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user reviews of the Sun, Carshalton

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Swift service at the bar and an inventive range of beers on tap and in bottle in the fridge.
Nice beer garden blessed by the horizontal rain of British summer time but even the Great Ramondo couldn't stop the rain in South London on a July Saturday.
Get an IPA down you sunbeam. Stop complaining.
terenced - 31 Jul 2017 11:47
Good selection of beers, many of them local, available at a pub that also has a good food menu. Just beware that not all the tables are suitable for eating at: some are low tables with sofas. But the staff are attentive and the standards are high.
Trev - 6 Feb 2016 19:38
A visit to Carshalton on a Monday evening for football and our pub of choice for pre match drinks was the much liked Sun. A fair better pub than the Hope in my opinion with better kept ales, though I’m probably in the minority with this opinion.

On the bar are 5 hand pumps which on this visit had 4 ales on. I had several very good pints of Vale Breweries Wychert @ 3.9%, a dark coloured beer with pleasant flavour and a good abv for a session beer.

The Sun is a lovely old pub with good respectful decoration and what appears to be decent quality food. Several couples came in near to 7pm and were starting their meals as we were leaving, I can report that the food did look good.

Beer garden to the side of the pub, clean men’s toilets (always a plus point), good friendly bar staff, pleasant locals and a good range of ales on the coming soon board. The Sun is a winner for me.
lezford - 19 Nov 2015 17:01
Was in early Saturday with five mates. Ordered five pints of Oakham Bishops farewell, which was superb. We sat at a table by the door, well away from the diners. After 10 minutes a reserved sign was plonked on the table with a "this table is reserved at 5.30" The time was 5.15. The Sun needs to decide if it is a pub or restaurant and clearly state if tables are reserved (which I don't agree with in pubs) long before the due time of arrival. We moved to the Hope and The Sun lost five drinkers money, as we would have stayed for more.
pwilkins - 19 Oct 2015 13:51
Second best pub in Carshalton. Allways busy with drinkers and foodies.
Good garden in the summer. Good selection of ales on and a decent selection of the fizzy stuff.
rpf1955 - 25 Mar 2015 20:13
Came in here after The Hope for a first visit to Carshalton. Yeah nice...Dark Star American Pale consumed then onto the Windsor Castle's beer festival. Nice place
drinkingdad - 7 May 2014 22:17
Football brought me to Carshalton on a Tuesday night with 3 pubs in my sights. I started in The Sun.

This is a lovely looking ex traditional corner plot pub that has obviously been lovingly restored and is now pulling the crowds in (though not as many as The Hope). The Sun has been in the Good Beer Guide for the last few years and in my opinion is worthy of it's continued entry.

3 ales on the 6 hand pumps which were Slaters Supreme American Bitter, Bristol Beer Factory Bitter kiwi and Brighton Bier West Pier Pale Ale. The West Pier Pale Ale were my 2 pints of choice and @ 4.0% was a cracking pint (best of the night to be honest).

The flooring is mainly laid to wood throughout.

Tables had cutlery on them in a bucket ready for food being served.

There are Sun's displayed behind the bar and on the walls which brighten the place up, mix of locals and professional people in here.

After my couple of pints I moved onto The Hope...review to follow...however The Sun is much better and is an excellent pub.
lezford - 26 Feb 2014 13:16
Very nice pub, slightly pricey but definitely worth the money.
winetaster90 - 14 Oct 2013 17:31
We recently held a family birthday party at the Sun in their Garden Bar, and they stepped in at the last minute when another local pub let us down weeks before the event.

The service, staff and especially the food was amazing! Everybody commented on the quality of the food, it was absolutely delicious. Everything, even the cakes, were made from scratch .

