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Description

Just a short stroll from West Dulwich rail station is Belair House, an elegant bar, restaurant and social space set against the backdrop of Dulwich's Belair Park. This 18th Century mansion has been decked out with it's Georgian heritage in mind. Stylish chandeliers hang from the ceiling as the soft lighting creates a vibrant atmosphere, and an ornate black-stone fireplace keeps guests warm when the weather isn't too clever. Visitors are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting their tipple, as the Belair House boasts an impressive line-up of signature cocktails, wines, craft beers and local ales which are rotated to suit the season. An equally impressive menu comprising of ingredients sourced from local producers accompanies the drinks list, so whether you are popping in for a quick brunch or indulging in something of a feast at dinner time, there is a table for you at Belair House.

This versatile venue is ideal for private functions of all kinds, whether it be a wedding, party or corporate gathering. With live bands, performance artists and incredible illusionists regularly performing, guests at the Belair House can truly indulge in an all-round package of great food, excellent drink and even better company.

Info

No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Dulwich
Restaurant all ages, 18 for alcohol
Wheelchair Access
Casual

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
09:00 00:00
09:00 00:00
09:00 00:00
09:00 00:00
09:00 02:00
09:00 02:00
09:00 00:00

Location

Belair House
Belair House, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB

Area:
South London

Nearest station:
West Dulwich (Rail)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.25
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.75
Cocktail £9.25
Bottle of House Wine £15.95

This venue serves Afternoon Tea, Gastro, Fine Dining and British food.

A word from the chef:
The kitchen at Belair House places great emphasis on using only the finest ingredients, which is why they carefully select their local suppliers. Strong Brunch, Lunch and Dinner dishes are available at prices that won't break the bank.

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I loved every moment. The Events team were outstanding. No request was too much in the preparations for my 40th birthday and on the day Laura and team were amazing and I was able to relax and just enjoy. Thank you visited Belair House on 17 Sep 2017
17 Nov 2017 by
5

Excellent service and large portions on roast dinner with excellent desserts to follow. Complemented by a nice bottle of Argentinian Malbec. Looking forward to doing it all again next October for my daughters wedding day visited Belair House on 29 Oct 2017
31 Oct 2017 by
5

Victoria and the team were great and made my son's Naming Ceremony go very smoothly. The venue is lovely and everyone commented on what a beautiful place it was. The only let down was the food...after being advised finger food for our event was the best choice I was disappointed when the food ran out and not everyone got to eat, which was very embarrassing. I hadn't realised that guests were restricted to 1 item from each plate and they were very small portions, for nearly £13 per person I was expecting something more substantial. I also asked for additional tomato salad (literally chopped tomato) which was expensive also. If we were to book again I think I would choose a different food option and ask to see images/examples of what to expect. The food was ok but a review of portions/prices is needed to make this place perfect. It was such a shame but luckily we had brought our own cake! For a drinks reception/party venue this place is perfect! visited Belair House on 08 Oct 2017
10 Oct 2017 by
4

Absolutely Fantastic meal, and atmosphere . We had a really lovely celebration. at "Blair House" visited Belair House on 23 Sep 2017
25 Sep 2017 by
5

The evening was absolutely fabulous. Thank you! visited Belair House on 28 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017 by
5

Unfortunately we didn't have the best experience here, When we arrived we were told the table was still being set up & finally we sat down around 12:30 when our table was booked for 12. As the table wasn't ready it meant my mums surprise meal wasn't such a surprise as she saw her friends on the way in. Now onto the Food... Starters were nice but the Selection of Breads was a plain baguette cut up into a bowl... Not a variety as we were expecting. Also if we had known each person would get a whole baguette we would have only ordered 1 between all of us. Massive waste of money and bread. Mains came up and everyone seemed to be happy with their food. Unfortunately one person requested no Gravy on their dinner and had to wait another 35mins for their new meal. We had all finished when her food arrived which after all the wait was missing the Yorkshire pudding so we then had to ask for that ( again another wait ). Dessert was ordered and Jelly & ice cream came up, It looked terrible. For £4 we just thought it looked rushed and thrown on the plate... The girl who was serving us was lovely, apologetic and even took off the service charge but honestly this was not her fault. Such a shame as it was meant to be a special B-day meal which turned into abit of a joke. We were thinking of booking the Afternoon Tea for 6 of us but are now looking elsewhere. visited Belair House on 20 Aug 2017
22 Aug 2017 by
2

Had a very nice birthday lunch in the form of a Sunday roast, with good service from Melissa and her colleague at Bel Air house. Enjoyed the live folksy band and the venue is just such a beautiful setting. It is the first time I have dined there , although I have attended a couple of the New Year's Eve events. I will be back again. visited Belair House on 23 Jul 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
4

