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Crown and Sceptre, Streatham

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user reviews of the Crown and Sceptre, Streatham

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MH switches to Reigate, which has no Wetherspoons!

Just to confirm the current Wetherspoon consolidation - here's another dozen which recently went, just like Streatham.

Bodmin, Burnley, Coatbridge, Leicester, Warrington, Wick, Hove, Balham, Redfield, Rickmansworth, Worthing, Paighnton.

No secret, or insult requirement - just facts!
randolf7 - 2 Apr 2019 08:57
Yes, Whale Jnr, I expect that the C&S will thrive in that vibrant area, now that it has shaken off the yoke of the reprehensible Tim Martin.

As for the claims of our friend below, I would say that any fair-minded soul reading the what-pass-for-comments on, say, the Market, in Reigate, would make up their own mind as to the truth of those.
Hulots_hat - 1 Apr 2019 12:20
Sadly MH has resorted to bizarre personal insult; I am a lone poster, who simply gave local comment about this Wetherspoon deserted unit.

Discarded for the same reasons as The Grapes on Sutton's High Street - which seemed to be trading very well - JDW have found that, sometimes, two town centre venues are one too many.

As they found in Worthing, and elsewhere.


randolf7 - 1 Apr 2019 11:08
Whale, your patience is commendable, I'm humbled, but you are wasting your time trying to reason with this fool. I know the area, and the pub too, and my experience tallies with yours.

Randolph is reportedly one of a host of usernames used by the same person including, apparently, Tradervic, Tempest, Dolphox and many, many others. He appears to have an interest in some Surrey pubs and to be a Wetherspoons shill. He spends his time as many fake people, pretending to represent a consensus running down competition, or trolling folk such as you, who write informative or entertaining reviews, seemingly having nothing better to do with his time.

He has been well and truly rumbled by many regular users of this site, however.
Hulots_hat - 1 Apr 2019 10:13
If you say so - that is certainly not how the customers or staff quoted by the local press saw it, who were keen to understand what was happening. Why would you deny the pub was closing with a few days to go ... http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2019/02/crown-sceptre-pub-on-streatham-hill-goes-out-with-a-confusing-whimper-as-locals-take-to-social-media/

Anyway if it has a long-term future then that is great news and suits everyone.

Visited on Saturday night and the place was buzzing, most tables taken. Impressed to see 9 cask pulls - 7 ales and 2 ciders. £2.40 a pint for guest beers, one was £1.99. Ales included 2 each from Cotleigh and Truman's. Very good value food even cheaper than Spoons in some cases - most main courses £6-8. Included a wide selection of burgers and the return of roast dinners. We'll be back!
Whale_Jnr - 25 Mar 2019 15:39
No secrecy, as I hear it. The lease was up, and the unit wasn't making its targets - as designated by Wetherspoons.

JDW are opening less pubs these days, concentrating on weeding out - and closing - their lesser performing assets.
randolf7 - 18 Mar 2019 18:12
Sold and closed by Wetherspoons last month amid a shroud of secrecy, staff apparently not allowed to talk about it etc.
Even more unexpectedly re-opened under new management just a week later according to social media and local press (Brixton Buzz) - new owners are LT Management. Not sure of its long term status. It has a brief Facebook page.
Look forward to seeing what the new version is like. If anyone else has visited I would love to know the type of beer range and prices!
Whale_Jnr - 18 Mar 2019 15:30
If you're just after a drink, this pub is fine. But if it's food - forget it. It's very hit and miss. The concept of consistent hot food on warm plates is beyond them.
Alltold1 - 29 May 2018 16:51
From as long ago as when I was coming home from school, I must have passed this pub on the bus hundreds, if not thousands of times, but I’d never been inside until, returning from a visit to my mother’s, I decided to stop off for a pint. As it was a Friday night the place was doing good business; I opted for a pint of Caledonian Merman XXX, which was okay. Considering that the pub looks huge from the outside, the interior was surprisingly small and I found it a bit cramped and oppressive feeling. Looking out of the window at the traffic piling past endlessly on the South Circular didn’t make me feel any more relaxed. The clientele looked like regulars in a lot of cases, and they all seemed to be having a perfectly good time, but I was happy to leave after the one pint.
beermann - 21 Mar 2015 14:58
Definitely better than the Holland Tringham, down the London Road. A good place to sit out on a nice day. Not your typical JDW's.
Masterpint47 - 12 Oct 2014 20:19
A proper old pub - but so are the fixtures and fittings. Cheap even by Wetherspoon standards. Decent food and drink , and good range of ales. Let down by the swathes of uncollected plates and glasses on tables.
artieleblanc - 22 Sep 2013 15:32
Unlike most Wetherspoons, this one actually looks like a pub from the exterior. However, the interior is the same as you'd expect anywhere else. Early on a Saturday morning, it was very quiet with only 5 other customers around during our visit. The beer range was good - Wychwood King Goblin, Saltaire Cream Stout, RCH Buxton Cross Extra, Titanic Ship of Dreams, Burov Imperial Russian Stout, Greene King Abbot & Ruddles Best & Sambrooks Wandle. Thathchers Traditional was the cider. The young lady behind the bar was also very friendly and professional. I doubt there are many other pubs around here that are as reliable as this one.
blue_scrumpy - 15 Apr 2012 11:31
Blinding Pub!
Typical Spoons, full of locals and familys for food
Good choice of Ales and Ciders, nice and cheap, what more could you want?
Rangers_Tel - 27 Oct 2010 15:09
In here today for the first time sine Feb 2008. My earlier comments apply, there were 5 guest ales on, all worth drinking, the service and staff were good and YES, the toilets still smelt.
wyndham - 20 May 2010 20:29
Came across this by accident. For a spoons it looks like a pub from the outside .Local beers from Sambrook. Being in outer London probably has its local fans.
Leicesterbeer - 12 Feb 2010 10:18
This is a fantastic pub!! However the atmosphere is often spoilt by rowdy drunks and indifferent staff. The staff believe they own the pub although it is a W'spoon pub. The food is good, beer excellent and very good value. Avoid the drunks and the confrontation and you will have a good experience.
JMCC - 2 May 2008 22:14
Looks like a proper pub, not a Spoons, if you get my meanning. Particularly untidy and 80s style Spoons styling add to the appeal for me. Very good real ale from the Beer Fest, though you'd think it a lager stronghold. Worth a trip out.
mtaylor40 - 11 Apr 2008 22:59
Visited this pub from 1130 until 1700. I haven't been here for at least 3 years. It is still a good place to have a drink probably because it has always been a pub. Not a bad atmosphere.

