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The Actress, East Dulwich, SE22

90 Crystal Palace Road
SE22
SE22 9EY
Phone: 02086932130
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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Actress

One of several backstreet pubs in this part of Dulwich, this is an open plan street corner pub that has been given a modern makeover to appeal to the local community. There are two entrance porches, which suggest this was once a more conventional two-bar backstreet boozer, but any partitioning has long since been removed, creating two sizeable seating areas either side of a centrally positioned U-shape servery. The pub has light coloured floorboards throughout with half panelled walls and pastel shaded uppers with a few sections of rough exposed brickwork here and there and a small kitchen area to the rear left, turning out what looked like quite decent Italian food. Banquette seating follows much of the room’s perimeter, with standard tables and chairs and the occasional high table with bar stools thrown into the mix, whilst the banquette has been formed into booths in a small space tucked away behind the servery in what might be the pub’s only truly cosy spot. The bar has a grey painted tongue and groove counter with some much-modified metal-frame shelving units along the bar back that rob the room of much of its potential character. Some large, brightly coloured posters for continental brands such as Campari have been used to decorate the walls near the bar, but much of the pub suffers from an excess of bare wall space or else has been broken up by uninteresting items such as plain mirrors or shelves holding bulk-bought identical bottles. A large Tv screen was showing a muted football match with an ambient soundtrack playing harmlessly in the background.
The staff were very thorough in their application of the online track and trace process, checking my phone carefully to make sure my details had all gone through correctly, but didn’t seem to have quite such a firm grasp on their beer selection, informing me that they had no cask ale on, despite me noticing a clipped pump after I’d already ordered a pint of Camden Pale Ale on keg. The resultant pint was, as you might expect, both unpleasantly cold and upsettingly expensive.
This seems like a decent enough pub that is perhaps a little too over-modernised, making it feel a bit stilted and devoid of character in places. The perceived lack of any ale didn’t help things either, but there was a decent crowd in, including a few old boys enjoying a couple of jars, who didn’t seem perturbed by the makeover and helped generate a bit of atmosphere. Not the worst pub of this style I’ve seen, but it wouldn’t be all that high on my list of pubs to revisit the next time I’m in Dulwich.

On 26th November 2020 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Actress

Another large corner pub, modernised inside,the decor was light and bright,Pizza was the main thrust of menu and there was an open kitchen complete with pizza oven to one side of the pub, families with children are welcomed but restricted to the slightly more foody half of the pub,leaving the rest to the drinkers. Very busy on a sunny saturday afternoon the atmosphere was vibrant.The cask ales on were nothing to write home about, Greene King IPA and Southwark Bermondsey Best but there was a decent selection of craft keg options, my Beavertown Neck Oil was perfect on a very warm afternoon.Another pub that did it for me on the day.

On 9th April 2017 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Actress

The four ales on in here were Triple fff Moondance, GK IPA, Truman's Swift, and London Beer Factory Chelsea Blond (£2 a half). Menus were attached to clipboards on the tables - "Flat iron steak, fries, watercress & chimmucurri" (?) is £16, and the "roasted cod, romescu (?) and parmigiano" is £13. There was plenty of stuff on the menus I looked at today that I didn't recognise as food I knew. Perhaps I should eat out more, but it probably wouldn't help as I tend to avoid food that I've never heard of.

The pub itself has been extremely gastrofied. Indigo is seen all over the place; there are too many tall tables, tall stools and tall benches around the sides; there are plastic covered banquettes; and some norml tables with brightly coloured chairs. A sign on the door says that children are welcome on the left hand side of the room, which is where all the tables are laid for diners. There's no decor to speak of, except an enormous mural of a woman's face on the back wall (who looks a bit like Lily Allen). Who would want someone who looks like Lily Allen pouting down at them while they're trying to enjoy a quiet pint?

To be honest I found little of interest in here, except the LBF Chelsea Blond, which was in excellent condition.

On 22nd September 2015 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
East Dulwich, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Peckham Rye, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
North Dulwich, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Actress, SE22
26th Nov 2020, 16:02
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
9th Apr 2017, 08:54
Review submitted by Moby Duck

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes - in designated dining area - last updated 22 September 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Darts : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
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