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The Montpelier is an independent pub close to Peckham Rye railway station serving fine ales and quality British, sustainable food. The Montpelier hosts DJs and live jazz at the weekends and they also have a cinema room.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 01:00

SAT

12:00 - 01:00

SUN

12:00 - 23:00

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By Cat D.

Having waited outside for an unnecessarily long time on a Saturday evening, we made it to the bar. We stood there for at least 15 minutes and during that time we tried to engage the attention of no less than three bar staff. Each time we were given the signal for"one minute" only to find that someone who had arrived after us was being served. Upon the third time, I casually mentioned how long it had taken to be served. I was completely appalled and shocked by the bar man's rude and unapologetic manner. As a local, I believe in bringing business to local bars but having encountered such attitude from a deeply unprofessional and dreadful barman, avoid this over trumped bar at all costs. Simply not worth it and appalling customer service. I will never return here and will be informing my community of friends to do the same.


By Jackie D.

My husband and I took both sets of parents here for Sunday lunch at the weekend and had a brilliant afternoon. We all had roasts and everyone was really pleased with the amount and quality of what we received, the meat was cooked to perfection and the selection of veggies was spot on. The staff were really friendly, especially the man who I think was an assistant manager or something. Finally to top off a lovely lunch there was a live pianist who created a great atmosphere. Looking forward to going back very soon!


By Hungry P.

Over priced, small portions & Shambolic service. Went to The Montpelier today for Sunday roast. A pre booked birthday meal. We were told to arrive at 2.45pm to order at 3pm. It was made exceptionally hard to order food. At one point (and there were a few) we were asked to wait and offered a bottle of wine and some olives but not sure the wine appeared. By the time they actually allowed us to order, the choice was somewhat diminished. I got the last order of roast lamb £13.50, (the beef had gone and only 1 chicken left). Quite sometime after 4pm food started arriving at our table. When mine eventually arrived it had only 2 roast potatoes, no yorkshires and the lamb had as much fat as meat, which wasn't much. The parsnips, veg and organic lamb were nice but not a lot of it and the roast potatoes were under cooked. This was the same for 2 others who ordered the lamb except they got yorkshires with theirs. One person who ordered the chicken at the beginning end up with a veggie burger and a refund. Another (who had wanted a roast) ordered the fish. The size of the meal was again small so she ordered an extra bowl of chips but they never came. I spent £20 in there and still left hungry!


By Chris C.

Went for Sunday lunch as its our local. Agree with first reviewer, the Sunday 'Organic Roast' was awful. Dried out and overcooked chicken , veg that must have been reheated from the previous day, staff apologetic apart from blaming the quality of the meat on the fact it was organic. This place started off well but think its getting a tad complacent to say the least


By Rhian K.

Went for Sunday lunch. Nice staff and quick service just shame about the food. We had the roast lamb and chicken. Meat overcooked, roast potatoes under cooked, thick yorkie still doughy in the middle....


By Ben W.

Hidden away in the backstreets between Camberwell, Peckham and East Dulwich, and only a street away from the independent shops and Anthony Gormley street sculptures on ultra trendy Bellenden Road, The Montpelier is a stylish local pub with exceptional food, individual beers and wines and even a cinema.

The Venue
It might look like a bog standard boozer on the outside, with a pebbledash garden and plenty of benches outside for smokers, but, inside, there‘s an air of faded 50s glamour - there’s an ancient stereogram, an assortment of wooden furniture and several leather-covered booths. Only the signed photo of Mike Tyson gives away that it’s still 2011. To the rear of the pub there’s even a mini cinema which regularly screens the latest art house flicks along with classics, with room for about 30 film-goers sat on church pews.

The Atmosphere
As you’d expect given that there’s some of London’s poshest areas nearby, but also some of its toughest, it’s mixed both in terms of ethnicity and gender but generally people are in the 25-45 bracket. Skate wear blends with post-work suits as groups of friends eat out and locals pop in for a quick one. There are also strong connections to the area’s creative types - Radio 1 jock and Bestival boss Rob da Bank lives close by and frequents the pub and their pop quiz has questions by music celebrities who frequent the pub. It’s also popular with many of the visual artists who work in the area too.

Laid-back and informal, it’s nicely noisy without being deafening and the staff are good fun without being distracting. There’s cool sounding jazz playing earlier in the evening, subtly picking up to funkier sounds later on, although you shouldn’t have to raise your voice too much to be heard over it.

The Food
It’s pub grub, rather than pretentious restaurant fayre, but with all the meat coming from organic Sussex farm Gill Wing and the fish sustainable and supplied by veteran local fishmongers Sopers, it’s top of the range stuff.

The goat’s cheese tartlet (£6.50) comes draped in rich tasting rocket, among a list of vegetarian friendly starters that also includes creamy garlic mushrooms (£4.95), crab cakes (£5.95), baby squid (£4.50) and minted organic lamb kofta (£5.50). Likewise, among the main courses, the generously portioned veggie sausage and mash (£8.75) or the falafel and hummus burger with hand cut chips (£8.50) are substantial enough to fill most gaps, and the steak burger (£8.50) or rib-eye steak (£12.50) cater equally well for the more carnivorous. Dessert is a simple choice of the succulent banoffee pie, apple crumble and rich, thick chocolate mousse (all £4.25). The pub also has a Sunday roast with everything from roast organic chicken, lamb or pork (all £12.50) and veggie sausage toad in the hole (£10) with all the trimmings.

The Drink
A good variety of local bitters from the Sambrook’s brewery in Clapham Junction and the Meantime brewery in, yes, you guessed it, Greenwich. Try a pint of the lively London Pale Ale (£3.40) or a pint of hoppy Sam Brook’s Wandle (£3.30) as a relatively mellow starting point, before moving on to something darker and heavier like a pint of Junction (£3.40). There's also a good selection of organic European wines - the Domain Bergon Sauvignon Blanc is recommended at £14 a bottle or £3/£4.80 for a small or large glass.

The Last Word
Many pubs claim to ’just be a local pub’ but the friendly, approachable atmosphere at The Montpelier means it can genuinely lay claim to being one, even if what it has on offer is an (organic) cut above the rest.

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