The Camberwell Arms

British, Gastropub·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Camberwell Arms

Bronze Award

Mike Davies opened his much-loved south east London pub back in 2014 with the aim of offering high-quality cooking and genuine hospitality in a laid-back setting. It’s a concept we can confidently say will never go out of style and The Camberwell Arms does it exceedingly well. There’s space to pull up a stool for a pint, but it undoubtedly makes its living as a restaurant than it does a pub, with most of the room kitted out with smartly dressed tables ready for an evening of full service. Filling a space this large is a feat in itself, but by 7pm every seat is taken, and the room is ablaze with laughter and conversation.  

In the corner, a vintage-style dresser carrying an industrial-size loaf of focaccia is ready to be sliced on demand and delivered to tables. Order it for £2.50 while you decide what to eat. Carnivores should take heed of the scotch bonnet pork fat on toast, but our visit coincided with a warm evening in July, so we opt for crisp broad bean and pea fritters served with tangy whipped feta, plus a beautiful plate of raw bream marinated in rosemary, lemon and chilli.  

For main course, a gorgeous piece of lamb (for two) served in its juices arrives with addictive creamy greens seasoned with anchovies and pecorino. We soak up the sauce with crisp, squashy chips. And for pudding, an old-fashioned drinking glass filled to the brim with aerated chocolate mousse, crushed honeycomb and salted caramel is very good indeed. There’s also a thoughtfully curated wine list that gets updated regularly and features a range of well-priced and special occasion bottles. If you just fancy a glass, the cheapest glass of white is £5.20.  

Take it as a sign that 10 years since opening, Davies’ Camberwell pub is still considered one of the best in London. Bring a group. Bring a mate. There’s a seat for everyone here.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Gastropub
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


If you’re local to Camberwell, or even if you’re not, you’re likely to have heard of The Camberwell Arms. This neighbourhood pub has a bit of a reputation for its great grub and low-key, welcoming atmosphere that makes it a favourite haunt for many a South East Londoner. Set up by chef director Mike Davies in 2014, Camberwell Arms offers generous hospitality, seasonal cooking, informal but well-informed service and a natural leaning wine list. 

The pub is split over two floors, with a bright and airy private dining room upstairs and a more traditional, cosy pub and restaurant on the ground floor. It offers a main dinner menu throughout the week, as well as a weekday lunch and Sunday roast menu to rival. Main dishes are uncomplicated and focus on cooking fresh ingredients well, featuring the likes of charred sprouting broccoli, date vinegar, tahini and za’atar, deep-fried mackerel with persimmon and chilli and slip sole with saffron butter. And that’s just for starters.  

For main course, guests can opt for a classic steak (Aged Hereford rump) with anchovy and rosemary butter and chips, while roast skate with brown butter, fennel and almonds or gnudi, artichoke, trompettes de la mort and cavolo nero are also on the list. Desserts sound just as tempting and intriguing: think poached pear with malt custard and toasted rye flakes or burnt chestnut and honey cheesecake with agen prunes.  

Sunday lunch is designed to be taken family-style in which dishes are shared at the table with loved ones. Go for slow-cooked beef osso bucco, roast pork belly or half a spit-roast chicken. 

This is a pub, so the drinks list features plenty of ales and bitters, along with a wine list comprised of an extensive range of natural wines. For fun, guests can order one of its ‘Big Bottles’ which are available in up to 1.5l bottles!  


Do I need to book?

Booking is advised as the restaurant is very popular - you can book via the website or the phone.

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65 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London, SE5 8TR

020 7358 4364 020 7358 4364


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 13:00-17:00
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun Closed


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23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Wonderful food - high quality and good value. Fantastic service. Cannot fault this low key pub.

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