Historical version 7 of Black Cherry Bar, SE22 8EW
- 020 8299 8877
- 21 Lordship Lane
This bar/restaurant is reopening in May 2012 as a new branch of the Draft House pub chain.
I visited on a Sunday afternoon, when it was fairly full but not too noisy (I can't comment about how it gets on a weekend evening, but I'm uncertain if I'd feel comfortable visiting at such a time). It suffers the usual problem with East Dulwich during the daytime of being filled with prams and young children, which prevented me eating there on a previous occasion, but was fine on this visit.
However, having returned to try their food (putting further comments about the clientele aside!), I can unhesitatingly recommend it. There were two vegetarian main options (a Spanish frittata with salad, and a wild mushroom risotto, at £6.50 and £7.50 respectively -- not too pricy for this area) and between us we tried both, and they were both delicious. The tart had a lovely crumbly pastry base, and the risotto a creamy texture but not too much so. The side of seasonal vegetables was also surprisingly tasty (given it was just cauliflower and broccoli). Best of all was the dessert -- they have a small but well-shaped list, of which the apple tarte tatin was tasty and the ice-cream uncommonly creamy.