We cannot thank them enough for making our day fantastic and would not hesitate to recommend them. They will be the obvious choice for future celebrations.
inglefamily123 - 27 May 2013 11:26
Finally, we found a pub with character on our 15 pub crawl of the area on Sunday. The Sun has a very modern feel. But somehow you feel quite at home here. It's a kind of cafe bar atmosphere, but with real ales. Beers on were Lymestone Flag Stone, Sharps Doom Bar, Okells Jiarg, Red Willow Seamless & Stonehenge Dynamite. Cider was Addlestones. Service was good. There's clearly an emphasis on food here. Second best pub sampled on the day. Would come back if and when I'm in Carshalton again.
blue_scrumpy - 21 May 2013 19:46
came here on fri 8th 2012. staff not interacting with the customers at all. just talking amongst themselves and not asking anything of the people paying their wages. food desperately overpriced. 14 for fish and chips. 12 for burger and chips. Used to be a lot cheaper. You would think in the recession that they would try a bit harder.
montymonty - 8 Jun 2012 20:35
Tried this pub on a sunday due to the positive food reviews and was disappointed as the pub is far too small to accommodate diners and drinkers. Ordering food from the bar rather than table service is a nightmare due to the very few bar staff and food is typical average pub grub. The pub is nothing special apart from the trendy modern interior and mismatched rickety old tables and chairs.
shooter - 31 Oct 2011 12:26
A pub that would sit well in Chelsea, a wide variety of real ales ( six),the staff are ! on the ball" and a decent beer garden. The prices are 3.50 plus but that means that the less savoury types go elsewhere. It is obviously seen as a safe and clean place as there were a few toddlers in the garden. The beer quality was "spot on", in my opinion the beer temperature was perfect unlike the Hope which was just a tad too warm.Well worth a visit especially during summer.9/10
slerpy - 17 Oct 2011 09:42
This was my local back in the 1970s & 80s. It was a great pub then & good to know it still is!
Dan137 - 17 Aug 2011 21:54
Had a meal in there on Sunday with my family. Really, really good food, great quality and service. The Sun blows the Greyhound's microwaved, overpriced slop out of the water.

110 for 4 very nice starters, 4 mains, 2 puddings and 2 bottles of wine. Fantastic value.


Tazz1976 - 17 Aug 2011 20:50
Friendly staff and a warm welcome. Didn't fancy any of the ales on so had a Guinness instead, which was fine. Lovely family atmosphere in the garden and the food looked great, though we didn't eat.
RamblinDen - 7 Aug 2011 09:42
Had one of the nicest pub meals in years there with a nice pint of real ale served by helpful friendly staff.

The Greyhound may one day tempt back some of the locals if they take a few tips from the staff here..
flynn1 - 30 Jun 2011 21:59
A nice pub to go out of your way for.
On my visit, the friendly bar staff were present.
The garden at the back is quite unique, inc as previously stated, a sandpit and animals in cages. I don't have kids personally but it didn't bother me too much a few being around
Didn't order any food but the food being served aroudn looked very decent
Beer nice - not the hugest selection ive ever seen but decent enough
Come here for atmosphere.
the_original_rawnsleys - 27 Apr 2011 12:04
We have just moved to Carshalton and having read some reviews on here we were not 100% sure about coming to the Sun. I have never written a pub review before - with small children its not top of my list of priorities! Any concerns we had were uncalled for as we all had a great day and felt compelled to let other families know our view.

My husband went in for a drink this week and to look at the menu and was impressed so we decided to try out our luck for Sunday Lunch. The place was packed so we sat in the garden as most tables were reserved. What can I say - the staff were great, friendly and attentive making us feel really welcome. Our children loved the sandpit and colouring and the food was top notch.

We did have to wait a while but were told that it would be well over half an hour for food as it was super busy. To be honest the children were having so much fun we didnt notice the wait. In my opinion it's well worth it when your getting fresh food not microwaved frozen rubbish which is often dished out particularly for children.

We would 100% recommend the Sun and look forward to trying the rest of the pubs in the village if the standard here is anything to go by.
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brencher76 - 3 Apr 2011 19:24
When The Sun first reopened, I wrote a review on here saying that it was a very welcome addition to the area and great for someone looking to get away from the chavvy and/or old man pubs Carshalton has to offer.

However, one year on it's a shame to say that this place has slipped. It seems that on a busy a night there seems to be less "control" in the place with senior staff members often nowhere to be seen which makes the place feel a wee bit less comfortable than it used to. Also the place has become far too expensive for the area and the justification that it's a cut above the rest is no longer true.

This place had real promise and for the younger professional in the area (I'm 28) was a great little pub that didnt involve a train or taxi journey out somewhere else. So sad that the management haven't listened to people's concerns and I feel it's going the same way as The Woodman.

