2010 Review: “High-quality bar food and an excellent, wide-ranging wine list” have made quite a name for this grand and rather “refined” West Dulwich gastropub; this year, however, overall satisfaction was undercut by a few negative reports.
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The wine list could “bitch slap most of what's on offer in central London”, and food at Time Out’s best gatropub is “not bad”, either, concludes Jay Rayner. The only problem is a tendency to “overelaboration”.
Andy Lynes (11th September 2007)
While it's “not going to win any healthy eating awards”, Ms. O’Loughlin's stand-in finds the fare at this West Dulwich newcomer “impressive”. The wine list is “cracking”, too but desserts can be a “disappointment”.
John Walsh (4th September 2007)
Food 3/5 stars; Ambience 2/5 stars; Service 4/5 stars
The critic “felt like shaking the chef’s hand” after sampling the dishes at this new Dulwich gastropub, where there are many “interesting and unusual dishes”, plus an “awesomely global” wine list. While most of the fare is “bulging with flavour”, though, puddings can be “bland and dry”.
Fay Maschler (31st July 2007)
Mrs M heads to this “high, wide and handsome pub, a former coach house, in West Dulwich”, recently launched by the owner of the Greyhound in Battersea. “Every dish has a plethora of accessories, so many you get the feeling that the removal of, at the very least, one, would improve the whole”. But that’s not the only problem: the striking feature of Mrs M’s meal is that every dish seems to find a different way of going wrong. Eel is “served in a miserly fashion”. Ravioli comes with a sauce which is “a dreary shade of beige”. And so on. “At present the raison d'être of The Rosendale is the terrific, charitably marked-up wine list and the willingness of Mark van der Goot and his agreeable staff to help you get the most out of it.”