Situated deep in the heart of Dulwich is Belair House, a beautiful 18th Century Georgian mansion that lies in the grounds of Belair park. A quirky yet stylish venue with eccentric staff, delicious food and well made cocktails. It is an ideal venue to hit up on a relaxed summertime date in South East London.
To get to this gem you can walk through Belair Park which is especially lovely on a hot day. The park is popular with couples, families and seems worlds away from the maddening hordes that plague Clapham Common as soon as the sun shows its face.
Arriving at the white house you realise just how grand it is, almost like something out of a music video, decked out with chandeliers, enormous gold framed over the top pictures and the odd touch of kitsch & humour. Off the grand entrance hallway is the spacious and airy dining room as well as the ground floor bar that is of a smaller size than one would expect but a large terrace leads off this and overlooks the park.
Craft beer and cocktails are the tipples of choice and the waiters know their stuff when it comes to the food and drink, their recommendations always go down a treat. The roast’s come with the most enormous Yorkshire puddings and the pork is top-notch so highly recommend a Sunday visit.
The staff do an excellent job of looking after everyone, on our visit they made us feel very at home, relaxed and kept the drinks flowing. They are very friendly characters and quite offbeat, all the men with facial hair, possibly a requirement to work there, one of the guys sported a very well-groomed smaller version of Salvador Dali’s famous mustache.
Entertainment focuses on music from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40s and 50’s and with regular events such as swing dancing classes, live jazz bands and Dj’s so be sure to check the website for any goings on.
This picturesque bar / restaurant / palace is a wonderful escape for a date on a sunny day, granted Dulwich is a bit of a mission to get to but it is definitely worth heading down there if you’re looking for a wonderful park for a picnic.
Belair House is close to West Dulwich Station however you could go to North Dulwich and walk down through the lovely Dulwich Village to get there.
To explore more of Dulwich we recommend getting one of the numerous London Walking Books on Amazon, most feature an excellent walk through Dulwich and it’s surrounds.