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Hermits Cave, Camberwell, SE5

28 Church Street
SE5
SE5 8QU
Phone: 02077033188
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Pub SignMan left this review about Hermits Cave

This is a nice, ornate street corner pub with some interesting Victorian features, located across the road from its sister pub the Stormbird. The interior describes a wide arc and has scuffed bare floorboards throughout and a similarly curved servery around the rear wall. The bar has a nice dark wood counter with some well worked supporting pillars holding up a grand gantry which has a row of overhanging lamps along it, held in place by decorative brass brackets. The gantry has been topped with an eclectic selection of items including standard pub décor like jugs, lamps and bottles, plus some oddities such as handpulls, a strange looking bust and an ancient looking jack-in-the-box. Seating almost exclusively follows the front wall in the right-hand half of the pub, with a mix of benches, high stools and chairs available beneath the spectacular etched glass windows that act as the pub’s most distinctive feature – they are certainly eye-catching even getting my attention as I was walking along on the other side of the road late at night. A fine marble fireplace dominates the end wall, with a large elaborate mantle and plain mirror above. The walls have a green lincrusta lower section and warm red floral wallpapered uppers decorated with modest art prints and shelves full of old whisky bottles and boxes. The left-hand side of the pub is partly obscured by a section of partitioning wall on entry, but opens out beyond the end of the servery, giving the place a semi self-contained lounge bar feel, with similar furniture and décor to the main bar area.
They had two cask ales available when I arrived – Five Points Pale and Fyne Ales Jarl – with Five Points Bitter having recently been taken off. A friendly but overworked barmaid showed me to the last remaining table and poured a very nice pint of the Jarl which was a timely reminder of what a good beer this can be. There was a full house on my Thursday evening visit, with plenty of other punters getting turned away as the night went on.
This is a nice pub that has kept a lot of its traditional features and benefits from this by feeling like a nice local’s pub in a part of town full of over-modernised, craft beer focussed venues. This was the pick of the Camberwell pubs I visited on a recent crawl of the area and would be the first place I’d mark down for a revisit.

On 20th October 2020 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Hermits Cave

Nice old curved pub, opened out inside but remaining reasonably traditional, wood flooring, wallpapered walls and etched glass windows.Seven handpumps on the bar,I didn't note all the beers but Adnams Mosaic and Fyne Ales Jarl were among them, the later being very good, also a couple of Ciders were on a couple of the handles. A decent pub.

On 5th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Hermits Cave

Decent old pub with a curved frontage and apartially opened-out interior in nearly a 'L' shape. Mix of furniture but decor limited to a selection of old photographs and prints; although there is still a gantried bar counter, a feature fireplace and a selection of etched window panels (of different ages, by the look of things). Six real ales - Broadside, Dark Star Hophead, Kent Brewery Pale and Purity Mad Goose plus N7 pale and Pentonville oyster stout (£3.60) from Hammerton - and Old Rosie cider on the seven handpumps.

On 17th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Denmark Hill, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Loughborough Junction, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Peckham Rye, 1.2 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Hermits Cave, SE5
20th Oct 2020, 16:34
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
5th Aug 2018, 09:12
Review submitted by Moby Duck

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