The Donkey Sanctuary at The White Horse

20-22 Peckham Rye , London, SE15 4JR

  • The Donkey Sanctuary at The White Horse London Peckham bar cocktails
  • The Donkey Sanctuary at The White Horse London Peckham bar cocktails
  • The Donkey Sanctuary at The White Horse London Peckham bar cocktails
  • The Donkey Sanctuary at The White Horse London Peckham bar cocktails

SquareMeal Review of The Donkey Sanctuary at The White Horse

Sister to The Montpelier in nearby Choumert Road, this mock-Tudor 1930s pub seems like something of a period piece with its sober wood-panelled interior and pool and darts room. Draught ales from Gipsy Hill, Sambrook’s and Beavertown attract the punters – as does decent modern pub food, where root-vegetable fattoush with aïoli or lamb chops with celeriac gratin could be followed by apple crumble. The White Horse’s latest addition is a somewhat lugubrious, pot-plant festooned former function room recast as a cocktail lounge: The Donkey Sanctuary (open Thursday to Sunday). Enter here and saddle up for Chris Lawes’ (late of Peckham Springs) well-dressed shakes and stirs: the likes of White Lady; Penicillin (complete with syringe); and Bubble Bac (a twisted Prosecco Twinkle made with Kümmel-esque herbal liqueur Escubac, fino sherry, vanilla and grapefruit, £8). The signature tipple, Donkey Punch (with pineapple, lime and orange), gets its kick from two thoroughbred rums. 

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