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5.2 /6 Excellent 209 Reviews

The Tommyfield

Kennington European, British £££ +100
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About The Tommyfield

Yet another coup for Renaissance, London’s most forward-thinking renovators of heritage gastropubs, mixed-use accommodation and entertainment venues, The Tommyfield takes its curious name from the local Kennington market that housed Britain’s first fish and chip shop. Needless to say, you can expect only the best fish and chips, made from sustainably-harvested fish from English waters, to emerge from this kitchen in London’s Kennington Lane. Not to mention their superlative pie and mash…

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 08:30 - 01:00
  • Sunday 08:30 - 22:30
The Tommyfield, 185 Kennington Lane, SE11 4EZ London

Further Information

Besides The Tommyfield’s sterling British cuisine, made from only the freshest, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, there is a lot to be said for the physical form and Lambeth location of this excellent gastropub. The same standards of design and attention to detail apply to The Tommyfield’s heritage architecture and decor as to each and every one of the Renaissance’s stunning renovation projects. The Tommyfield, located along London’s Kennington Lane, features six distinctly decorated hotel rooms on the top two floors, plus a Master Bedroom, a private-hire function space that is both decorated in a tasteful vintage style and kitted out with the latest audio-visual gear for pumping parties.

The Tommyfield’s remit may sound high-class, and indeed the trappings of buttoned-down English aristocracy are all there, but this spot in the Lambeth neighbourhood of Kennington is, at base, a classic London pub. Unpretentious, but with well-considered trimmings. A well-stocked bar is but the beginning – turn to The Tommyfield’s menus and be blown away by the range and sophistication on display there, all at reasonable prices. Including London’s best fish and chips.


209 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 209 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 09:11

Table was reserved in quiet area as we had 2 dogs with us. Food was good as per usual and the service was friendly and attentive as usual.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 07:42

The food was really nice and the service was great. We were also there to watch the comedy which was brilliant. All round, a good night

4 reviews so far 6
20.05.2017 09:06

Lovely food. in a lovely proper pub atmosphere. would recommend for a catch up with friends. I needed somewhere in that area and it came highly recommended on other sites.

1 review so far 6
09.05.2017 22:21

Great food - good beer - attentive service in a friendly environment every time I come here. Well worth a visit and I enjoy staying here too!

1 review so far 2
19.03.2017 17:46

The experience was not great at all and I will not be returning. The staff are pleasant and helpful but the food and atmosphere was dreadful. To be fair, there was a big sporting event on and so the pub was very busy and as a consequence very very loud with people shouting and singing. This clearly does not represent a normal night I'm guessing. It didnt make a pleasant evening though as you could barely hear yourself speak. The food was awful. The sour dough bread was hot, very very hot to the point where it couldnt be picked up. It seemed an odd way to present it, room temp yes, possibly warm but hot, hot! No. The duck appeared over cooked - the skin should've been crispy and was limp and very greasy. It was warm as against hot. It was served with a couple of sides, the portion of mash was very small. The pork belly appeared to have been reheated - it wasn't great. The fat was not crispy and so couldnt be eaten it was simply chewy with no flavour. It was served with a very small portion of mash and limp, over cooked cabbage, traditional of course but not flavoursome at all. We were offered free dessert but even this was not hot - clearly it'd been heated in a microwave and so one part of it was warm whilst the other cold. Not nice at all. I wont be returning to be honest which is a shame as it's local. There are however a number of other restaurants and a gastro pub opposite which have provided a better level of service and quality for similar money.

2 reviews so far 5
28.07.2015 08:52

Two of our party of four arrived early but table was ready and it was no problem to wait for the other two before ordering. Two real-ales on handpump including the in-house brew which was a little lively. Initial choice of wine was not available but alternative was fine. Each of the party had a different dish, Steak Pie, Wild Boar Pie, Hake and another fish dish, all were good, pies were large and tasty. We have eaten in two of the other pubs in this group (Abbeville & Stonhouse) and this experience was just as good as those.

