Old Nun's Head, Nunhead
The story goes that a nunnery once stood on the site of this pub. The Old Nun in question - the Lady Superior of the nunnery - was killed during the Reformation and had her head chopped off and stuck on a pikestaff outside: hence the name both of the pub and the surrounding area. Not too long ago, the pub was derelict and a sighting of our headless nun (or ghosthunters tracking her down) was a more likely occurrence than this one opening for business again. But the Old Nun is back on her feet under new management and pulling in the punters. And no wonder: the pub's a fair size and offers enough room to stretch out in. The pub food is fairly priced (especially given the sizeable portions), but this one also places a focus on its beers and you'll find some unorthodox choices here (when we were last in, it included Frosty Piddle, ). It's always nice to see a pub coming back from the dead: particularly when it's as friendly and comfortable as this one.
Review: 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful
14 Jun 2012
Avoid. After mediocre service waited more than 15 mins at the bar with a skeleton staff to pay my tab. The landlord turned up with his friends and proceeded to serve him and his friend drinks and ignored those who were all waiting at the bar. Complete ignorance and arrogance displayed to those who are customers. Won't be back again. The Rye Hotel has reopened around the corner and will be drinking there from now on. Shameful. I have been to this pub several times. They just don't seem to care!
21 Nov 2010
It is close to our place and the food service was quick and the meal tasty. The popular lager I chose was a bit watery, but serves me right for not sampling something new, which I will do on return.
15 Nunhead Green, Nunhead, London, SE15 3QQ
020 7639 4007
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