The Great Exhibition

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Description

The Great Exhibition is a Victorian pub with a modern twist. The quirky interior filled with wooden tables, wall exhibits and leather sofas give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere. They serve up delicious British pub food at unbeatable prices. Most meals are less than a tenner which is a great deal for the quality. The Sunday roasts are also a big hit with visitors. The pub has not one, but two beer gardens to enjoy when the weather permits. The gin alley isn't something you'll see everyday and was made for exactly what you think, drinking gin. 

Besides the delicious food and long list of drinks they are known for their unique events. Saturday mornings you can find artisan markets with locals trading craft items while other evenings there are ale and pie society events and real ale festivals. The Great Exhibition is perfect for a relaxing afternoon, a family meal or drinks any day of the week.

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Sunday Roasts

Sunday Roasts

Every Sunday

Choose from Corn-fed Chicken, Garlic & Rosemary Lamb, Hampshire Pork Belly, Topside of Beef or our delicious...

Quizzy Tuesday

Quizzy Tuesday

Every Tuesday

The lovely Suzanne will be here every Tuesday to bamboozle you with our famous pub quiz! Don't just expect questions...

Live Band Thursdays

Live Band Thursdays

Every Thursday

Every week we have exciting local bands in to play some rocking covers as well as their own exciting new tracks! Expect...

Bottomless Brunch

Bottomless Brunch

Every Saturday

For just £25 per person you get your breakfast meal, unlimited tea & coffee, unlimited toast with delicious...

Steamy Bingo with Tina T'urner Tea Lady

Steamy Bingo with Tina T'urner Tea Lady

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month

Like Bingo? Like music? Like laughing a lot? Then this night is for you! Tina T'urner Tea Lady will be bringing her...

Piano Sing-Along with Luke Meredith

Piano Sing-Along with Luke Meredith

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

You won't be able to stop yourself from joining in when you hear the very talented Mister Meredith playing your...

Acoustic-eoke

Acoustic-eoke

Every 1st Wednesday of the month from 2nd August

Acoustic-eoke! A bit like karaoke but without the awful backing tracks. Instead, you get to sing along with a frickin'...

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2-4-1 Burgers 2-4-1 Burgers! for 2 to 50 guests 12:00 - 22:00
Friday Feast Friday Feasts - Meat and Veggie Boards with beer or bubbles for just £10 per head! for 2 to 50 guests 12:00 - 22:00
Beer of the day! Get 2 Beers for £8 and a BotD card which, when stamped 7 times, entitles you to a FREE beer! for 2 to 50 guests Monday 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00
Thursday 12:00 - 00:00
Friday 12:00 - 00:00
Saturday 11:00 - 00:00
Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

Info

No Door Charge
No queues normally
Drinkonomical £
Dulwich
18 after 8pm
Pub
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2-4-1 Burgers, Friday Feast, Beer of the day! Get 2 Beers for £8 and a BotD card which, w …

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 00:00
12:00 00:00
12:00 00:00
11:00 00:00
12:00 22:30

Location

The Great Exhibition
193 Crystal Palace Road, London, SE22 9EP

Area:
South London

Nearest station:
East Dulwich (Rail)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.60
Bottle of House Wine £10.00

This venue serves Pub Food, British and Brunch food.

A word from the chef:
Delicious traditional pub food and bar snacks at a great price!

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Great food, very friendly service. Live band can be a bit overpowering if you are trying to chat. Luckily my family bearly speak to each other. visited The Great Exhibition on 16 Apr 2017
19 Apr 2017 by
4

Excellent Sunday afternoon out. I had the lamb roast and my girlfriend the fish n chips (she wasnt in the mood for a roast) The fish was huge really fresh & lovely crispy batter. The lamb roast was top notch all the trimmings including beetroot and parsnips in April! The Food was 5 star and enjoyed whilst listening to the live jazz band. It doesn't get much better than this on a Sunday afternoon. visited The Great Exhibition on 16 Apr 2017
18 Apr 2017 by
5

