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In here last Monday for the first time in years and what a plesent pub it is too.
Had a pint of Harveys Sussex Best Bitter @ 3.25 a bit too cold but nice anyway.
bjbrummiejohn - 6 Jun 2012 08:29
Beer well kept, staff friendly, good atmosphere.
robfrancis - 17 Jan 2012 15:36
A large imposing pub located on a large roundabout at the end of New Malden High Street. It has a large L-shaped lounge with a generous sized bar. The lounge has comfortable seating and pleasant decor. A fair selection of real ales. I had a beer from Purity which was very citrusy and not to my taste. However the pub is well worth a visit.
boozers_knows - 27 Oct 2011 14:02
Visited last night. St Austell Tribute, Adnams Bitter, London Pride and one other mainstream beer. Quality was generally average. Large pub, sports showing.
GuideDogSaint - 5 Oct 2011 17:32
Was forced into the place due to the real ale heaven down the road called Woodies having no Sky Sports 2....and it has improved a bit, decour new but plastic, hand-pulls on, which I don't remember from last time, and choice not bad (Landlord and Mad Goose 2 of the 4). Age range of customers on the bordering on legal side but a decent sized TV screen without overload volume. Still wouldn't choose to go but might reconsider it as a fall-back if required.
loveleedshatebates - 21 Sep 2011 14:05
Heard that - although the pub has recently been refurbished - its on a short lease & will be sold off to build offices & flats in 2012/3
baz66 - 8 Jun 2011 09:27
Utter dive. Avoid like the plague, unless you are actually in the advanced stages of having the plague, then you will fit right in. Hostile, smelly dump.
Venom - 27 Mar 2011 23:15
I popped my head in here yesterday afternoon, out of curiosity really. Of four handpumps, two appeared unused and two were reversed. The ambience felt dismal almost depressing with much of the clientele appearing pretty down at heel. I didn't stay.
Maldenman - 18 Jan 2010 09:54
I know someone who visited this crap hole lately in the late afternoon for some light refreshment after work, he was attacked without reason and ended up in the hospital! Be warned!
chav_hater - 17 Jul 2009 11:09
The worst pub I have ever been to,there is just nothing good to say about this place.Beer-awful,Food-awful,Clientelle-awful.A must for crack addicts only.
mo_on - 4 Jul 2009 19:14
This 'Public House' is the worst pub I have visited for years! Pig ignorant
bar staff who I think must have been told by the company to make thier customers feel un-welcome as possible, the place was full of loud mouth
druken yobs and thier offspring who were just as bad, the toilets were disgusting & the whole place had an air of hostility about it, Im not surprised that someone wrote that there were fights regularly in this dump.

If your planning to visit this hole keep driving --theres plenty of choice in all directions--Kingston, Wimbledon & W-Park,go somewhere else, its that simple!!
chav_hater - 4 Jul 2009 15:59
Ive always believed that that a pub can be a very different place at different times of the day, and on different days of the week. I was in here with a few friends on Thursday lunchtime. The food was good, and very reasonably priced. The landlady was friendly and attentive, and even the Broadside was superb. The only downside was when the landlady said to my friend that she had received an E-mail from Head Office saying that electronic cigarettes (my friend was using one) should not be permitted. I hope they reverse that ruling I got the impression that the landlady did not entirely agree with the edict as it will deter trade. I'll be back, as long as my friend can use her ciggy substitute!
RexRattus - 8 Mar 2009 11:13
Further to my comments of 21/1/09,it should be noted that two mass brawls have taken place on the last two Fridays here in this charming establishment.Why,even the landlady had to waddle downstairs and tell them to simmer down,as it was putting her off her dinner.I know the previous landlord wasn't everyones cup of tea(including mine),but he knew how to keep a big pub in order.Just being downstairs with his public was three quarters of the battle,whereas the current incumbent is spotted less often than a central heating repair man.The gents convenience is still a disgrace,but possibly slightly less damp than before Christmas.Niagara Falls becomes Lake Windermere perhaps...
bigfatfrank - 8 Mar 2009 10:45
This pub couldn't go any further downhill if it tried!!!! Staff are are far more interested in each other rather that serving the person that pays their wages. I wouldn't eat there if you paid me,cold food, that's if they have any food!!! The loos are an absolute joke!!! The ladies that use them must be animals!!! No loo rool and no seats!!! Heard the gents aren't much better!!!! Beer is often flat and warm!! As of the sport they offer, well forget it!!! All welcome if you are a chelsea fan because that's all they show, so not bother going to watch anything else, even if they advertise it, the chances are it will either get put on a tv where you are unable to watch it without upsetting someone OR they won't bother showing it at all. Heating???? What heating!!! Best get their act together in this place as it could be a gold mine. Would i send anyone here on a pub crawl??? No not really.
surreyleague - 9 Feb 2009 12:24
Oh dear.Oh dear oh dear.This alehouse goes from bad to worse.If you're lucky enough to get served,you'll find a lukewarm reception awaits you every time.Motivation must be hard for a barperson,but surely regulars deserve some sort of attention.Sadly though they are more interested in their mobile phones.The gents toilets have resembled Niagara Falls for at least 6 months now and the excuses are a little wafer thin(unlike the landlady's posterior).The central heating system,unlike the bar staff,seems to have a mind of it's own.Boiling in the summer and freezing in the winter.On the plus side,the food is cheap and should thaw out within 2 hours of serving.I would recommend this pub to very stupid people,Chelsea supporters and Sun readers only.Stay away.
bigfatfrank - 21 Jan 2009 00:15
Three words..

