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Dark Horse
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Address: 16 Grove Lane, Camberwell, London, SE5 8SY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29707) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Denmark Hill (0.3 miles), Loughborough Jn (0.8 miles), East Dulwich (1 mile)

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> Current user rating: 7.3/10 (rated by 27 users)
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I have had a number of Sunday roasts here which I have enjoyed, including extra gravy :-) I have also popped in for drinks on a number of occasions, both under the new name, and previous encarnations of the pub. The service is always a bit of a mixed bag, which I find disconcerting. I have had a number of long conversations with the management, but then get ignored when I have returned, with friends! Even when I reported the toilets out of service, no thanks and a degree of pomp and surliness put me off. After again mentioning returning with friends later. When I did , no greeting and mediocre service ,which doesnt enthuse me to return often. Although the quieter aspect and outside benches are nice in the summer and the decor is not bad. Trying to aim for the wealthier ,middle-class types, but falling very short on service, and possibly appreciating where their income comes from.
richardlionheart - 12 Apr 2010 18:18
This has closed and turned into Le Petit Parisien, a French bistro.
Kake - 1 Oct 2009 10:30
Been twice recently - one time it was split into restaurant and small lounge bar area, most recently the whole pub seemed equally given over to drink or eating.

Prefer the second, more laid back approach, the rest of the pub is not big enough if a large portion is taken up by a dining area.

Shame it's out of the way - the Castle always seems busy when this place is dead. Good beer, and very much reflects the name of the pub. Should do better once the new development opens up.

Compared to the other decent pubs in Camberwell that I have visited, prefer this over the Castle and The Grove, but is pipped by Hermits Cave.
Pavel_G - 24 Feb 2009 11:03
I'm afraid its all changed now. I've been coming to this pub since it was the Kerwell. The Dark Horse was a change for the better, up until recerntly. Gone is the decent cocktail list. Gone decent bar food. Gone are any long serving staff. And acvtually that's part of the problem, tucked slightly out the way, with no free parking until after business hours, yummy mummy's join the bar staff for a glass of Pinot Grigio during the day and off and on the pub fills up in the evening. Bar staff come and go, and the quality suffers. The Bramble that used to be made there replaced by a pale shadow, the meat ball bar snack, oxo flavoured cardboard. I'll give it 4 rather the 2 my last experience tell me to, as mayeb they'll pick themselves up again).

Ho hum, maybe Camberwell just hasn't got enough people (or moneyed people) coming to it consistently to support The Bear (nice atmos, but quiet), Dispensary (difficult), B2B (better before as stude pub, failing as a posh nosh pub), Dark Horse, Castle (so so, big screen dominates the noise), Funky Money (dreadlocks and groovey yoof), Hermits Cave (proper calm pub, my fave), Silver Buckle (indifferent), Cadogan (nice apart from stinky chip fat smell all the time), the one above the railway station (character free bar staff, funny tasting beer) and another 2 or 3 towards the hospital.
declan88 - 15 Feb 2009 18:59
Maybe I just happened in on a bad day in the kitchen, but the food in this pub was utterly terrible: my steak was overcooked and covered in a salty, sweet sauce that I suspect had come from a packet, and bore no resemblance to the description on the menu; the risotto was tasteless; and the chips were undercooked. If the bar staff had been more receptive I would have complained but I didn't fancy my chances of getting things sorted out.

The wine wasn't bad, and not too expensive, so this may be a great place to come for a drink. But the food was a complete let-down.
tomst - 26 Aug 2008 16:51

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