Everybody needs good neighbours, but Camberwell seems to have more than its fair share. The Resident dines out at Camberwell’s latest neighbourhood eatery
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When Cannon & Cannon’s Nape closed last October there was a distinctive wine bar and charcuterie shaped hole on Camberwell Church Street. Thankfully, Paul Williamson was on hand to save the spot from this sorry state of affairs with his new bar and dining room, Good Neighbour.
For his first solo venture after a stint at WC in Clapham, he has completely renovated the original bar, installing a cosy basement to house more diners and drinkers than before.
As we popped down to check out the spot just a week after its launch, the impressive design was obvious when we sat in the beautiful top dining room decorated in a dark, grungy style and complete with bulb light fixtures.
My guest and I opted for a bottle of Cinsault Rose, which was predictably lovely given the knowledge behind the menu, and under the instruction of our waitress we chose a few dishes to share.
We went for a cheese and charcuterie board alongside a feta and chorizo pizette, mac and cheese, aubergine dip, and a green salad (to make us feel slightly more virtuous).
All were absolutely delicious, with the creamy and filling mac and cheese a particular highlight thanks to the aromatic and indulgent truffle oil.
Ending with a chocolate and honeycomb mousse, the rich cheesy and creamy options left us feeling delightfully full and, as the lights dimmed and the Motown soundtrack crept up, also rather content. It felt a shame to leave just as the party was getting started but, alas, it was 9pm on a Wednesday.
As the spot settles into its new location, it’s sure to build a reputation as the place to be on a Friday night. While it’s probably not your first choice for a casual dinner, if you’re looking for good wine and nibbles, you won’t go far wrong with Good Neighbour.
21 Camberwell Church Street SE5 8TR; goodneighbour.uk.com