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The Black Dog (Bar)

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112 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall & Oval, London, SE11 5ER
Cuisine: Gastro
Tel: 0207 735 4440 | Email to The Black Dog | Transport: Vauxhall | Write review

The Black Dog Review

Top 10 things to know about The Black Dog pub:

1) It gives a whole new meaning to a “meal out in Vauxhall”. A very nice pub hidden in an area where you’d normally expect to find hurrying commuter cyclists under the grey sky of London, dodging cars on their way back home after endless Starbucks in front their computer screens;

2) Literally a short walk away from the Tube station, not far from the river, the pub brings a different view to the Vauxhall Gardens. Rather an ordinary venue from the outside, it has a nonchalant and fashionable atmosphere once inside;

3) The ambience is very late 40s with a hint of Art Deco (see the stunning stained glass medallion at the back of the bar). The decorations are almost from a forties home furniture magazine: gramophones; an attention-grabbing black dog base lamp at the top of the entrance door; chandeliers; radio sets from the early years; fresh vegetables in plain view;

4) The staff are relaxed, friendly and not shy to advise about food, beers, wine and offer a flirty conversation if needed. Definitely a multicultural environment with waiters speaking other European idioms;

5) Due to the very busy week it normally entertains, this pub closes on Saturdays, unless you want to hire it for private gigs;

6) The beers are an absolute United Nations of lagers: Becks, Pilsner, Stella, San Miguel, Budweiser, Brooklyn, a Black Dog stout and a diverse array of very UK ciders. Their wines are okay with a particularly delicate Chardonnay to try;

7) The menu is another current thrill: everything is only made with seasonal ingredients, therefore ever-changing;

8) Steak, brownies, pepper squids: all delightful. You can see it all cooked almost in front of you being the kitchen an open plan;

9) On Thursday night you must go for the night quiz: this is quite a populated event enjoyed by locals and newcomers, where you can make new friends in the heated atmosphere of good competition;

10) There is an outside garden, but not a “must go”: very small, with no option to circulate among the tables, unless you are very, very, very petite! During the summer, though, it is possible to catch some rays – as the barman will suggest – and to borrow a rug from the bar to park yourself in the nearby garden. I suggest with a glass of cold cider in hand.
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“Very cosy ambience and excellent food!”
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Alison Atkin, London (4 years 28 days ago)

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