What a dive
beerinspector - 8 Aug 2008 20:02
Bring Ray and Mary back from Ireland, chuck out the current scum, redo the pub, serve well kept Guinness again and things would be so much better...
LittleNicky - 30 Jul 2008 00:11
Not bad but lager is bloody expensive. The food is rank, but cheap. The staff are ok and some of them have been there for a while. They show football on a big screen and there is lots of floorspace. The previous landlord (known affectionately as FC) ran it quite well and kicked out of a lot of the local scum(who all moved on to the Railway and then Bar Malden). It is a bit of a drinkers pub with its share of old soaks, including a local drunk called 'Soapy'. The Fountain has a big beer garden and car park andis very well located being less than 10 mins walk from NM railway station and at a crossroads on the major bus routes through new malden. Just a shame the beer is so expensive (but a decent selection though).
Jimmygenius - 9 Jul 2008 10:07
when i went in this pub when in 2004 when i tunred 18 i would say it was gettin run into the ground but in the past 2/3 years i would say i think it had such a big turn round the atmosphere is lovely so are the people (staff and customers) the food is of good quality and of reasonable portions i have also notice they wont run products like i find in other pubs it is great in the summer with the large beer garden mine and my friends children love it and are warmly welcomed. i reccomend this pub to everyone!!!
bumblebee123 - 21 May 2008 17:37
heard its closing as a pub,not as bad as people make out.good landlady who keep,s thing,s under control
graftonclub - 6 Feb 2008 19:28
Ok fair enough the fountain has got things wrong with it, ut what pub doesn't? the fountain is excellent for football games on the telly reasonably priced, (fair enough you dont always get served straight away but still it's not that bad of a pub.)
it has a function room for hire. the staff are friendly well they have been when i go in there. it is a good place to go for a night out with the lads. but this is only my opinion and some of you are probably thinking that im mad for writhing this or some of you are thinking i'll take his advice. up to you but i think its a great pub.
anonymous - 2 Dec 2007 19:08
No real on at noon the other day - the reason: too busy to put it on! Strikes me that getting drinks available for punters to buy should be a priority job for a publican. Won't be back in a hurry.
RexRattus - 18 Nov 2007 17:16
Soulless, atmosphereless clone pub with faux-old fittings. Yada yada yada. Once you've drunk in one, you've drunk in the lot. Semi-decent garden for the summer, and the food is dependably average. Like I say, it's a clone. Next pub please....
thebunster - 25 Feb 2007 18:51
Was in here today and I have to say that it did not seem as bad as suggested by previous reviews. Of course being in there between 3.30 and 5.00 PM on a Thursday afternoon it is going to be pretty quiet, and you have to take into account that the Earl Beatty being my local most pubs are going to seem OK in comparison. But it was clean and comfortable sitting in the large non-smoking area. The only real ale on was Young's Bitter, but it tasted excellent(at 2.32 a pint), but there were two handpumps not in use, one of which probably would have done Pride.

There is a pool table, and a couple of comfortable looking armchairs in the non-smoking area. Above the armchairs is a portrait of one Thomas Lovibond, apparently at one time a Head Brewer somewhere (Courage probably bearing in mind the past affiliation of this pub) glowering down at punters enjoying a pint of Young's! There is a very large garden which is good for the summer. The Fountain does not seem all that bad - at least when I was in there - but perhaps I should go on a Saturday night (perhaps not).
RexRattus - 4 Jan 2007 18:24
well what can u say about this pub an absolute dive of a place,i have been a regular for the last 6-7 years and have never seen the pub in such ruin.
used to be good for the cheap drink however after popping in there recently thought i was drinking from the pub toilet,food is awful as is the service and wouldnt recommend it no matter how thirsty.
irishboy - 4 Dec 2006 17:01
How this place hasn't been closed and razed to the ground by now, is staggering. It is truly one of the worst pubs one could imagine stumbling across.

