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Don't let the name put you off. The Tulse Hill Hotel is a hotel (nine rooms), and it markets itself like a restaurant (and a splendid roast they do, too), but there's also a very good pub lurking in there.
Step through the door and you're immediately put at ease by the comforting, dark-wood interior, mellow lighting and real fireplace. This 2015 refit is very handsome, although hangs a little too much reliance on stool seating to fully evoke the word 'cosy'.
If the front looks good for a winter session, then the rear sticks out in summer. The sheltered beer garden is a pleasant place to pass an hour or two, despite the gaudy Aperol Spritz branding and nearby roar of the South Circular.
You needn't stick to said Aperol. The bar is very well-stocked, with a quintet of cask pumps and plenty of kegs. Some of these hold unusual treasures: we knocked back a refreshing half of rhubarb cider.
A more formal area is set aside for dining, although you can order food in any part of this friendly, pleasing pub.
Last updated August 2019.