I will still spend my money here but just not as often.
waterside16 - 29 Mar 2011 10:43
monty monty you seem to have a lot of negative things to say about the pubs in Carshalton- i notice you comment on the Greyhound and the Sun within the same time Frame.
Unfortunately for you, you seem to misplace the fact that freshly cooked food takes time. If you want fast food, go to Mcdonalds or Burger King!!! The sun cook there food from fresh, so what do you expect? Wham bam thank you mam here is your 2 second cooked meal !?!
There is nothing wrong with the staff, they can all do there job if you dont like it dont go there, if you dont like the greyhound dont go there stop moaning about it when you still continue to visit the pubs!!!
chanca_43 - 25 Mar 2011 10:24
gone downhill big time. previous comments re:- lack of landlord are bang on. you can wait ages at the bar. they are always hiring new staff and the new staff are usually awful. i applied for work there myself but they refused me due to lack of experience. the food takes ages and is overpriced for what it is my friend ordered a burger. it turned out to be spicy and moroccan in style. this is not what she ordered. Seems to be a vibe of "yeah, this is going down the pan, but who cares"
montymonty - 22 Mar 2011 22:00
The Sun, Carshalton, fits in so well to the lovely village feel to the Carshalton Ponds area. It compliments the 'feel' and style of the village and is a very relaxed pub to spend time in.
They always have at least 3 individual ales on sale as well as the usual stock, and the bar staff are happy to allow you to sample an ale before you purchase.
The food is AMAZING! Portions are huge, however, so no need to order 2 or 3 course meal as you'll never get through it all!
The Tuesday quiz nights are open to everyone - there are some dedicated teams but also teams of folk who are out to have fun that evening - its always packed out!
Along with supper club nights and acoustic evenings, the Sun is a fantastic place to sit and chat to friends, to have a long, relaxed supper / lunch. My favourite pub!
Well behaved dogs are also welcome - they always get very loved by staff and clients alike.
My favourite area is the decking outside - we don't smoke, but love to sit out at night in the covered, twinkly and candle lit decking area with its low seating and mosaic tables - this has a magical atmosphere of its own!
My one suggestion to this pub is to develop the 'family area' - the majority of the pub is a warm yellow - then there is this cold, blue room at the end which is very uninviting - Whoever put that magic touch on the outside area, then surely you could transform the 'blue' room into a warm and inviting area too??? That is my only critique - get the paint out!!!!
Apart from that - GREAT PUB! AND GREAT JOB TO ALL WHO WORK THERE! you've brought some homeliness to the Carshalton Public House scene!!!!
browneyedgirlie - 28 Feb 2011 09:01
Oh, and a shameless 20p hike per pint? I'd rather go to The Hope. Even The Greyhound is starting to look an attractive option. Heck, I'd rather go to the Fox and Hounds, find a quiet corner and save 1 per pint.

VAT or no VAT, this hefty rise and the previous issue means The Sun has lost my custom.
AleKing - 22 Jan 2011 13:42
The Sun could still be great but I have to agree that it is starting to slip. Food getting pricey and not quite what it was. Supervision midweek is poor with younger staff at the bar and landlord nowhere to be seen. This place has had long enough and the staff should really switch on its awful being left waiting to get served. Its still a great place and one of the best in Carshalton but it is no longer clearly the best pub and it may slip further if the management team are simply sitting back and counting the money a la Woodman.
steveo - 21 Jan 2011 15:35
The Sun started off strongly but is starting to decline.

Firstly, the ale selection - which once rivalled The Hope - has become quite uninspired. Secondly, the food, while of a high quality, is getting very expensive for what is glorified pub grub.

Finally, the patrons. When the place opened up the guvnor said they were targetting the more discerning Carshalton drinker. Sadly, the lower demographic has started to infiltrate. There are often either groups over very loud (and drunk) people blocking the bar or, worryingly, annoying, loud teenies.

