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“The food on Lordship Lane is getting better and better, but The Palmerston remains head and shoulders above the rest”, notes a fan of this popular gastropub. Although a handful of tables near the bar are given over to drinking, the main business is dining, with some “fabulous, inventive and wholesome” food on offer. The kitchen takes sourcing seriously, and there’s a healthy respect for seasonal ingredients – be it nettle, leek and potato soup, walnut-crumbed goats’ cheese with caramelised pear or sautéed Colchester scallops with pea, pancetta and mint oil. Aged Galloway beef and Tamworth pork also have their say, along with some “excellent” seasonal game. The “very extensive” wine list includes plenty by the glass and carafe, plus a handful of bargain bin ends. Lovers of Victoriana will appreciate the fine tiled floor in the back room, and the dark wood panelling throughout this handsome corner boozer.

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The Palmerston

91 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Best food on Lordship Lane

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Sep 2015

The food on Lordship Lane is getting better and better. The Palmerston remains head and shoulders above the rest. The menu is inventive and ambitious, with interesting seasonal options, especially game. The wine list is very extensive, with good wines at all price levels. The atmosphere is busy and fun. I went to Rules a few days after my visit to the Palmerston and the game special there was not nearly as good.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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The Palmerston

91 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Good food, shame about the service

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Oct 2013

We chose the Palmerston for a cosy dinner a deux, a rare event these days with two young children. We had been to the restaurant before and had happy memories, so expectations were fairly high. The table reserved for us wasn't great, but then I did book it that morning, so can't complain. And so we settled down to an evening of chat without being interrupted by the children every 30 seconds. The place was full. We played a game of deciding things about our neighbouring diners. Probably best not to...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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The Palmerston

91 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Jan 2013

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The Palmerston is definitely more gastro than pub – where else would you find a small but orderly queue at the bar, other than Dulwich? It’s a relaxed spot for dinner by candlelight that combines cosiness with smart silverware; ask nicely and you may nab a spot by the fireplace. There’s a scramble for tables on Friday nights and long lunches at weekends, so we were glad to have rung ahead for a reservation. Oddities on the wine list are cracking value. Lesser known wines (like rustic Maison de la...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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91 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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by   bronze reviewer (8)

Sep 2009

This was billed as one of the best gastro pubs in SE London. However, it was a little underwhelming. That's not to say it wasn't bad, but I was expecting so much more. The menu read well, with a mixture of seasonal dishes and classic British dishes. We opted for oysters (good – but not great) and then both plumped for the Lamb with greens and anchovy. The main problem here was the lamb – it was almost bland. The gravy and greens were well seasoned and tasty, and the lamb was well cooked – but it...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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