There were a number of real ales available from Itchen Valley, 3 Rivers and Weltons. One from 3 Rivers, with a really stupid name, like 'Muggy Figgy etc' was a great pint at 7.2% ABV. There was also a beer from Weltons at 2.8%ABV which the duty manager said did not sell very well. I can imagine that. From my distant memory, and we are going back sometime, it used to be illegal to sell beer below 3%ABV!!!!!

The staff and service were good. The food was provided very quickly and there were decent portions.

Without a doubt I would definitely go back again. The only aspect I did not like about the pub were the gents' toilets - they smelt.
wyndham - 2 Feb 2008 19:29
Wetherspoons with a bit of soul, thanks in part to the local streatham society, I hear. Even managed to get rid of the 'Moon on the Water' rebranded name. Pretty big place, but rambling with discrete areas, so it feels quite intimate and comfy. Had a look at an old ordinance survey map from the mid 1800's, and asides from fields, this was the only building on this intersection. I'd like to know more about it's history.

Anyway, the beer is good, food resonably decent. Mixed clientel: young, old, working class, those who've stepped on the local property ladder, old west indian geezers (always a plus). Does have it's share of slurring drunken oldtimers with no teeth and stained t-shirts.
rachaelov - 23 Dec 2007 12:35
No, this pub does not have sky sports. checked on 17/10/07
sanddevil - 17 Oct 2007 23:36
Pub now has TV with Sky Sports - late licence until 12am and 1am on Fri/Sat.

Good Atmosphere and good food.
BrianH - 24 Feb 2007 14:26
Took my girlfriend in here last night as she lives locally. Very nice pub with a friendly atmosphere, will hopefully visit again soon.
gold76 - 25 Jul 2006 14:08
Really enjoy going to this pub for a sunday roast and a drink, would go for a night out though, no music and no pool table..... says it all dont u think. overall staff are very friendly and the booze is cheap.
anonymous - 7 Jun 2006 16:38
Used to be a bit dodgy - bit of a bad rep - new landlord now....

TOTALLY turned the place around - very friendly helpful staff, makes all the difference! A great pub with a good pint - damn good place to go for a relaxing ale!
anonymous - 11 Mar 2006 20:57
Still a reliable enough Wetherspoons during the week, and it carries a very good range of real ales, but I now avoid at the weekends. It fills up with people who spend the whole day in there getting very drunk very cheaply (many of them exiles from Brixton Hill boozers now converted to DJ bars/style venues for 18-30s).

BTW - apparently it was only Norman Hartnell
langrabbie - 14 Aug 2005 18:50
Best pub in Streatham. How's that for damning with faint praise? Also the birthplace of Norman (royal couturier) and William Hartnell (Doctor Who in his first incarnation).
Jeff Mowatt - jeff.mowatt@btinternet.com - 2 Apr 2004 19:49
My favorite pub on my recent trip to London. The staff is friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere, the food is affordable and good quality. I would highly recommend this pub to locals and visitors.
KimberlyUS - 24 Nov 2003 14:55
Fine locals' pub, retaining original decor and atmosphere although techinically part of Wetherspoon chain. Hence you get good beer and low prices without the sameness or the antiseptic quality of some Wetherspoons places. I drink here often and with pleasure.
Justin - 2 May 2003 17:14

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