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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.

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Christmas Pop Up Cinema - Belair House - Elf (PG) / Bad Santa (15)

Christmas Pop Up Cinema - Belair House - Elf (PG) / Bad Santa (15)

Friday 23 December 2016

Night Star Cinema in collaboration with Belair House is hosting two Christmas special festive screenings starting with...

New Years Eve at Belair House

New Years Eve at Belair House

Saturday 31 December 2016

Drink and Dance the night away at our "ROARING TWENTIES SPEAKEASY PARTY" Dining Three course dining, £80 per...


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


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

South London

Nearest station:
West Dulwich (Rail)
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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.25
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.75
Cocktail £9.25
Bottle of House Wine £15.95

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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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 Belair House customer

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 Jenni

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 Belair House customer

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 Belair House customer

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

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 Belair House customer

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 Belair House customer

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 Belair House customer

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 Belair House customer

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

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 Belair House customer

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

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 Belair House customer

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 Belair House customer

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

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 tiamaria15

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 jcbaytree

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 dulwichman

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 Neil

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 Matthew

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 sabrinagigante

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 Alison

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 vickyenglish

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 ssimes

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 marc

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 EDFan

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 ladybug

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 rosenoir

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 russell

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 Sheryl

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 annemod30

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 Gertie

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

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 flipp

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 Aneesa

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 clawd

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 Shelby

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
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