The Dolphin, Sydenham

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Walking into the Dolphin, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'd stumbled into one of the many second-hand furniture or faux antique stores that permeate Sydenham. Panelled walls, board floors and the sort of dining furniture our parents owned back in the '60s predominate. But this is gentrification 21st Century Sydenham style and, to be fair, it works. The atmosphere is relaxed, almost restaurant style. The Dolphin is assuredly family friendly, happily providing highchairs for its youngest guests while presenting their mums and dads with a sophisticated bar menu, a decent wine selection and three well kept bitters, plus the usual in lagers and spirits. Don't ask for a bud, however, if you're expecting the American version. They even serve a nice cup of coffee. Everything here is well presented but it isn't cheap. Owned by the same people behind the Dartmouth Arms in nearby Forest Hill, it's a nice place for a relaxed and comfortable drink, not the place to go for a pint-after-pint session.
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29 Feb 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Since last writing I've spent quite a lot of time in here and it's really a pleasant place to be, not to mention a bit of an oasis.
Back garden is pretty cool in the summer, food is good if a little expensive and the drinks are always good.
Can be overrun with pushchairs sometimes depending on day/time and they can make a nuisance of themselves.
This is the pub being a victim of it's own success unfortunately.

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121 Sydenham, Sydenham, London, SE26 5HB
020 8778 8728
Opening times
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tues-Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-22:30
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