Really enjoyed my lunch at Bel Air House for my birthday and the staff, lead by our waitress Melissa, were friendly and efficient. Most of us out of the table of seven opted for Sunday lunch, which was well prepared and tasty. Enjoyed the folksy band and would definitely dine here again. Lovely ambience and venue. visited Belair House on 23 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
4

Great evening - attentive staff visited Belair House on 07 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by
5

The bar staff were really helpful, especially Claude. We were not notified that there was a dinner taking place upstairs and we had to usher guests there that weren't attending our event. The food wasn't labeled or very nice. There was no bin initially provided and venue staff were cleaning up at the same time. Not bring cleared in time for our event. Some of the plug sockets didn't work and we weren't notified of this before. All in al the students did well and pulled off a great event in a beautiful venue. visited Belair House on 27 Jun 2017
29 Jun 2017 by
3

No one answered the phone to take a booking and I received no response from the online booking service. Does Belair house still operate as a restaurant or only as a wedding venue? visited Belair House on 22 Jun 2017
24 Jun 2017 by
1

Our event was on the hottest day of the year(not your fault), so the room was sweltering and the AC was simply not coping. Maybe some additional cooling might have been made available, Otherwise service was good and food average to good. We had fewer guests show up to our event than we expected, 15/16 rather than 25, so the minimum spend charge meant relatively poor value for money. But building lovely and venue very attractive. visited Belair House on 21 Jun 2017
23 Jun 2017 by
3

Friendly staff. Service was a little slow but overall a pleasant enough experience. In all honesty I went there for dinner years ago and remembered a better standard of food, service. I was surprised to see such basic cutlery and a torn seat. I was not impressed that the paper menus we were given were not just dirty but ink smudged-and I noted neater ones outside. visited Belair House on 18 Jun 2017
20 Jun 2017 by
4

Having thought we 'booked' the bar we were surprised to find other customers there - as it was just a get together of friends and not a special occasion it didn't matter but there was a bit of a disconnect between what we thought we were getting and what we got! It was a lovely evening and the bar staff were great. And the drinks are cheaper than at the newly opened Dog! visited Belair House on 16 Jun 2017
19 Jun 2017 by
4

I had a great experience and would use the venue again. My only concern was the size of the area with the recommended amount of guests. Food was reportedly delicious (unfortunately even as the host I wasn't served any) glad my guests enjoyed the variety on offer. Really good event. Well done visited Belair House on 15 Jun 2017
17 Jun 2017 by
4

Had such a wonderful time at Belair house. The food was amazing and all the staff were so friendly. We will definitely come back for another visit. Thanks for everything! visited Belair House on 03 Jun 2017
05 Jun 2017 by
5

We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. The staff were amazing! They were attentive, professional, helpful and polite. They couldn't have done anymore to make our day special! Fantastic venue. Thank you all. Mr & Mrs Burg 👍👌 visited Belair House on 28 May 2017
30 May 2017 by
5

Location great. Atmosphere disappointing. Service average at best...seemed inexperienced and unknowledgeable about the menu or wines. Food warm bordering on cold! Three dishes returned for reheating. Whoever owns/runs this place needs a kick up the backside...should be buzzing! visited Belair House on 21 May 2017
23 May 2017 by
3

Took my mum for a roast lunch. Surprised by the shabby appearance of the littered car park area, and also my seat had a big rip. Shame as the location and building are both impressive. Roast was reasonable - pudding excellent, and service unimpressive. With a bit of effort this place could be very nice. visited Belair House on 07 May 2017
09 May 2017 by
3

Staff was amazing, well worth the money an will undoubtedly recommend to my friends and family in the future. visited Belair House on 06 May 2017
08 May 2017 by
5

Excellent Sunday lunch and great service at this beautiful venue. visited Belair House on 30 Apr 2017
02 May 2017 by
5

We had afternoon tea at Belair House for 20 people after a family funeral. It was perfect . We were very well looked after and nothing was too much trouble. Tea was excellent with sandwiches, scones and cakes and plenty of everything. I would highly recommend Belair for any sort of function and wouldn't hesitate in going back. Sara Holmes visited Belair House on 19 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
5

Absolutely amazing, my night ran so smoothly from beginning to end. The staff are very friendly and the manager Rob does his best to make your night special which in this case he definately did. I will reccomend this venue to anyone that is looking. It really is perfect. Thank you again for making my 25th birthday so special. Chaniece visited Belair House on 25 Mar 2017
28 Mar 2017 by
5