The Sun has gone from being the best pub in Carshalton to slipping towards its medicore peers. I hope they chuck out the chavs and sharpen up the focus.
AleKing - 30 Dec 2010 10:07
We have been great supporters of this pub from it's opening. Have raved about it and introduced many people to it including our friends who adopted it as their regular haunt. Went in on Sunday and as per usual the Landlady looks at you as if you are something unpleasant that she has stepped into and Landlord never so much as says hello or cracks his face at you. Glasses filthy and according to husband beer not as well kept as it used to be. Still busy and by far the best decor and ambience of any pub in either Carshalton or Wallington but has it become a victim of it's own success with owners more interested in finding another new venture to add to their Portfolio? Out of interest when we got home we called our friends who go twice a week, their reply? We don't go anymore the Landlord too unfriendly, interested in taking your money only. Landlord if you are reading this a smile and a hello might not go amiss to regulars at the very least, unfortunately too late to lure back the early supporters of your venture. I expect I will be mauled for posting this but it is the truth I am sad to say and wish it wasn't, read my other reviews to see how we once felt about it being exactly what Carshalton needed.
yummummy - 7 Dec 2010 13:20
Popped in the other night to see why this pub is getting such high ratings.
Lovely pint of Sharps Doom Bar, at least two other real ales on.
Okay decor, music playing, volume level seemed variable between obtrusive and background noise.
Didn't try any of the food.
Much younger crowd than the Hope but non of the chavvy elements of Carshalton in evidence.
Plenty of seating available, mixed sex crowd, will definately add this pub to my regulars.
FloridaM - 31 Aug 2010 17:01
Came in after Saints played at Sutton. Landlord, Hop Back English Wheat Beer, Tring Colleys Dog, a Loddon and one other. Clean and tidy gastro pub, quality barmaids.
GuideDogSaint - 25 Jul 2010 11:58
Lovely to escape the football! I'm always impressed whenever I come. Thanks to the Landlord and his team.
jmax - 19 Jun 2010 14:03
There's obviously been some staff training since my last visit here. All the staff seem to be quite young but were thoroughly polite, pleasant and professional despite the obvious pressures of a packed pub.
The food we ordered was delicious although took a little while but we were warned on ordering that it may take longer than usual as the pub was completely full including the garden. It was much busier than the last time I came and I can see why. There's pleanty to draw a crowd - lovely garden, fantastic food, good service and an excellent choice of wine, which is almost unheard of in Carshalton! I will definitely be going back.
ilovethepub - 19 Jun 2010 13:58
If the Greyhound wondered where all the people who used to drink and eat in their pub had gone, they should take a look through the doors here. Nice pub and food is very good. They're not perfect, but mistakes are quickly rectified and all of the staff seem to be keen to retain custom rather then fleece them on the first visit. Let's see how the first full summer goes...fingers crossed that the good show continues!
steveo - 14 Jun 2010 16:42
Mmm, have to say I have some reservations like other reviewers about the real ale quality- it's good to see an interesting and wide range of ales on, but on our last visit the Cotleigh Buzzard was very flat- it was changed without a gripe but left on when it should have been removed from sale pronto. The other beers were not quite there either. Landlord offers good service but some of his staff need a bit more training, especially IMHO in the real ales. Contrast the young barman in the Hope nearby who is very knowledgable about the beers and even tailors his advice to the different customers.
I was also disappointed to read about the frosty welcome extended to younger visitors. Although I'm certainly not young and don't have any offspring likely to be affected a good pub should offer welcome to all (legal) ages and be self policing. It's the best advert for the next generation of drinkers to acquire a good role model of social drinking.
Beerwulf - 8 Jun 2010 21:29
Went to check out The Sun for the first time on a steaming hot Saturday & had a great afternoon in their gorgeous beer garden. We stayed on for the acoustic night which was brilliant! It seemed like everyone else had the same idea & the place was packed, not sure if it's the norm for a Sat night but definitely plan to go back and check out the food and make the most of the garden this summer. So glad to have a great pub around the corner again!
wino_wendy - 6 Jun 2010 21:25
Long overdue visit back to this little gem sampled many pints of Pale Ale which were perfect, a lovely combination of dry bitterness, very quaffable. Combined with the excellent food its easy to see why this pub was packed midweek. Almost perfect pub, thanks to the landlord and his trusty pub dog - how a pub should be run. 9.5 out of 10.
aleriders - 29 Apr 2010 22:53
Sorry, meant to add, to be fair, we loved the decor.
volcanic_viv - 27 Apr 2010 22:50
My elder daughter told me about this pub so went along with husband and teenage daughter.
Have mixed view. Husband said real ale wasn't real as it was fizzy. he tried two and disliked them both.
The staff were unfriendly and almost rude.
cappuccino had no froth or chocolate but was changed without comment. Throughout our meal bottles were chucked with a loud clang into a bin next to our table despite our loud ouch! each time.

When we left, no 'Goodbye, thank you' as is usual for pub landlords when guests depart (particularly as we spent 50 pounds in just over an hour).

The food was good. Great veggie choices. The desert we ordered was unavailable.

