The Herne Tavern

The Herne Tavern

The Herne Tavern is a classic Victorian pub tucked away on Forest Hill Road in East Dulwich, opposite the glorious green space that is Peckham Rye. An impressive 1930s interior and a magnificently large garden make it a special place to visit all year round. Real fires in the winter, table tennis in the summer; cracking beers, great wines, superb spirits, properly fresh food.


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Sister pub to The Palmerston on Lordship Lane, The Herne Tavern is quite a different offering and is ideally suited to families with its large outdoor area and climbing frame which gets the thumbs up from parents who want to enjoy a pint.

But as well as being the best family pub in the area, The Herne Tavern also has a large bar and separate (more sedate) dining area serving above average food for this kind of setting.

They also have an outdoor 'barn' (the former games room) which is available for private parties - birthdays, weddings and large functions.

But The Herne really comes into its own when the sun shines and the punters spill out into the garden at the back.


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The Herne Tavern, a family friendly East Dulwich staple, has been serving up great food for years.

Management changes have only seen the pub’s reputation grow, and their Sunday lunches are still a real treat, finds Mark Kebble Chatting to a colleague a couple of days before my visit to The Herne Tavern, he mentioned that ‘for a pub, the food is pretty good’, insinuating that it’s a rare occurrence to go to the Dog & Duck or Fox & Hounds and actually get food that’s worth spending your hard earned cash on.

They are pubs, right, so it’s all about the drink… Well, of course they are and on my Sunday afternoon visit to The Herne Tavern, there were plenty of punters happy to sup on a pre-week pint and enjoy that the sun in the pub’s beautiful outdoor space.

But if they have never eaten at The Herne Tavern, or even considered it, then they are missing out on a treat.

Well, whatever you call it, The Herne Tavern does a pretty good job of it.

Herne Tavern - Wikipedia

The Herne Tavern is a pub at 2 Forest Hill Rd, Honor Oak, London SE22 0RR.

It is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

The Herne Tavern Dulwich | London Pub Reviews | DesignMyNight

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drinks   food  

The Herne Tavern is family friendly pub in Dulwich and a sister pub to The Palmerston.

The pub is very child friendly so weekends are very busy with families.

Pub food is served everyday, but it is mostly known for the very popular Sunday roast.

They hold a very versatile list of events including regular activities for children in the mornings, a pub quiz on Sunday and an annual beer festival.

As far as drinks go they have a selection of real ales, wines and beers that you would expect from any good pub.

The Herne Tavern | Baby and toddler groups in Peckham Rye

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