The Crooked Well

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404 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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Locally loved and critically acclaimed, award winning The Crooked Well is a neighbourhood restaurant and bar well worth visiting.
British/Modern European food, served in a relaxed environment by people who really know their stuff. Artisan cocktails and a beautiful wine list, selected by owner Hector & Master Sommelier Dimitri Mesnard, with a comprehensive back bar make this the perfect spot for just a tipple as well as great dining location. Private dining rooms available for all occasions. Please email jen@thecrookedwell.com for more details.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of Operation

Monday: 5pm – 12am
Tuesday – Thursday: 12:30pm – 12am
Friday - Saturday: 12:30pm – 1am
Sunday: 12:30pm – 11pm

Sat/Sun 09:00am - 11:00am Breakfast, no reservation necessary
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Phone number
020 7252 7798
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Matt Green-Armytage
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Parking Details
Free street parking after 6pm.
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Public Transit
Denmark Hill Overground
Oval Tube
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Entertainment
Open Mic Night every 2nd Sunday night
Charity fundraiser Quiz Night every last Sunday night :
£100 to be won, Prosecco for 2nd place.
£2/head min donation with all proceeds going to winner's chosen charity.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on 23 September 2017

The menu has a good selection of gastro pub favourites. All well cooked and resonably priced. Great local restaurant.

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3.0Dined on 10 September 2017

I was looking forward to eating here as I read all the good reviews.

Our table was for 4 and booked for 4pm on Sunday, which I imagine was after a busy lunch service. We were 10 minutes late but there were plenty of empty tables. Told ur table wasn't ready so we had a drink at the bar, bit odd as it is a pub so wasn't bothered.

After sitting at the table had to wait 10 minutes or so, no one came over and so had to ask for menus. Ordered 3 different roasts, unfortunately had to wait an hour if not a little longer for food.

We noticed that the couple nearby got their lamb before us, even though they arrived and ordered after us.

When the food did arrive 2 dishes served first and then the waiter was in the middle of bringing over the final dish but stopped to serve another customer a drink

At no point did anyone explain or apologise for the long wait and when I queried why the optional service charge was automatically entered into the card machine without asking me first I got of a bit of a huffy response to my explanation as to why I didn't want to pay it. I would have thought that would have been the opportunity to apologise and explain the delay.

The food itself was pretty average given the price.

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4.0Dined on 3 September 2017

Great Sunday roast (as always)
The desert (cinnamon waffle) was questionable. The ratio of waffle and ice cream to stodgy chocolate sauce was completely off.
Service was a bit slow as we were sat on a table in the corner but would still go again

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5.0Dined on 3 September 2017

You HAVE to book here or you won't get a table! Its cosy, fantastic food - I recommend the roast dinners!

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3.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Dinner with friends. Friendly young staff. Reasonably extensive menu, although one of the specials was finished by 8 o'clock. Good wine list.

Food was good, although had lamb chop which was slightly over-cooked.

Before 9 o'clock they suddenly dimmed the lights. What is it with restaurants wanting people to eat in gloom ? Second time happened to us in a week !

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4.0Dined on 16 August 2017

Good food and friendly service in this Camberwell neighbourhood restaurant. The salmon was delicious and an interesting range of starters, with extensive wine list.

The tables are a bit close together and it does get loud as it gets full. A reliable place to go for a dinner date or casual evening with friends

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4.0Dined on 11 August 2017

Table was very generous. Lady who served us was very patient as we were a group of friends catching up. Food was top notch, although the brownie was a bit dry and crumbly. Overall, great night and won't hesitate to go back or recommend.

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2017

Great service and food, quite pricey though especially because you have to pay for sides as the mains are quite small.

