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26th May 2017

Camberwell Arms to run new Pavilion Bar at Dulwich Picture Gallery this summer

Opening Friday 2 June
Summer sharing plates © Haarala Hamilton
The Camberwell Arms will run an on-site bar in Dulwich Picture Gallery’s new summer pavilion, offering a classic drinks and special sharing plates menu. The temporary bar, which is built into the unique design of the pavilion will be open throughout the weekend with extended opening hours on Fridays and Sundays and will provide the perfect space to relax and take in the surrounding landscape and architecture.

The bar menu takes inspiration from the beautiful grounds of the Gallery, with summer drinks that are served in similar surroundings across Europe. Delicious, and refreshing, the list will include drinks like Lilet on ice, white port & tonic and Chinotto.

The food will focus on the high quality produce that The Camberwell Arms is known for. Charcuterie, smoked salmon, pickles, ice cream and sorbet will all be made in-house whilst the rest will be carefully sourced from the best UK producers. The menu will include radishes with anchoiade, prawns with aioli and crab on toast alongside other delicious summer snacks designed to share.

Designed by emerging architects, IF_DO, the Dulwich Pavilion celebrates 200 years since the Gallery first opened to the public with moveable mirrored panels that reflect and disrupt the surroundings. As well as the bar, the pavilion will host a range of events and activities including free Friday Lates in June and July.

Michael Davies, Head Chef at The Camberwell Arms said:

“We can’t wait to bring what we do at The Camberwell Arms to the beautiful setting of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Our drinks are perfectly suited to its green open spaces which feels a world apart from London’s crowded city centre. We love the idea that people can visit the Gallery and then have a drink and snack in our bar afterwards, particularly during the new, free Friday Lates. It is somewhere that I would love to visit myself”

Ellie Manwell, Head of Audience Development at Dulwich said:

As we mark 200 years of opening we want to offer our visitors the best experience possible – from art and culture to food and drink. The Camberwell Arms at the Dulwich Pavilion will be a great addition to a trip to the Gallery and a new reason to stay and enjoy the Gallery grounds and Soane’s masterpiece of a building. The innovative, contemporary bar design, covered yet open to the elements, means we can offer our visitors something completely different.

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Pavilion bar opening times:
Thurs, 3pm – 10pm*
Fri, 3pm – 11pm
Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
*excluding some Thursdays. Please check the website for more details.

General Pavilion opening hours:
Tues – Thurs, 12 – 5pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 9pm

The Camberwell Arms 
The Camberwell Arms is a restaurant in South London. Opened in 2014 by Michael Davies of Frank’s Cafe in Peckham, it has recently been bought by the rest of the team behind Frank’s Cafe. Camberwell Arms offers the highest quality food and drink in a neighbourhood setting, using the best seasonally available ingredients and making as much as possible in-house.

The Dulwich Pavilion
Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture launched the pavilion design competition in autumn 2016, inviting emerging architects to create a temporary building that could host a variety of events with an associated bar/café facility. In celebration of the Gallery’s bicentenary year, entrants were challenged to design a contemporary response to both the original Soane building and its garden setting, whilst working with a modest construction budget of under £100,000.

Bermondsey -based practice, IF_DO, established in 2014 by Al Scott, Sarah Castle and Thomas Bryans won the competition for their design ‘After Image’. It was chosen by a judging panel of leading architectural figures including Ruth Rogers (chef and founder, River Café), Carl Turner (Founder and Director, Carl Turner Architects) and Nancy Durrant (Arts Commissioning Editor, The Times).

Dulwich Picture Gallery 
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose built public gallery, and this year celebrates 200 years since it first opened to the public. The Dulwich Pavilion will be a transformative project for the Gallery, allowing it to overcome a lack of existing space and meet the demand of an increasing number of visitors. It will stage an ambitious celebratory programme of exhibitions, events, lectures and learning activities. The Dulwich Pavilion will be at the heart of the Gallery’s bicentenary celebrations, and will help the Gallery attract new audiences and work towards a sustainable future thanks to new revenue streams.

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