The Palmerston

4.2
517 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
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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2 Private dining rooms and roof terrace on the 1st and 2nd floor.

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London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never had a bad meal at The Palmerston and we've been going for years. A real credit to Lordship Lane - can't recommend enough for food.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I live around the corner and have been keen to try The Palmerston for a while. Because there is a steak night I thought they would do their roast beef on a Sunday well. They did not. The Yorkshire pudding was impressive to look at but had a doughy uncooked middle. For £22 the veg should be served in a side dish and there should be more than just a few carrots. There was a bit of a cabbage but nothing else. Would of liked to have seen a little broccoli etc. The beef wasn’t sealed and had little to no flavour. It didn’t do the Dexter beef any justice.
The house red is delicious and the chap serving us was absolutely lovely. I loved the decor and the ambiance. I know Sunday service can be hard to get right but I felt that the lovely ingredients hadn’t be given the justice they deserved.

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IK
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great pub, great atmosphere, interesting menu, good food and friendly staff but portions are ridiculously small.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome little pub- great for a Sunday roast 👌🏻

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DS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best restaurants in East Dulwich. Food is consistently good

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time. Amazing food and great service. Will definitely return

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and great service as usual. Love this place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely venue for a belated Valentine’s Day treat. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Yorkshire puddings. Best roast on the planet.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food! would be great to have bigger portions though.. If I can afford it I eat there every weekend!
House red was Merlot, again amazing

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Palmerston is consistently excellent, thoroughly recommend a visit.
I was sad to learn they may be closing in June due to an issue with the lease. I hope this changes and that they can continue to cater to lucky locals and visitors to the area.

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. The starters were particularly great. Would definitely go back!

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Will lose it's character and quality when the corporates take over.

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E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Quite cynical the way it’s losing its lease. Nothing quite like it anywhere near.

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CM
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fantastic Sunday lunch here. Really sad to hear that they are closing in the summer because the lease is not being extended. Will be a real loss to south east London.

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ED
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place , great quality cooking for Sunday lunch .. the Nduja Gnocchi starter especially was sublime .. Will keep coming back as long as they stay open - which unfortunately may not be for that much longer as their lease is not being renewed :(

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably great food and atmosphere at this local East Dulwich Gastro pub. The Palmerston has been here for years serving amazing, interesting food and has always consistently delivered a high standard of food, service and atmosphere. Long may it continue!

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Bit disappointed: dirty plates, food missing or not at described and service not brilliant. Food nice overall but some dishes over priced.
Pudding and drinks very good though.

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JG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a relaxed enjoyable evening with excellent food and drinks.

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E
London
37 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of my favourite pubs and eating there is always a treat.
Lovely food but my starter (soup) arrived cold despite it being very quiet (we were one table of two eating when we arrived).
I had butternut squash curry with jasmine rice - it was amazing but I could have done with more rice.
Waitress gave us the bill but disappeared for ten minutes after, so that’s a minor thing that could be improved. All in all highly recommended!

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EH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice cosy pub, quite pricey for small portions though!

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Saturday meal, best place in east Dulwich for Sunday roast and high quality pub food

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The Palmerston is amazing food. Super dishes and flavours. Much more than a local ‘gastropub’.
However it comes at a price. A big one.
Our meal for two, with one carafe of wine and sharing a dessert can to £105.
Steep considering you really are in a pub environment not a restaurant.

So, great if you love food. But environment and service not quite special enough for the price.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly and helpful. A pleasure dining there.

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E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, sides were great which are often overlooked. Staff were friendly and gave good wine and good tips. Very enjoyable dinner.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite places for Sunday Lunch - food always delicious

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SB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

When we arrived at our table for 6 on new years eve there was a big group standing next to our table using it for their drinks. They remained there for 25mins whilst we were seated, were quite noisy and were not told to move away. We were also told we only had 2 hours for our booking which we were not made aware of previously during any correspondence or conversations I had had with the Palmerston prior to the night. I had steak which was cooked very well but £25 for a steak, a cut up tomato and skinny chips thrown onto a plate I thought was quite pricey. Bill was generally quite high for average food. This is a shame as I have had relatively good experiences. Wine was good. Not sure I will return in the near future due to this experience.

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AF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Colchester oysters were great, very decent size and tasty, and the mussels turned out to be a very good gamble too, with a nice spicy twist to them!

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AA
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Having settled in the Palmerston from a wide selection for its great reviews, we found it of enormous disappointment. The food not great, and service appalling. Extreme shame for what had hoped to be a good evening.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and fantastic food ..............😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😊😊😊😊😁😁

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LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a seat by the fire with pretty late notice and they so kindly lit it for us and had a table when we go there which made for a pretty cosy, indulgent meal. The Tuesday special with all things steak was outrageously good and great value considering the prime cuts.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
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
342 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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