Excellent, friendly service. Good quality roast dinner - & they brought extra gravy when we asked. Pretty good value & an interesting venue. visited Belair House on 05 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
5

The food was very nice but like others we found the restaurant cold. The plates were also cold which meant the food got cold very quickly. It was very quiet but we were very well looked after. The steaks were lovely. visited Belair House on 03 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
3

A private function brilliantly organised by Sharnez. We had the first floor which is a great space for a party. Highly recommended. visited Belair House on 24 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
5

We had a great welcome and the waitress was very helpful and the level of service was good. Venue was great. Meal itself was OK. We had rump steak and the meat could've been a bit tastier. We had to ask for steak knives and water as these were not ready for us. I feel that in general it was a good experience. I would suggest that you also serve warm bread with the starter. visited Belair House on 18 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
3

Very good service and food visited Belair House on 14 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017 by
4

not good. the building ill give it 10/10 but on valentines night 2/10 no wonder the place was empty the staff do not have a clue . And as for menu very poor one other thing, free warm bread and olive oil should be standard . it might be a good idea to get new managers because no way should that place be emtry visited Belair House on 14 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017 by
1

Service was second to none visited Belair House on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
5

Amazing food and service, thank you. rachaelpegg85 visited Belair House on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
5

So glad we went to back to the venue we got marred at two years ago, staff had changed a little but that didn't make any difference at all, still friendly and very welcoming! Would definitely go back again but this time we won't be leaving it as long as we did before returning. Thank you for making our visit special once again. visited Belair House on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
5

Food was ok. But it was cold in Restaurant i do not know if your Heating had broken down. I only ask this question as I am a Commercial Heating Engineer. Paul Silman. www.pesheatingandplumbing.co.uk 07710 565020 visited Belair House on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
3

The building and venue is very lovely but the service in the restaurant was the worst I have experienced and was very disappointing. We were the only people there and yet it took the waitress 15minutes just to take our drinks order. She then disapeared for half and hour and I had to go and find her to ask her to take our food order. Very poor service! Terrible waitress and I will not be returning! visited Belair House on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
1

Excellent service and pretty good food. visited Belair House on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
5

I didn't go as no one confirmed my reservation. visited Belair House on 05 Feb 2017
07 Feb 2017 by
1

Belair was a great venue for my husband's 50th! We took over the bar and had lovely canapés, everyone loved the venue! Staff were great, really accommodating. visited Belair House on 04 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

Great food and really great service. It's a shame the place was empty because it would have such a great atmosphere if it was packed. Will definitely be returning though! visited Belair House on 03 Feb 2017
05 Feb 2017 by
5

The restaurant was much quieter than we expected for a Friday night (even in February), but this just meant we got great service - almost a private dining experience. And the food and wine was really good - definitely recommend the winter berry mess for dessert. visited Belair House on 03 Feb 2017
05 Feb 2017 by
4

Venue was very attractive but this is the only positive thing I can say about our experience here. We waited over an hour and a half for our food. It was nice but definitely over priced. Would not have minded waiting but it was absolutely freezing cold and had to cover my daughter with a blanket to keep her warm. This was a birthday treat for my mother in laws 60th birthday so we was very disappointed with our experience. Will definitely not return here again. visited Belair House on 21 Jan 2017
24 Jan 2017 by
1

Great venue location with lovely rooms and helpful staff. visited Belair House on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by
5

Such a shame !!from the outside it had such potential. Having never been before it would have been nice to have actually been greeted at the 'welcome desk', rather than trapsing around the venue looking for a member of staff to seat us. Finally we found someone who seemed far from enthralled about us asking for our table and she clearly had no idea that anyone was booked in. I showed her on the sheet The dining room was cold and empty with no atmosphere. On seating us she then said oh I should get some menus... I thought this was odd as surely you Bring those with you as you walk past them ? Every time we ordered a drink and it arrived the glasses from the previous round were just left there... this is basic service, clearing empty glasses . The waiting staff were pleasant but. Clearly lacked leadership . We ordered and were informed that something we had asked for wasn't on the menu. Annoying should have been told first. I ordered asparagus, blue cheese, fig and ham. It came with no fig and a cunning little peach instead ?? A strange alternative that I should have been informed of . I went to the bar to order cocktails. They took a small age to arrive and although time consuming to make the bar was dead so no excuse. Dinner came.... I ordered butternut squash and sage risotto. The last straw as neither of these things were in my meal and instead the kitchen and waiting staff thought it acceptable to just pass off red pepper and some bizarre concoction with no explanation. I sent it back and asked for the bill. After a long wait for an explanation the waitress Informed me that she was sorry but her manager had failed to go through the menu changes with her. A poor excuse they clearly had run out of the necessary ingredients. Surely after the first course and telling us the wood pigeon starter we wanted wasn't available she would have known the menu changes. The bill came . Minus service as a gesture and of course the meal I didn't get. I got my card out infront of the waitress and she walked off. In the end bored of waiting,cold and still hungry I had to go to the bar to pay. The worst service and meal experience I've ever had the privilege of paying £85 for !!! Management need an intervention, and staff need basic hospitality training
22 Jan 2017 by
1

