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Vauxhall's The Black Dog is a contemporary venue that offers a variety of draught beer, real ales, cider and cocktails. The food menu serves classic British dishes that are made using seasonal produce.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00-23:00
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-21:00

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By Maxine P.

I organized my partner's 30th birthday party at the Black Dog on saturday 26th jan '13. From the start Joe and his team were very helpful and accommodating to my every needs. Everyone had a fantastic time and kept commenting on what a lovely pub it is. I ordered some nibbles - the mini burgers and fish&chips which were very tasty! Its a perfect venue for private parties and I would highly recommened coming here for a drink or sunday lunch. I feel very lucky to have this pub as my local.

By Eve E.

My team chose The Black Dog for the first time for our Christmas meal last year and we weren't disappointed! The food and service were excellent and the staff were really helpful and accommodating throughout the booking process. The only downside was they were so busy that we weren't able to stay longer! I will definitely be choosing The Black Dog again.

By Deborah M.

My friends persuaded me to have a party for my 50th by offering to organise it. Having turned down about a dozen other venues I chose the Black Dog mostly because a) I'd been there before and enjoyed it and b) they were the most helpful and accommodating to all my diva-ish desires! Which meant that I had the party I wanted (not one dictated by other people) and had an amazing time - a lot of my guests commented on how great the pub was and how delicious the food was - my guess is they all had an amazing time too! I'd heartily recommend the Black Dog as a pub to go to just for fun but also a great place to hold a party!

By Natasha P.

We recently held our work Christmas Party meal at the Black Dog and had a great time. There was a good variety of food to choose from off the set menu and the Black Dog was more than willing to cater to our needs. The food itself was delicious and had a different twist on the basic pub food you often get. Staff were very friendly and eager to help us. Overall the atmosphere was lovely, food was tasty and the staff at the Black Dog were fantastic!

By Tye J.

One word amazing! From planning to execution Cokey and his team at The Black Dog did a great job on my partners 40th! If you are thinking of a place to host your next event with some really good food then this is the place!

By Alex C.

I held my 30th birthday here in March 2012. Exclusive use, an outdoor patio area for all my friends who smoke and freshly made canapes and finger foods. I was allowed to play my own music and bring my own birthday cake (some venues had quoted a charge for birthday cakes!). The managers were amazing and met with me twice to go through what I needed on the night. The night itself was brilliant and the food was amazing. I can highly recommend the scotch eggs and mini burgers! The drinks were really reasonable. Definitely consider this venue if you want to throw a private party.

By Kate H.

We hired the whole pub to throw our mate a 40th birthday was fabulous and the venue is the perfect size for a private party, with a little outside terrace too. The staff were very friendly and helpful and did everything they could to make organising the party easy - getting back to us quickly and adapting menus to suit our budget. We had our own music and decorated the place too....couldn't have been better. We searched all over London for the right place to hold this party...we found it! Thanks guys.

By Christina A.

We had a fabulous Hen party meal at the Black dog in Vauxhall. The venue had a lovely relaxed atmosphere and all of the staff were really friendly especially the manager who helped organise a menu for us. I have to say that the best thing about it though was the food........ A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It was all cooked in an open kitchen so you can see all the food being prepared and the food they produced was great; a bit special, really tasty and brilliant value. Would definitely recommend this venue for any occasion as suits a quiet dinner for two or a group celebration.

By Andrea U.

We booked the Black dog for a private party (about 35 people) on a weekend evening. The evening went very smoothly and all the staff were incredibly helpful, competent, and friendly. We also ordered some canapes (steak + chips, parsnip soup and little sausages and mash) and they were fantastic. Enjoyed the evening and heartily recommend. We will be returning to sample the food on another occasion!

By Andrea U.

We booked the Black dog for a private party (about 35 people) on a weekend evening. The evening went very smoothly and all the staff were incredibly helpful, competent, and friendly. We also ordered some canapes (steak + chips, parsnip soup and little sausages and mash) and they were fantastic. Enjoyed the evening and heartily recommend. We will be returning to sample the food on another occasion!

By Paul D.

I had a mouth watering roasted lamb shank with mustard mash, spinach and rosemary jus tonight. What a find! The Black Dog serves high end restaurant food in a pub atmosphere for very decent prices. If all pubs served food like this the restaurants would be empty. The Black Dog is truly a hidden jewel.

By Marta S.

Fantastic pub: great atmosphere, delicious food and very friendly staff made for a very enjoyable evening. I don't usually go out in Vauxhall but i would certainly make the journey to go to the black dog. One of my new favourite pubs

By William G.

“Fun and pleasure will abound, high and low and great and small, run in droves to view Vauxhall.” This popular refrain was joyously endorsed by Londoners from 1661 to 1859, honouring Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, praised by Samuel Pepys and James Boswell as the heartbeat of the capital’s entertainment. Occupying a fraction of the once-200 acre gardens is a new Vauxhall successor for enjoyment, the award-winning Black Dog. Here, fun and pleasure can be found in good-humoured ambience, excellent drinks with a strong commitment to real ale and value food.

