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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 Toile de Jouy wallpaper. The kitchen delivers “consistently good food” and fashionable plates ranging from crispy salt-and-pepper squid with spiced mayo to mackerel with white beans, courgettes and chorizo or pork belly with sauté savoy cabbage, sage and apple purée. Sharing dishes such as chicken, leek and wild mushroom pie or pineapple sponge with golden syrup also make this a great choice for a dinner à deux, while midweek lunch deals (Tues-Fri) offer two courses for a tenner. Ales from the likes of Butcombe and Whitstable Bay get the thumbs-up and the wine list ventures beyond usual pub clichés. The Crooked Well also has some of the “most friendly and welcoming staff in London”, according to one regular.
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.
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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