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Grand Union Camberwell (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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26 Camberwell Grove, London, Peckham & Camberwell, London, SE5 8RE
Cuisine: Pub Average Price: £10
Tel: 020 3247 1001 | Email to Grand Union Camberwell | | Transport: Denmark Hill | Write review

Grand Union Camberwell Review

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Best for: Burgers; cocktails; after work drinks.

Great: Pub food; gourmet burgers; student deals.

In my many years of experience, I’ve found that the best pubs are the ones with a subtle atmosphere so pleasing that you can’t really put your finger on it until you’re about five pints in. Which presents a problem for the few of us charged with the task of reviewing pubs.

Thankfully, the Grand Union Camberwell is a venue so quirky, so out of the ordinary, that, even before the foam had settled on my pint of ale, I was finding it difficult to really understand the vibe of the pub. It kept me guessing.

For the first few minutes, we couldn’t settle. What kind of pub is this? The walls are lined with Victorian art to compliment the squashed leather sofas of the dining booths. But raising our eyes from that we both had to do quite a few double takes; leafy tropical plants, a few neon signs, and odd Japanese-style fans adorning the walls. What kind of atmosphere was it going for?

Then came the menu; yet another double take. Surely somewhere with an atmosphere so unique would boast a suitably unexpected, original menu. I wasn’t sure what I expected; roasted pheasant maybe? But the menu was divided rather neatly and simply between burgers and pizza.

Hang on, what? Really? Am I missing something here? A plain menu takes guts. A faux-Victorian décor surrounded by tropical plants take guts. Ten minutes into our visit and I was waiting for guts to give way to some substance. There was another menu of the same size that was entirely devoted to cocktails and wine, both of which were undeniably impressive. The cocktails in particular were inventive and caught my eye straight away, hinting at no small amount of style and grandeur. Something told me this place has some fancy tricks up its sleeve and I wanted to be involved as soon as possible. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long.

The Surf-and-Turf burger was piled high with shrimps and succulent beef drizzled with butter sauce in a way that, cliché as it is, made me think, “this isn’t just a burger”. Much like the restaurant itself, the burger was jazzy, unconventional and definitely a hell of an experience. I say this with such flowery vocabulary to make it seem as though I didn’t just go to a pub and eat a burger that was incredible; though I did, and it was. My intention is to get the point across that nothing is really what it seems at the Grand Union Camberwell. It’s not just a pub. It’s not just a burger. I can’t stress that enough.

I think the name of the game at this venue is attention to detail. That’s not the first thing that comes to mind when walking through the doors into the dimly lit pub without a bar where the patrons drink beautifully vibrant cocktails with three or four straws at a time. There isn’t even space to sit at the bar, that’s how un-like a normal pub this is.

The longer we sat there, the longer I started to notice just how seriously this venue takes itself. The attention to detail is staggering. It’s not about a clash of more than one world. It’s not about how many times they can make you crick your neck trying to take it all in. It’s about the beautiful arches over the entrance, about the elegant non-burger burger, and about the flickering neon signs on the walls. Attention to detail, the name of the game. It didn’t even need five pints, though I’m sure that wouldn’t hurt. It keeps you guessing from start to finish, so much so that you might want to end up back there again just to see if it still lives up to it. I’ve been back and it does.
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Customer Reviews for Grand Union Camberwell

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“The family and i eat here every Sunday and We find it to be a lovely place to relax. We really like the snug which we've booked out for parties on a few occasions now (it's free!) and always enjoyed ourselves.”
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Annie, camberwell (4 years 10 months 15 days ago)

“friendly staff but understaffed,claiming the pizza is 12" which it wasn't. I wouldn't recommend the place”
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SAM, Camberwell (6 years 3 months 5 days ago)

“Great place to relax and socialise fantastic music and service any time of day any day of the week. highly recommended.”
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Tuesdai, london (6 years 8 months 6 days ago)

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“Since Grand Union took over this place it's hard to recognise it. It's all plush leather and fancy lighting now. Fantastic. Especially The Snug bit at the back. Nobody will find you in there. The burgers are pretty decent too. And the prices aren't astronomical. A nice little hideaway in Camberwell.”
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Leigh, Tooting (7 years 7 months 28 days ago)

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Grand Union Camberwell Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Friday: 12:00pm - 12:30am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:30am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm    

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Grand Union Camberwell Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Pub
  • Average Price: £10

Grand Union Camberwell Food Menu

Gourmet Burgers, Healthy Salads, London's Best Chips (Timeout)

Updated 12/11/2009

Item Description Price
Gourmet Burgers GOurmet Burgers, freshly made in house. £ 5.95

Grand Union Camberwell Drinks Menu

Cocktails, fine wines, premium beers

Updated 12/11/2009

Item Description Price
Cocktails All the classics £ 6.95

Special offers, discounts and deals at Grand Union Camberwell

2 for 1 Cocktails every day 6-8pm

Updated 04/11/2009

Events and other great things going on at Grand Union Camberwell

Christmas at Grand Union visit our website for more info

Updated 12/11/2009

Grand Union Camberwell Hire Details

Snug - private hire for 50 people

Updated 04/11/2009

Name: Snug
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 50
Notes: Private hire - skylit - tv

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