The Candlemaker, Battersea - pub details
Previously called: The BelleVue, The Greyhound
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|The Candlemakers visually is certainly a nice addition to the high street. The booths outside are useful for smokers and also I imagine a nice spot to soak up the market atmosphere on Saturdays.|
The inside has some impressive artwork and a modern feel and seems to be attracting a younger crowd. There is a lot of bench seating which doesn't make for the most comfortable night but there are also some sofas and a booht if you are lucky to get there first.
Sadly I found that the staff were a little more concerned with messing around with other staff members or chatting to friends and I had to wait a long time at the bar to be served. They were also a little disinterested and un-engaging. But this is something that can be rectified and hopefully is just "teething trouble" for the new management to sort out.
SomeOfUsAreHonest - 29 Jan 2013 17:18
|Recently re-opened as the Candlemakers. Nice looking pub, that has obviously had quite a lot spent on it.|
Perhaps they should have spent a little money on training the staff how to look after their beers properly. Although they have 4 or 5 pumps, never usually more than 2 bitters/ales on.
I was in recently with a rather knowledgeable beer buff/landlord who offered a little advice to fix a couple of small problems they were having with the hand pumps. The staff couldn't have been less interested if they'd tried.
If you like bottled lager and a younger crowd, this is probably the place for you. If you like a well-kept selection of bitters/ales, jump on the 319 at the bottom of the street and go to the Eagle on Chatham Road
alexcatt - 29 Jan 2013 16:17
|Bit of a chequered career this pub, previously the Bellevue then the Greyhound and now renamed Candlemaker. |
A re-launch refurb of beautiful 1930s pub (by Sidney Clark FRIBA for Charringtons) stripped the interior plaster along one wall for a distressed 'warehouse' look, and the original and striking exterior copper lanterns have been replaced. Several internal walls have been knocked through to make it a more or less open plan space and the kitchen relocated upstairs. There is a fireplace at the far end near the garden, an unusual and cosy feature.
The garden has been refitted with booths to the front and an unusual zig zag rear wall with shelves and smoking shelter to the rear.
Beer has been variable in quality although the Sambrooks Pale Ale I had was OK. A Laines bitter was 'off'. Haven't tried the food but my companions said it was OK but expensive for pub grub. The music is quite loud.
Before opening they proudly announced that they were going to focus on real ales and there are four handpumps (possibly more) but I usually find there are two on. Still early days. Might be worth giving them some more time to 'bed in' before a visit.
crumblyoldruins - 29 Jan 2013 15:45