Live like a local: The best pubs and cafes in Dulwich according to chef Dayashankar Sharma of Heritage

In our new Live Like a Local series, we ask Londoners to show us around an area they know particularly well, lifting the lid on hidden gems and neighbourhood stalwarts. So your home city actually feels like home, no matter which postcode you’re exploring.

<p>Heritage Dulwich executive chef Dayashankar Sharma gives us a guide to Dulwich. Credit: Heritage Dulwich</p>

Heritage Dulwich executive chef Dayashankar Sharma gives us a guide to Dulwich. Credit: Heritage Dulwich

Dayashankar Sharma – executive chef of Heritage Dulwich – shows us around the leafy south London suburb of Dulwich.

With its white picket fences and public schools, Dulwich is as English as you can get, yet Sharma’s fine-dining menus are inspired by India’s history and his childhood growing up in Rajasthan.

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“I worked as a consultant chef in Dulwich many years ago, which is how I came to know the area and its people,” he says.

“Although it’s only a few miles from central London, it has a distinctive village-like feel.”

Dayashankar Sharma of Heritage Dulwich. Credit: Heritage Dulwich

Heritage specialises in hearty Indian flavours done a little differently – think juicy king prawns grilled in a clay oven, stuffed tilapia fish and killer cocktails, such as an Old Fashioned made with bourbon-soaked cherries and bay leaves.

“The area has always welcomed independent businesses and local people really know the value of unique experiences,” Sharma adds.

Dayashankar Sharma’s top spots in Dulwich

Rosendale Pub 65 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ

Dulwich Park College Rd, London SE21

One of the most beautiful parks in South London with so much to do, whether you fancy cycling or boating on the lake.

There are some lovely cafes within the park too.

The village-style signs in Dulwich. Credit: Jono Photography / Shutterstock.com

Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Rd, London SE21 7AD

Cafe Salva 103A Rosendale Rd, West Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ

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