Review on The Brookmill
One of Deptford's oldest pubs has been given a makeover and new name, now called The Brookmill it's set in a conservation area, just a 5 minute walk from St John's station. Occupying a smart 19th century building between Deptford and Lewisham, this popular neighbourhood pub has a corner setting opposite Brookmill Park. Inside there's bare brick walls with displays from local artists and mismatched furniture, flooded with light from the large windows. Drinkers congregate at the bar while diners head for the dining room. In summer months everyone makes a beeline for their pretty courtyard beer garden with its colourful mural, created in partnership with Deptford Does Art.
The kitchen is in the hands of Ollie Marlowe, whose CV includes esteemed Michelin-starred restaurants such as The Glasshouse and Chez Bruce. Food is a big draw here with ingredients carefully sourced for a menu that stays in tune with the seasons. Among the starters look for scallop ceviche with soy dressing, avocado, garlic crisps and radishes or for meat fans there's steak tartare with pickled walnut ketchup, crispy shallots, sourdough and egg yolk. When it comes to main courses you might see pot roast partridge with roscoff onions, roast root vegetables, mustard sauce and kale or a pub classic of beer battered fish and chips with tartar sauce and mushy peas. The menu signs off with desserts like vanilla rice pudding with damson jam and ginger crumble or chocolate mousse with salted caramel ice cream and peanut brittle.
To accompany the food there's natural and organic wines from Davenport Vineyards in East Sussex, local craft beers from The Kernel Brewery and Brick Brewery, well crafted cocktails and coffee from Dulwich-based roastery, Volcano Coffee.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 4.00pm (12.00 - 9.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat (9.00pm Mon)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card