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Which pubs, bars, restaurants and take-aways do you avoid?
messageDulwich Beer Dispensary Opening Again?
Posted by Natty January 12, 02:45PM

There’s some cryptic message on their website and a hand written message? Anyone got information?

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Posted by jimbo1964 January 12, 04:39PM

That would be good. I think if they can get some quality food offerings from pop ups it could work.

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Posted by fishbiscuits January 13, 01:01PM

I've expressed my reservations about that site before. However - I'd love it if they made a success out of it.

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Posted by nivag February 21, 04:53PM

Looks like it's opening at 5pm today according to their instastories
[instagram.com]

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Posted by dulwichbeer February 21, 05:21PM

Hi everyone! We are back in business!
To start with we will be open at weekends.
Friday from 5pm, Saturday from 12 and Sunday from 12!

Weve got 8 keg lines and 3 cask lines, along with a selection of wines, spirits and soft drinks. Were also doing HUGE hot dogs this weekend with a variety of toppings.

We hope to see you soon!

Jake & Kerrie x

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Posted by Siduhe February 21, 05:33PM

Well that is exciting! My better half will be thrilled. And weekend opening makes sense to build things up. We'll aim to stop in on Saturday for sure.

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Posted by AC1964 February 21, 08:12PM

Here now. Great beers. Maybe 25-30 punters. Varied soundtrack. Loud enough to be heard over the chatter but not loud enough to make chatter difficult. Give it a go. If, like me, you’re local enough for this to be your local, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by ruffers February 22, 09:48PM

Just had a nice couple of early evening pints in there, all very pleasant with good hopes and aims.

Down to us now though isn't it? Use it or lose it (again). Give it a go for what it is - a nice place for a beer.

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Posted by Jah Lush February 23, 07:20PM

Had some lovely ales in there this afternoon. So glad this beer emporium has reopened. Overjoyed, especially as it is at the end of my road. Very handy for a quick snifter or two.

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Posted by jimbo1964 February 24, 12:45PM

Sounds like a good idea. Any pop-up food offerings?

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Posted by Siduhe February 24, 01:18PM

There were hot dogs available on Saturday - didn't try one but they looked good. And the space was lovely and warm this time round so a big improvement.

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Posted by DovertheRoad February 26, 05:15PM

Good news - best beer I ever had locally....

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Posted by Sue March 01, 08:19AM

I really hope they do better this time round, however the room just feels characterless.

It isn't really enough just to put candles on the tables.

It wouldn't cost much to have some plants or ornaments on the windowsill, or some cut flowers, would it?

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Posted by jimbo1964 March 01, 03:47PM

I don't give a toss about flowers but I do agree it's characterless.. Particularly if empty.

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Posted by Shivering swan1 March 01, 04:25PM

Whilst it's better than nothing, it's a shame that an expensive craft beer bar is open opposite a big old traditional pub that has closed down because not enough people were using it. I suppose it's a sign of the times, but wouldn't it be awful if places like this were the only place to get a beer!

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Posted by Pugwash March 01, 04:30PM

The pub was well attended - you usually had to queue up for a table as they would only take reservations at Christmas only. It was a fire in kitchen/dining room that closed the pub.

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Posted by Shivering swan1 March 01, 04:35PM

Just because it was busy on a Sunday, stuffed full of buggies, prams and toddlers called 'Willow' and 'Oscar' being taken out by their parents for a Sunday roast, doesn't mean it was busy enough the rest of the time to justify its existence. If it was making good money it would still be a pub today.

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Posted by Sue March 01, 04:37PM

jimbo1964 Wrote:
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> I don't give a toss about flowers but I do agree
> it's characterless.. Particularly if empty.


The huge empty space in front of the bar doesn't help. I wonder why the tables seem to be arranged all around the edge.

So far as the pub opposite goes, when it was a Harvester I had the misfortune to have a meal there as a mystery shopper. Two things were so bad they had to be sent back (I can't remember what now, this was years ago) and the rest was pretty dire.

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Posted by chris1001uk March 01, 05:05PM

Me and my other half went on Saturday, there was no problem about taking our dog in and the couple/people who were running it were really lovely, offering to make some food for our mutt if he was hungry. The beer/cider was really good and we'll definitely go again. Try not to stick the boot in so quickly, if it's not for you just don;t go back rather than slag the place off on here. Good luck to them and hope they do well with their business.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 01, 05:07pm by chris1001uk.

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Posted by Sue March 02, 02:58AM

Not sticking the boot in.

Just making suggestions.

Sorry if they seemed negative. That wasn't my intention.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was march 02, 03:00am by Sue.

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Posted by JohnL March 02, 10:44AM

Sue Wrote:
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> The huge empty space in front of the bar doesn't
> help. I wonder why the tables seem to be arranged
> all around the edge.
>

Not visited yet but I will - Some pubs move tables later in the evening to cater for the drinkers who like to stand and mill around once the eaters go home. Tables and when to move them is a big thing really when you think about it.

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Posted by bobbsy March 03, 09:46AM

I popped in sunday night for a quick pint. Nice beer, nice place I thought. Good luck to them. Was disappointed to miss the hot-dogs but hey ho!

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Posted by Applespider March 03, 08:56PM

My wishlist for the Dulwich Beer Dispensary

* that it stays open. I'll do my bit by going in more often than last time

* post a tap list with your guest beers on it - even if just on social media. I'm more likely to drop in if I know there's a beer I'd like to try. And make the tap list more visible in the bar than it was last time where there were some on a pillar, some on the bar and some on a blackboard behind.

* get a few comfier more seats/armchairs. The tables/chairs feel left over from Barcelona and it feels a bit formal.

* post a flyer through doors within 5 minutes walk. Many of my neighbours didn't realise it was open last time until after it had closed.

In terms of price, craft beer is dearer than mass produced stuff. It takes a lot more hops to make a craft beer than a Carling. There's a lot of craft beer that isn't designed to drink in pints; you drink it in thirds or a half. Means you get to try a lot more too... And the Harvester was a dump for its last decade; it was only worth going to on a sunny day for the beer garden (not for the beer). I'm hoping that the Dispensary stays open long enough this time around to use their outside space.

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Posted by DovertheRoad March 03, 09:23PM

Good post Applespider...

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Posted by dulwichbeer March 06, 05:50PM

Hello Dulwich!

We're here all weekend, hot dogs are back but not for long!
We've got some cracking beers in this week, and we'll be expanding our range over the coming weeks. Hope to see some of you very soon!

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Posted by tiddles March 06, 06:56PM

Good luck guys!!


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