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Don’t normally write reviews but was flicking through the comments below and I think they are now every out-dated.

I have been drinking in the pub for over 30 years and have seen many a staff come and go but always had a pleasant experience with them.

The girls that are working on the bar at the moment are lovely; they will always make time for you and will stop and have a chat about anything.

I always bring my dog in and the bar staff went and bought her a special dog bowl. I have also noticed an elderly gentleman who comes into the pub has trouble walking and one of the members are staff will always take his drink to him.

The manager there at the moment is a great guy and all the regular customers and staff have a great rapport with him.

The beer is always off a great quality and I have no intention of ever changing my local pub.

Come and see for yourself what a lovely warm welcoming place the Pied Bull really is.

john98 - 26 Nov 2012 21:06
My partner, his elderly parents and I recently visited this pub on the recommendation of a friend who frequently visits the premises.

On arrival we found ourselves a table for four next to the open fire which was lit and blazing out a lovely amount of heat. On the table there was a small plant and a lit candle along with both food and drink menus. Very convenient.

I went to the bar to order some drinks and ask some questions I had about the menu. I was greeted by a girl (around the age of 18-24) who couldn’t have been more helpful. She suggested a lovely bottle of wine that would compliant the food and discussed at length about the selection of real ales they had to offer. She also asked if I would like a jug of water as well. She then helped me carry the round to our table even though it was busy.

She then came back to the table and took our food order again very helpful considering the pub was busy. When the food arrived we were shocked at how generous the portion sizes were for the money. I order the bangers and mash and my guests ordered the 3 different pies on the menu. The food was absolutely delicious and I just wished I’d saved room for pudding!

The facilities were stocked and the pub was very clean. I noticed the bar maid and her co worker looked like they were sharing a joke with a group of customers and they really looked conformable in there jobs.

This pub is a wonderfully welcoming tradition pub. The staff are very helpful and go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable evening. Will defiantly visit again.

Jane12345 - 21 Nov 2012 18:54
Two-roomed Youngs establishment next to a Sainsburys supermarket. I chose to sit in the lounge/restaurant. A couple of young bar staff were tucking into dinner, within which one had found a piece of plastic! The barman at work was struggling with a card payment. Only 2 Youngs beers were on - Special & Ordinary. On my way out, I passed through the bar. Unlike the modern lounge, which had obviously undergone the tasteless Youngs refurbishment, the bar looked as if it still retained a fair amount of character. My experience was fairly disappointing. But in hindsight, I should have tried the bar instead.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Sep 2012 21:08
i remember this pub in the 70s,when it was run by a very old lady,sorry cant remember her name,and they won pub of the year,and had a beer tent on the common just over the road...she would sit at the end of the bar(i think it was the bar on the left hand side)and wag her finger if you would would be served or not...i also remember that a one time british boxer used to run the pub,and then went to the jolly gardeners in mitcham or it might have been his mother that run it....but who cares was a well run pub when i used it. the good old days when youngs was rating not been in for 40 years
kevincarter - 25 Aug 2011 16:59
A real disappointment of a Youngs pub. Been in 3 times and each time service was terrible- see below reviews. Beer was sub-standard and there was almost no atmosphere. Never been in Friday night but from reviews below I really don't want to. Then again I don't want to go back anyway. There is a much better traditional local round the corner!
ralphholland - 25 Aug 2011 16:12
We live very near to this pub and used to go in quite often, I don't think we'll be going there for a while after our recent visit.
We went in on a Friday to the newer area of the pub, normally really like it in there, good atmosphere, pretty poor service but the atmosphere makes up for it.
They had this guy in there on the microphone constantly going 'one two' 'one two' for about 30 minutes, the area was busy when we arrived but then this guy started playing really awful cheesy music. Which was on while the other music was playing at the bar, really it was awful cheese like charlies angels. Something which would work in a bad cheese club, not the pied bull!! Obviously everyone started leaving and squashing into the other side of the bar.
Then this guy started singing, honestly it was awful, sounded like some old cabaret host who can't sing. Everyone left and he sung to no one. We were watching him from the other half of the bar while he continued for another hour until we left to sing to no one. Honestly, even the bar staff left the room.
What an awful idea, we just didn't get it, do they pay this man to empty the pub!! We spoke with some other locals who said that this happens every Friday and the guys so awful he clears the pub.
You'd think they'd stop the awful noise when everyone left, but no they let him carry on.
We had to leave and scout around for a new local we found on our iphones, luckily found a really nice pub just round the corner we'd never been in before and count this as our new local.
Annette1979 - 14 Mar 2011 10:14
Havent been in for a long while as I was a bit sceptical about the place to be honest!