1 review so far 3
27.10.2016 16:13

The Pie was awesome. The Mussels, not so much. The server's knowledge of the wine was not so great. Overall, a lovey atmosphere at lunch and a good location. Perhaps a little overpriced, but reasonable with a tastecard. As a former waiter of many years, I am always a little irked when there's a service charge added to a bill (other than for large tables). Especially when the setting is not formal - in this place it is pub grub, not a proper restaurant - and the service is equally informal. The bill came to £25, of which over £4 was service charge. That's obviously worked out before the tastecard discount, and seems a little excessive. In my experience people tend not to dispute these "optional" service charges out of embarrassment, but people instead simply choose not to go back. So this might be a bit of a short-sighted cash grab on the part of management...

1 review so far 4
17.03.2016 08:57

Booked a table as they were Celebrating Pies in March - "our pubs will be offering even more incredible pies than usual, including wild boar, rabbit and chorizo; or sweet potato, kale and feta filo for those looking for something a little lighter." So it was rather disappointing for the vegetarian member of the group to find no choice of pie for her on this particular day. Also we picked a bad day for a meal as it turned out there was football on a large screen, so it was rather noisy and hard to hear each other. The food and service was good though.

1 review so far 5
20.08.2015 19:40

Booked the Tommyfield as we were at the cricket at the Oval. Menu is small but I tend to find that means the food is good and I wasn't disappointed ! Steak pie was fantastic full of meat and flavours. Table service was good given it was full. Slightly disappointed to find the optional 12.5% service is added to the bill given its a pub. I would have added it as a tip anyway but would have liked the choice.

1 review so far 4
29.03.2016 08:49

Food was good, however there was a bit of a wait. Staff on the other hand was a letdown as they didn't communicate well with each other; when we walked in we told the waitress that we had a reservation and were seated promptly in her session. A couple of minutes later we were approached by quite a rude waiter who told us with a condescending tone that: this table is for eating customers only. The waitress was good, but the visit was spoiled slightly by the aggressive waiter. Wine was good and food nice as well.

3 reviews so far 5
06.03.2016 20:11

Been here many times and always left very happy. All the food is great value particularly the roasts, and the pies are second to none! In fact I have yet to find anything at all in the menu that I wasn't entirely happy with. It's also a great relaxed family environment, so ideal if you have kids. They often have the football on over the weekend which isn't obtrusive so I wouldn't let that put you off.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2017 23:09

The Tommyfield is one of the best pubs in the Kennington area. It has delicious food with an incredible atmosphere. It is definitely somewhere you will go back to again and again.

11 reviews so far 6
02.03.2015 20:20

Dinner for 6. Very relaxed, not rush. Very pleasant, knowledgeable staff. Excellent food. Overall a very enjoyable evening. I'd recommend wholeheartedly. I recommend booking. It's a busy place and tables go quickly. I put great value for price, but that's based on us using 2 tastecards to get discount for 6 people. No waiting time because we had a reservation.

1 review so far 6
02.10.2015 23:26

I have always been a big fan of The Tommyfield and now it's my local. Really enjoyed my steak there tonight. Friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. Obviously, I'll be back.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2016 08:11

Our party of 7 came to The Tommyfield for lunch. The service was friendly, helpful & very efficient. The food was excellent as always which is why we always visit on all our trips to Kennington.

2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 19:12

Really friendly staff, Fantastic food. The Tommyfield has a wide range of craft beers which I really enjoyed. I dined with some of my Australian friends who were really impressed.

11 reviews so far 5
01.03.2016 00:39

I eat at The Tommyfields reasonably often. It doesn't disappoint. The staff are always pleasant and friendly. They are knowledgable about the menu and are attentive without being intrusive. The quality of food is excellent.

