“ 1 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8EW. Tel +44(0)20 8693 1316. „
If you are a sad minor celbrity spotter like me, hanging about venues in the hope of bumping into ex-Blue Peter presenters or former cast members of Grange Hill, then you could do worse than visit the East Dulwich Tavern, or EDT as it is known. Situated on the corner of Lordship Lane and East Dulwich Road in SE22 (page 95 in your trusty A-Z) the EDT is a large purple building. As with most of the bars along this increasingly hip street in London (is it trying to be the next Upper St?), it was tastefully refurbished a couple of years ago. Downstairs is the main bar, generally fairly busy with a majority 20 - 30 somehting age group. The atmosphere is always good, buzzing but also a good place to wind down on a Friday night after a long week at work. Upstairs, a smaller bar and room provides the venue for different events on various nights of the week. here you can see comedy, often new comedians, or established ones trying out new material, plays, dance night etc. Best of all for celeb spotting is the Thursday night celebrity pub quiz. The EDT is actually owned or at least part-owned by Stephen Frost, one of those you'd know him if you saw him type celebs. Think he's done various bits of acting and used to pop up on "Whose Line is it Anyway" regularly back in the late 80s. It seems he asks his mates in the business to host the celebrity quizzes, these range from lesser known people who you recognize but can never place, to celebrities such as Neil Morrissey. I was very proud when I managed to get my photo taken with Alan Davies (a.k.a. Jonathan Creek). We have also seen Art Malik and "Vaseline" from London's Burning but perhaps our most major coup was on a fairly quiet night at the quiz (when a not very well known celeb was hosting, if its someone like Neil Morrissey the place is absolutely packed with screaming student nurses). Who should stroll in and sit at the next table but James Nesbitt (
Adam from Cold Feet fame). We forgave him for nicking our answers as he turned out to be a thoroughly nice, down-to-earth chap, happy to discuss the joys of parenting (I was 6 months pregnant at the time) and to talk about anything and everything to my husband, who always maintains if he'd had another half-hour to chat he would have either had a lunch invitation or a bit-part in Cold Feet. Wishful thinking! But, even if you do not spot anyone interesting, this pub is well worth a visit. Quiz night is always good for a laugh, it's relaxed and not too competitive, probably because the prizes aren't anything to get too excited about, a bottle of vodka for winning team, bottle of wine as 2nd prize. Unfortunately, the steep rise of house-prices and the cost to rent in SE22 and even SE15 has driven us out of this area (Yes, I am bitter, but don't get me started on London House Prices, I could fill a whole DooYoo section - is there a section in Speakers Corner on this?). That and our new roles of being parents mean we haven't made it to the EDT for some time. But, I definitely intend to return at least once before we leave London altogether. *Update* I was watching "I Love 1986" the other night and spotted Stephen Frost in the buff! He was on the Carling Black Label adverts that were around in the 80s, this particular one was a spoof of the Nick Kamen going into a laundrette and taking his jeans off ad. So that's what Stephen Frost did before EDT days!