The Guildford Arms - Guildford Grove

Bronze Award
London, SE10 8JY ·Website·Call020 8691 6293

SquareMeal Review of The Guildford Arms - Guildford Grove

Bronze Award

Guy Awford made his name at the Inside bistro (now closed) before decamping to this likeable three-storey pub with its sunken garden, wedge-shaped bar and dapper first-floor dining room. ‘Downstairs’ is handy for real ales and pub grub (pulled pork buns, sausage and mash, Sunday roasts), but ‘Upstairs’ is the place if you’re after “consummate cooking” delivered by a “polished, professional” team. Awford has devised a stonking menu (Wed-Sat D only) that shows real invention, creativity and a feel for the seasons: one reader was bowled over by a “wonderfully balanced” baked potato broth with pheasant, but the line-up might run from crab with charred hispi cabbage, seashore leaves and bergamot-pickled dulse (seaweed) to guinea fowl with parsnip, wild greens and Pennypot cider. Puddings such as a combo of pear, Douglas fir, buttermilk and meringue also set out to “amaze”. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff get the nod too.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Food Occasions
Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating
Perfect for
Child friendly
Food Hygiene Rating


55 Guildford Grove, London, SE10 8JY

020 8691 6293 020 8691 6293


Opening Times

Tues-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -10pm)


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2 Reviews 

Maartje V

28 June 2019  
Great gastro pub which feels intimate and homely.

Richard C

19 November 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Fall into the Arms...
I’m being selfish. I don’t want to give The Guildford a great review because it would mean that getting a table would become more difficult, but you have to be fair to a good restaurateur and chef and tell it like it is – even if the place becomes too popular for a walk in like me. The Guildford Arms has changed beyond recognition from its previous days as a pub. It now offers extremely good food and at very good prices, but with a gentle atomosphere. The choice is yours, sitting in the former bar area at candle lit tables, you can select from either the bar menu or the fine dining menu (and yes the food comes from separate kitchens). There is even a special two course supper menu changing throughout the week. Tonight, we chose fine dining. Roast quail to start, soufflé or beetroot soup were among the six different starter choices. To follow, braised pheasant, lamb hotpot or a mushroom pithivier nestled in other wonderful combinations. The food was beautifully presented and the staff efficient and very friendly. This is a great local choice, and will no doubt be full every night (as it was on this Tuesday night). I can only hope I can get a table!
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