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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: 6.7/10 (rated by 49 users)
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Really good overall in that it suits a wide range of people from gentrifying Dulwich hamlet fans to - errr - traditional Dulwich Hamlet fans. the beer as in excellent nick including a great Porter from Five Points - who seem to be ubiquitous in the Smoke these days.
BoehmBawerk - 7 Oct 2019 15:41
The Cave was again perfectly pleasant on Sunday. There was no longer any sign of the furniture world's answer to the North Face of the Eiger, incidentally.
Hulots_hat - 16 Apr 2019 18:40
The pub sported a sign saying "the best beer round here" and yes, my pint of Hophead was flawless last summer.

The floorboards are good and foot-ground, but the furnishings are smart and comfortable enough, all except, that is, for the five-seater settee, which has a huge hole in place of one of its seats. (I saved one soul from throwing his new pint over himself by falling through it. I wonder how often that happens? Something needs doing before someone seriously hurts him or herself whatever.)

There are various curios on display on top of the bar canopy, including an accordion. So if you know any players of these devices, and they happen to be tall, then the good drinkers of this establishment would, I'm pretty sure, be grateful if you took them elsewhere.
Hulots_hat - 16 Feb 2018 11:42
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

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