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The Camberwell Arms, Camberwell, SE5

65 Camberwell Church Street
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Camberwell Arms

They had four ales on in here – St Austell Tribute, Harvey’s Best, Brockley Pale Ale, and Brockley Golden. A board to the left of the servery helpfullytells us the ABVs, and that all are £3.90 a pint, or £1.95 a half. I didn’t see a menu as I sat in the bar area at the front, rather than in the room at the back where all the tables were laid for diners. But another board behind the server offered bar snacks such as pork fat and scotch bonnet on toast (!) and fried potatoes (chips?) and aioli (both £4).

Although this place has a pub name, it’s actually a modern fitted bar. The bar counter on the left is a modern piece, as is its partner on the right which seems to be a food bar. There’s some exposed brickwork on the right, and the gastro indicators of a bowl of citrus fruit, and a water jug on the bar counter, plus wine bottles on the bar back, are present.

In the bar area the only furnishings were a large barrel serving as a tall table with a couple of tall stools, plus a handful of small round metal-framed tables with small round stools. The emphasis seems to be on functionality rather than comfort. This is not the place to come for a quiet pint in comfortable surroundings.

On 18th March 2016 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Camberwell Arms

On entering I immediately thought that there were two bar counters facing each other however one is the food servery with open kitchen attached. There is a bar counter with stools but these are purely for persons eating at certain times of the day. That sets the scene really, a very food led pub, the whole of the rear was set up for diners and very busy it was too, upmarket stuff with many specials being designed for sharing, eg Camberwell Arms charcuterie, slow roast salt marsh lamb, roast mallard get the picture. The bar snacks menu included something called "pork fat and scotch bonnet on toast" so a lard and chilli toastie then?
Drinkers are segregated towards the front where a number of Britannia tables are crammed in, unfortunately the entrance lobby doors were wedged open leading to an uncomfortable cold draught.
Light coloured wooden boarded floor, some exposed brickwork, otherwise dark almost blood red walls. There are a few chandeliers and a shelf above the bar lobby contains a range of demi-johns.
Lots of wines and cocktails listed over the bar but there are also a number of beermats suggesting a changing range, yesterday offered Tribute, Ringwood Razor Back, Brockley Brewery Porter and also their Pale Ale. The place was far too food centred for me to enjoy as a pub even if the Brockley Pale was in good shape, I'd most likely carry on by next time I'm in the area.

On 10th January 2016 - rating: 5
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john gray left this review about The Camberwell Arms

Nice food led pub but very warm with the open kitchen at the rear of the bar.Rear room set for dining and was very busy.Stylish pub.Three cask beers on Ringwood bitter ,Sambrookes -junction and my Brockley -pale which was in good condition but bland.Reasonable price.

On 12th May 2015 - rating: 7
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Denmark Hill, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Loughborough Junction, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Peckham Rye, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
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