My only hope is that it one day it will attract so much scum that, rather like a black hole, it collapses under its own weight and every other pikey is dragged in and crushed to the size of a pinhead.

Alas, I fear this will remain only ever a dream . . .
adamsim - 28 Sep 2006 14:14
Anybody know what happened to Sue and Paul,the managemnet team from a few years back(around the millenium)...Would love to catch up with either or both!!!
mercutio - 21 Aug 2006 15:35
This pub should be a decent boozer but the problem is that it goes through phases. Until last year they had a decent landlord who didn't take any crap from morons, but since he left the local rubbish have crept in. The pikey's from chessington have been banned from most local places so i guess this is the nearest they can find...and you can hear them from the other side of the pub. The staff are ok and the beers are acceptable. The food is standard Brake brothers catering fayre, unexceptional and bland...but cheapish. There is also quite a nice garden which is good in the summer.

There is a decent sized car park and the place is right next to bus stops that serve all the major routes that go through new malden (131, 213, 265, 152, x1 and so on). There are also a couple of decent curry houses within 10 minutes walk. The fountain does quite well through default really. Its not a great pub but considering the Royal oak is the best part of a mile away, Woodies isn't on any major public transport routes and local rivals don't have the floorspace that the fountain has, this pub is probably the most accesible. I justy wish Barras would bring in a good, experienced landlord who would stop the lowlife from going there like the guy who ran it before.
pianoman - 10 Apr 2006 17:58
Dark, dismal, depressing. Scary punters, depressed bar staff
hotrods - 2 Apr 2006 10:16
i have dropped in to the fountain for the last 20 years and it goes throught the same cycle, the pikeys from swallow park turn up, smash the place up and get banned, they do the pub up and ban them, a few years later, back come the pikeys and round it goes. At the moment the pikeys are back. When you see them doing up the outside of the pub pop back in for a drink, it means the cave dwellers (sorry I mean caravan not cave) have scurried off back under a rock.
anonymous - 31 Mar 2006 04:48
criticisms of service and the bar staff are misdirected. it would be far wiser to focus your attention on the: 1) rough drinkers 2) poor location 3) thick atmosphere and 4) the fact no one ever has an enjoyble time here.
anonymous - 27 Mar 2006 19:01
Beer is fine, and the food is cheap....if you can get someone to serve it all to you! You feel like an imposition stood at the bar, as the staff all scurry off to find something else to do. Can get too smokey. Great screens for football and nice enough garden in the summer - but where else can you sit out in the sun with a pint in NM?
Harlequins - 1 Dec 2005 12:41
Large but distinctly average Barras pub; not a lot of choice in New Malden which seems to very much lack pubs in the central area. Pint of London Pride and a rump steak for 7.66.

beeronaut - 22 Nov 2005 19:38
I went here recently for the first time in years. I felt the life-force ebbing from my veins. I shan't visit again, until the Korean food festival...
newmalden - 28 Apr 2005 14:38
Punter:'Hi can I have a bottle of house white and 2 glasses please'

Bar Staff; Yes, sure, that'll be (however much)

Punter takes a seat with her friend and their bottle of wine which they pour into their glasses and take a sip. Bar Staff walks over:

'Are you over 21?'

Punter 'No, I'm 19'

Bar Staff: Sorry, over 21's only' and removes bottle and glasses and doesn't refund the money.