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2017

Really lovely little pub tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Camberwell Road. The service was fantastic, great wine choice and the food was definitely above average. Quite pricey for a Sunday Roast but I loved the overal experience and would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2017

good lunch at reliable local. Shared the halloumi salad which was delicious and then followed with the blackend salmon which was tasty. Delicious bread and good service in this tucked away Camberwell restaurant

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4.0Dined on 26 July 2017

very good food, calamari starter was lovely and tender. sharing steak ordered rare and came perfectly cooked.

lighting was a little bit dim but otherwise very good

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2017

Damn fine Sunday lunch and great value. Top marks for massive Yorkshire Puddings. Amazing!!
Bloody Mary could have done with a bigger kick but otherwise no complaints at all. We will be back!!

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3.0Dined on 19 July 2017

It was good, but not as good as usual. We stumbled on half price steak night, which was a bonus, so 2 x Picanha steaks was great value - but mine was disappointingly tough tho tasty. Service was friendly, but seemed inexperienced - we asked for more bread to go with the (excellent) terrine - as it didn't come with anything - and it took ages with no explanation: communication is everything! But it's still a great place - and I will have faith that this was an off-ish night, and will go again.

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2017

Lovely Sunday roast meal for six of us. Really tasty food, generous portions... Lovely wine too. Really good service and attention too.
One minor quibble would be the lack of vegetarian options.
Really nice place for a Sunday lunch.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2017

Been here twice now - wanted some some proper fodder post Friday night birthday celebrations. Love the waiting style, food was on point, ticked every box for us. Thank you guys.

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2017

I have nothing but praise for the staff and the service we received, & the food & drinks were fabulous too, it was a wonderful experience !
I had booked a table for a birthday lunch with friends, our party included an autistic teenager, the staff were not told of her disability, but were more than accommodating to our needs giving us that little bit of extra time we needed, and making her a non alcoholic cocktail so that she could join in the celebrations was a lovely touch, sadly as we have experienced not all restaurants are as accommodating, we would highly recommend, and will definitely be revisiting

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2017

Thank you for a delicious Sunday lunch - probably the best Sunday roast I've had in London so far!

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2.0Dined on 10 June 2017

Nice atmosphere and polite staff.
My salmon looked delicious but seemed under cooked on the inside.
Meal was too low on carbs for my liking.
Even the veg side was very small, just a few bits of lettice.
But the younger members of the group seemed to like the food more than we did.

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2017

It's a gastropub with a relaxed attitude. They welcome dogs but yet still manage to serve special occassion food. The crowd is varied, hipsters and older families - wouldn't imagine it's great for kids although I expect they welcome them. We went for an workday evening meal, no occasion but just no food in the house. Probably a little more expensive than a too-lazy-to-cook meal out should be but we stuck to a main dish only, and with one glass of wine and one soft drink it worked out to approx £20 a head. For the ambience, the warm and friendly service and welcome for the dogs, it was great value.

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4.0Dined on 28 May 2017

Great food with a simple but interesting menu options. Service was excellent . Truly lovely evening

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2017

The lunch menu always has a few specials but we ate off the normal menu - Caesar salad and fish and chips. The beer batter was really crispy and well seasoned. The mushy (well not so mushy) peas was also good but I could have done with more on the plate. The fish was cooked really well and chips crispy. The addition of some sauce that was more interesting than tomato ketchup or mayonnaise would have lifted the dish - so maybe tartare sauce would have done the trick. The Caesar salad had too much sauce but the lettuce was crispy and tasty.

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4.0Dined on 14 May 2017

Visited with my parents for Sunday lunch and was really pleased with the food and service! Just a good, friendly local pub with nice food.

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2017

Great dinner venue and super friendly staff. Despite their system being down the staff were really helpful and lovely and we enjoyed the great food and relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2017

Food was very good and the staff lovely and very accommodating

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3.0Dined on 30 April 2017

I love this pub. I was a bit shocked when the bill arrived. It was probably all the booze.

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4.0Dined on 2 April 2017

Good spot for a lazy Sunday lunch and roast. In particular, the roast for two is a great deal - absolutely enormous with more than enough to go around.

