It's safe to say Charles Dickens liked a drink and this eponymous, traditionally-minded local has the charm and character of a pub that we feel he would have felt quite at home in. The decor is somewhat woody, but there is plenty of space (even though it looks smaller from the outside). It ticks the right boxes: there's a fine range of real ales on tap, the food is decent, traditional, cheap pub nosh and the staff are friendly and service is quick. A mix of locals, students and office workers are share drinking space here, and it makes for a pub with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There's a tad more tension in the air on a Wednesday, when one of our favourite quiz nights south of the river takes place. All in all, the Charles Dickens is a compact, friendly boozer which we only wish more pubs were like. To paraphrase that Dickensian orphan boy: can we have some more of these, please?
Reviewed by jenz
27 Jun 2011