Bloody great as always. The Jerk Chicken was the best yet. Kiera, Tris, Sj and Giles x visited The Great Exhibition on 14 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017 by
5

My local! Always great food, dog friendly and Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Perfect visited The Great Exhibition on 14 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017 by
5

We had a lovely brunch at The Great Exhibition this weekend. The staff were very friendly and attentive from start to finish. We asked to move our table into the sun which they were happy to oblige with, they talked us through the menu and were extremely helpful when it came to suggestions. The pub itself has a very authentic feel with a laid back and relaxing atmosphere. We loved it. Will be back again! visited The Great Exhibition on 08 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017 by
5

Great value, friendly staff and good food! visited The Great Exhibition on 01 Apr 2017
04 Apr 2017 by
5

Bottomless brunch was really good, I would definitely go back! visited The Great Exhibition on 01 Apr 2017
03 Apr 2017 by
5

Nice early dinner with my family. Great atmosphere. Great friendly staff. visited The Great Exhibition on 31 Mar 2017
03 Apr 2017 by
4

We won the quiz and the host was great! visited The Great Exhibition on 14 Mar 2017
16 Mar 2017 by
5

Brilliant vibe and definitely got our money's worth! The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly as well. visited The Great Exhibition on 11 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017 by
5

We love this place, the staff as always were very friendly and efficient and made a fuss of our Labrador, who was also very impressed with the service! visited The Great Exhibition on 04 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
5

Food was great but felt really rushed. We'd booked for 1.5 hours and had only been there about 50 mins so didn't really appreciate my plate being taken literally the very second I put my last piece of potato in my mouth. Good food, beer and atmosphere but the service was average. visited The Great Exhibition on 05 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
3

We come come here as a group for most group events we have with our friends! It's so perfect for everything! Great staff great atmosphere ❤️ Joshua visited The Great Exhibition on 25 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
5

Lovely Staff, nice food amazing ambience! visited The Great Exhibition on 19 Feb 2017

Reply from The Great Exhibition

Thanks for the review! Glad you had a good time :) Ali Everett General Manager
21 Feb 2017 by
4

Hello, I appreciate that it was a busy Sunday, however my family had to literally scream at each other to be heard over the table. It made for a really really stressful lunch and where we would have usually taken our time, had 3 courses and coffee - we were all very anxious to get out of there. I do appreciate that many people in building is always going to be noisy, however add really loud background noise makes for a super stressful Sunday. Based on this we would not return. The food was good, but tension outshone the food. Ellen visited The Great Exhibition on 19 Feb 2017

Reply from The Great Exhibition

Sorry that you found the atmosphere too loud for your liking. As you said, it was very busy and a lot of people book tables for our Sunday jazz band who play every week. Obviously, that sort of atmosphere isn't to your liking and we can only apologise for that. Regards, Ali Everett General Manager
21 Feb 2017 by
1

It was very loud, very difficult to talk. Noted the younger demographic so definitely not a place for leisurely relaxed brunch session. Not sure it's the place for me. visited The Great Exhibition on 18 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
3

Food (Sunday roast) not as good as previous visits. Tasted like it had been reheated visited The Great Exhibition on 12 Feb 2017

Reply from The Great Exhibition

Hi, Thanks for the feedback. Did you speak to a member of staff on the day? We can assure you that nothing had been reheated as everything is cooked fresh on Sunday mornings and we welcome anyone to pop in to the kitchen with us and see how our chefs work for themselves. We hope you come back to give us another chance as we are very proud of our roast dinners and can only apologise for this rare dip in quality on our part. Regards, Ali Everett General Manager
14 Feb 2017 by
3

Great food and music. We had a wonderful time on Saturday night! visited The Great Exhibition on 04 Feb 2017

Reply from The Great Exhibition

So glad you had fun! We hope to see you again soon :)
10 Feb 2017 by
5

It's the best roast in town visited The Great Exhibition on 05 Feb 2017
07 Feb 2017 by
5

The food was quite nice, the beers are good, the orange juice in the prosecco and orange juice is bad quality 'from concentrate' - we all agreed less of it and better quality would be the way to go. The DJ was far too loud by the end of lunch. No one in the pub was listening as far as we could tell so why have it? It just means people have to shout to be heard. visited The Great Exhibition on 28 Jan 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
3

