Robert Poste's Child Wrote:
> I didn't know that, Sue. Is it the kind of place
> you can go and feel comfortable as a lone female?
There are very few pubs I feel comfortable going into by myself, and The Ivy House is one of them.
On the other hand I am a community shareholder in the pub and run gigs there, so I do know people there, which makes a difference.
But it's very friendly, and there are quite often women in there by themselves. Depending on the time of day there are also usually quite a few dogs, and probably children, too.
If a fire is a must, you might want to phone them first, because I don't know whether they light them all the time, however there are three rooms (front bar, ballroom and refectory) and the last time I was in there there was a fire in at least two of the rooms and possibly the third, though I didn't notice the third.
In terms of friendliness, all I can say is, I came briefly out of our Singaround (which we hold in the ballroom) on Sunday night into the front bar, because somebody was about to sing a song which always upsets me and I didn't want to listen to it, and a table of complete strangers asked me to join them (not in any kind of way that I felt awkward about it).
ETA: If you like to hide away, the refectory has some little closed off sections, some quite near the fire.
But there are also corners in both the other rooms where you could sit without being too conspicuous. The ballroom (as its name suggests) is larger, but people do sit in there by themselves as well, but it's a bit lonely when the pub is quiet!
What I would say about The Ivy House is that it's used by a real cross-section of the community, and I think it has quite a different vibe from the East Dulwich pubs.
People are quite likely to smile at you when you come in, for example!
And it does have a good range of ales, craft beers, wines etc plus tea, coffee, all the usual stuff - and food, though the food isn't served all day every day.
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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit was 2018:01:16:19:23:45 by Sue.