The place was extremely cold, all the guests at the baby shower had to stay with their coats on. We told the staff about how cold it was but they said the fire place and the radiators were not working. The staff decided to put out these bar heaters out which were extremely dangerous for the young ones! Also, the food for our afternoon tea was nothing special, the scones were rock hard and it looked like the chef just shoved everything on a plate! At the end when I spoke with one of the staff whom smelt of alcohol about our problem she said the manager would call me back but I haven't got a call as of yet! She also had the bill in her hand and I obviously saw the amount, however she didn't give it to me and took back inside with her. A guy came out with the bill and the amount was more than the initial bill. Thank God I realized that they tried to overcharge us and asked to have the initial bill. Overall it was not a very pleasant event!!!! visited Belair House on 06 Jan 2017
08 Jan 2017 by
1

I had a 40th birthday party at Belair House in August (but am very slow at writing a review). Sharnez and team were brilliant - really accommodating, both in the planning and on the night. and gave me lots of options to work with for food and drinks. It is a cool venue, with lots of interesting space and all my guests (and I ) loved it. I would definitely recommend it as a party or a wedding venue. Jan visited Belair House on 17 Sep 2016
03 Jan 2017 by
4

Lovely new year at the Belair. Dinner was excellent and service very good and the new year dancing was fun as well. Didn't see too much of the roulette as it disappeared quite early and didn't see the magician at all but the live music was fun and the DJ once going was good as well. Lots of fun. Audrey visited Belair House on 31 Dec 2016
03 Jan 2017 by
4

Service and atmosphere - fabulous as always a perfect new years lunch Thank you visited Belair House on 01 Jan 2017
03 Jan 2017 by
4

A truly fantastic experience. The food was superb. The staff so attentive. Definitely will go again ! visited Belair House on 26 Dec 2016
28 Dec 2016 by
5

Gorgeous setting. Staff lovely. Food ok - everything served a bit cold. visited Belair House on 25 Dec 2016
28 Dec 2016 by
3

Wonderful food and service on Christmas Day. visited Belair House on 25 Dec 2016
27 Dec 2016 by
5

Unfortunately my visit was extremely disappointing. We waited ages between courses & when the food came it was raw. The service & food need much improvement. visited Belair House on 25 Dec 2016
27 Dec 2016 by
2

lovely food, most charming and helpful waitress! But, if disabled or in a wheelchair, access to disabled loo difficult/impossible via outside path which is muddy, steep and uneven. Apparently a listed building but not a good enough. at least tarmac the path visited Belair House on 16 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
4

Great enviroment and settings, we had one or two minor issues which was ironed out quickly. The food was nice but the customer service was fantastic. i will be back very soon. visited Belair House on 15 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
4

I was appalled by the treatment I experienced at Belair House on Thursday, 15 December and give it zero rating. I wanted to treat my step daughter to a special dinner on the occasion of her fiftieth birthday, with time to talk in pleasant, peaceful surroundings. We were dismayed to discover a private party in full swing. We were shown to a small table in the bar, an insult, and the noise was appalling. We left forthwith, our special occasion ruined. I am at a loss to understand why my booking was accepted in the first place. I complained the following day, but have heard nothing, except this request to review! visited Belair House on 15 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
1

I was looking for a wedding venue locally and a friend recommended belair. I took the same.friend there on Wednesday and we were very disappointed. We were greeted by a girl who led us to the bar. The jazz was OK, but we were thinking of a snack and then we were left for about 30 minutes. My friend had lost her appetite by then. I ordered soup, which was lovely although a bit bland. The waiter promised me salt and pepper which never arrived. He then proceeded to smash some glasses. The bill took ages and we were again left for another hour. There is a vile smell of toilets as you enter which even the lovely doorway couldn't help. Needless to say don't go there! visited Belair House on 14 Dec 2016
16 Dec 2016 by
1

Food was great - service was dreadful visited Belair House on 11 Dec 2016
13 Dec 2016 by
3

Food good Slow service and place was cold Good atmosphere visited Belair House on 09 Dec 2016
11 Dec 2016 by
3

