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Posted on Friday, 28 January, 2005 - 07:04 pm:   

Can anyone recommend a decent pub that does nice traditional food rather than the heated up frozen type please
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Posted on Friday, 28 January, 2005 - 11:59 pm:   

Here's the result of some concentrated research:

The Rye (on the park) - gastro but pricey
The Clock House - promising but disappointing often
The Dulwich Wood House - again promising but inconsistent
The Dartmouth - gastro now and good
Wetherspoons - yes but why?
Question (ex-MaltShovel) - actually I've never had a bad meal there

It's a start...
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Posted on Saturday, 29 January, 2005 - 12:01 am:   

The Greyhound (East Dulwich) - that's always been a contender for a possible Sunday roast, but it seems ruined by its popularity and the last time I went was not great at all.

I guess you just have to get out of London. Good food = good staff and its impossible to keep them in town without charging a fortune...
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Posted on Tuesday, 01 February, 2005 - 07:01 pm:   

After double posting too often I managed not to send my lunchtime rant at all.

Anyway lets try again

Traditional pub food was made up by advertising execs sometime in the 80s no doubt. Pubs are about beer, perhaps with a plouhmans, roll or cottage pie, all these upmarket places are restaurants in disguise. Most pubs simply heat up the stuff they've bought from Brake Brothers or whoever, 'home cooked' not 'home made'. Other parts of Europe can do home made not at an excessive cost, but like the goverment and supermarkets we get the pub food we deserve.

Rant over, to follow on from Les, Crown and Greyhound good as long as you queue an hour before opening, Dulwich Woodhouse very disappointing, Capitol cheap fodder but ......

A dearth round our way. Go to Greenwich, plenty of choice and recommended Union Tavern on the Royal Hill

But spare a thought for me. My local not only doesn't sell food, but beer neither. That's another thread.
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 02:49 pm:   

Don't dismiss Wetherspoons. I went to one this afternoon and the food was edible, fairly pleasant, and fantastically cheap! As was the beer (cheap I mean).
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 03:16 pm:   

I agree with you Davros. Fair point, the last time I ate there it was fine. It's an alternative.

But the average age of the drinkers was about 17!

If you're the Davros from Blakes 7, my wife fancies (or fancied) you!
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 03:33 pm:   

There's often a kind of fairly mature (and I don't just mean age, think cheddar) crowd in Wetherspoons.

I doubt your wife fancied me. I was never much of a looker after I was rebuilt, and then there were the countless eons waiting for revenge, they took their toll. You must be thinking of Avon.
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 03:48 pm:   

I've only been in the Capitol a few times, but the customers seem to be a weird mix of 12 year olds guzzling alco pops and old people looking supping their pints, looking miserable as if they have gone there to die.
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 03:58 pm:   

Indeed. I was embarassed when I met my wife there from the station once. There was an old guy asking the barman if he could go home. Still, perhaps we should learn to live with this chaos. Take the cruchy with the smooth, in the words of Billy Bragg (who would hardly endorse what I'm suggesting.)
Les Wife
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 04:22 pm:   

It was indeed Avon that I fancied, not Davros. In fact wasnt Davros the part human part machine megalomaniac leader of the Daleks. I think there is some sci fi confusion here.

As for pubs my favourite at the moment is The Rye, although I'm sure that Baggy Dave will dissaprove as it is indeed a restaurant dressed up as a pub, nice to hang out there on a Sunday lunch time though.
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 04:36 pm:   

I went to the rye last saturday for the first time and must admit it was very good! will defo go back
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Posted on Friday, 04 February, 2005 - 05:09 pm:   

You are right, Les Wife, though I am a little hurt by the way you put it.

Will have to get down to the Rye if I can get these castors oiled. Things must have changed a lot since I lived round there.
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Posted on Monday, 07 February, 2005 - 10:15 am:   

Can't stand Wetherspoons myself so would much rather live without the chaos. The place may well sell cheap beer and food but in return you have to put up with a complete lack of atmosphere. The no music policy is what does it for
me - and what is it with the low lighting in the Capitol (it made me feel as drowsy as the old folks) and those ridiculous in house magazines that are basically an excuse for the head honcho to drone on and on about how much he hates anything to do with being part of Europe? It's
like they are encouraging people to fall asleep.
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Posted on Monday, 07 February, 2005 - 12:05 pm:   

Hmm, Les Wife, Saw Avon (Paul Darrow) in rep in Oxford in 1986 - believe he is a good actor
I could try to get you a date with Vila (Michael Keating) but now that I have leaked that he will shortly be in East Enders may be more difficult.
And Newman echos my views on the Capitol - but would make an excellent cinema - now that would reverse the trend.
Try Franklins on Lordship Lane, a bistro that just happens to serve beer (again reversing the trend)- surely the fact that I endorse it makes it worth a visit.
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Posted on Wednesday, 02 March, 2005 - 09:17 pm:   

It aint trad British but look like good pizza's
but the Gowlett, on Gowlett Road, Peckham but on the East Dulwich Road may be worth checking out. Old pub, done up, looks kids friendly
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Posted on Monday, 30 January, 2006 - 01:37 pm:   

Where was the 'where's BD' thread? Did none of you miss me when I was temporarily out of action??
On the subject of recommending good service the Grauniad ran an article on good pub food in Sarf London (read 'South East' London) a couple of Saturday's ago. See:
1684923%2C00.html, d/story/0,,1684923,00.html
Dartmouth Arms at the top (but no mention of the loss of the bar billiards table - rumour has it that they have much of the old fittings stored upstairs).
Dulwich Woodnhouse also there, no mention of their hatred for ankle biters, a tradition passed on from the previous landlord. I'll believe other posters that the food is good but my only experience, a few years ago was lousy. Gave the waitress feedback with not a lot of interest.
And Franklins in East Dulwich.
Unfortunately no menion of my local the Moor Park Tavern, and fortunately neither the Grove or Forest Hill Taverns.
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Posted on Monday, 30 January, 2006 - 07:05 pm:   

Hi Baggy,

I had a bad experience at the Woodhouse a couple of years ago, but I might give it another go, just for research...

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Posted on Tuesday, 31 January, 2006 - 09:26 am:   

p.s. when I say 'bad experience' I don't mean bad experience in a 'traumatised by Mark Oaten' sort of way, I mean the food was a bit disappointing/undercooked.

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Posted on Wednesday, 01 February, 2006 - 12:50 pm:   

I have had a number of meals in Woodhouse in last year or so. Food has in most cases been
Managers leaving Friday so will have to reserve judgement until we see new manager(s).
Chef great as long as you do not insult Glasgow
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Posted on Wednesday, 01 February, 2006 - 04:12 pm:   

Funnily enough I had a very average meal in the Dartmouth. I have not gone back because I didn't wish to repeat the experience. To be fair, it was quite new at the time and I have only read good things about it since. Went to the Bishop in Lordship Lane on a saturday evening a few weeks ago. The food was quite good but it was very noisy in there. I would go back but not on a saturday. Of course we missed you BD but I assumed that you had a hissy fit because someone in another forum didn't appreciate your unique brand of humour.
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Posted on Wednesday, 01 February, 2006 - 06:00 pm:   

Wots a hissy fit?

I've noted I have at least one follower, seeing that Roz is demonstating a similar sense of humour and seems to enjoy a wind-up (and is also a fan of the Forest Hill Focus Newsletter, perhaps we should set up a love nest - with no doors of course)

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