Isn’t the internet great? By simply following the tweets and signing up to the mailing list for Peckham Rye’s newest pub, The Victoria Inn, I got myself on the guest-list for their pre-opening party last Thursday which was a great opportunity to check the place out, as well as drink free pints galore.
Belonging to the same group of pubs as The Florence in Herne Hill (lately of Meatwagon fame) and The Bishop in Dulwich, The Victoria promises to serve their own brand of real ale (alongside the usuals) as well as cook up reasonably priced, home-made pub fayre in modern, but casual surroundings.
The full menu was not available on party-night, but the food being handed out on Thursday, including juicy mini burgers, cooked on a flat grill and topped with proper burger cheese on the advice of the infamous Meatwagon, and crisp, succulent strips of buttermilk fried chicken, were pretty delicious and have set the expectations high.
Indeed, the initial menu chalked onto the wall, which featured ‘chargrilled squid with chick pea and chilli salad’ and ‘chicken and aubergine moussaka’ alongside pub classics such as ‘fish and chips’ and ‘ham/cheese ploughmans’ sounds promising, and not too badly priced. I am especially looking forward to trying the ‘buttermilk fried pork’, which one of the pub’s masterminds first tried in New York and is now serving in little ol’ Peckham because he loved it so much, which is just the kind of reasoning I like to hear behind a menu.
The décor of the pub, with its time-worn (looking at least) tables and squishy booths has a similar feel to its South East sisters, but hopefully without the torrent of yummy mummies (bleugh) thanks to its location in the ‘wrong’ SE postcode. Situated just off Peckham Rye high street, I think it will be just enough off the beaten track to remain pleasantly bustling as opposed to rammed and expensive, whilst being enough of a destination pub, for its unique beers and good food, to prevent turning the heads of the locals when you walk in.
I left the party on Thursday feeling like I had found another gem to add to the SE London pub crown, and I will most certainly be back.
The Victoria Inn, SE15 4AR – Opens lunchtime on Tuesday 1st June. Get yourself down there!