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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.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

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.

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The Crooked Well

The Crooked Well

16 Grove Lane ,London SE5 8SY

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Feb 2014

We wnt to the Crooked well last night for the first time. Had heard good things about it but hadn't got round to visiting. We arrived early and had cocktails, very good. Then were brought over the menu to look at. We sat down dead on out booked time and the waitress was lovely. I stsrted with salt and pepper squid, very good. My husband had a pork terrine, also good. I had the steak with flavoured butter and my husband had duck leg. We sharded a pear tatin pudding which was delicious. Thoroughly...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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The Crooked Well

16 Grove Lane ,London SE5 8SY

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Aug 2011

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Editor's pick I've talked before about the difficulty of the Restaurant of Death. That sad spot repeatedly filled with restaurateur after restaurateur desperately trying to work with a location that no one ever seems to go to. The Crooked Well is definitely in one of these, or rather has been. In recent incarnations it's been a Parisian cafe, a local pub and a trendy cocktail bar, and that's just the last two years. The stripped back aesthetic, necessary to remove layers of paint from so many recent refurbs,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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    Emma Rose Tully :: Review: The Crooked Well | Daydreamer

    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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  • Address: 16 Grove Lane, London SE5 8SY
  • Telephone: 020 7252 7798
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12.30-12M (Mon 5pm- Fri-Sat -1am) Sun 12N-11pm

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