I booked Belair House for a reception following the funeral of my Partner. Throughout the organising of the reception the staff could not have more helpful or flexible especially as part of the venue was transformed into a gallery for my Partner's paintings (he was a professional portrait artist). On the day itself, the service was exemplary and the afternoon tea provided was excellent and plentiful. The venue had no difficulty dealing with the large number of attendees. Highly recommended. rodr visited Belair House on 12 Sep 2016
07 Dec 2016 by
4

Beautiful building, great location and nice staff - but it all feel a bit tired, cold and off. Food was ok but not brilliant, the rooms could do with an update and it - literally - was freezing cold. Would pass by for a coffee after a walk but not for lunch again. Sorry - but so much potential! visited Belair House on 03 Dec 2016
06 Dec 2016 by
2

The service was terrible. We were a party of 10 and our waitress failed to place an order for 3 of the starters so the rest of us finished our starters before theirs arrived. Generally the speed of service was very slow and forgetful although the waitress was very nice and apologetic. The food was fine but not very special. The real reason to go to Belair is the location. If the kitchen ever manages to serve food as good as the location this place would rock. visited Belair House on 04 Dec 2016
06 Dec 2016 by
1

We had a lovey evening at Belair House Celebrating my birthday. Delicious food and excellent staff. Thank you visited Belair House on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
4

Food could have been hotter but nice venue, helpful staff & overall a very nice evening visited Belair House on 02 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
4

Excellent cocktail waiter, delicious cocktails. Would have been lovely to have had the fire alight though. visited Belair House on 01 Dec 2016
03 Dec 2016 by
4

I recently hired Belair House for a surprise 60th party for my Dad. It was without a doubt, a complete success, and that is all thanks to Sharnez and her hard working team! She was attentive to all my emails and most of all, remained cool, calm and collected on the night (which helped me no end!). My Dad was blown away by the evening, and the gorgeous venue. I have no doubt we will use it again in the future. Jenni visited Belair House on 26 Nov 2016
30 Nov 2016 by
5

Took my wife for our anniversary. Great night, Food was very nice. But better than that the staff treated us so special. Thanks you so much 5 stars visited Belair House on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
5

The food was awful and we had to complain. This was very unfortunate such a beautiful venue but needs revamped. There is such potential visited Belair House on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
1

Good food, excellent service,fine ambiance visited Belair House on 20 Nov 2016
22 Nov 2016 by
5

Building is beautiful...But afternoon tea experience was not good.. someone sitting with a baby at our table when we arrived... so we asked to be moved where it wold be a bit quieter. Ordered gluten free afternoon tea and 1 gluten tea....Both came up on the same stand half gluten free and half gluten. A gluten macaroon was put on the gluten free side and i ate it and afterward had a very bad stomach inflamation and fell asleep for 4 hours owing to the gluten eaten. I am coeliac and this is very dangerous for me to eat...This is classed as cross contamination mixing gluten and gluten free together.. I phoned Belair twice to make sure about the order... And no way should these two be served on the same plate,,, Was very disapointed especially as it is such a lovely place to eat, visited Belair House on 11 Nov 2016
13 Nov 2016 by
2

I took my date to Belair house on Saturday lunchtime when the restaurant was completely empty although there were people sitting in the bar having a drink. We ordered a bottle of wine in the bar to have a pre meal drink and then made our way into the restaurant which was a lovely large room with a real fire in the fireplace. The staff were attentive yet respectful of our wanting to talk. We are both vegetarian and the menu is a well balanced mix of vegetarian dishes as well as fish and meat so something for everyone. We had roasted vegetables with hoummus and bread as a starter to share which was plenty of food for two people. My partner followed with mussels which was a generous portion in a traditional Marniere sauce. I had the risotto which was perfectly tasty and enjoyable. We shared a bottle of house Pinot Grigio which was a perfect accompaniment to the meal. We then spent most of the afternoon chatting whilst finishing our wine until they were making up the tables for the evening dinner by which time it was getting dark outside. All in all it's a perfect place to go if you want a nice quiet Saturday lunchtime meal to chat to your friends in a wonderful georgian house set in a country park. It really feels like you are in the country. Its a beautiful house and I was surprised it wasnt busier as the menu is better than any of the competing local establishments and priced the same as you would pay in any local pub. visited Belair House on 05 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016 by
5

First visit to Belair for a working lunch. The receptionist/waitress was very friendly and I could not fault the service. Food was tasty and good value. However, a medium size glass of Merlot was £8.50 which was on the pricey side. We were the only diners which did feel a bit odd, probably because it was mid week. It's a delightful location and the venue is fabulous. I would definitely go back but probably at the weekend and would order a house red. Over all very good. visited Belair House on 02 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016 by
4

