Where's The Best Pub In Peckham And Camberwell?

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Where's The Best Pub In Peckham And Camberwell?

Don't vote for me. I'm Peckham library.

Part ‘P' of our two year mission to visit the best London pubs, alphabetically.

This month, we're heading a little further out of the centre than usual, with a pub crawl round Peckham and Camberwell. But which are the best pubs and bars? As ever, the definition of the area is up to you, so long as the venue is in reasonable pub-crawling distance.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Let us know (in the comments below, on Facebook, or by tweeting #bestPeckhamPub) your favourite pubs in the area.
  2. We’ll tally up the votes in a couple of days and publish the results.
  3. We’ll then arrange a pub crawl around the four most popular choices. You’re welcome to join us.
  4. As mentioned above, the definition of what counts as Peckham/Camberwell is up to you.
  5. By ‘pubs’, we’re using a shorthand — you can also vote for bars.
  6. You can nominate more than one place. All nominations count as one vote, whether you rank them or not. Likes on Facebook and retweets of someone else’s vote are also counted as new votes.
  7. Venues should be open to the public with no pre-booking, entry fee or membership required.

So, where shall we go?

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Sally Butcher

Bar Story's gotta be in there.


Cool Cat's Cafe (a bar with cocktails every evening except Sun & Mon), Southampton Way


The Victoria Inn is a great Peckham pub. And if you get too drunk it has rooms upstairs!



Tough one, but for me it has to be the Gowlett. Good beers, friendly staff, great pizzas, great atmosphere.


The Crooked Well


1. Stormbird, Camberwell
2. Hermits Cave, Camberwell
3. Victoria Inn, Peckham
4. Bar Story, Peckham
5. The Tiger, Camberwell


I like the Gowlett in Peckham, and the Hermit's Cave in Camberwell. (I'd also pick the Old Nun's Head, but you may consider Nunhead to be a quite separate entity from Peckham.)


Easy. The Gowlett.


The Montpelier is great - has a tiny cinema showing arty films at the back and open late. But really, there's nothing like fighting through hoards of art students during happy hour at Bar Story, getting in the constantly malfunctioning lift up to Franks and then having a moment of clarity at 3am at a funk night at the Bussey building. But every hipster in London's on that trail now...

O Dillon

Stormbird, Cambwerell without a doubt. Best beer around here.

Matt Soper

My top three are The Montpelier, The Gowlett and Bar Story. Peckham Refreshment Rooms is best newcomer.


Kentish Drovers is more real and no student types from rich families who think the 'nam is hip. Drovers is Spoons n cheaper tahn others and all colours drink in it

Camberwell Live

Hmm tricky one - having lived in Camberwell for 10 years or so I'd
say theres probably a pub for everyone from places that appeal to trendy
student types to gastro sunday lunch places

Thinking about SE5 my faves (in no particular order) are

Cambria Arms (just off Coldharbour Lane, near Ruskin Park) - great for food and interesting cabaret
George Canning - good wine-bar like pub with some celeb customers
The Bear - good range of beers, good quiz, food can be expensive
The Kennington, Camberwell New Rd (but the name and location may mean it looks more to Kennington/Oval than Cam!)
The Tiger, Camberwell Green - good for watching the world go by, tankards are great
The Sun - amazing garden, used to be much better when it was the Sun + Doves but still good
Crooked Well - amazing for food, expensive
Storm Bird - amazing range of beers
Hermits Cave - proper local full of interesting characters

Honourable mentions also
The Rec
Joiners Arms


Victoria Inn
Old Nun's Head
Frank's (when it's open)

I must try the Gowlett, based on the comments above.


The Montpelier
The Telegraph (not sure it counts as Peckham though!)
The Old Nuns Head
The Rye


The Tiger, The Cambria and the Bear are all excellent. The Phoenix is also good, although almost endearlingly always out of food...


Hermit's Cave for a fireside cider when it's chilly out
Bar Story for festival atmosphere and HAPPY HOUR (try the Bombphire yum!)
Stormbird for a crafty beer bat
Cool Cats Cafe for brunch with a Bloody Mary
Grand Union for classy decor and super comfy booths
Fox on the Hill for giant garden with a view (it's a Spoons = bargainous booze)

Boris Bear

The Montpelier, Choumert Road (great vibe, good beers, good food)
Franks, in summer, (when it's not too busy - so midweek)
The Rye (nice beer garden)


1. The Stormbird
2. Hermit's Cave
3. The Tiger
4. The Phoenix
5. The Montpellier