The Actress

3.9
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25 reviews
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£25 and under
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Pizzeria
The Actress pub in East Dulwich lies just off Lordship Lane in a peaceful and popular residential area. Our helpful and friendly staff create a relaxed environment for our locals visitors and their dogs to enjoy, a perfect meeting place for friends. Outdoor heaters ensure our beer garden is comfortable all year round and can seat over 60 people!

Currently we do not take reservations with a view of the screen for sport and during big games we do not take reservations at all.

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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
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56% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow service and food lukewarm.. even after heating up food it took a while to receive it back. Roast was fine, dessert would be the highlight. Not sure I would go back though.. A few customers around us were left with empty plates for half an hour until they went to pay at the bar as there was no staff around

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The staff were great but there weren’t enough of them.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was really nice and enjoyed watching the football whilst easting. My partner who had the vegan roast wasn't too keen on the wellington though as it tasted quite spicy (almost like a samosa taste) Potatoes could if benefited from longer in the oven to crisp up also. But yes we would return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

A bit stuck between pub and restaurant, started off by taking drinks orders at the table but then took ages to take food orders so had to ask and didn’t know if we should have ordered at the bar. Average roast with very watery gravy. Ordered vegan Wellington which tasted ok but was actually a pasty

FF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had a roast, the apple sauce was missing, the potatoes were hard and most of the plate was taken up by heaps of kale! Unusual Sunday roast accompanyment. The Actress is a lovely pub for drinks.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff are very accommodating as always. I made my booking a couple hours before and they were able to seat me in front of the screen for Wimbledon men’s final. Prawn pizza and sweet potato fries were perfect. Thank you!

KD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Went for a family Sunday lunch. The staff were really welcoming and the service was great. The menu was really varied - good choice for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. They are very welcoming to families so there was a bit of noise from young children but it was all fine. Lovely roomy and airy pub with a good seating area outside too. Thoroughly recommend.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was cold and pasta was dry. Good friendly mostly helpful service but wouldn’t eat there again

BC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood family meal spot, definitely high on the recommended list. Book in advance, especially on game nights.

f
London
44 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Staff friendly and efficient
Pizzas good - thin tasty base - could have had a bit more topping but still tasty
Downside was Tuesday lunchtime was a crèche- we were the only 2 customers without babies and toddlers so perfect venue for those with preschoolers then !!

HM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Lots of chaotic kids running around! Wanted something more fun. Food was delish but we were in and out within an hour. Didn't want to be surrounded by screaming ten year olds even if it is NYE!

JB
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t honour the booking.

It was busy and after buying a drink and standing I asked the manager when we could be seated. She responded saying that it was too busy and couldn’t offer us a table. When I asked why this was the case, she said it was because she couldn’t move anyone on.

I found this to be ridiculous and pretty weak of her. I am often told when I book somewhere that the table is for a set period of time as they have to accommodate other diners. I find it strange that they are unable to enforce the same.

I would not book here again, ever. You should take it off of your roster of restaurants.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely Boxing Day lunch... only slight hitch was being given the wrong menus and the whole table being in anticipation of profiteroles only to be disappointed they they were no longer available.

K
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The veggie roast used to be amazing but it's been changed to a vegan roast which comes with a calzone thing, which isn't very good. The rest of the veg was amazing. Would be better if there was a vegan and veggie options.

DG
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was so lovely and helpful, couldn’t do enough for us. The place had a really nice cosy atmosphere and we felt very welcomed and comfortable. Also the Sunday roast was amazing - just what we were after! Will definitely be back.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an all-round great pub, highly recommend for any occasion.

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always and very accommodating of our requirements. The food is good quality and tasty.

SO
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ladies serving are always very friendly, atmosphere is welcoming and love vegetarian roast!

h
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We loved the actress, looked after well, we had a toddler and s 5 yr old with us too and we were made to feel very welcome. We were there for sunday lunch and the roasts were really good but we all felt slightly let down by gravy that was too salty (The food was really nice, apart from the gravy so our star rating might be harsh but it was the only way to reflect that unfortunately. - BUT TO THE HUGE CREDIT of the staff there when we were asked how our food was and then we gave them our feedback on the gravy they went out of their way to try and rectify the issue)

We would 1 million percent go back there and recommend it to anyone, and im now thinking we're quite harsh at giving out star ratings (but I find it difficult to give 5 stars unless it's flawless)

Thanks to the team at the actress!!!!

E
London
42 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall4food4service1ambience4

I took 12 children here for pizza and burgers for my son's 8th birthday. They didn't seem to be expecting us despite the booking and we had to push tables together ourselves. The bar staff were unresponsive. The chef was very nice and the pizzas were excellent. Most burgers were good (1 was burnt a little too much) and pasta slightly greasy, but overall a great meal.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The most I like was the awesome staff! People make an experience the icing on the cake! Genuine Dog lovers here which was great as we have one!

AC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent Service and delicious home made pizza, good space.the restaurant is good for bringing children.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked for a family gathering for 12 people - Great restaurant, lovely roast. Love the nachos

d
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Actress is a pub with a food corner. Their speciality seems to be pizzas which are done in a wood oven. We had starters and mains, all of us having pizza but one. The pizzas were very good and a great combination of toppings and not just your normal arrangement of options. One person had the pork burger and they said that went down a treat. The outstanding item on the menu has to go to the chicken wings in honey and soy sauce. These were absolutely amazing.
Only disappointment was all the food turned up at the same time rather than being separated into mains and starters. Also with only, what felt like, one person doing the food section it was difficult to get his attention to order drinks or get the bill etc.
Overall a good meal had.

D
London
27 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent, friendly and extremely helpful staff. Good selection of dishes on the menu and food was cooked to perfection. One area of suggested improvement would be to review the noise level of the background music. Very few people in the pub when we ate, yet the music was so loud we couldn't have a conversation at our table. This is a minor point when viewed against the overall positive experience of this venue. We will definitely eat there again.