The Half Moon Pub with rooms in Herne Hill, London

Prices from:
£112 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Restored to former Victorian glory
  • Authentic bar oozes period detail
  • Classic pub food cooked well
  • Cool, individually designed rooms
  • Fabulous terrace – alfresco heaven

Sticky Fingers90 Minutes from LondonNo Car NeededPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Half Moon Herne Hill, London, SE24 9HU

The personal touch

Built as a hotel by James William Brooker in 1894 the grand-looking Half Moon stands in a cracking location between cool Brixton and leafy Dulwich Village, directly opposite Brockwell Park with its famous Art Deco Lido, and just a few minutes stroll from Herne Hill Station. In its heyday, the pub was a thriving and very important live music venue, with the likes of U2 and Van Morrison performing in the back room. In 2013, having been flooded by a burst water main, the pub closed and remained in a sorry state for three years before Fuller’s bought the Grade II listed building and restored the pub to its former glory in 2017. With great detail they are recreated the original Jacobean front bar, replete with wood floors, dark wood bar, leaded windows, etched glass, period fireplaces, and the fabulous snug bar with its rare and beautifully restored painted mirrors is great place to peruse the papers over a pint of London Pride. Elsewhere, the period feel has been retained with wood floors and retro armchairs fronting wood-burning stoves, while the rear dining room is a smart and contemporary dining space. Beyond the terrace is the ‘workshop’, a cool private space for meetings and private parties.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the pub and overnight (extra beds & cots available). A fenced off area beside the terrace has games and boxes of toys and is great for families

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar but not overnight in the bedrooms

Alfresco

The secret and secluded rear terrace is the place to be on balmy summer evenings. Expect rustic wooden tables and chairs, olive trees in big planters, seats around a brazier, and an outside bar for busy evenings and private events.

What’s the damage?

11 doubles/twin £112-£175; Suite from £225

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining in the ‘Workshop’

Disabled access to bar & restaurant

No parking – paid parking on surrounding streets

Sleep

The Half Moon Herne Hill, London, SE24 9HU

Do not disturb

The twelve rooms are named after astronauts who have landed on the moon and in keeping with cool urban location, rooms are funky and on trend with an eclectic décor to reflect the history and age of the building – all are individually decorated. Irwin room, where we stayed, features mismatched retro furnishings like a old silver filing cabinet to hide the mini-bar, a bespoke, reclaimed plank headboard with matching beside tables, industrial lighting, crate boxes on the walls for storage, modern hanging lights above the beds bed, tall pot plants, and retro easy chairs and a table.

Everything is top spec with great attention to detail. Super comfortable Mattisons mattresses topped with Egyptian cotton and cosy duck down; retro telephones; huge LG smart TVs; Nespresso machines; tea pigs; fresh milk & bottled water; a complimentary bottle of London Pride; plug sockets everywhere you need them; a Marshall radio amp/i-pod dock; and air conditioning are standard throughout. The vast top floor Suite and the larger ‘indulgent’ rooms have slippers, bathrobes and homemade chocolates. Bathrooms are fully tiled with storm showers (& roll top baths in larger Indulgent rooms), and posh Cole & Son toiletries.

What’s the damage?

11 doubles/twin £112-£175; Suite from £225

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining in the ‘Workshop’

Disabled access to bar & restaurant

No parking – paid parking on surrounding streets

Eat & Drink

The Half Moon Herne Hill, London, SE24 9HU

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£7.50; Main Courses: £11.50-£26; Desserts £6-£8; Sunday roasts £14-£17)

Head chef Mike Blizzard’s seasonally changing menu champions well-cooked pub classics. For starters there may be crispy ham hock, kohlrabi and carrot salad, apple and mustard dressing, or London Porter smoked salmon, sourdough, caper butter and fresh horseradish. Main dishes range from venison casserole with blue cheese and leek dumplings to beer battered haddock with homemade chips and tartare sauce, and confit salmon, roasted beets, beetroot mayonnaise and salmon caviar. Leave room for lemon tart with raspberry sorbet. To drink, expect the full range of Fullers real ales and craft beers from very local Canopy and Bullfinch micro-breweries, a top selection of premium bottled ciders, beers and soft drinks, a raft of boutique gins, Scottish malts and American whiskeys, and 15 wines by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10.30am

Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (8pm Sunday)

Dinner: 5pm – 10pm

Food all day Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon – 10pm (9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

11 doubles/twin £112-£175; Suite from £225

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining in the ‘Workshop’

Disabled access to bar & restaurant

No parking – paid parking on surrounding streets

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Half Moon

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Herne Hill Farmers Market, Herne Hill SE24 0JN

Featuring food and drink from producers less than 100 miles from Herne Hill, this market within Station Square close to the Half Moon boasts a great range of local delicacies, arts and crafts every Sunday.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Half Moon

Activities

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Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill SE24 0PA

Brockwell Lido is a large lido in Brockwell Park. It opened in July 1937, closed in 1990 and after a local campaign was re-opened in 1994. The Art Deco building now houses a gym and studios, an Olympic size outdoor pool and a cafe.

Places to visit

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: At the junction of Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill and Norwood Road, close to Brockwell Park

By Rail: Two minutes walk from Herne Hill station (10 minutes from London Victoria)

Address:

10 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9HU

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