The Palmerston

4.1
485 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cosy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
We welcome you to The Palmerston where you can expect fine dining in an informal, pub environment. We offer an extensive wine list sourced from around the world. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist you and ensure that your experience with us is relaxed and enjoyable. The Palmerston re-opened after a much needed refurbishment on the 27th of February 2004. Since then, under the guidance of Head Chef Jamie Younger, it has received much critical acclaim and has become a firm favourite in the increasingly popular East Dulwich area of South London as proven when, through public vote, the Palmerston won the "Best Gastro Pub in London, Gold award' at the LBC, Independent Newspaper - 'Living London' 2006 awards. In 2008 The Palmerston entered the top 60 in the UK Restaurant awards.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, English
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sat–Sun 10:00–11:30
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30
Sat 12:00–15:00
Sun 12:00-15:30
Dinner
Mon–Thu 18:00–22:00
Fri, Sat 18:00–22:30
Sun 18:00–21:30
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Phone number
020 8693 1629
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jamie Younger
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Parking Details
Free parking is available on surrounding streets.
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Public Transit
Nearest overland rail: East Dulwich, then 15 minute leisurely walk.




40, 172, 185, P13 busses all stop yards from The Palmerston
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Entertainment
Established and local artists/photographers exhibit work on a regular rotation. Small live music events may take place occasionally.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

2 Private dining rooms and roof terrace on the 1st and 2nd floor.

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AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with friends on Saturday night and it is absolutely superb, the best part of the evening was literally everything, from food to atmosphere. But I do have to give a special commendation to your FOH and BOH staff, what an absolutely amazing team you have! Will definitely be going back and bringing friends and family. Absolute perfection. I used to work in hospitality and am very critical when eating out, but The Palmerston is definitely special in terms of quality and consistency. Fantastic job ladies and gents, well done!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived for dinner on Saturday evening and was shown to a table in the front bar where there were a group of men drinking beers at our table. They moved one table along but the table had been set with our cutlery and yet these other customers were allowed to sit at our table - not very hygienic. The table was covered in spilt beer and it was clear that someone had used my napkin to mop up some beer. The large group of people behind us was also drunk and swearing and I could barely squeeze into my seat as they were so spread out. We left within 5 minutes of arrival.

I get that you are running a gastro pub, but perhaps don't set tables and then let customers who are not eating sit at them. Also, at peak dining times, perhaps limit your drinking customers to areas not reserved for dining.

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y
London
335 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

a good meal with excellent snack starters followed by lovely hake and venison - portion size for the meat a bit small but absolutely delcious. Yummy puddings followed so all in all a great evening despite the very noisy bar scene

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Palmerston offers great food and a good ambience. The food on the last few occasions has been consistently good. I have taken quite a few overseas visitors there for dinner recently and they all loved it.

This restaurant has always charged for bread, which I think should be free of charge, but at least you get really nice bread. However this weekend I was shocked that we were charged £1 each for tap water even if it was fizzy water.

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HR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely awful experience!

Sticky table.

Dreadful food.

Luke warm wine.

Chips were under cooked!

A hair in my meal with barely an apology.. and had to ask for it to be taken off the bill when it came! Took 20 minutes to find someone to actually pay?!!

Terrible service!

Do not go!

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W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been to Palmerston many times and always had a good experience. This time however the food was very average. My guests complained that their steaks were very rubbery and flavorless. I hope this is just a bad day as otherwise the ambiance and service were very good.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We are lucky to have this pub as a local. Top notch food and an excellent wine list.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastically good venison! My collegues rabbit equally good.We will be going again

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food took 45 mins despite being first seating at lunch and the roast potatoes were stale and chewy. Pigeon really hard to carve and had to ask for steal knife. Broken chair. stingy with the gravy. That said the staff were really nice and lovely pub and it is supposedly very good so may have been an off day.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply, truly, deeply excellent - a friend said this place is the best gastro food in our local area; and they were not wrong. Just lovely - really great food, lovely friendly staff - quite simply a joy.

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N
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food but service was a bit shaky. All in all a lovely Sunday lunch

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value all round, room to sit and talk and ear

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SD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Really disappointed with the service, fantastic food and I appreciate the chef would have spent time to devise the menu but unfortunately the staff knew nothing, and on top of that no service with a smile. I’ve eaten here for lunch and it was lovely maybe just can’t handle a full house.

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LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic lunch at the Palmerston, the food was delicious, the service was friendly and attentive and it was just the right mix of busy but not too noisy.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful menu, food & service at good price.
There was absolutely nothing to pass negative comments on. .. other than the family group who decided the lone 8yr old could sit on the end, scream her head off most of the time, and following what appears to be modern parenting guidelines, be totally ignored. If that wasn't bad enough the adults in the group just cranked up their volume to be louder than her. Alas no restaurant can control that sort of ignorance.
Would I go again ... definitely.

