Christmas and New Year’s Opening Hours

My apologies for the long delay in posting, thanks so much to Jordana from Camberwell Arts for stepping in a few times. Most of the news gets spread on Facebook and Twitter these days, but I still think there’s a role for this blog, and will try out a few new ideas in the New Year.

But to finish 2016 I want to do a quick round-up of the Christmas and New Year’s opening hours for our pubs, cafes and restaurants. The neighbourhood can get quite empty over the holidays as our large student population dissipates, but for those of us who stay I thought this might be useful.

This post will be updated until it’s too late, so if there’s somewhere I’ve missed out please feel free to leave a comment, or DM me on Twitter.

Pubs

If you fancy a drink over Christmas, the Bear is not the place for you; they’ll close from the 24th to the 29th, reopening at 4pm on Friday 30th.

A good bet is the Tiger, which will close on Christmas Day only, with normal hours the rest of the week except for a 3.30am close on NYE (well, NYD, but you get what I mean). The Sun will also close on Christmas Day only, although Boxing and New Year’s Days will see reduced hours (12pm to 9pm). If you want to eat there on NYE, it’s set menu only, 6pm to 11pm.

Both Stormbird and the Hermit’s Cave will close Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Days. (I thought the Hermit’s usually opened during lunchtime on Christmas Day; perhaps I’m mistaken, or perhaps this is new.)

The Crooked Well will close on Christmas and Boxing Days only, although there’ll be no dinner service on New Year’s Day.

The Camberwell Arms will be closed from the 24th, then reopen from the 29th to the 31st for dinner only, then close again until the 7th of January.

The Phoenix will close at 9pm on Christmas Eve, open for prebooked meals only on Christmas Day, open from 12pm to 9pm on Boxing Day.

If you really fancy a drink on Christmas Day, the Fox on the Hill is open from 11am to 3pm (no food). 8am to midnight every other day, except to 12.30am on NYE and NYD.

Cafes & Restaurants

No. 67 will be closed on Christmas and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day, but will open from the 27th to the 30th, between 10am and 3.30pm, for brunch only.

Theo’s will have a nice break, as they close at the end of service on Friday 23rd, reopening 3rd January at 12pm. The Pigeon Hole takes an even longer break, as it’s already closed and will reopen only on 4th January.

If it’s coffee you’re after, Lumberjack will close Thursday 22nd at 6pm, reopening at 10am on 2nd January. Brewbird will close at 3pm on Friday 23rd, reopening 3rd January at 8am. Fowlds will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve, also reopening on 3rd January.

Best option for coffee is Daily Goods, who will close at 12pm on Friday 23rd, reopening at 9am on Wednesday 28th, then close again on Saturday 31st at 3pm and stay closed on New Year’s Day.

Others

If you want to service your bike before going out to cycle off some excess calories, you’ll have to get to Cycle PS before 5pm on Friday 23rd, as they don’t reopen until 2nd January.

A new weekly market starts Sunday

Camberwell Market logo

From this Sunday, 4th September, Camberwell will have a new weekly market. It will happen from 10am to 4pm in the new market area on the Green, and focus on street food, arts and crafts (presumably to not compete with the Saturday farmer’s market).

Can’t find full details of the opening week’s line-up, but confirmed food stalls are: Rainbo (Asian salads and gyoza dumplings); Return of the Mac (macaroni cheese); Kaki Lima (Indonesian street food); and Pomodoro e Basilico (vegan Italian). Some of these were at Camberwell Fair last weekend, so if you enjoyed the food there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t here.

For the launch of the market there’ll be a specially-made beer called Saint Giles — no word on who it was made by, or how many will be available, but I’m keen to try it out.

In an interview with the South London Press, market organiser Will Herman said:

What we’re trying to do is establish a new haven for foodies and art lovers south of the river, showcasing the best of what is local.

And while the word ‘foodies’ might make me grind my teeth, it will be nice to have a new option in the area. I only wish there was some way we could combine the two weekend markets to have something a little bigger with perhaps an increased chance of success for both.

Camberwell Fair is back for 2016

Camberwell Fair is back for a second year (in its current incarnation†) on the 20th August. But it’s moved from last year’s location, on the Green, to Burgess Park. And unlike last year, there’s no ticket requirement, so everyone should have an opportunity to visit.

