The Crown and Greyhound re-opens – it seems you can teach an old dog new tricks
When I started working for King’s in 1999 all the support functions, such as Finance and HR, were based at East Dulwich Hospital, and the Crown and Greyhound in nearby Dulwich Village was a firm favourite for after work drinks. The press release I received about the reopening said that the pub was affectionately known as “The Dog” by locals; that’s true in part, but the full nickname was “The Dog and Vomit”. I’m not sure why, as it was always a perfectly decent local pub. It was closed for three years, much to the dismay of the locals as it left a big gap in the area. I was therefore really happy to receive an invitation to the re-opening party, and then subsequently to dine at the pub. The Crown and Greyhound is a large pub, with lots of space outside, and an outdoor bar outside for warm summer evenings. As you can see, there is an excellent choice of beer on tap. The young barman pictured above is actually the son of one of my King’s colleagues, so the place still retains a really great local connection as well as being the ‘go to’ place for visitors to Dulwich Village. We had a fabulous time at the launch party, helped by a perfect English summer’s evening, and got to sample some of the food being offered in the restaurant as well as the outside BBQ menu.
My subsequent visit to The Crown and Greyhound was for me and a former King’s colleague to try out the pub menu. In fairly typical English summer fashion the skies opened, and the rain did not relent all evening. It was such a shame as we’d hoped to dine in that spacious garden. We made the best of it by sitting in a covered outdoor area and watching it lash down. There were some really pretty touches in here such as flowers on every table, and a nice variety of potted plants to give it a conservatory feel.
My companion isn’t a wine lover, and so I was thrilled with the very decent selection of wines by the glass, opting for a Prosecco whilst we eagerly read the menu and then had a glass of Viognier with my meal. To start my companion had chicken wings in yakiniku glaze and Asian slaw. The chicken fell away from the bone, was perfectly cooked, and packed full of flavour.
I opted for the fried squid with a sesame dressing on kale salad, again served with the Asian slaw. I have to say that I think this is the best squid that I’ve ever eaten; with a hint of spice, it just melted in the mouth, not a hint of rubber or chewiness which is so often the case with squid. To quote my companion, “Considering that I don’t like fish, that is amazing”.
For my main course, I ordered the seared tuna served on a bed of fine beans, sun dried tomatoes, olives and red onion. This was nicely seared without being overdone; it was like a taste of summer, even if the weather wasn’t playing ball.
Feeling the chill, my companion had chosen a pub classic of sausage and mash. This arrived beautifully presented, but with enough room left on the plate to deconstruct the meal. Each part complemented each other, the beautifully shiny jus was powerful but not overwhelming.
We should have stopped there, but a warm chocolate brownie with hazelnut ice cream tempted my companion. She said that it was rich and decadent with the lightly flavoured ice-cream setting it off perfectly. Whilst I was drawn to the classic lemon tart with raspberries. It was delicious too, but defeated me!
Starters cost from £6.50 to £8.00, mains £10 to £22, desserts £4.00 to £6.25. I think that given the quality of food we experienced that the menu presents very good value for money. The locals will indeed be thrilled that this Dog hasn’t had its day.
The pub also has rooms, which will meet a long held need for the area. Dulwich College often hosts weddings and guests struggle to find nearby accommodation, so this is going to be perfect.
There are also lots of special events going on at the pub; to stay informed check out the website or follow the pub on social media.
The Crown and Greyhound
73 Dulwich Village,
LONDON, Greater London