The outside isnt the best (being right next to the A23) but its kept tidy and had some boards telling you about the offers and sports going on there.

What a lovely place! Its so much tidier and cleaner and there was alsorts of people in - young couples, a whole family with kids and grandad alike and the 'Regulars Bar' was packed.

5 cask ales on - Youngs Bitter, Special, London Gold, COurage best and Banana Bread Beer, and my pint had to be a Youngs - absolutely superb. I shall certainly be back if this place keeps the beer to that quality and good to see a Youngs Pub with so many guest ales.

There was food going out (to the big family) and although not huge, the menu had 'Pub Classics' with Fish & Chips, Burgers, Sausage & Mash, Pies etc. and plenty of offers on throughout the week.

The bar staff were very friendly and attentive, even when it was fairly busy at one stage - its a huge bar - and certainly made me feel welcome.

The smoking shelter out the back kept the rain off - its a huge wooden thing with heaters and lots of tables.

Overall a great experience for a pub iv not been in for a long while - certainly on the up! Well recommended.
oldmanyoung - 19 Feb 2011 20:13
I had hoped that the poor service was down to the staff having an off day, unfortunately a friend, for whom this place is their local, confirmed that service is often farcical.
On the night I went - 16/07/2010 - the kitchen ran out of burgers, then the oven stopped working, but my friend had to wait nearly 40 mins to be told why his order hadn't arrived.

The ladies loo ran out of paper and despite being next to a late night supermarket, the staff said there was nothing they could do.

And finally just trying to order a pint involved waiting at the bar for nearly 10 mins, being ignored by one member of staff, while there was no sign of the other two who had been floating around all evening.

I certainly won't go back or recommend this place
beer_watcher - 19 Jul 2010 21:42
Have been on 2 lunchtimes recently. The Youngs is well kept but at times the serving staff seemed to have gone awol. Pleasant and airy with screens in the rear room and a pleasant patio area. Made the mistake of ordering food on the first occassion - I had lamb burger which was ok and just served with chips which filled the plate but just one layer deep - not at all generous for 7. My mate had steak and ale pie which was quiet small with thickish pastry served with a round of mash potato (no additional gravy) and another round of rounds of carrot and a broccolus floret (my mate tells me that this is the singular of broccoli florets).
Good pint but keep clear of the food and most Youngs pubs seem to have a similar menu
lout_from_the_lane_ - 6 Aug 2009 11:22
I love this pub, but don't got there much these days as it's become really shabby and tatty looking, both inside & outside. A real shame, as it could revert to it's former glory with a bit of TLC. Young's ought to know better. On one recent visit the barmaid seemed to be in a kind of subdued trance all evening, and didn't seem inclined to serve customers at all. HELLO! CAN WE HAVE A BIT OF SERVICE PLEASE? I'D LIKE TO BUY SOME BEER, IF IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TROUBLE!!!!
Greedyboy - 3 Mar 2009 00:36
Sawthe livemusic in here one Sun arvo, pleasant enough. Since then they scrapped Sky Sports and sports generally, or so the bar man told me a couple of months back.
mfawkner - 17 Nov 2008 13:42
Typical large 'old style' Youngs pub, with a good sized paved beer garden. There was a function going on, and it was a busy Saturday night. Even so, the bar staff kept their cool (and their humour)under a lot of pressure. There were no great queues to get served, and both the Youngs Special and the Ordinary tasted fine. I hadn't been there for many years, and I haven't sampled the food, but it still seems like a decent enough boozer.
CountryBoy - 29 Jun 2008 15:02
i love this place and think that service has definetly improved along with the food, beer, decor, staff and management. Every time i visit i am made to feel welcome rather than being made to feel as if i am in the way and we now dare to eat wich we certainly would not have done 8 months ago. These guys are doing a great job keep it up guys.
anonymous - 29 Jun 2007 23:20
on Satuarday night we had a BAD experence at
pied bull the standards have not improved from what we could see.