The Venue
The Black Dog overlooks the pleasing greenery of Spring Gardens – a testimony to the pleasure gardens of yore. The corner site pub recalls the Victorian period and is built in a typical south London Arts and Crafts pattern with two eye-catching pediment gables. A range of ground level brown-green tiling, arrays of open windows and warm brown brick provide an appealing exterior. This is made more engaging by a cheerful outside area with picnic tables. Internally, the pub is fifty shades of brown with varnished timber flooring, wooden tables and chairs and a teak-hued bar, behind which is a large tiled decorative piece. Most notable feature is the open kitchen, allowing customers to see the chef brigade at work and to savour the succulent smells. At the rear is an open courtyard furnished with picnic tables. Decorations are a disparate collection of prints and knick-knacks such as 1930’s radios. It’s surprising that the only record of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens’ remarkable role in London’s life is just one print of a Georgian crowd scene there.

The Atmosphere
By 2010 the then Lavender pub had fallen into sad torpor. Happily rescued by a private operator, it was renovated and renamed. In three years, trade has grown steadily with thanks to the quality offering. Amiable service from the staff is an essential part of this and manager Joe Shaw has been with The Black Dog from the first day, helping inspire this prevailing friendliness.

Office people form the bulk of the trade at breakfast, lunch and early evening times. Major employers include nearby Macmillan Cancer and Walker Books and, more intriguingly, MI5 and MI6. Later in the evening and on Sundays there’s a fair input of custom from the ‘Voho’ professionals who’ve moved into such developments as St George’s Wharf. Sundays are becoming increasingly popular with this group, as Sunday roasts are followed by a quiz with a rolling cash jackpot. Casual customers are people who visit the Oval and the Old Vic – both in the Lambeth vicinity. The pub is shut on Saturdays but available for hire. Numbers of events and get-togethers are growing as full packages can be booked. These, following the Pleasure Gardens’ practice, can comprise food, drink, music and entertainment.

The Food
Overseeing the kitchen is London-loving Japanese Chef Yoshi Yamakaza, who gained accolades from the Observer and from foodie journal Square Meal. Given the office clientele, breakfasts are served from 8am to 11am and the menu includes eggs in any style, granola and yoghurt. Pepys and Boswell – both hearty breakfasters – would have approved of the kippers, the porridge and the Full English. The main menu is available from noon to 9.30pm. Starters list white anchovies, whisky-cured salmon and - a Yoshi original - squid with wasabi mayo. A herby Scotch egg and creamy, spicy devilled kidneys are both good value at £3 and £6 respectively.

Mains feature a vegetarian option of grilled halloumi, fried black bream fillet and the ever-popular cheeseburgers and sirloin steak. Roasted pork belly (£13) and rack of pork ribs (£14) are agreeably different in flavour and texture. As a mark of professionalism, a finger bowl is provided to help in holding and munching through the ribs. Desserts include cheesecake and berry compote and ice cream-filled profiteroles – naughty in calories but nice in chomping. The bar snacks remain available until 11pm and list smoked paprika pistachios and rosemary almonds. Pricing is honest given the quality.

The Drink
Leading trade journal The Publican’s Morning Advertiser has given The Black Dog a ranking as one of the best pubs in London. Its care and attention to real ale, the propeller of present-day pub growth, has done much to secure this commendation. It has four handpulls with an ever-changing selection to whistle-whetting beverages. Among the breweries favoured are Ringwood and Old Dairy, and London micros such as Florence of Herne Hill and Sambrook’s of Battersea. Cellarmanship is first-rate and the prestigious Cask Marque accreditation has been earned. £3.85 a pint is good Vauxhall value.

Bottled beers are equally excellent and among the tipples is Cooper’s Pale Ale from Adelaide – the beer that for decades was the one Aussie shining light among the gloom of commercialised fizzy lager. Other interesting bottles are Bavaria’s tart Erdinger Urweiss, and two unusually sourced lagers, Palma Cristal from Cuba and Chang from Thailand. Draught Cider is the highly rated Thundering Molly from Herefordshire’s Aberhalls. The wine list is select and keenly priced with whites including an Albarino from Galicia and a Picpoul de Pinet from Languedoc. The reds list a Ribera del Douro Tempranillo and a Primitivo from Puglia. There are four roses and one from Cotes de Provence is fittingly fresh and fragrant for summer imbibing. Wines are priced at around an inexpensive £5.95 for 250ml.

The Last Word
Fun and pleasure abound again in Vauxhall at The Black Dog, and perhaps the only requirement is further decorative testament to how enchanting the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were, to help elevate this pub to the same dizzy heights.

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