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3.0Dined on 30 March 2017

I really like The Crooked Well, but I feel it's gone a bit downhill recently. I used to go for great food and a superb wine list. The wine list is still good, but slightly overpriced. The last time I went the food was a bit hit and miss. But I'll keep going in the hope that this was a one-off.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2017

As normal, the food was pretty good, good ingredients and well prepared. The only criticism is the annoying way in which wine can only be delivered in measures of either 125 or 250, and there's no possibility of getting 175. Ridiculous. I'd seriously rethink going back as this was a silly impediment to
an otherwise lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on 18 March 2017

Enjoyable meal in a buzzy dining room.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2017

I've been visiting Crooked Well regularly for about three years and, at the moment I think it is the best neighbourhood restaurant in Camberwell.

Their midweek offers are amazing value and the wine list is interesting and affordable. They have also increased bar seating and extended their beer range, so that it feels more like a pub but still has a pleasant separate restaurant space.

In the past I encountered some issues with service, but they seem to have got this right now, which makes for a really enjoyable, relaxed experience. Oh, and unlike most local hot restaurants, they have a simple, reliable booking service and straightforward opening hours. A little thing, but it makes a difference.

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3.0Dined on 12 March 2017

Overall we enjoyed our Sunday lunch here. the food was good and we were well looked after. Just two small gripes. Firstly our table for five, booked well in advance, would ideally have been suited for four adults. It was fine until the sharing plates were delivered, and it was clearly too small and left us very squashed. Secondly, this appears to be a very child friendly place for Sunday lunch. Great for families, not so good for five friends trying to catch up through the noise of others' screaming kids. Maybe we were just unfortunate to be in the child friendly section!

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2017

Went for a birthday meal treat after a long busy day and it was perfect! The food was amazing and felt like a real treat but not too formal and we got cosy in a warm pub corner with our great comfort food. The special weekday deals make it really affordable for what tastes and feels like very fancy food! We're definitely coming back for Wednesday steak night!

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2017

On Thursdays and Fridays there is a two-course set lunch for 10.00 which is excellent value - very tasty and generous portions. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2017

Service and food are always excellent at the Crooked Well

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2017

Excellent food with a great choice of drinks. I would recommend the rabbit and bacon pie to share, it's incredible! It's not over priced but it is at the higher of what Camberwell has to offer.

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2017

We are locals but hadn't been to the Crooked Well for a few years and wondered if it had deteriorated or changed. I'm delighted to say that if anything it's better! The food was really excellent and competitively priced for this kind of dining experience. The restaurant and bar are the comfortable side of stylish. The noise levels meant you could have a conversation without having to shout even though it was a busy Friday night. And the service from the lovely Adam was outstanding. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and won't be leaving it so long before heading back again.

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5.0Dined on 19 February 2017

Lovely food, lovely staff and good value, thank you.

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5.0Dined on 19 February 2017

We loved our Sunday Roast at the Crooked Well!
The rabbit and bacon pie was outstanding, the wine great. And overall, the service simply perfect.
We have a 1 year old kid and they offered us a nice kid menu (pasta for £3, really good), high chair and a lot of patience when she wanted to have a walk in the bar area.

Thanks so much, we will come back surely!

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2017

A fabulous vibe for a weekend get-together. Always busy, energetic and fun. The kitchen's specialty are their pies for two. We had the rabbit and bacon. Amazing - although chips rather than mashed potato seems a better combination to me. The wine list is excellent with a lot of uncommon choices for between £30-40. Only negative comments would be: the vegetables tend to be a little too salty for me.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2017

Outstanding Fish Pie and Bloody Marys and first-class attentive service. Vegetarian starter was great too. Not mad about the Muzak as the acoustic is unusual and the Crooked Well is a place that merits enough self-confidence to turn the rubbish music off. Or down. I live in the West End but am glad I took the trip to Camberwell to eat here. Really recommend it.

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