Fair enough, you're thinking but the Bar Staff was 18. Now that's annoying.
rooney43 - 25 Apr 2005 14:19
Whats wrong with this pub is whats wrong with all Barras pubs. There aren't enough seats, the tables are rarely cleaned and they chuck you out bang on time. Your typical JB pub. No more, no less.
MrEddie - 19 Jan 2005 15:19
The best and most generous portions of food ever. And very, very cheap, especially on 241 on a monday. Really friendly bar staff too. A great place to rest after work!
Jess Donaldson - 16 Oct 2004 21:29
Bit naff but friendly, typical chain pub, was crawling with screeching kids last time i was there which was bloody annoying, good fun on match day and pretty safe I think. Food cheap and cheerful. I go there often but then what's the choice in sunny new maldy?!
Jane - 17 Aug 2004 11:25
I think it's a great pub, the food is delicious, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. There's plenty of seating and the garden is huge. What more can a person what?! In this day and age there are a lot of pubs that show their support to particular FC team and there's nothing wrong with Chelsea!
TJ - 9 Jul 2004 15:19
Remember the dark old days of The Fountain? During much of the 1990s this was a dark, dirty and despairing place which was so dreadful it only survived by driving it's clientele to drink with it's own apallingness. Anyway, it was taken over by Barras and done up into an average unoffensive boozer, with standard grub and average drinks. Nice in summer with a large garden in which to soak up the sun, but hardly a world-beater of a pub.
Andy P - 17 May 2004 08:59
It should be mentioned that the Korean ambassador was here to watch the South Korean team's escapades at the 2002 World Cup, and the national media descended on our happy little town for a week. It is, indeed, a rather rubbish pub though, not that I've actually dared to go inside for about 15 years
James - 17 Feb 2004 16:31
a totally crap pub. Dirty, rubbish beer, rubbish food. Each time they do it up you walk in and wonder exactly what they've done. It could be a fantastic pub with great decor if only they could get rid of the idiots and make it more presentable.
stamina Josh - 4 Feb 2004 17:12
Definately needs more thought put into the design of the place, there are not enough chairs to go round and that puts a lot of people off as no one wants to squeeze past others. Also when you go upstairs and sit on the balcony bit you can tell it is not looked after at all! It has such potential, what a shame to see a pub go to waste!
Siobhan - 3 Nov 2003 14:20
Going downhill again !!!!!!!!
To much damn chelsea rubbish for my liking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ug uh ug uh !!!
J. Gay. - 19 Jun 2003 21:30
Nice little boozer to watch football in - atmosphere cracking and good sing songs...(on the left side of the pub!)
tony - 17 May 2003 12:31
Since a certain young cockney lad has returned to the parish, the fountain is as good as it was 10yrs ago. The only problem is now a days he is sporting a pompey shirt.The only problem with the pub is the three amigo's who regulary vist there. Two are spurs supporter's, one looks like Gordon Strachan, the other like John O'Shea. The other is a Man Untd supporter who sports a remarkably resemblence to Pat Cash. You are advised to stay well clear on these three as they never have any money, and ponce drinks all evening from the hard working citien's who live in the area. Do not be fooled by them, you have been warned. The fountain also provides cracking entertainment with a double act called Asda and Dusty. Asda is a West Ham Supporter who thinks De Foe is the greatsest striker of all times. He was once bared from Woodies from calling the barmaid's daughter a tart. His partner in crime dusty has not worked for five years. He is known to like to have a flutter on the horses, which on some rare occassion's he actually has one or two winner's. Be advised not to ask him for a tip, storm trooper springs to mind. The Fountain is a pub well worth a vist, top guvnor who is a Chelsea Fan. Yyyyeeeeessssss.

JFH 281202 - 28 Dec 2002 13:44
nice pub shame about the manager he is rude to women with children on thier own (without husband or partner) their appearance doesnt want to make you eat their
anonymous - 4 Dec 2002 20:46
They've got blancmange on the dukebox, but painfully miss some chas n dave. Fantastic pool team though. Big things should happen this season, especially with a return to manchester imminent
The peperami kid - 20 Nov 2002 12:31
You know how it is: you enter the bar & see 3 gleaming handpumps telling you you're about to enjoy a pint of Director's... then the 'lad' behind the bar tells you they're off. Apart from no proper beer, it was noisy & full. The bar staff wanted to be somewhere else, obviously.
DeviousDave - 31 Oct 2002 15:49
It's good for live football, and it's got a great 'Chelsea' Saint George Cross behind the bar.
Dan - 16 Oct 2002 13:28
Pat, The Guvnor is top boy
jim - 16 Oct 2002 13:09
The Fountain is now a glorious pub that has shaken off it's suburban wide boy since it was refirbished in the late 1990s. From being a grotty, racist hole five years ago it came alive during World Cup '02 thanks to the large Korean contingent in New Malden. Clean, light and friendly, it's a perfect place to pop in for great value food. If you're driving there, don't be put off by the barrier over the car park entrance, just drive in and collect an exit token from the bar when you buy a drink.
Loz - 9 Aug 2002 10:21
cracking pub for watching sport. two big screens and lots of little screens. nice beer garden, good for chilled out summer evenings. good cheap food too. an all round good pub :-)
mike - 21 Jun 2002 15:08

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