The Wormfood stage will showcase music from around the world, including Nubiyan Twist, Jus Now, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, Jally Kebba Susso, The London Lucumi Choir, Peckham Chamber Orchestra. The Camberwell stage will give space for local artists including Shahlaa Tahira & more.

There will also be food and a craft market (all stallholders to be confirmed). For the booze lovers there’ll be cocktails — including from Louie Louie, a new bar on the Walworth Road by the people at Fowlds — and from local brewers, Orbit.

The fair runs from 12pm to 9pm, but if you fancy some more when it’s over there’ll be an afterparty at Brixton Hootananny, with more music from some of the artists appearing in the afternoon.

Camberwell Fair afterparty at Brixton Hootananny

† The original fair ran until 1855, and was reknowned for its rowdiness.

News roundup: Camberwell Fair returns, the Green reopens

Quite a lot of the local news now happens on Twitter, and I sometimes forget that readers of this blog who aren’t also there miss out on some things. So I’m starting a semi-regular roundup for all those people, starting with this one.

Monday (4th July) night is the 10th anniversary AGM of the SE5 Forum. There will be food from Love Walk Cafe, music by Camberwell Community Choir, and appearances from the leader of Southwark Council, Cllr. Peter John, and the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, Cllr. Florence Eshalomi. It’s at Cambridge House, Camberwell Rd., from 6.30pm.

The owners of the ridiculously popular Frank’s Cafe, in Peckham, are hoping to take over the former Club Couture premises at the foot of Camberwell Grove. There’s a public meeting to discuss the proposal at the Camberwell Arms at 6.30pm on 7th July; I’d imagine the influential Camberwell Society will have something to say.

The Green is set to reopen on 16th July, with a community launch event running from 12pm to 5pm, and an afterparty at the Tiger with DJs from Rat Records.

The relaunch event is being organised by Camberwell Fair, who are also back with their own event, on 20th August, although this year in Burgess Park. The first acts on the music lineup have been announced. If you’re a local business there’s still time to apply for a stall.

TfL are investigating the reopening of Camberwell Station after 52 years inactivity, reporting that “initial work suggests a station is physically feasible”. The station would be on the Thameslink line. Next steps will be to assess the impact on the rail network and any development plans in the area, and with the rebuilding of the station required, this won’t be happening in the next few years.

And finally, the war memorial to the Surrey Rifles brigade, located in front of St. Giles church, has been awarded Grade II listed status.

This was the news.

Camberwell’s pubs: addendum

A few brief additions to my post on local pubs a few weeks ago.

First, The Bear has (re-)opened, although not quite fully. It’s now a craft-beer focused pub with a kitchen. The interior has seen a spruce-up, no massive changes but a bit more bright and with more beer pumps. The space still looks a little sparse, but will no doubt improve over the coming weeks.

They have some 20 or so beers on cask and keg, including many locals. The staff are very knowledgeable about their craft beers, and this seems to be the intended differentiator between themselves and other local pubs. I look forward to revisiting many times to see them grow into the space, and wish them success — that’s a tricky location, but hopefully soon to be more popular due to the many new flats being constructed across the road.

Also re-opened is The Phoenix, at Denmark Hill station. They’ve likewise spruced up, with some nice new booth seating particularly noticeable — and it’s still the best place to catch the sun later in the day. There’s a new menu as of last week, which looks good albeit identical to at least one other pub in their chain, The Commercial in Herne Hill.

In my previous blog post I mentioned that The Crooked Well wasn’t the best place for drinkers, but that was out-of-date information; they’ve refurbished their lounge to have more seats and tables, and made the difficult change from being a tied pub to a freehouse which means they have freedom to serve the beers they want. So in addition to their nice restaurant it’s now also a decent place to sit and have a beer.

Finally, some pubs I missed from my round-up: First is The Amaryllis on Coldharbour Lane. I’ve been there once, about eight years ago, so fear I have nothing useful to add about it other than it’s still there so seems at least moderately successful. Then there are The Kennington, La Tavernetta/The Golden Goose and The Clarendon Arms, all on Camberwell New Road. You can tell by their omission that I don’t get out that way much.  Sadly, I also have nothing to report on them except that they’ve been through name changes in the past few years.

Perhaps it’s time I did a pub crawl through the places I’ve never visited.