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Excellent pub that I very regularly visit. Best in the area by some margin and has a friendly atmosphere, good food and zero trouble. Currently threatened with closure because the owners (property speculators) want to turf out the landlord turn it into flats. Totally inexplicable decision for a thriving pub!
GMDLondon - 24 Feb 2012 13:41
This pub is fabulous. Warm welcome whenever you go, solid food menu and good range of drinks.
Live music is good, and when the sun is shining the outdoor area is perfect for catching some sun.
A little off the beaten track of main transport links, but worth the walk.
Brightongirluptown - 24 Feb 2012 13:36
Nice day time summer pub due to big garden (for London).

Crap pub building (square box - think 70s council estate pub) but they've done wonders with it. Really nicely done.

Bar staff are lovely. Clientèle are 99% awesome.

Not cheap mind.
tallsam - 25 Jun 2011 16:27
Modern ambience with large open bar and sofas scattered around. This is no doubt fine when the place is full, but when I went the place was nearly deserted so wasn't very welcoming. Large garden area with cabins where friends can sit together out of the cold (nice touch). The closest pub to Sambrooks brewery and sells Wandle in excellent condition
simontheeditor - 21 Apr 2011 20:26
This was the worst of 14 pubs I frequented on Saturday. After trying the two obvious doors at the front of the pub, I finally found a way in at the third time of asking through a side door. I was immediately greated by a raucous cheer from a group of young men at the far side of the bar. I didn't think my entry would cause that much excitement. But it soon became apparent that these lads were playing drinking games and consuming a tad too much alcohol. Whilst my 14 pubs sounds bad, I think they had drunk more in this pub than I managed all day. Nevertheless, I took a pew at the bar whilst the shouts and cheers continued. How the one guy had managed to fall asleep on a sofa, I'll never know. Youngs Ordinary, Wells Bombareindeer (very original festive name) and Sambrook Wandle & Powerhouse Porter were the real ales. Coloured pictures of London landmarks gave the pub a kind of artsy feel. But my lasting impression of the pub would be of the rowdy group creating a noisy and unwelcoming atmosphere. The bar staff seemed scared or at least unwilling to tell them to quieten down. Unfortunately, whilst they were enjoing themselves, I doubt most people in the pub were.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Dec 2010 21:50
I live about 100 yards down the road from this pub, but pretty much stopped going here about 2 years ago (preferring the nearby Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales instead) as it seemed to have become a bit uncared for.
But as other reviewers have mentioned, it's been under new ownership for the past 18 months or so, and it's a completely different pub - always busy with a good atmosphere, full of locals, ale in top nick, live entertainment on Fridays, and a roaring coal fire in the middle. The new owners are great fun too, and know all the regulars well.
If I was being really picky, then the food is pretty standard pub fare (ie, but still good if you just want fish & chips), but it's great to have my local being my first choice pub again.
BatterseaBomber - 11 Jan 2010 19:50
food very good, nice warm open fire. been 4 times now over 3 weeks. loved it.
piston_happy - 15 Nov 2009 14:44
Now under new management again. The new couple are very firnedly and welcoming and appear to be steering this pub back in the right direction. Food has definitely improved and there are more good value pub fare dishes on the menu. The Youngs is still in good nick, which is enough to keep me coming back in fairness. Still got a good smoking area with heaters etc. All in all a very good local and hopefully one that wil be on the up again.
Dangalfio - 7 Jan 2009 17:26
Having just recently moved to battersea i was glad when i discorvered this little gem hidden away behind all the usual suspects. The youngs bitter has improved greatly over the last month and is now an exceptional pint.
Looking forward to spending cold winter nights in front of what is an amazing open fire place.
1979 - 12 Sep 2008 18:50
Now under new management - the Youngs is back in good form. Good bar, friendly local.
Dangalfio - 2 Sep 2008 11:59
Went to this pub on a Friday night and was told that they had run out of two of the lagers they sold which is not the first time this happened.
As such I will not be back which is a shame as it's not a bad pub.