My youngest daughter and her friends (mostly 18 year olds and respectable) tried to get into the pub for the quiz night and were prepared to sit in the family room but were basically told to get out. They were going to drink soft drinks and are clearly well spoken and polite. The response of the staff when dealing with these young people was short sighted. They go to the Ramblers Rest in Coulsdon for quiz nights without any problems.

So... Probably won't go back and can't recommend due to attitude of staff. When
this changes may reconsider and tell others, until then, a wide berth.



volcanic_viv - 27 Apr 2010 22:47
Completely different experience to dazlmc.
Good beer, good food, friendly service and an adorable pub dog!
The food can sometimes take a while to arrive but on every occasion its been well worth the wait.
Far and away the best pub in Carshalton.

loam106 - 22 Apr 2010 16:10
I have been staying in Carshalton for the last 2 month and dine at the Sun twice a week.At first it was great as we normally stayed in the greyhound and enjoyed a bit of variation.
Every time we have been in either a pint has been returned for being flat or for a stray hair,or the food has been frazzled,forgot about or had a foreign body in it !
We have now given up,the staff are unsure of the menu and take an eternity to serve!
I dont know if we have just been very unlucky but think enough chances have been given.
A shame really as it could be a fantastic pub.
dazlmc1 - 5 Mar 2010 20:15
Been to this pub a few times now, it's not huge and can get quite crowded but this hasn't spoiled the evening although it can sometimes be hard to get a table. Really friendly atmosphere and a good mix of younger and older people. Bar staff are friendly. Had a couple of meals here and food has been really nice, even done the quiz which was a laugh and free to enter! Tried the other pubs in Carshalton and this one def comes top of my list!
charliebob3 - 13 Feb 2010 21:21
Oh yes, yes, ... tried on the strength of previous reviews and was not disappointed.

Good range & quality of beer - we tried four ales all of them outstanding quality, all of them by small, independent micro-breweries. Plus, we didn't need to wait longer than a couple of minutes at the bar each time our glasses were empty. The bar staff were friendly & attentive, always on the lookout for a punter in need of serving.

The pub is understandably popular & we struggled to find a seat but found a great mix of friendly ale-heads, old & young, male & female. There was a real lively, warm feel to the place love the open fire! Weve been on the lookout for a pub like this and will have no hesitation in returning very soon if we can get a table to try out some of the food that we could smell as it regularly wafted past the bar!

aleriders - 13 Feb 2010 18:07
I've been here a couple of times now, once on the quiz night and once for sunday lunch. I agree with yummummy - the wait for food is really long! .. also there was a boy serving who was really quite useless! first he took ages to get the drinks and kept getting it wrong, then after we'd sat down and our food had eventually arrived (after about 45 mins), he came up and said that the table had already been reserved and that we weren't supposed to be sitting there. The table wasn't clearly marked as being reserved... just handwritten in small writing on the back of the wine list, so it was easily missed. He'd also written down the wrong time of the reservation. As we'd only just started eating I said he'd have to explain his mistake to the people who'd just turned up and we'd be done in 15 minutes. He obviously hadn't done this as a few of the people who had reserved came over to where we were sitting and were voicing their discontent very loudly! This was bad customer management and made us feel rushed and uncomfortable. As for the food - the roast dinner was good with a good selection of veg.. roast potatoes were a little overdone though. The waitress was polite but when handing out the cutlery, she held the knives and forks at the opposite end to the handle... which didn't really show any etiquette. There is room for improvement here .. particularly with the staff.
gwendybird - 8 Feb 2010 13:56
Have now visited many times now both just for a drink and more often to eat too. Agree the family room feels quite isolated from the rest of the pub with no atmosphere at all but you have no choice but to eat in there with children, eau de toilet does waft through sometimes, husband says they haven't been refurbed like the rest of the pub.
Husband loves the selection of special beers and the food still very good but I am surprised that nobody has commented on the really long wait that there is for food. The only time we have found the wait to be reasonable is on a quiet Friday lunchtime. We usually visit on a Sunday and whether its lunchtime or later in the afternoon/early evening we have always waited 45 minutes at least and on one disasterous Sunday 1 hr 15 minutes (and one of the meals was wrong so another 15 minute wait)
Would still recommend but not if you have young children as food wait unacceptable. Don't know if this is just the way it is going to be or cooking staff still to find their feet.
Overall though still a cut above what the rest of Carshalton has to offer.
yummummy - 8 Feb 2010 10:04
Nice, clean, modern pub near to Carshalton train station. There was a good range of ales on offer when I ventured in last week. There were a couple of beers from the Wolf brewery, Sharp's Doom Bar, Rudgate Ruby Mild and an excellent RCH Old Slug Porter, as well as a decent selection of lagers including Hoegaarden and Leffe.
There seems to be a strong emphasis on food here, and much of what was labelled the 'family area', plus the area around the fire was full of diners, but I didn't feel out of place sitting at the front of the pub with a few beers.
The staff seemed pretty friendly and I got the impression that they are working hard to attract and keep new customers. There was also a very friendly and well behaved pub dog doing its best to charm everyone.
I really enjoyed my time in here and will head back again soon, maybe to try the food.
Pubsignman - 2 Feb 2010 00:27
Ive heard a lot of good things about the revamp of the Sun and we paid a visit tonight and werent disappointed - first rate beer, food and atmosphere sat by the fire with the pub dog as no other seats so very toasty.
beersbear - 30 Jan 2010 21:34
Very nice. Decor was tasteful, staff were pleasant, the only slight problem I have with it was the music, however the Hoegaarden more than made up for that! I will definitely be going back there.
littleredone - 30 Jan 2010 12:09
I have been to this pub a couple of times in 2010, hoping that it will be a decent local that serves good food. It isn't yet. The front of the pub is nice enough and they have a good range of ales. However, if you have children in your party you will be forced to sit in the 'family room'. In reality an annex with no atmosphere situated next to the toilets and smelling of the same. The music being played during lunch was generic rap that hardly made the place more welcoming. Food is ok, not amazing. Service a bit patchy. Needs to improve to justify some of the cooments made here.
seasidesteve - 27 Jan 2010 13:23
Very nice.

