Review on The Camberwell Arms

The Camberwell Arms is the latest restaurant from the same team behind the award winning Anchor & Hope in Waterloo, the Canton Arms in Stockwell, Great Queen Street in Covent Garden and The Magdalen Arms in Oxford. Set in the heart of Camberwell with the nearest station Denmark Hill 10 minutes walk away, it has recently picked up the Winner of Observer Food Monthly Award.

The Victorian boozer, formerly housing The Recreation Ground pub has been decorated like its siblings with ox-blood walls, there's rough-hewn wooden tables set against bistro chairs and mismatched chandeliers hang from the ceiling. There's a large ground floor bar with the dining room towards the rear, complete with open kitchen featuring a huge charcoal grill. The upstairs bar has more tables for dining, and the room can also be reserved for private occasions.

In the kitchen is chef/patron Michael Davies who previously plied his trade at Frank's Café in Peckham. Menus change frequently with the seasons and offer starters in the shape of barbequed deep sea mussels, pickled red onion and thyme or a sharing plate of Camberwell Arms charcuterie. Meat lovers will enjoy the main course of roast Mallard breast and confit leg, boulangere, chicory and mustard, whilst fish fans might opt for the cuttlefish braised in ink, focaccia, nduja and pickled peppers. For a sweet finale, the pear and almond tart with clotted cream is always a popular choice or there's the brown sugar meringue, stewed Bramley apples and salted caramel sauce.

Service is knowledgeable and very friendly and there's an interesting wine list including both organic and bio dynamic wines with a focus on Europe, together with cocktails and a selection of craft beers.

The Camberwell Arms is also featured in: Hardens

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Michael Davies

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat

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Facilities at The Camberwell Arms

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties


The Camberwell Arms
65 Camberwell Church Street
South East London

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