Took my.mum and two aunts who are visiting london from America. We had a lovely lunch in lovely surroundings. Staff were friendly and attentive. We had a lovely time. Belair is a gorgeous building. There's also a lovely outdoor terrace if it's good weather. Would visit again. I particularly liked the wine, I had a cheeky glass of chenin blanc and it was lush. visited Belair House on 04 Nov 2016
06 Nov 2016 by
4

A beautiful building with a neglected air.....untapped potential. The food was luke warm and not very good.....in need of renovation, the building and the kitchen. visited Belair House on 30 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by
2

what a lovely place - nothing was too much trouble for the staff - we celebrated my mothers life here with afternoon tea - it was just perfect - a hidden gem that needs to be put on the map. visited Belair House on 25 Oct 2016
27 Oct 2016 by
5

Exceeded my expectations. Already booked another event for 2017 visited Belair House on 23 Oct 2016
25 Oct 2016 by
5

I had high hopes for an elegant dining experience - these were not realised. There was nobody in the restaurant apart from our own table of four people. For a Saturday evening I thought this was strange until the noise from the party in the function room told me why - the music was absolutely deafening and clearly those in the know avoid this place when there is a function on. I should have been told when making the booking that a noisy function was booked for the same night and then I would have known not to book. There were no apologies for the noise - the overall ambience was not as expected - and the food was no better than satisfactory - nothing special but nothing inedible - I will not be going again, nor will I recommend it. visited Belair House on 22 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016 by
3

dicscraceful, food turned up cold, and jacket was hard. Taken back and then brought back to us and was the same as it was when they took it away. Would never go again. Even if someone else paid I wouldn't even eat there. Ruined my nans 80th birthday surprise! visited Belair House on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by
1

The food was unexciting. Mushrooms and also cheesecake not good. visited Belair House on 13 Oct 2016
15 Oct 2016 by
2

The one star is purely for the beauty of the house itself and where it is located with amazing views. Apart from that the whole experience was awful. When we arrived there was nobody at reception to great us. We booked afternoon tea and asked if we could sit out on the terrace. The tables and chairs where broken but we thought fair enough its wear and tear. The staff are friendly but look very scruffy and just don't fit in with the formal surroundings and prices they charge. The cutlery arrived with cups and sources, we had to send back two cups which where chipped and stained and they where replaced with a completely different set that didn't match the other cups. When the tea arrived it was in a white dirty teapot which again was from a different set. The tiered tray arrived which was chipped and broken all over and couldn't believe how basic the sandwiches where. The cakes had clearly been bought from the supermarket and just put on the top. I wish I had taken a picture to post as there was even rice crispy squares. When I wanted to pay the bill I had to go to the bar where there was a very rude barman who totally ignored me and then I saw the waiter who served us and asked for the bill. I didn't complain at any point as I don't see how they could fix the problem and for me its not about getting my money back I'm just writing this so people don't waste their time and energy going there and expecting something nice because it really isn't. M&S do a much better afternoon tea for £12 not £23 and you cant even eat it. One thing I did laugh at was that the waitress saw that we had hardly eaten anything and instead of asking if there was anything wrong she asked if we wanted a doggy bag. I have lived in the area all my life and always thought it would be a little to formal for me but I was very wrong. This place has so much potential but its clear that it is badly managed. tiamaria15 visited Belair House on 18 Sep 2016
20 Sep 2016 by
1

Beautiful exterior, lovely setting. They had to put our reservation back an hour to deal with a large party upstairs, which was fine. The house is stunning but the decor is mean; rather cheap little tables under the gorgeous chandelier, no napery, no individual lighting. This grand space cries out for luxury and the energy saving lightbulbs on the wall cast a chilly white light over proceedings. Only two other tables occupied in this long, gracious room, giving the feeling of a railway station waiting room or a posh care home. Decent choice on the menu but had the feeling it wasn't prepared on the premises - my tuna steak had been bought with the char marks already on, I suspect, and then boiled in the bag, just didn't have the texture of griddled tuna. Similarly the monkfish scampi was a bit baggy and more like frozen cod bites from the Captain. The bread wasn't special at all, just squishy supermarket stuff (good butter and olive oil). My friend's salt cod fritters looked good and were crisp, the steak and frites, ordinary. Lovely waiter who looked about 18, worked hard, great manners, has a future as a maitre d'. He was better than the place he was working in. Party noise from upstairs bar suggested they were having a great time, but our room was dismally unatmospheric. The lights dimmed and brightened erratically and the waiter and his pal struggled with a phone app to control them. Grateful that there was quiet or no music, can't remember. Wine by the glass didn't give much choice but was OK. It's slightly more expensive than pub food but on this occasion not as good. Such a shame. Needs a few hundred quid spent on decor and lighting, a revamp menu - fewer dishes but better made and a relaunch to make it a destination restaurant. I was pleased to go as have known the park and house since I was a child and like that you can't just get a bus to the door and it requires a walk from whichever direction you come (unless driving). But would I go back? No, it was a slightly sad experience, not elegant nor delicious. Get some help, because it could be so special. jcbaytree visited Belair House on 02 Sep 2016
07 Sep 2016 by
2