Didn't eat there, but the place has been done up to really high standard and has a good selection of beers on offer.

The menu looks good and food/drinks prices make the nearby Greyhound look shameful in comparison.
Tazz1976 - 21 Jan 2010 22:30
ive never given a pub a 9 before but this place was so good i couldn't help it. The open fire made it for me, especially with the snow!
good food and loads of real ales.
jmax - 8 Jan 2010 22:01
The only shame is that we cant delete all the negative comments associated to The Sun before it became undoubtably the best bar (as others have said) this side of Wimbledon. MartinRAF the number for the Sun is 02087734549, they happily take bookings for tables which is recommended Id say as its always busy. A god send to say the least, its great to finally have somewhere for us young(er) residents of Carshalton to frequent. Food is lush and the absence of both alco pops and tvs is a definate plus. Boogie the dog is supurb landlord!
Mairead - 4 Jan 2010 20:24
A great pub with friendly staff and good food - definitely worth a detour to pay it a visit even if only for the beer. A good variety of ales and all of those I have tried so far seem to be kept very well too. When we went it would have been worth booking a table in advance but the telephone number doesn't seem to be anywhere so if anyone knows perhaps they could post it here!
MartinRAF - 28 Dec 2009 20:38
I'd echo much of what has already been said by recent reviewers: a welcome and on the whole pretty sensitive restoration of this fine old building-the loss of the two separate bars is compensated for by the good use made of the space and the retention of some compartmentalisation. The (real) beers have been good- among the five on offer at the weekend was Rudgate Ruby Mild and Dark Star APA- very nice too! and the food- well, my Sunday nut roast was far and away the best I have ever eaten anywhere- and I've had a lot. Quite superb, and for nine quid, cracking value. Yes, you can keep Wimbledon village with its pretentious plastic ripoff pubs and precious overpaid w******s. I can't think of a better beer drinkers destination in all the london suburbs than Carshalton at the moment.
Finally, If the management is reading, I hope they retain the proper urinals in the gents- all you need to do is replace the tatty copper piping!
Beerwulf - 30 Nov 2009 21:11
Just what Carshalton needed. Proof that there are normal people who enjoy going out in the area.
Loving the coal fires, good food and friendly vibe. Lots of women in here which is always a good sign.

They have done a great job of restoring the place and have kept the original bar and opened the space up at the same time. Good choice of wines and decent lager too which is a rareity in an area of Stella and Fosters pubs.

The only negative was that when I had food on Saturday there was far too much mayonaisse involved but we were offered a free drink when we moaned.

