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Always wanted to pop in. Made the mistake of ordering a large that they only 2/3 pints, seriously?! Full of what looked like ex public school estate agents and their braying other halves. Wouldn't bother again.
TommyRogers1979 - 30 May 2016 10:25
Decided to return to this part of London to do the 3 pubs that I failed to visit on Wednesday, due to not feeling too well. The Lighthouse was the first of the 3. It is a good 15 minutes walk from Clapham Junction through a housing estate. This pub attracts a much more middle class clientele and the prices reflect it - £5 for a small bottle of cider. There is artwork on the walls. Food is served and tables were reserved for diners. Although none were evident. There is a big screen, with rugby seemingly popular. 6 Nations matches were advertised prominently. At the rear is a small patio area. 3 ales were on - By The Horns Diamond Geezer & Stiff Upper Lip & Sambrooks Wandle. Reasonable pub, but the most accessible. Prices deter a return visit.
blue_scrumpy - 15 Feb 2015 10:20
Went there again a few weeks ago - even more expensive now. 8.40 for a large vodka and Coke! Never again!
ianfreeman - 1 Dec 2011 14:42
This is a really nice pub, but it is possibly the most expensive in London! Their large spirits (admittedly with a free mixer) are an unbelievable 6.80! Just slightly less expensive than the Savoy!
ianfreeman - 23 Jan 2011 00:49
Smart, bright and welcoming pub, can be busy at peak times. There's also a modern beer garden with plenty of seating out the back. Board games, a large wooden tiger (which you have to be careful not to walk into given it's in the corridor), and an interesting range of beers mean this stands out from the crowd despite its off-the-beaten-track location. Frankly we were impressed by the service - one of our group's food was late (possibly forgotten), when we pointed asked about it the staff couldn't do enough to put it right - more chips & drinks for everyone, the missing meal out in about two minutes flat, all on the house - now that's how to encourage return custom! This is noticeably quite a kid-friendly place early on in the evening.
curran2 - 7 Nov 2010 22:38
Pleasant smart pub near Battersea Park, has two real ales including Sambrook's Wandle (v.g.). Similar to the Westbridge nearby but not the same place. Can't say I noticed the service (which by and large means the service is ok) but we weren't eating, just having some beer from the brewery which is very nearby. Garden out the back pleasant if almost too hot on a warm summer's day like today.
rainlight - 11 Jul 2010 18:37
The Lighthouse never disappoints. Great food, wonderful Rose!!! and lots of fun.
john.montel57 - 8 Jun 2010 17:47
Battersea particularly by the park is most definately an area of 'haves' and the 'have nots' and The Lighthouse is clearly frequented by the former. That said its a great pub with a good atmosphere and an excellent garden. I prefer late afternoon/early evening before 'Henrietta and Ollie' finish work.
RighteousRabbit - 16 Dec 2009 10:40
Lighthouse is my local and I have enjoyed a casual drink and an occasional bite to eat on numerous occasions. Lovely beer garden and all round good atmosphere. The whole experience however is regularly soured by the arrogant,cocky (see below) and rude bar staff. These idiots have no concept of customer service / service with a smile and are ruining an otherwise very very nice boozer.
Andrew_Nil - 28 Sep 2009 15:55
very nice and clean pub. the girls behind the bar are very nice and friendly
but the guys can be cocky and unfriendly unless you are a blond with big boobs! good beers but the have to work on their attitude a little bit!
not a bad pub overall.
GVF - 22 Jul 2009 15:58
Had the pleasure to visit this pub twice in June 2009 - what a cracking pub! Only went in on the advice of the boss at Sambrooks brewery down the road and have to say that the quality of his ale served here was fantastic! Thanks a lot guys!
Tokenbrit - 22 Jun 2009 18:01
I made a rare foray to this part of the world to attend a friend's birthday drinks in this pub. I rather liked it. It's a rather upmarket, gastropubby kind of place, but avoids the gastropub-by-numbers look that's increasingly common in London. The decor was good and the atmosphere was good as well. I didn't eat here, so can't comment on that aspect of things, but drinks-wise there were three real ales on draught and various lagers. I'd question whether including two premium ales (GK Abbot and Fullers' ESB) among three available is the right balance, but the major plus for me was an opportunity to sample Clapham-based Sambrook's Wandle Ale for the first time. It was reasonably well-served although either it was a little unsettled or the staff here had difficulty pouring it without a huge northern-style head - they took care to top it up though. Unlike previous reviewers, I thought the service was perfectly acceptable.
grecian - 27 Apr 2009 10:51
my new favorite pub in London - just around the corner from my flat, it's home from home. The beer garden is great, very good chef, I especially recommend the apple crumble for pudding.
pubtourguide - 1 Sep 2008 13:17
I have been to this pub maybe a dozen times, and I can't hold my tongue any longer. The decor's fine, the drinks are fine, the food is OK when it eventually arrives and the garden is jolly nice but THE SERVICE IS ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS. I have never been there and NOT been incredibly frustrated by how slow, inefficient, and thin on the ground the bar staff are. And the food takes ages to arrive.

Lads - I'm not an impatient man, but seriously - prepare the slices of lemon before people turn up. Try to remember what people order. Get someone else behind the bar, and basically WORK A BIT QUICKER!
eagle_taverner - 7 Jun 2008 21:34
Love the atmosphere at this place. Lovely friendly staff, lots of regulars, and a buzzy happy atmosphere any night of the week. Great food - a bit more expensive than your average pub(but still reasonable) but the quality of the regularly changing menu more than makes up for it. Very relaxed, we have spent many hours in here, and they do the best lime and sodas in South London (for in betweens...!)Might not be to everyone's taste, it's defn not a sticky carpet boozer, but when you want to chill out with friends it's fantastic.
b_girl7 - 4 Mar 2008 17:51

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