Disastrous visit. Waited almost an hour to find that our order hadn't made it to the kitchen. Then the band arrived. Would have been lovely in a room 5 times as large, but we couldn't hear ourselves think. We had to leave hungry. A special treat for my elderly parents was ruined. Thoughtless service. It would have been 1 star but at least we weren't asked to pay for our pre-lunch drinks
07 Sep 2016 by
2

I couldn't have chosen a more perfect venue. It's such a beautiful place and the food was amazing!. After a change of wedding coordinators, we were lucky enough to meet Stephanie and Sharnez who are AMAZING! Nothing was ever too much trouble for either of them from start to finish. It was so much fun working with them and their excitement and enthusiasm about our wedding made the whole process even more enjoyable and relaxing. Neil visited Belair House on 26 Aug 2016
07 Sep 2016 by
5

We had our wedding ceremony, dinner and after party at belair house in June, a great venue and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. Really took away a lot of the stress of wedding planning giving us the happiest day in our lives. We've also eaten there on a number of occasions and the service is really good in the restaurant and bar.
06 Sep 2016 by
5

Perfect venue for a large christening party. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and made lots of positive comments about the stunning venue. Food was great, atmosphere was nice and relaxed. GREAT PLACE sabrinagigante visited Belair House on 24 Jul 2016
16 Aug 2016 by
4

Nice ambience but meal disappointing. Asparagus raw with burnt outside. No veg with main courses. One person had charred everything including dessert! Won't book agaiin. Shame for such great venue.
12 Jul 2016 by
1

Worse lunch ever! We live I dulwich but somehow we never went for lunch/dinner at belair before. There was a reason why none of our friends or family wanted to recommend it! It's appalling! The service not only was slow, the place was dirty, napkins flying around, outside tables broken, and waitress didn't know what day of the week it was! The guy who was obviously working in the kitchen, was helping serving the food! We order a cold meats platter. It took ages to arrived and it was old meats, curled up salami and peaces of old toast. We didn't finish it. Main course took ages too. My husband ordered a quiche. It was uncooked inside, all the egg running. I ordered a ploughmans, and it was very poorly presented with old pieces of burnt toast! Anyway, we didn't finished we went to pay and we still got charged 32 quid for an appalling service and food. vickyenglish visited Belair House on 09 Jul 2016
11 Jul 2016 by
1

Ordered and waited 45mins for our food...chased and still nothing so we walked out. There was a party taking place on the first floor and we were totally neglected in the main restaurant. ssimes visited Belair House on 18 Jun 2016
20 Jun 2016 by
1

We celebrated my mother's 70th birthday on Sunday (May 22nd 2016) and had an absolutely fantastic time. The staff were helpful, friendly and efficient, the food was delicious, and the setting was perfect. We were also very surprised at how reasonably priced everything was, especially when it was so beautifully presented and tasted so good! After the meal we went for a walk in the gardens behind the house which was the ideal way to round off the day. Perfect for a special occasion or a pleasant Sunday lunch, Belair House is definitely on our list of great places to eat! marc visited Belair House on 22 May 2016
25 May 2016 by
5

I had lunch at Belair on Friday. The food was pretty good and the staff were very friendly but there is a lot of room for improvement in many ways. We ate outside on the terrace - there was lots of wet confetti and other debris on the floor from a wedding two days beforehand. The staff really should have swept up before allowing people to use the outside space. The waiter was very helpful but he was very scruffy and he smelt quite strongly of cigarettes which is quite off-putting when eating. So overall a very mixed experience EDFan visited Belair House on 13 May 2016
16 May 2016 by
2

A fantastic venue. We had a small intimate wedding reception. Great food and very attentive staff. Wonderful surroundings. The view from the balcony was beautiful especially when the sun came out. Everything was just perfect for our special day. ladybug visited Belair House on 11 May 2016
14 May 2016 by
4

