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Sitting snugly on one of Camberwell's finest Georgian streets, this high-ceilinged, high-spec gastropub looks the part with its worn floorboards, metro tiles, vintage lighting and vaguely feminine
Toile de Jouy wallaper. The menu is a roll call of fashionable plates ranging from Scotch eggs and duck rillettes to sea bream with samphire, cauliflower purée and crayfish tails, although some
ideas work better than others; crunchy crab toast is the perfect match for a punchy yet refreshing gazpacho, but pig's cheeks and spätzle are far-from-happy bedfellows. Sharing dishes such as rich
rabbit and bacon pie, roast lamb, and hot chocolate pudding also make this a great choice for a family get-together or a diner à deux. Ales get the thumbs-up and the wine list ventures beyond pub
clichés to include some lesser-known producers and grape varieties.
Printed on two sides of A4, The Crooked Well’s list has the kind of clear, no-nonsense, no-frills approach that you’d expect from a neighbourhood gastropub in an average area. The vast majority of wines are under £30, with 20 of them by the glass and there are plenty of real gems in the selection. ‘There’s an obvious amount of care been taken in formulating and preparing this list,’ said judge Mark Thornhill of The Rockingham Arms.
Isn’t my new years resolution to blog more going well, hey?! This week we’re back in Camberwell, where I’m continuing my efforts to discover the best establishments my local area has to offer.The Crooked Well describes itself as a spacious neighbourhood gastropub with a modern-vintage vibe. I absolutely loved reading John Walsh’s review in the Independent, published when The Crooked Well opened in January 2012. Rumour has it, a lot of nonsense circulated about the fact that a middle-class restaurant was opening in hard-as-nails Camberwell. If you fancy a little giggle to, you can read the review here...
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