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The Vale Bar, Dulwich - pub details

Previously called: Hamlet Inn

Vale Bar
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Address: 31-33 Grove Vale, London, SE22 8EQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 535) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations East Dulwich (0.1 miles), Denmark Hill (0.7 miles), North Dulwich (0.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.7/10 (rated by 59 users)
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Bishop, East Dulwich (0.2 miles), Black Cherry Bar, East Dulwich (0.2 miles), East Dulwich Tavern (EDT), Dulwich (0.2 miles), Jazz at The Hamlet, East Dulwich (0.2 miles), Palmerston, East Dulwich (0.3 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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Always feel that the Vale does not get enough credit for such a good place to watch sport, nice and big, you do not feel crushed.
midnightpoolchampion - 26 Mar 2008 22:53
This bar has the potential to wipe the floor with the Lordship lane bars. Firstly this place has the highest turnover of staff I've ever seen. Part of what makes a local is going in and seeing your drink being poured before you even ask for it. Staff who know your name, that kind of thing. Not all the staff can be that bad. I've know some really goo ones. Also theres a different chef every week. I agree with some of the earlier postings that I feel a little 'under the spotlight' when I go in sometimes. Beer garden in the good weather is fantastic tho. By the way to anonymous, from reading your 2 most recent postings, either you work in the bar or you are a relation/friend of the owners. The last posting is just funny!
WonnacottP - 18 Nov 2006 23:44
I don�t know what this place was like in its previous incarnation as the Hamlet Inn but it is now a hideous example of what happens when interior designers get a free run on redeveloping your local. Any original features and characteristics have been removed leaving a rather cavernous hollow interior with bland and plain d�cor. One side of the bar is reserved for the Chesterton sofa brigade and the other half for the gastropub fans with its open kitchen and dining tables. Drink selection is rather standard and there are no Real Ales. I would certainly agree that the staff are very good � I was unknowingly overcharged but the barmaid made an effort to find me after I had sat down to return my extra change. There are a couple of screens for sport and some outside seating under a canopy but I am really clutching at straws to find any positives. The pub is convenient for Dulwich Hamlet football ground but to be perfectly honest, the clubs bar is far better if this is the reason for being in the area.
RogerB - 22 Sep 2006 14:59
What a fantastic bar. It really is a breath of fresh air compared to the tired, cliched, wannabe WestEnd bars which you see on Lordship Lane. The likes of The Bishop and the EDT are just soooooo old hat! My friends and I just happened to come across The Vale one saturday night after feeling nauseated by the lack of creativity and atmosphere being offered by the above dull bars. My friend Annie said, "Hey lets try this bar. We might as well?!". I said yes, anticipating a bore of a bar. Wow, was I surprised! The inside is very spacious and very inviting. The place was absolutely packed and the atmosphere was both lively and welcoming. We were served very quickly and the drink was a fair price too. What was really refreshing was the fact that teh bar staff and dorr men were extremely personable and wanting to make sure we were having a super evening. I really love this place and will be coming abck again xxx
anonymous - 16 Aug 2006 17:15
As of this month (March), the bar is hosting a live jazz night every Thursday. It's pretty much the only live music on offer in Dulwich, and when I was in there last week the band were *fantastic*. The guinness is cheaper than the EDT too!
anonymous - 27 Mar 2006 22:05

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