This pub has had a bad rep for years but has totally changed. It wouldnt be out of place in Wimbledon village - seriously!

Go and see!
waterside16 - 30 Nov 2009 13:03
Exactly what Carshlaton needed. Nice interior, good ale and beer selection, reasonable prices and clearly aiming at the more refined demographic in the area rather than, er, rougher patrons. Hopefully they will remain in the tranquillity of the Coach and Horses or the Fox and Hounds rather than venture to The Sun.

The pub has a lot of potential and may well lead some of the other rivals in the area (notably The Greyhound and The Woodman) to up their game. It also seems female-friendly (lots of groups of women in there) which is certainly something that cant be said for most of the drinking establishments, which seem to be geared towards builders and trademen.

Good luck to the new guvnor and I hope the willingness to show that Carhsalton can do a decent pub for a decent demographic pays off.

AleKing - 30 Nov 2009 11:38
Had visited for a drink the first week they opened and husband impressed with his pint of Bombardier so decided to go back for late lunch on the following Sunday.
Bad points:
No wine list as "incomplete" so had no idea about prices in advance.
Not nearly enough tables to accommodate the people eating, the pub is quite child friendly but children only allowed in the back room so took up all the tables as well as the families with big prams parked right by the door causing an obstruction. A definite rethink needs to be made over the arrangement of the tables as could fit more smaller tables in rather than the large tables with few seats around them.
Good points:
The whole place is modern and welcoming with a lovely open fire.
Food absolutely excellent, in fact would go so far as to say the best roast we have had in a pub ever. We got there at 5pm so not much choice left but had started out with 3 roasts.
A family friendly pub that still serves good food and not plastic heated up rubbish.
Think this could possibly be the little gem that the local area needs, in an oasis of "builders pubs" overpriced, unfriendly hotels and cut price "spit and sawdust" pubs The Sun is bringing the area a much needed and much wanted more modern approach to drinking and eating. When the place is truly up and running it really could be fantastic.
yummummy - 24 Nov 2009 14:56
living 5 mins from this pub I'm glad to see its had such a makeover. The decor is tasteful - modern yet sympathetic to the old building. There's been a roaring fire the 3 times i've been in. Landlord is friendly and there's a fair selection of ales, and a friendly atmosphere, despite not being overly full - Given time, when word gets around this could become the best pub in Carshalton. Coupled with the reopening of the once appalling Hope on West Street, Carshalton has a good range of real pubs selling good beer, not overrun with chavs spilling their fights out onto the streets at closing time on a friday.

Too early to give an accurate rating, but on the first weeks impressions, I'd give it an 8.
matt_s - 18 Nov 2009 12:29
The Sun has completed a very impressive makeover resulting in a very pleasant pub and bar that I am confident will be enjoyed by locals and the visiting public. Although the food does not start until Tuesday 17th November the sample menu looks superb and we look forward to enjoying some meals with some mates in the surroundings.

There is a decent selection of guest ales, wines and lagers with the promise of a fine menu.

Carshalton is lucky to have a fine selection of pubs ... this proves it just gets better a decent pub with some fine food ... well recommended.
tvl - 14 Nov 2009 21:49
The Sun finally re-opened tonight after a very expensive and lengthy makeover. Gone upmarket, decent range of ales from five handpumps, a few mildly interesting fizzy drinks, fairly tasteful decor. They have retained the bar back but knocked the pub through into one space albeit with distinct areas. If the new owners read this, in the short time I was there two people came in for a look but left without buying a drink because of the musak.
I'll give it time to bed in before re-rating it but a promising start and reinforces Carshalton as one of the top cask ale destinations in Greater London.
Beerwulf - 13 Nov 2009 00:43
Punch Taverns have now sold the Sun ~ apparently with a covenant which prevents the new owners from operating the premises as a pub.


Alph_river - 25 Feb 2009 17:20
Closed; yet again. It now appears - from the signs in the window - that it is going to be a wine bar, with some bedits above it.

