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Located in East Dulwich, The Actress is a busy pub that offers a varied choice of drinks alongside a food menu of rustic pub fare and pizzas. All the latest sporting events are shown on large HD screens.

Ranked #1156 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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By Lizanne T.

If you want the worst customer service and then to be treated like a massive inconvenience - make your way to The Actress in East Dulwich. What a joke! I had always enjoyed the pizzas at The Actress however recently I made a complaint.I ordered the most basic pizza on the menue (basil and cherry tomatoes). Whe it arrived I was shocked. There were literally 2 and a half cherry tomatoes and four basil leaves on the entire pizza! This was costing my £9.00! I asked the waitress for a few more cherry tomatoes and she replied "This is how it comes,if you want anything more,that'll be £1.00 extra" No apology and her tone was so rude,I felt my jaw drop. I didn't want my evening ruined,so I let it be. However,just before leaving I went to speak with the manager and explained that I'd always enjoyed the pizzas,hoever this time not. He then rolled his eyes (yes,I'm not exaggerating!) and said "Well nobody else has complained." How on earth does a person become a manager by dealing with complaints in this way? I have worked in the hotel,restaurant,hospitality industry for years. I've also been a first class flight attendant. Belittling a paying customer's complaint by saying "nobody else has complained" doesn't make my complaint any less valid! I recognised this manager - he used to manage another pub in East Dulwich called The Bishop. We stopped going there too because he was so rude to my boyfriend for sending cold food back. Needless to say I will not be returning.Awful,overpriced and disgustingly rude - my Actress experience in a nutshell.

By Chris S.

Similar - I waited ages for a pizza last time I was there. Similarly my starters and drinks were on the side waiting to be served but waiting staff were too busy messing around to see they were there even though the place was practically empty. After waiting 10minutes I went and picked them up myself. Staff came over to tell me 'I would have brought those'. Clearly they wouldn't have, or not until they had finished playing around at least!

By Chris S.

Very good pub serving a decent range of drinks and serves very nice pizzas. I only mark it down for the fact that although advertised on viewlondon. Co. Uk as 'you won't miss a kick of the big game at this buzzy pizza-serving pub', this isn't strictly true. I went to watch the Sunderland v Newcastle derby match with friends only to be told that the Ireland rugby match was on and football wouldn't be shown. This was despite the fact that there were only about 6 people in there actually looking up from their pizzas at the screen just to see what the noise was. If you want football in Dulwich it seems options are limited.

By Becky L.

I really like this pub, came here to watch an England vs Wales rugby match with a few friends, it's set up very well to accommodate the big screen but not too crowded and enough areas for other people who didn't want to watch. There is also a nice bit of outside space for when its sunny. Very chilled out vibe throughout the game and they even offered table service when the bar got busy. The food was really good and didn't have to wait long for it at all. The staff were really friendly and prices reasonable. Id definitely go back again

By Richard S.

We waited over an hour for food to be brought to the table. We only ordered two hot dogs and chicken wings. When the food was served (in stages over 10 mins) it was warm at best. The staff seem uninterested when we ask where our food was. When it was served to the table we were informed that the kitchen was busy hence the wait. This is understandable on a busy Sunday but when other patrons get served their food before you despite them ordering 20 mins after you. I find this a little hard to believe. At no point did any of the staff apologise for the wait. I will NOT be eating here again.

By Rachel Eliza G.

Positioned on the corner of North Cross Road and Crystal Palace Road, and just along from Lordship Lane, The Actress takes a prominent place in residential East Dulwich and is evidentially popular among those nearby.

The Venue
The pub is L-shaped with a classic bar surrounded by stalls at the centre. To the right, and on match days, a screen is pulled down and seats arranged around it for sports viewing. To the left, an open kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven takes pride of place. ‘Please remember they’re chefs not supermodels’ is emblazoned on the wall above, a reassuring line on authenticity over pretension. This seems emblematic of the whole pub. For example, staff wear casual clothes in no uniform colour or style, and the look of good-quality leather in terracotta-tan and bar stalls in saturated pastels reaffirms the pub’s easy going feel. With coffee on sale, sports on the big screen, and child-friendly food, it seems all are welcome at The Actress.

The Atmosphere
Between 2pm and 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, the mixed clientele is exposed. At first, Fleet Foxes and David Gray play beneath a hubbub of under-fives being fed by East Dulwich mummies and daddies, and the odd glug of a single man with a pint. However, when sport kicks off, the roars and applause ring out, with the projector screen dominating the right-hand side of the pub. Punters administering MatchPint on their iPhones appear from nowhere, and gentle family chatter is disrupted. The pub’s focus shifts from family haven to the sports fan’s territory. However, ‘Sail Away With Me’ can still just about be heard on the other side of the room, and the overall atmosphere is still some steps away from being consumed by the sound of stereotypically boisterous sports fans geared up for a game (this is still genteel East Dulwich, after all). Regardless of reason, everyone seems satisfied.

The Drink
The pub offers a decent collection of all the usual suspects: wines, beers and spirits, as well as coffees. The Florence brewpub in Herne Hill helps them out with their cask ales, and currently The Actress’ guest ales and ciders include Broadside, Truman's Runner and St Edmunds. The selection of drinks is pleasing, but nothing is offered in the way of cooked bar snacks.

The Last Word
The Actress aims to be warm and welcoming – and this it certainly succeeds in doing. From the tall windows stretching across both sides of the venue that snug up the pub on a fortuitously sunny day, to the open fire pizza oven, comfortable soft furnishings, and the warm welcome from bar staff (where possible), it’s an easy pub to spend time in, and it seems that’s just what many locals do.

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