Saturday 17 May 2008

The Uplands, North Cross Road, East Dulwich, south London

Spacious and unpretentious spit and sawdust pub on a corner plot with a large sunny outside terrace overlooking rows of terraced houses. The gentrication of East Dulwich continues apace and the Uplands has had a coat of bold blue paint, leather sofas installed and the toilets are spick and span. But it still has a noisy, salt-of-the-earth clientele with genuine saarf London accents. There is a sizable menu made up of burgers and other pit-stop food. The "Works Burger" (about £7) contains surprisingly good quality beef, topped with bacon, cheese and a salsa sauce, all enclosed in a large bland bap, accompanied by salty chips and a token salad. It goes well with the Carling Extra Cold, Fosters or other big brand lagers on tap. The children's menu has a choice of half-a-dozen staples, such as a big bowl of spaghetti mixed with shavings of ham for three quid. 6/10