1 review so far 5
04.05.2015 09:43

This is a great place in Kennington. The food is always very good and their sunday menu is always nice. They make excellent pies and their starters are definitely worth a try. The service is always very good. The one very, very small complaint is that they do not have a particularly attractive selection of ales. A really nice evening with great food and a great atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2016 08:20

I had not been to the Tommyfield in a while because of the bad service received on my many previous visits. It's a shame as the food is always amazing. I have been back twice in as many weeks and the service has lately been spot on. They've got me back as a regular

12 reviews so far 5
28.09.2016 11:39

Staff were really nice and helpful. regularly came and checked on our table. the food wasn't as great as my previous visit which was disappointing. I had lamb chops and the presentation was great and looked like there was loads, but when I actually ate it it was basically just all bone and fat, I barely got a mouthful of meat, very disappointing.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2016 10:59

Fantastic food, good service and a great ambience. The three key factors to an enjoyable evening meal. The Tommyfield was great and will definitely visit again.

3 reviews so far 6
16.04.2017 14:25

Perfect as always. Relaxed, friendly and accommodating especially if you have kids. Well priced and consistently good. The Tommyfield is always a no-brainer for Sunday lunch!

1 review so far 6
16.06.2015 11:36

Very friendly service, and delicious food. The portions were reasonable, and the steak delicious. My mam had the pie, a fully encrusted pie with huge lumps of steak - again gorgeose. The pork crackling tasted a bit funny but the belly pork was nice. The chocolate brownie desert was also gorgeous.

1 review so far 3
16.12.2015 18:28

As we were staying here overnight (accommodation very good) decided to arrange Sunday evening reunion meal with friends. Staff happy to wait for delayed guests to arrive. Friendly enough staff but slow service. Waited long time for drinks/wine to be served, eventually went to bar to request. Shared platter starter so slow in coming we thought it had been forgotten. Pies were liked but fish average, peas only warm and roast turkey dry. One disappointing dessert, so returned it, which staff handled well. Overall disappointing first visit with mediocre food but good atmosphere and we still enjoyed our evening.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2016 20:25

Great food, we've been there lots of times - the home made pies are to die for. This week stayed overnight in one of their great rooms. Fantastic, even though you don't get breakfast you have juice, fruit and cereal in your fridge for morning as well as the obligatory tea & coffee. Would definitely stay again.

1 review so far 6
30.06.2016 07:21

Great evening. They changed the screen over to put the tennis on for me, food was great too. Only it did seem a bit dingy in there but that could be fixed with turning some more of their lights on that they just hadn't! Will go again

3 reviews so far 6
14.10.2016 10:25

Consistently great food. A good place to go if you have kids, and were very accommodating towards one of our guests who had brought her dog with her. Have been countless times over the years and everything we have had from their menu has been spot on.

11 reviews so far 5
28.09.2015 23:23

I eat at this restaurant regularly and it never disappoints. The food is always quality, and the staff are always attentive and knowledgable. I highly recommend The Tommyfields.

1 review so far 5
07.12.2015 14:01

Went for dinner on Sunday night. Had a Turkey Ballotine which was excellent. Vegetables were fresh and not overcooked. Apple and Raspberry crumble for dessert was surprisingly light - just right. Only criticism was that the service was a bit inattentive - there were some waits in between drinks and courses. Overall a very good experience.

1 review so far 5
19.01.2016 12:27

Food and service was great. But the table area was quite cold. So much so that I had to keep my coat an at all times. The rest of the restaurant is fine, but the last table before the bathroom should either have a manual heater or not be used in very cold days.

2 reviews so far 3
21.01.2016 23:03

Nice atmosphere, however even though I had booked a table I was notified upon arrival that I only had the table for one hour and 45 minutes. Rather unusual for a pub, where people gather to spend an evening at their leisure. Perhaps more unusual is that if you don't reserve a table you can't sit down anywhere. While this might be rather good for business, it is not so great for its customers. A good pub, friendly staff, good food, but let down by self illusions of grandeur

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 19:01

Top notch Sunday roasts, both meat and veggie. One of our party had the fresh pasta which was delicious but a rather small serving in comparison to every else's roast lunch however would be our only criticism. Overall an excellent experience, the staff were very welcoming and they cater for kids too.

