SE5 comes alive

When I started this blog it wasn’t with the intention of just writing pub and cafe reviews with the occasional update about crime levels, but that’s the way it’s been so far. I’d like to report more on what’s happening around the borough, but I think I’ll need to buy the South London Press to do that; a quick search for ‘Camberwell’ on icSouthLondon brought up a story about racism in the council, an escaped sex attacker and dirty streets. Maybe I’m being idealistic, but I don’t see that.

Camberwell seems to have sprung back into life in the last couple of weeks; I see now that it’s a student area. We decided to take advantage of the ‘2‑for‑1 Pizza’ offer at the BRB/Grove House last night. I went directly after work, arriving at about 7pm, and the place was absolutely packed. Every table was occupied and there were queues at the bar. We went into the smaller room and hung around like a bad smell until a middle-aged couple finally took the hint and left. The pizza there is good, and £6 for two 12″ pizzas is ridiculously good. Tuesday’s only, however.

I went to the BRB/Grove on Saturday as well, as I was looking for somewhere to watch the Arsenal v Bolton game. I went to The Castle first, but the girl behind the bar didn’t know anything about it. Next I tried the Silver Buckle, and they directed me to the Hermit’s Cave. The barmaid there said they were going to show the game, but halfway into a pint of Guiness I realised they hadn’t subscribed to it after all. On the off-chance I went into the BRB/Grove, and sure enough they were showing it — much to the annoyance of the (hungover?) bar staff.

Tadim has reopened after a quick refit, they seem to have just cleaned up the counter area. The Funky Munky is still refurbishing, well over schedule as they said they would be reopening on September 10. A quick look inside shows they’ve moved the bar back over to the right wall, where it used to be when it first opened.

That is all.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

3 thoughts on “SE5 comes alive”

  1. Hello there, stumbled on this blog looking for Camberwell facts. I’m moving to Southampton Way next week, your advice on drinking places and knowledge of the area will be most useful!

  2. Hi, my boyfriend ended up on this site looking for Safa’s website. I read Guy Gooberman’s comment — can you pass on a message to him? I live in Southampton Way too, so I wanted to say welcome to the street, hope he’s settling in well! Reckon that’s his real name? God knows why they moved the bar twice in the Munky. The loos are nice now though, eh? Have you been in the wrong one by mistake yet?

  3. Maybe I should start a special ‘welcome to Camberwell’ section.

    I used to live just off Southampton Way, on Rainbow Street. The pubs round there are crap, the nearest decent boozer to you must be The Castle.

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