anonymous - 5 Jun 2007 01:54
Really happy that this great pub is now being run by professionals. Lots of things going on and by far the best Sunday Roast in the area. Had a paint job and looking much better. Lets hope Young's don't let it slip again
whitto - 24 May 2007 14:54
We've been to the Pied Bull quite a few times recently and we think it's a really great spot to eat and drink in Streatham - especially on a warm day sitting outside in the fabulous beer garden. There's a great menu and the food is consistently good and very reasonably priced. The staff are friendly and welcoming - keep up the good work and don't let the standards slip.
didioconnor - 6 May 2007 13:02
Strange, after the refit this was a lovely place, it still is but was tainted by a meal I had there a while back. It was standard pub lunch, I had a lasagne and my significant other had the steak and ale pie. Both were grey in colour and tasted awful. After that I can't quite bring myself to set foot in the place.

They still serve a good pint and its a nicely done out pub but I'd avoid the food at all costs. Hows about a bit of a makeover Youngs? Sort the kitchen out and this could be a brilliant place once again.
youknowyouloveit - 1 Mar 2006 15:14
Easily the best pub in Streatham and for miles around. The pub did lose some of its character following some major refurbishment about three or so years ago, but it still maintains many of the architectural eccentricities charactersitic of some other older 'Youngs 'brewery pubs around London. The location might not be ideal for some, but for others a further plus point is that it is a safe distance from the polluted heartland of Streatham High Road.

This is a real pub, and Streatham and south London needs it.
grigby - 13 Oct 2005 15:44
I'd agree it doesn't look as cared for as it used to, and I don't visit as much as I used to since Young's hiked the prices, but it's still an attractive place.
langrabbie - 6 Jan 2005 19:14
Lovely beer (always a good pint). Traditional setting. Fair prices. Cracking local, much better than the local competition.
Ed G - 17 Nov 2004 11:11
It's the best pub in the immediate vicinity of Streatham Common. Big enough to watch the football in one part of the pub & have a cosy chat in the other if you prefer. Traditional.
Richard - 4 Nov 2004 22:01
Run down and way overpriced. Could be a nice bar. Come on Young's - sort it out. Worth a visit if the Missus drags you to the supermarket next door, and you can't quite face the shops.

John - 28 Jul 2004 16:01
This pub holds onto everything London (and Streatham) is letting go of... a bit of local soul. If you go on a Sunday lunch, you might catch 'Roy and the Boys' - a brilliant OAP jazz band with lots of charm. They play fortnightly. But only only go if you promise to keep up its local down to earth flavour.
Fiona L - 10 Dec 2003 12:56
Good beer, reasonable food, lots of space, little trouble (normally) finding a table if that's what you want. What more do you need from a pub?
Marc - 17 Oct 2003 18:16
The closure of two nearby rough-houses has rather lowered the tone of this place. Can't make up it's mind what it is. The landlord/lady knows his /her beer but barstaff don't and i've given up trying to get a decent pint of Youngs Special, which I consider the best pint in the world.

(Sorry about gender uncertainty, the landlady seems to wear the trousers, but I'm not sure;-)
Paul - 17 Oct 2003 17:01
A deservedly popular pub. It's a Youngs house, so some ale drinkers will hate it, but otherwise can't be faulted for quality of beer, food or service.
Admittedly, some of the regulars can be a little eccentric, but so long as you aren't dominating the bar with a braying conversation, you'll have nothing to worry about.
Lang Rabbie - 7 Sep 2003 13:38
It is a great pub with a wide range of beer and food in great quality. It also has a beer garden and a big tv which the latest matchs of football,cricket and rugby are viewed.
Stephen Good - [email protected] - 29 Jul 2003 16:38

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