This is the solid, summertime, good-if-uninspired food pub. Probably just shy of four stars, but they have Black Sheep Bitter on tap and they served me half a roast chicken when I was starving, although it did come with about three cherry tomatoes. Which I was particularly looking forward to.
Enormous amounts of outdoor seating, decent ale prices for SW1, on the main road, but off the beaten track. And the poor pink-haired bar girl was just... lost, in a really funky way. I hope it was a good night dear.
Well-kept and not tatty. A place for a Skiving Sunny Wednesday afternoon. And a book.
This is perfect place for a Saturday 1ish. Either 'have not yet made it to bed and need to get solids into me' or 'I am hung over and I want a moch-a-rita. (tequila and bitter lemon) This place is perfect for those of us who can not be bothered with fixing our hair or changing out of our Friday night glad rags. Nobody cares and your probably sitting next to a homeless person that smells worse than you.
Never busy Saturday at one, great outdoor seating and the The Burgers and fat chips are great!!!! You will find us there most Saturdays!!!
admit - we have never been there any other time.
It feels strange to review a pub that I haven't actually been into..but as it wasn't my round, there are a mass of tables outside and it was a lovely spring afternoonI just kicked back in the shade.
So what do I know about the pub? Well I know they do live music upstairs because I could hear it, I know they do Sunday lunch because I could smell it (quite goodso I hear) and I know they do at least 1 real ale, because I could taste it. Who needs to go inside to actually see the place when I have so many other senses working for me?
If you've read any of my reviews before then you will know sometimes when I am undecided between ratings I use the Stella system to help me choose. Apparently this pub makes a special point of the fact that it does not serve the ghastly fluid and for that wonderful news I lean towards 4 stars
The Dog House is one of those pubs that no matter what day or time you go in, you will always have a great time - even if it is quiet, simply because of the atmosphere and people.
It isn't the sort of place you go to 'be seen' which makes it so ironic that the crowd who come here are too cool for skool but are a lovely bunch with it. In fact, you will see all manner of young people in here - a few quirky and fun characters to say the least!
It probably isn't the most sophisticated or elegant pub decor wise - shabby chic may be giving it a little too much credit but surely the purpose of a god pub is the atmosphere, alcohol and people? The Dog House may indeed be a little worse for wear in appearance but it has the best of everything else.
I often choose the Dog House for a relaxed Friday/Saturday night with friends when we fancy having a chat in a lively unpretentious atmosphere with the possibility of a dance later on. It delivers on all counts and attracts a really mixed crowd - old locals and students, but rarely tourists, who are unlikely to have Kennington on their list of places to see.
It has two areas downstairs and another upstairs where there is sometimes a dj. A friend of mine always has his birthday here as it suits everyone and if you get there early on, you're more than likely get a good table and enough seats. At weekends it can get really busy, but equally i've been there on a Friday and had no problem finding a table - like the people it attracts, the amount of them varies too.
This is a great "proper" London pub and a safe bet for any occasion - be it a quiet drink or a night of dancing.
The place has history and it shows. I like the neighbourhood feel of the interior, but it is also a little too run down for my taste. Free wifi is a definitely plus, but if you're looking for something nicer, check out White Hart across the street or the Grand Union down the street.
went here for a lunch after we discovered the tommyfield wasn't serving (sad) but had a pretty enjoyable meal. the pub is pretty dark and dank overall so not the classiest of establishments, but the food surprised.
i had the steak and chips which was HUGE and deliciously chargrilled. came with a side of pepper sauce and chips.
for pub food, i would put this way above the bar. for a good meal out, i would put it at the bar - or the pub in this instance.
Great boozer!! This has got to be one of the best kept secrets in London. Fittingly located in an unpretentious part of town and frequented by locals, young hipsters and oldballs. This is all a london pub should be - effortlessly cool, warm, friendly with affordable beer and food. The atmosphere is 'never too full - never too empty'. Having said that it's usually heaving on weekends. Whatever the occasion you can have fun here. It may not be to everyone's taste in terms of décor - a little rundown - but it more than makes up with it with the people and bar staff (young and good-looking for the most part).
This pub offers good food at a reasonable price. The atmosphere is non-pretencious. The staff are friendly and helpful. Private area for hire upstairs. Evening activities such as live music and tapestry nights! Toilets could use updating!
This pub is always lively and is a good place to drink in the area. The tables outside mean that you can sit and watch the world go by, even if the view isn't the prettiest. The food menu looks good, although when I went there to eat the meal was fairly debatable.
Could try harder. This place should be so much better. Located right in the heart of Kennington, with the added benefit of having loads of outside seating, perfect on a sunny day or balmy evening, watching the often entertaining locals meander by. It's on the right side of shabby chic, with a large bar downstairs with seating, and a smaller function room upstairs. However, the truth is it somehow never quite gets it right. The main complaint I have is that even when it's quiet the staff seem to work at their own pace and it takes way too long to get served. The ales are often questionable and the food is a gamble. Now that all the surrounding pubs have recently upped their game (Black Prince, Tommyfield etc), isn't it time The Dog House did too. Top marks for the name though!
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