Mhum - 12 Aug 2008 13:27
Apologies to the barman a couple of months back for calling him a daylight f***ing robber; it's just the first thing that came out of my mouth when I had to fork out £6 for two pints of coke.

If I didn't have my car outside and was not so far in to a few weeks of not drinking, I would have told him to replace one of the pints for a Kronenbourg for another 15p. Yes, it's a Youngs pub, but I've never paid so much for a pint of coke... even in Young's pubs in better areas!

It gets three for the standard Young's decor.
toomuchgastro - 2 Jun 2008 19:40
Another horrible example of the current mania at Youngs for gentrifying previously pleasant pubs. Some work seems to have been carried out comparatively recently, and the gents lavatory now resembles something out of Changing Rooms. The beer was adequate if overpriced, but hardly deserving of a Good Beer Guide entry. The food was reasonable but again overpriced, which is a shame since previously there were good value dishes of the day available. Staff were pleasant although the place was virtually empty on a Tuesday evening.
bitterntwisted - 24 Jan 2008 16:12
Nice local pub, changed hands last year, nice garden area.
mooloomitch - 29 Jun 2007 15:36
Great bar, really friendly Staff and Managment, Good Beer :-)

My only complaint is that the Drinks are fairly expensive!

Well worth a visit though


StJimmy - 2 May 2007 10:56
Friendly staff, excellent beer, would go there again. One of the nicest Young's pubs I have been to.
McDrunk - 17 Feb 2007 11:24
This pub has new tennents and they are not keeping the pub up to the standards that it had before.
The food is VERY OVER PRICED. Every lunchtime you could get a great lunch for under £5.00, now it will cost you around £10.00 The sunday roast is VERY GOOD, and Good value for money. It is just a shame that they can't do the same at lunchtime Monday to Friday. Lots of people from my office eat there at lunchtimes, but not now as it is too expensive.
anonymous - 4 Feb 2007 19:42
Nothing special to look at, and very quiet (even with football on the TV) but Youngs spot-on

mtaylor40 - 2 Jul 2006 19:30
On a sweltering day today of circa 30 degrees, I couldn't help but pop in here for a nice pint of Youngs, and fantastic Sausage n Mash!! Give it a go - it aint as bad as people make out.
Alain - 9 Jun 2006 21:30
This is an ok pub with a decent size beer garden.

BUT, is there really a need to charge you a minimum of £20 to use your card?

I popped in for a couple of pints with a friend, asked if I could use my card for a £10/11 round, they agreed and then promptly charged me £20 and gave me the change (without asking first).

Maybe this was a one off but it's the kind of thing that puts you off a place.
TheClaw - 27 Jul 2005 11:29
obviously that should say gripe - freudian slip...
Alex - 3 Nov 2004 18:47
Ah, the old standing at the bar with a note in your hand. If you hadnt done that, I am sure the bar staff would have assumed you had no money and never served you....

(Sorry, personal grope of mine - is a great pub though anyway)


Alex - 3 Nov 2004 18:46
Kevin I think you’ll find pretentious is spelt like this
Mario - 16 Sep 2004 11:54
This pub resembles a sitting room
in a 1960"s sitcom.

I Stood at the bar for 10 minutes
with a tenner in my hand to buy two drinks. I discovered that I
was now invisible to the naked eye.The bar staff made no attempt
to serve me. So I left.

This really is a terrible pub
Full of kissey kissey types & loud pretencious rugby clones.

Worst "upmarket " pub I have ever visited.




KEVIN - 15 Sep 2004 21:49
This is a fantastic pub, bar staff are really friendly, and there is a generally good crowd of people. The food is also excellent - well worth a trip!
Mark - 6 Apr 2004 13:20
Awful pub. Full of bores talking loudly about themselves. Have to negotiate pushchairs with brats in order to get to the bar. Not the worse pub in Battersea, but it's trying hard..
andrew1961 - 7 Dec 2003 14:17
Best pub on Battersea High Street by a distance. Excellent atmosphere and consistently high quality food
Alex - 18 Nov 2003 12:07

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