixed crowd, the staff are accomodating and the selection of beers and wine is near excellent.
anonymous - 4 Oct 2005 16:25
lots of german beers. pretty good food, worth a visit
Maggot - 16 Sep 2005 22:56
I much prefer it now, at last we have some nice atmosphere in herne hill. long gone the rugby shirts and the associated drinkers. fantastic beer range on draught (17 on the last count) this is just what herne hill needed.
anonymous - 21 Jun 2005 23:51
Better when it was full of rugby shirts
anonymous - 21 Jun 2005 16:54
Yes, this pub is really expensive although pleasant. can anyone recommend a cheaper quieter pub in the area?
bertramr - 29 Mar 2005 15:26
This is a great little pub and a good rival to the now pretentious Escape Bar and Art next door.

The staff are very friendly and helpful, but best of all they happily allow dogs and even offer a bowl for the parched little canine. At last a trendie local pub where I can enjoy a pint after a brisk walk in Brockwell Park with my littlw Westie!!!

They also do great food, but not so hung up on the real ale type beers. Give me a pint of bland lager any day!!!
Andrewb - 31 Jan 2005 20:17
classic little pub with excelent atmoshere. Bar staff are very friendly and enthusiastic. also good food with large choice of bitters and lagers, and soft cosy sofas, ideal for chilled out evenings. the best pub around (and so much better than next door!!)
coolcat - 29 Dec 2004 13:00
Cracking pub. Never went to the old one, but refurbished one is great; great decor - very obviously a pub but with stylish touches. Passable food, very nice customers and staff. My favourite pub in the area, now. £3.00 a pint, but where in London that's nice to drink in is significantly cheaper? I recommend this place, particularly on a Sunday.
resh - 20 Dec 2004 15:51
Great Refurb... Much better than the old commerical in all aspects except for price. It rivals the Dog for sheer expense, the cheapest beer comes in at £2.50 and a whopping 3.60 for a Hoegarden. Still well worth it for the nice surrondings and board games.

A perfect place to have a quiet sunday drink, perhaps not the place to start off on a friday night.
dank4000 - 20 Dec 2004 14:32
Miles better,
great atmos,
seek and you will find.

The Saint. x
anonymous - 9 Dec 2004 21:48
I'm happy to report that this pub has been completely transformed from a black hole to a great local. It's got really good food, good decor (including three fireplaces), boardgames, an atmosphere and enough seating to go round. I'm a lager drinker so I can't tell you about the quality of the ale, but everything else is brilliant. Hopefully it'll put the unbelievably pretentious Escape next door out of business. A great place for spending hours and hours.
Smokeypilch - 8 Dec 2004 16:49
Four years ago, used to be a cracking pub, but ruined by a rude manager.
anonymous - 20 Sep 2004 12:39
dreadful pub. Sad, dreary.
mick - 14 Sep 2004 09:29
rumour has it, the pub is going to close for a refurb and the rude landlord will be on his way. hurrah
anonymous - 19 Jul 2004 20:52
Not the pub it once was when the old couple used to run it. The guvnor is the rudest guy I have ever come across in ages, and London pride is a poor pint here.
thomas - 4 Apr 2004 13:52
A fairly average local pub - often frequented by the local Postmen. The guvnor is a pain though, food passable, prices not too bad, has just acquired a bar billiards table. New plasma tv replaces the old inadequate projection screen.
Kelvin - 29 Mar 2004 16:05
It sits directly opposite Herne Hill station beside Escape. Its a boozer that is neither good nor bad. Its drink is cheap, its staff friendly but there is something missing with the atmosphere never getting above quiet.
Steven - 15 Mar 2004 15:10

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