Food super good. I had to change the time, due to train delays and they were so helpful, I arrived to a table with my name, had a tab and friends said they loved it. Only slight problem, when we came to pay the gent serving said we couldn't split the bill - eventually worked out but should be well known. holleigh visited The Great Exhibition on 28 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
4

Food very average (bordering on poor); dry, small, very uninspiring, cold - not worth the money. Will not be trusting my Sunday roast to this pub again. visited The Great Exhibition on 29 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
2

Food was very nice, service was good and it was a nice atmosphere, there was music but at the right volume so we didn't have to get exhausted shouting to have a conversation. Really enjoyed it and will surely be back! visited The Great Exhibition on 27 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

I love this place! There is no better pub in which to enjoy Sunday lunch in south London. Great food, top notch staff, jazz, and they don't just accept dogs, they welcome them with open arms. The staff showed our puppy so much love. Theres always a chilled, happy vibe in the pub. We're very lucky to have the Great Exhibition as our local. visited The Great Exhibition on 22 Jan 2017
24 Jan 2017 by
5

Retro-location with nostalgic charme, great brunch on sunday mit flatrate for bloody mary or mimoas, toast with various jam and a main dish - very good deal! Nice atmosphere and good events on the other days Johanna visited The Great Exhibition on 22 Oct 2016
19 Jan 2017 by
4

Amazing roast and one of the best bloody marys! visited The Great Exhibition on 15 Jan 2017
17 Jan 2017 by
5

Delicious food and nice atmosphere visited The Great Exhibition on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

Great venue, great atmosphere, great staff! visited The Great Exhibition on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
5

Awesome! Super accommodating team gave me a fully vegan breakfast! And the drinks truly were bottomless :D Kate visited The Great Exhibition on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
5

Sunday lunch is normally around £15 but the Christmas lunch was £70 a head for adults and £35 for kids. A bit steep and did not feel worth it. Will not be back for a holiday meal. visited The Great Exhibition on 25 Dec 2016

Reply from The Great Exhibition

Hi there, You are correct that our roasts are usually priced at around £15. The £70 per head offer was for Christmas Day only. No other day of the year. I had 6 members of my team give up their Christmas Day with their families to work here and serve. Everyone here did a fantastic job on that day and I was very proud of all of them. Unfortunately, Christmas Day is always going to be more expensive than regular days. I can assure you that we were the cheapest in the area and will be again next Christmas. Sorry that you didn't enjoy your day due to the pricing. Regards, Ali Everett General Manager
09 Jan 2017 by
3

Unfortunately, our visit to the great exhibition wasn't great this time. The pub was suffering from the new year chaos the night before and this was clear to see - tables not clean and water / tissue all over the toilet floors. Food wasn't great and service left a bit to be desired which is not what we expected from an establishment with such a good reputation. Would recommend for an evening out with friends but not a Sunday dinner with family. Hopefully the next visit will be better visited The Great Exhibition on 01 Jan 2017
03 Jan 2017 by
2

fantastic atmosphere, great food, lovely setting. visited The Great Exhibition on 25 Dec 2016
03 Jan 2017 by
5

Excellent food, staff and service were great, the atmosphere in the pub is great, very friendly and welcoming. visited The Great Exhibition on 31 Dec 2016
02 Jan 2017 by
5

Nice food, friendly and hard working staff, music too loud which meant everyone had to shout. But a very good lunch. visited The Great Exhibition on 25 Dec 2016
27 Dec 2016 by
4

Roast was divine and the entertainment was first rate. It always feels like our first day of Christmas x Samantha visited The Great Exhibition on 18 Dec 2016
20 Dec 2016 by
5

Very very busy and frantic environment. It seemed that the place was overbooked and filled beyond capacity. The beef was advertised on the menu as "rare" but it was anything but and even after we sent it back it still came welldone. The staff were lovely though, mild-mannered and sympathetic, doing what they could in a pretty chaotic set-up. I love this pub, they have lovely wines there but that particular Christmas meal I was looking forward to and I felt disappointed :-( visited The Great Exhibition on 18 Dec 2016
20 Dec 2016 by
2