Not sure if some of the thugs who drink in Carshalton are quite ready for a wine bar...
AleKing - 17 Oct 2008 10:58
A strange man offered to buy my wife! Althouogh I was tempted, it's not the sort of thing that you expect when popping in for a quick pint! All of the regulars seemed to be related, and rather aggressive that an outsider has dared to come in to 'their pub'. Best avoided if you value your life. Or wife, for that matter.
holidayman - 11 Oct 2008 23:19
There's far better pubs in Carshalton than this rather strange one. Never had any particular problems but it's not particularly special either. Pop in for one and then head towards The Railway.
stevosgloriosus - 6 Sep 2008 14:18
going back when john and andy run this place it was a really good pub, not any more.
godly - 7 Aug 2008 12:58
This pub has come on laeps and bounds, Dave the landlord has dropped all the prices and taken on some wonderful staff, it's only a shame the sun has such a bad history as it's a superb place to drink, meet with friends and feel part of the family environment. all the other reviews are more than out-dated and irrelivant. see for yourselves.......
ayton - 14 Jul 2008 16:05
part pub part knocking shop.... all shit
MrKennedy - 12 May 2008 13:56
AWFUL !!

The two Albanians running the pub will no doubt be able to 'offer you plenty of things', and did on my visit, but unfortunately a decent pint is not on their menu here.

For some reason the men seem to go into the toilet cubicles together and there must also be an awful cold or flu going around in the area as there were a lot of runny noses...

The pub was dirty as were the glasses

All in all a pub I would not wish on my worst enemy!!


pc1 - 29 Dec 2007 13:13
sad and empty now
molyneux - 26 Oct 2007 15:07
Oh dear, oh dear.

Went there last week for the first time. It is "under new management" but the place was totally dead. Also, they had some ghastly dance music blasting out at deafening levels and there were actually sizeable cobwebs in there too.

Only had two ales on, which were both satisfactory , if not remarkable, and priced fairly.

It is a shame as the place has a lot of potential but I definitely will not be returning.
AleKing - 26 Oct 2007 10:56
A dive... even with its new "beach bar" avoid like the plague.
anonymous - 21 Apr 2007 18:51
Now has Harveys as a regular beer - excellent!
molyneux - 26 Dec 2004 01:31
Great Character Pub in a loveley Village location . Fantastic Bar Staff who make all feel very welcome . Having moved from the North East I feel very much at home . Whether you're after a quiet drink , chat or are part of a regular club meeting you'l always have a good time here .
We have recently formed The South London Revival SC who meet on Monday evenings . Anyone interested in the scootering scene would be most welcome to join us for a drink and a laugh . We regularly join other clubs in ride-outs and are involved in Charity Events in the area . Come along and re-live the scene .
Paul - 15 Nov 2003 00:49
Don't be fooled by the uninspiring look from the outside, this local pub is a real gem! You'll not find a more relaxed atmosphere and friendly group of locals. Clean, comfy and cosy, the beer is really good, especially the Guinness and there is a real Irish hospitality that is provided by the landlords and their welcoming attitude to all visitors familiar and otherwise. I have spent many happy hours in The Sun, you should get down there for a pint this evening!
Kate - 10 Oct 2003 09:50
Fantastic pub with very friendly customers and staff. A good place for a quiet beer and a chat. Also there is a pool table !!
anonymous - 25 Sep 2003 10:20
Friendly pub with a wide range of clientele. Good selection of draught ale and lager along with various bottled beers and cider (they stock pint bottles of Magners). The Guinness is highly rated with a choice of 'Cold' or normal draught. The pub has a pool table, a dart board (with resident teams), 2 gaming machines and a quiz machine. There are also board games such as crib. You will find a Scooter Revival Club there on Monday nights with Crib matches on Tuesdays. Pool and Darts along with various Biker club meets on Wednesday nights. Pretty lively most nights but especially from Thursday to Sunday. Unfortunately, they don't do food at the moment but then again its a pub, not a restaurant!
Jim - 22 Sep 2003 14:58
great pool team and excellent guinness
mick - 2 Sep 2003 17:02
It's a good place. Bit weird before you actually set foot in the place, but once you're in you'll like it.
Steve - 22 Aug 2003 16:20
you want characters, this is the place to be, friendly and fun, also the guiness is the best around (for london)
chris homer - 17 Jun 2003 23:54
Friendliest bunch of people I have ever met in this pub. No pretentions, just good, down-to-earth pub environment. And a really warm fire!
anonymous - 23 Nov 2002 17:13
Friendly community pub 5 mins walk north of the station, two bars, London Pride, Speckled Hen and Youngs Bitter on draught. Handsome victorian railway hotel in pleasant old village with ponds less than five minutes away
rob steel - 25 Mar 2002 16:29

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