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  • 5.0 star rating
    7/6/2014

    One of the best gastropubs I have dined at in South London, with a quality selection of beers, ales and cider to boot.

    Worth checking out, but best to book in advance if you plan to visit on the weekend.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/12/2013

    Great place for a great diner! We went there for an early xmas diner with the whole family. The type of food is European/British. We decided to go for a starter and main course and skipped the desert because we were so full.
    The wine list is great with foreigner wines coming from Australia and was good, we chose the Shiraz.
    The food is very good and I went for squids as starter and the lamb as main and this was really good food. The staff was super nice and it was a great evening.
    We will go back again!!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/11/2013

    wasn't particularly impressed by The Palmerston, despite the reviews. however 2 stars may be harsh.

    the venue is passed its best and really
    could with a spruce up. dirty toilets and a new paint job in order.

    we came late on Saturday night ordered mains only and waited nearly 45 mins. my steak was decent but my friends very fatty and more rare than medium. I think the fish dish excelled.

    wine list is extensive, plenty by the glass which is good thing.

    service wasn't bad at all. but to describe osso bucco risotto as delicate seemed a bit off.

    I wouldn't bother going again. Sorry. it's a 40s and over restaurant living off past glories in my opinion

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/12/2013

    All our visiting family have been here with us over the years as it is a great pub with great food. Last night's meal was no different. I has grilled goats cheese with caramelised pears & celery and walnut salad. The flavours were amazing together. My husband & I shared the cote de boeuf which came with dauphinois. Another great course. We finished with a shared chocolate pithivier (pie)..I was so full but I couldn't stop eating. I love this place.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/7/2009

    The Palmerston has been doing good things down in East Dulwich for about 5 years now and has steadfastedly remained a favourite.  I go here on my own, I go here with friends, I go here with family, I go here for food, I go here for drinks.

    When it launched the talk was that it was an ex Gordon Ramsay chef starting up his own place.  I am not sure whether that chef is still involved and I am not sure whether a Gordon Ramsay lineage is still a recommendation, however, the Palmerston is still excellent.

    • Qype User hollym…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 94 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/1/2009

    Gorgeous pub with a restaurant in the back and a few tables in the main bar. The food is spectacular and quite pricey. Great wine selection and friendly staff.
    This is more fine dining than a local pub and is always busy. There are nice benches out on the street which are lovely in the summer and handy for any smokers.
    Quite a fancy restaurant for special occasions. The decor is lovely.

    • Qype User JoshCl…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 9 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/9/2013

    Great pub. I've been here a couple of times with friends and we've always had a nice time. Drinks and food are tasty and all the people who go there are nice and friendly. It can get a little noisy but it's bearable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/12/2008
    First to Review

    In order to define The Palmerston as a gastro pub, the term has to take on an entirely new meaning, which very few so called places would be able to live up to.

    Yes, there is the air of traditional pub about the wood paneled interior, the bar and indeed the name, but everything about it is thoughtful, well designed and modern.

    As for the food menu, you will find steak and chips, but beautifully done and sitting alongside Casteluchio del Monte lentils with smoked sausage, salsa verdi and black olive crout and whole baked seabream with grilled vegetable relish, oregano and saffron aioli. Do not expect a cheap meal for a fiver as it is pricey, more like fine dining than gastro pub in my opinion.

    It is always pleasantly lively and understandably popular. There is nothing about The Palmerston that is too showy, just simple but perfect.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/1/2013

    Excellent pre dinner pub, made all the better as they do Harvey's Best!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/9/2010

    One of two very good eating pubs along this stretch of road; the food is good, the beer well kept, and on a balmy summer's evening you can comfortably sit outside. I have heard people say they've had the occasional duff meal here, but on the half dozen or so occasions I've eaten at the Palmerston, I've not encountered this. Incidentally, as a bit of trivia, apparently much of the planning for The Great Train Robbery was done here.

    • Qype User Interl…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 39 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/5/2009

    One of Lordship Lane's many fine watering holes, The Palmerston is somewhat more upmarket than other pubs along the lane. As such the atmosphere is quieter and the drinks are more pricey, however this makes for a more family friendly environment than some of the other pubs. The outdoor seating area also means that a summer's day will not go to waste at the Palmerston.

    • Qype User olivia…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    30/10/2010

    We went in here expecting a lot as the average price for a main course is around £17.00 unless you are vegetarian. The food was very nice if a bit small. Vegetables have to be ordered separately making the price even higher. The problem I had was that they added an "optional" one pound to the bill and you would only know if you looked at the receipt. I would gladly pay the one pound but they also add a 10% service charge in which your charitable donation is included so the palmerston is gaining from the money supposedly going to charity, which I think is a bit wrong.

    I don't think I would go here again as for the same amount of money you can go to quite a high quality restaurant. Not a bad place but felt a bit ripped off.

    • Qype User davidb…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/3/2010

    A favourite, the Palmerston gives gastropubs a good name. Great combination of atmosphere and food. Mains are priced £10-17, but are good value in my view. I'd love more veggie options, but The Palmerston illustrates why people want to live in East Dulwich.

    • Qype User janedo…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/11/2011

    One of the best gastropubs in London! The menu changes fairly often and the food is absolutely amazing. They have got a great selection of wines too. Maybe a little pricey but worth paying for such lovely food!

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