This Victorian pub overlooking the picturesque Brockwell Park has witnessed a variety of transformations – and stands today as a unique gastro pub offering some amazing food and old-world charm.

The Florence in Herne Hill was originally known as the Trading Record in 1932 and later as The Brockwell Tavern in 1961.

It wasn't until 2007, under the stewardship of Ganley's sports bar, that it adopted its current name– The Florence.

Greene King Brewery now owns the pub after buying Capital Pub Co in 2011.

News Shopper: The Florence in Herne Hill was originally known as the Trading Record in 1932 and later as The Brockwell Tavern in 1961The Florence in Herne Hill was originally known as the Trading Record in 1932 and later as The Brockwell Tavern in 1961 (Image: TF)

The Florence boasts a stunning Victorian aura and its spacious interior is adorned with classic charm.

A central island bar serves as the focal point, surrounded by inviting seating arrangements.

The rear dining room offers glimpses into the bustling kitchen, with a recent refurbishment in Spring 2023 expanding the dining area.

Its spacious beer garden and function rooms make it the ideal setting for weddings, parties, and corporate gatherings.

General Manager Ana said: “Our aim is to deliver the best drinks, food, and service possible to loyal and new customers.

“We want people to make sure people leave wanting to come back. We’re not just pubs, we are memory makers and proud of it.

Ana hails from a small village in the South of Spain, where she developed a love for hospitality from a young age.

After studying hospitality and hotel management in Seville, she ventured to London over a decade ago to pursue her career.

With seven years of experience under the Metro Pub Co umbrella, Ana brings a wealth of knowledge and warmth to her role at The Florence.

She joined the pub in February 2023 and has immersed herself in the local community, building relationships with residents and businesses alike.

Marinos, the pub's esteemed Head Chef, traces his culinary journey back to a coastal town in the south of Greece.

News Shopper: Manager Ana and Marinos, the pub' Head ChefManager Ana and Marinos, the pub' Head Chef (Image: TF)

From a young age, he honed his skills in professional kitchens, eventually studying cooking and pastry in Athens.

His passion for culinary exploration led him to London thirteen years ago, where he had the opportunity to work alongside renowned chefs like Jamie Oliver.

The Florence unveiled an exciting new seasonal menu on March 22 which features modern British pub fare.

Starters include enticing options such as Smoked salmon with avocado, mango, and salted giant corn, Chicken liver profiteroles with morello cherry compote, and tomato and mozzarella gnocchi with basil pesto.

For main courses, patrons can choose from classic pub favourites like battered fish and chips with marrow fat mushy peas and curry sauce, or the indulgent double rib and flank burger served on a potato bun with burger sauce and American cheese.

Save room for dessert treats such as vanilla poached strawberry Eton mess and the rich dark chocolate mousse profiteroles with toasted hazelnuts, mascarpone, and salted caramel sauce.

The gastropub also caters to lunchtime light bites with a selection of handmade sandwiches, from wood roasted vegetables on rosemary and potato sourdough with crematta and lovage pesto to the classic Fish finger sandwich with gem lettuce and tartare sauce.

Throughout the week, The Florence also plays host to a variety of events.

From March to May, The Florence pub will play host to BB Broadway—a unique musical theatre experience catered to babies and parents alike.

BB Broadway, an independent theatre school, specializes in offering theatre and sensory classes for children as young as 3 months old.

The classes are welcoming and nurturing and will only partner with venues who share their brand values and allow a sociable atmosphere after class.

You can also test your knowledge at the weekly quiz night, or dance the night away to the sounds of live DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Sundays the pub keeps up the tradition of a “legendary Sunday roast”, accompanied by live jazz performances from 5-7pm.