What a great pub. We had a table for 8, which included 2 children, and there was a Sunday Jazz Band. Atmosphere was brilliant, staff very friendly and helpful, the only negative was all the vegetables on our dinners were undercooked! Chef may want to try cooking for slightly longer next time. Having said that it won't put us off returning to this venue. visited The Great Exhibition on 11 Dec 2016
13 Dec 2016 by
4

Friendly staff and a warm local atmosphere. Good food. Busy but not crammed. Would definitely recommend. visited The Great Exhibition on 09 Dec 2016
11 Dec 2016 by
5

We went to their Friends themed quiz last night (Sunday) and had a ball! The place was packed, had an awesome atmosphere and the roast turkey will delicious. I have been here at all sorts of different times during the week and every time the staff have been friendly, helpful and fast. Will keep going back for sure. Hello visited The Great Exhibition on 01 Oct 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
5

the place is well maintained and the atmosphere is magic especially with the band playing every Sunday. fantastic staff and great food, we've booked a table for 6 for a two hours slot unfortunately some of us were very late, despite that they kept our table and reserve us another table to move on when other customers,who were booked after us, arrived, so we have been able to stay after our booking time :) Definitely going again! visited The Great Exhibition on 27 Nov 2016
03 Dec 2016 by
5

Friendly staff who aren't scared to speak to customers, great music and fantastic food. We will be back! peanut3951 visited The Great Exhibition on 27 Nov 2016
29 Nov 2016 by
5

Great, pub, great food and ales. Service is friendly, great place to hang out. Also family friendly. visited The Great Exhibition on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
5

We originally went to the Great Exhibition for Sunday lunch a couple of weeks ago but left disappointed as they were fully booked. So to avoid disappointment I booked for last Sunday and arrived with great expectations, how quickly my mood changed. There were 3 of us and we were shown a table that was the size of a small dustbin lid. How they expected to get three plates on the table I don't know. What made matters worse was the table was located no more than a metre away from a live jazz band. I like jazz as much as the next person but a metre away? When I complained to the bar staff it was a very much a take it or leave it attitude. No apology, more of a we are so busy we don't really care and if you don't take the table then I'm sure three tiny jazz loving children can enjoy the table. We left with our wallets and eardrums safely intact. These people are believing their own hype its a nice pub with good food but nothing more. Certainly its staff need to learn some common courtesies. Sadly you don't need to do anymore than that to be banged out in East Dulwich on Sunday lunchtime. visited The Great Exhibition on 20 Nov 2016
22 Nov 2016 by
1

What an amazing venue and perfect setting to celebrate my 24th birthday. The staff were so attentive and friendly and helped us out where needed. The food was yummy too!! visited The Great Exhibition on 12 Nov 2016
14 Nov 2016 by
5

Food was tasty, jazz band a delight to listen to, great atmosphere, and dogs galore, so lovely for owners to be able to bring their hounds down too. visited The Great Exhibition on 06 Nov 2016
13 Nov 2016 by
4

Great food, friendly service and always top notch atmosphere! visited The Great Exhibition on 06 Nov 2016
08 Nov 2016 by
5

Nice food and good service, would definitely recommend it! visited The Great Exhibition on 30 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by
4

Roast was really dry and cooked within an inch of its life. Asked for a replacement and they literally just swapped the meat (whilst removing a roast potato at the same time). That left me with one cold roast potato. Pretty unexceptable really. visited The Great Exhibition on 30 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by
1

great food, great staff, great music - the perfect spot for a decent boozy brunch!! totally worth recommending :) visited The Great Exhibition on 22 Oct 2016
26 Oct 2016 by
5

Pub was great. Booze and dessert were great. While all our Sunday roasts were enjoyable they lacked the wow factor that you sometimes get for similar money in other venues. visited The Great Exhibition on 16 Oct 2016
18 Oct 2016 by
4

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