A great find right by Brockwell Park and Poet’s Corner in Herne Hill. It helped that our first night-time visit to this area was accompanied by sunshine, a children’s party with balloons, and a Paris-in-the-springtime vibe with the old-fashioned wooden-fronted station, pavement cafes and a mixed crowd of ages, colours, backgrounds. I like Herne Hill mucho.
Anyway The Florence was lovely inside. Absolutely HUGE – South London needs a huge old boozer like this. In fact, El G said it reminded him of one of the huge old pubs in Sydney. Nice relaxed atmosphere with couples, people drinking wine and reading the paper on their own, older people (I know I go on about this but honestly there’s no-one over 25 in some parts of SW London) , groups of friends. Apparently good beers and in-house brewing but as a vino drinker I was more interested in the wine list (which was good).
We ordered the pork belly (above) with beans and rice, which was a sort of chilli and delicious; and the homemade chicken and leek pie (below) which was light and tasty. Only complaint was I didn’t realise veg didn’t come with it so our only side was…chips. Oops.
Served with a lovely glass of cab sauv, and really friendly helpful service – table service at a pub? We like! – I will definitely come back, maybe for a Sunday lunch or to check out the beer garden in summer. 2 mains, chips and a glass of red came to £12 each.