We like The Tommyfield because it’s different: it started life as one of the Three Cheers Pubs co. south London mini-chain, but with the addition of six rooms it’s been refashioned as a pub-with-rooms.
The main space is the ground floor pub, which has a trendy modern-rustic look: exposed brick, tiled walls and copper light fittings. There’s no reception, so the welcome can be hit-or-miss, especially if the place is busy. Once you’ve checked in, you can come and go as you please as the rooms have a separate entrance. The pub itself draws a young, local crowd in the evenings that enjoy the quiz and comedy nights. The food is unpretentious and good value: pies, burgers, fish and chips, and chalkboard specials. On our recent visit we had grilled lamb chops with couscous and were pleasantly surprised. They also offer cocktails, which we find, in our experience, not very well done in pubs, however The Tommyfield surprised us by serving a well-balanced Bramble.
The six rooms, spread over the two upper floors, vary in size and are furnished basically – no clutter. The shabby-chic interiors follow on from downstairs: painted white brick walls offset by colourful furnishings and bold prints. Each room has high ceilings and well-proportioned bathrooms: ours had a huge walk-in shower, with enough space for two, and a warm slate floor. Beds are huge and comfortable, and though The Tommyfield is on a main road, we weren’t disturbed by noise. Unfortunately, breakfast is only served at the weekend, but porridge-pots, fruit and juices are provided in the room.