11 reviews so far 5
05.01.2016 23:13

Got a lovely private table which suited the occasion perfectly. Quality of food was great as ever. The jugs used for custard need to be a bit bigger. I never have enough in just one. And an extra custard tonight incurred a £1 charge, while objectionable is understandable. Attentive and knowledgeable staff.

11 reviews so far 5
21.08.2015 21:29

I'm a frequent diner at The Tommyfield and it never disappoints; with regular changes to the menu to keep it fresh and varied. Service is excellent.

1 review so far 5
22.04.2015 10:23

The food in Tommyfield is excellent I don't think we've had a bad meal at all in the last 4 months we've been going. There is a slight issues with the drains from the toilets which would be my only complaint. Very nice pub, friendly staff and good prices.

1 review so far 6
30.12.2015 16:22

really good food and service was really good - even more so as it was very busy. been several times and I love the ambience and the fact you are not chased away to leave the table for other customers.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 18:59

Beautiful beef roast cooked to perfection, perfect sized portion, free glass of Prosecco for every mum on Mother's Day which made it even better for my mum . Service top draw. Will definitely be a regular from now on.

1 review so far 3
11.01.2016 06:31

Don't go here if you are a real ale fan. The cask conditioned ales are just not looked after very well. Tonight, there was only one option and the beer was cloudy and undrinkable. This is a consistent theme when visiting this pub but nobody seems to care enough to inmprove the situation. On the upside, the food arrived promptly and was tasty but I would have loved to have my drink of choice to accompany.

1 review so far 6
20.01.2017 07:06

excellent staff, comfortable atmosphere. A friendly local pub and one which provides the space and comfort to meet friends. Also dog friendly. Was offered a bowl of water for mine and a glass of wine for me.

1 review so far 4
30.01.2016 10:02

The service was cheerful and the food was good. The football was on the big screen and although I like football I was hoping for a quieter relaxing evening, maybe I should of done a little more research about what happens at the pub on certain evenings - apart from that all was good.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 14:40

Always a good experience at Tommyfield. The Chateaubriand was excellent, as always. This is the third time I've had it. I highly recommend it, if you're having a nice dinner for 2. I'll be back soon.

11 reviews so far 5
05.05.2016 21:28

I went for a quick bite to eat on my own. Was given the choice of a table or dining at the bar. I choose the bar as I was dining alone and was more comfortable at the bar. Excellent service. Lovely food.

2 reviews so far 5
12.02.2017 10:05

Very attentive service from when we arrived until when we left. The food was all very tasty. We had a slight mix up with one of the main dishes but the staff were very apologetic and offered us a replacement or complimentary dessert.

1 review so far 5
08.03.2015 21:48

Had the roast chicken for Sunday lunch, it was fantastic. Great portion size and the bread sauce was absolutely delicious. Only thing that could have been slightly improved was the speed of service, but they did well for a busy Sunday service.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2015 09:56

We love Tommyfields and the pork on mash potatoes is to die for. Never disappointed. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm. I love it. One of my favorite restaurants in London.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 22:12

Always like food at Tommyfield, best pies in South London, amongst other food. Staff are always friendly and accommodating. Definitely worth a visit, stumbled across it for breakfast one morning, which is also excellent.

2 reviews so far 6
23.03.2016 21:36

The pies we had (wild boar and steak and ale) were excellent and the Belgian -St Stefanus beer went very well them. The service was excellent and friendly. Will definitely recommend it to friends.

1 review so far 6
12.11.2015 08:51

I'm a regular visit to the tommy Field especially mid week as with a taste card you can get a fillet steak for £10.50 and it tastes GREAT! The pies are also reliably amazing.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2015 09:29

I am very lucky to have the TommyField as my local! They are part of the Tastecard scheme making them a steal, have amazing food and service! Will be back next week :)

1 review so far 6
26.02.2016 19:26

Second time visiting here and was a very busy lunch service. Service was still happy and prompt and the food is fantastic. The pies are the best in London! We will be back!