What a fantastic venue!!! I celebrated my birthday on Sunday 3 April and it was a lovely occasion. All staff were really helpful prior to the event and on the day. However, I do feel that there are a few things that could have made the occasion a 'fabulous' one! Sadly, on entry to the building on every visit prior to the event and on the day of the event, I was met with a toilet smell. To give it a fresh smell, I brought in my own mop and disinfectant. The staff serving the meal on the day would have been easily identifiable if their dress was uniform; possibly black and white. Some of the food had to be returned as it was very overdone and should never have left the kitchen. And my one guest who ordered steak had to wait ages for it to arrive. Once arrived, I am told it was delicious. Also, the children should have been served first. On delivery of the tables, they were taken upstairs by the staff but the following morning when the table suppliers returned to pick them up, I was told that the staff could not bring them downstairs and I had to return to the venue to take them downstairs myself. Finally, there were some bulbs that needed to be replaced but were not replaced. Other than that, I had a lovely time! rosenoir visited Belair House on 03 Apr 2016
11 May 2016 by
4

food and service were excellent - wonderful surroundings...staff attentive...possibly could have done with some sun shades/awning as we sat outside - thank you for a great Sunday (birthday) lunch - a fun afternoon was had. Will be back soon... russell visited Belair House on 08 May 2016
10 May 2016 by
5

Food was very tasty and delicious, .need more chicken on menu. The waiter Tom was awesome, he saved the day, Cant wait to come back soon for a a meal. Sheryl visited Belair House on 28 Apr 2016
02 May 2016 by
4

My sisters and I took my mum for the 'Afternoon Tea', we had a lovely day, the food was lovely, we all especially liked the scones! The service was very attentive and everyone was so friendly and polite.
27 Apr 2016 by
5

Had my daughters 21st at the Belair . We had a wonderful event. All the staff were so helpful especially Stephanie and her team. The place looked wonderful . We had a lovely signature cocktail which was delicious . The food was very good . Great lighting in the ballroom and good sound system . would highly recommend . Gertie visited Belair House on 29 Mar 2016
13 Apr 2016 by
5

We went to Belair House for a birthday meal. the service was excellent as was the meal and the wine. We were especially impressed by the attention to detail . a real five star experience at a very reasonable price. visited Belair House on 11 Mar 2016
13 Mar 2016 by
5

I had my birthday party last weekend at Belair House. It is my favourite place in Dulwich and I really like the atmosphere there! The food is also delicious and the live jazz music on Wednesdays is wonderful for my ear too. The staff is very friendly and helpful but really slow, as other reviewers have already mentioned. Toilets need a bit of attention too. Hence 4 instead of 5 stars from me. I wish people know about it so there won't be an empty, beautifully arranged rooms lacking guests in the future! I wish them all the best!
29 Feb 2016 by
4

We have visited Belair House on many occasions. Staff were friendly and helpful and it was lovely and warm (I'm guessing in response to one of the previous comments). The bar area definitely wins in terms of ambience; they had the fire going and it has a cosy feel. The decor in the main restaurant unfortunately does not do justice to the history and grandeur of the building and setting; for me, it isn't consistent in style and the larger section as you enter the room always feels very empty. On this occasion, I would say the food wasn't as good as previously (I ordered the vegetarian burger) and this may have been due to the fact that the year round BBQ was not in operation in the garden or because it was a Sunday and a roast would have been a better bet. If the food was better, I would have given 4 stars. We will definitely go back; it is an especially good venue in the Summer if you have children - plenty of space outside to run around and as mentioned previously, service is usually very good. Aneesa visited Belair House on 21 Feb 2016
23 Feb 2016 by
3

We went to Belair House for tea and while the staff were very friendly, the service was extremely slow. We were kept waiting when we arrived, waiting for tea and waiting for food. This was surprising as there were very few customers. The sandwiches were bland and served with salad that was browning at the edges - e.g smoked salmon and cucumber came without cucumber and too much mayonnaise. The selection of cakes was disappointing. The only saving grace was the home-made scones which were lovely. Shame as the building is very nice and set in a lovely park.
15 Feb 2016 by
1

Nice food, but considering it was the Friday before Valentine's Day it was virtually empty and lacked any atmosphere. The room was cold and to a window I had to keep my scarf on. Service a bit in the slow side especially as there were few guests. Turn the lights a bit lower to create a warmer feel.
14 Feb 2016 by
3

I had an absolutely wonderful birthday party in Belair House. Everyone is very friendly but professional. They are really helpful, polite and knowledgable in their expertise such as cocktails! There is an amazing atmosphere inside. It is stylish, warm and comfortable. Thank you very much for my birthday party. Can't wait to have my next one here again! Gokay gokay_personal_trainer visited Belair House on 08 Jan 2016
10 Jan 2016 by
5

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