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HJ
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great ambience, cosy setting and really good food. Bistro pub so had to wait a while at the bar to be seated for our reservation and the bar staff were serving the tables themselves. But the service overall was good considering.

A great menu and we weren’t disappointed with the food itself!

We would definitely come again!

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! The best gastro pub and Sunday lunch in London. Worth the drive to catch up with friends and family.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Met the family there for a Sunday lunch birthday meal. As I've eaten here several times and found The Palmerston listed as a good place for Sunday lunch, I thought it would be much better than it was. My acid test for Sunday dinner is always the 'roasties' and although they looked good, they really weren't very good. Tough rather than crisp on the outside and not very tasty either. The portions were not generous and there wasn't much gravy, but they did bring more when asked so no problem there. The wine was very good and reasonably priced and the service was also good. All in all though, I will look elsewhere for a good Sunday roast.

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W
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It occasionally goes through a bad patch - good to see it back on form. The difference is the service which this time was excellent.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply the best gastro pub in East Dulwich :-)

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good casual atmosphere, delicious oysters. My roast came out slighlty cold, but the service and espresso martini made up for that. Will definitley go again and recommend also.

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently very good and nice to take our foodie friend to our local favourite. Loved the new steak night menu which is also great value. Always spoilt for choice with a great seasonal menu.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food but the service wasn’t great which was disappointing given that it is an expensive place for Sunday lunch. Staff were nice but seemed knackered and as a result not very attentive. We had to keep calling them over and they seemed reluctant to take drinks orders for the whole table. Also, being served by multiple staff was a bit confusing. Was also a bit disappointed that they wouldn’t serve the birthday boy a Yorkshire pud with his roast lamb!

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LE
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I use The Palmerston when in Dulwich completely trusting the quality of the food on offer.

The ambience is cosy with enough space between the tables for privacy but never lacking in atmosphere.

Service always is a balance between attentive without being overbearing.

It's not cheap, but it's good value and ideal for a special occasion.

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M
London
20 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for Tuesday night steak night. Ordered fillets and ended up with rump ! Waitress failed to mention they were out of fillet on steak night - if you are going to have steak night at least have enough steak !!!

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l
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had Sunday lunch for a birthday celebration,4 adults and 2 children. The menu had good mains choices but the advertised “ children eat free with adult mains” proved not to be available for our choices. Our server had to be persuaded that one main and 2 plates could be shared by the youngsters, ( but it wasn’t free!). The main courses were tasty and well presented. The deserts were much less interesting. Service was slow, there seemed to be insufficient staff for a busy time.

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SO
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

At £18, the same price as Hawksmoor, I expected great food. It was OK ish. The service was fine as was the beer and the wine burt c'mon

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had a Sunday roast.. was tasty but seriously lacking in veg. Basically some leeks hidden underneath the meat. Would expect more for £18.50.

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RM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Sunday roasts were delicious, so were the wines. Desserts were ok. The only disappointment were the oysters we ordered as an indulgent starter, which came ready-dressed with a rather sweet sauce that overpowered any oyster taste. We'd have ordered them without dressing if we'd known -- since usually any dressing comes on the side.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

After visiting in Feb 2018 ...fish dinners were fabulous and desserts were lovely . We booked for our wedding anniversary . Very disappointed . Ordered steak and was told it would be medium rare .. No choice given . I like steak medium rare but had to send it back to be cooked as was rare . No flavour ...no seasoning ...bland ..green salad was a hand full of lettuce . My husband had trout ...very bland ....only good thing I'd choice of wine ... Was so hot as no air conditioning working so left without dessert . So disappointed ...noticed other diners had sent food back . Will not be returning

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal , staff v friendly and service good . Nice atmosphere . Quiet evening so not v full tables quite close together so might be but noisy if were just two of you on a busy night .

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A nice pub with good service. Mains felt a little overpriced - £18 for some small pieces of pork with no sides seems a bit steep. However kids eat free which makes it reasonable if going as a family.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed whenever I visit. Excellent food at one of South London’s finest. Top service and a sunny table watching a bustling North Cross Road market.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Unimpressed. Would forgive the shonky service if the food had delivered but it was distinctly bland. The rabbit had zero flavour. Likewise the mozzarella balls. The lamb and pork we're okay but only okay. Wine was overpriced. The meal in general did not represent value for money. The place was empty too. Should have taken the hint. Oh well. Win some you lose some. Won't be going back any time soon.

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L
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food...we went for Hector’s 19th birthday lunch and I would recommend the Palmerston to casual diners or people who want something a little more formal

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious but the service was rather haphazard. It was a different waitress/waiter every time we asked for something, and when we arrived we were kept waiting while the girl had a drink and a chat with her colleague. She seemed away with the fairies.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, attentive service in a very pretty pub. Brunch food was tasty too.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recently the Palmerston has become a little hit and miss for the prices but Friday evening meal was great and back on form

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great meal - inventive and creative food. Perfect before or after a film at East Dulwich Picture House.

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