Skip to main content

The Victoria Inn (Bar)

Picture of The Victoria Inn in Peckham & Camberwell, London

79 Choumert Road, Peckham & Camberwell, London, SE15 4AR
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 020 7639 5052 | Email to The Victoria Inn | Transport: | Write review

The Victoria Inn Review

Best for: Up market drinking in Peckham, comfortable seats.

Great: Fish dishes, service.

Once the gloomy setting for the seminal British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, Peckham seems an unlikely corner of London to cultivate a vibrant arts scene, but its happening and happening fast. Artist communities in neighbouring Camberwell appear to have executed a successful stealth mission on the southeastern suburb; squatting in its Georgian townhouses and planting ramshackle bars under its railway arches. Even the grey lifeless lump of concrete that is Peckham’s multi-storey municipal car park now comes awash with colour every summer as Frank’s Café & Campari Bar opens its doors on the tenth and top floor to daring art installations and trendy 20 somethings.

Inevitably, as the area slowly becomes Hackney-fied, the likes of the Nags Head and its lurid orange umbrella-clad cocktails are being replaced by up-market gastropubs and generous glasses of Chilean red. Sensing an opportunity, Capital Pubs Company made an active bid to grab the up-and-coming South East London market by taking its brand of non-branded pubs to Herne Hill, Dulwich and most recently Peckham Rye.

Its latest venture – the Victoria Inn, located just a five minute walk away from Peckham Rye station – opened in the Spring of 2010 following a major refurbishment. Formerly the Wishing Well, one of Capital Pubs first moves was to revert back to the establishment’s original name – which, according to management, was in order to bring the title back in to synch with the Prince Albert just up the road. Although, if the interior is anything to go by, one suspects nostalgia wasn’t exactly at the top of their agenda.

Initially, the pub’s new look has the somewhat baffling feel of an American diner. Light green tiles illuminate the main bar walls, customers sit with their feet dangling below them on the high bench seating and, naturally, a foosball table resides idly in one corner. The other half of the pub, however, abruptly transcends into a mock late Victorian boozer, with book shelves lining every conceivable inch of its wall.

Yet if the lively Thursday night turn-out is anything to go by, this is what Peckham’s current residents now seem to want. The pub fills up impressively as the night goes on and while the mish mash of décor is admittedly a touch soulless, when it holds a steady crowd, it also feels rather playful. The staff were friendly, there was mainstream rock playing in the background at an inoffensive volume, and I even found myself smiling at the perfectly positioned sign above the open kitchen which read ‘Please do not feed the chefs’.

With a comfortable blend of pub classics and quirky signature dishes, the menu, likewise, plays it safe but tactfully cheeky. Anyone with a penchant for picnic pastries will grin devilishly at the prospect of the chorizo Scotch egg starter. With a good inch worth of juicy chorizo cocooning the egg, it more than lives up to its childhood promise. The portions tend to, again, pay homage to our transatlantic cousins and the half pint of Atlantic prawns – which actually arrives in a half-pint tumbler – eventually starts to feel like participating in a frat boy drinking contest.

Ploughmans, burgers and roasts dominate the mains options, but for fish lovers there are a few hidden treasures – most notably the chargrilled chilli squid with chickpea salad. The thick slices of squidgy spicy squid are complimented wonderfully by the crunchy textures of the chick peas, and it’s sneakily filling to boot. All mains, of course, cost a standard tenner or thereabouts.

If Peckham continues on its trajectory towards imminent trendiness, The Victoria Inn could be as fitting an addition as any to the area. It is essentially, however, just another in a long line of astutely marketed gastropubs that are now filling Zone 2 faster than Del Boy fills his reliant robin with dodgy goods. What perhaps makes this particular gastropub more of a bitter pill to swallow than most is that if there was one London neighbourhood which stood a chance of fending off the gastropub assault, Peckham and its fruit and veg markets would have been it. Apparently not and this is sadly anything but “lovely jubbly”.
...read more

Leave Your Review of The Victoria Inn

Your name:
Email address:      
Home Town:
Atmosphere:
Value for Money rating:
Quality rating:
Your review:

Characters remaining: 2600

Subscribe to the Fluid e-newsletter: Get the hottest special offers, bar info and restaurant news first. You can unsubscribe at any time. We take your privacy very seriously and will never share your details with third parties witout your consent.
Complete

Your review has been submitted. Once you have verified your e-mail address, it will be displayed on the site.

Additional Information

Email The Victoria Inn

Name *
Email *      
Phone
3 + 2
Please prove you're not a machine by adding this simple sum.
Subject
Message
I agree to the Terms & Conditions
If this is your first message through the Fluid London, before your enquiry is sent to the venue, you will recieve a message asking you to confirm your email address. This is to prevent fraudulent enquiries and bookings.

Sending...

Mail sent!

Your review has been submitted. Once you have verified your e-mail address, it will be displayed on the site.

Please note that Fluid London has no affiliation with any venues listed on our websites

Send a link of The Victoria Inn to a friend

Your Name *
Your Email *  
Send to email  
  Confirmation Code
Enter the number shown above:
Message
I agree to the Terms & Conditions
If this is your first message through the Fluid London, before your enquiry is sent to the venue, you will recieve a message asking you to confirm your email address. This is to prevent fraudulent enquiries and bookings.

Mail Sent!

A link to The Victoria Inn on Fluid London has been sent.

Send another message

Please note that Fluid London has no affiliation with any venues listed on our websites

The Victoria Inn Map

Nearby Venues

Nearby Pubs & Bars

Nearby Restaurants

Venue ID: 21816

Venue Managers: update this page

Edit the information we hold on The Victoria Inn or learn about upgrading today.

 

Loved

Hated

Log in to Fluid London

Login with a Fluid username and password
Email:
Password:
Remember Me

Forgot your password?
Register as a new user?

Or login using FaceBook

Login with FaceBook
;