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Address: 44 Lambeth High Street, Lambeth, London, SE1 7JS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 35892) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Website: http://

Nearest tube stations Vauxhall (0.6 miles), Lambeth North (0.6 miles), Westminster (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations Vauxhall (0.5 miles), London Waterloo (0.8 miles), London Waterloo East (1 mile)

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An entirely unexpected find and a real gem. Nice and open at the front, dark and characterful at the back. Pool table, space invaders table, a pint of decent ale was £3.50 which is pretty decent given I was coughing up £4.75 somewhere around Holborn the previous night.

Nicely decorated and friendly bar staff. Plenty of people sitting on the tables out the front despite a bizarre attack of tiny black flies that seemed to be only on this street and no other. Hard to fault this place in any way in truth, though it is in south London and nobody should ever have to put themselves through the terrors of south London just to go to a nice pub like this.
cid - 8 Aug 2014 15:19
A really nice surprise find. Quirky, shabby-chic decor, friendly with a decent, good value menu. Dull draught beers despite the intriguing Brooklyn Brewery sign in the window but overall, really liked it.
curioushistory - 25 Apr 2012 16:48
Stopped in for a drink - really friendly and efficient staff. Very quiet even after work.

Good atmosphere in a nice dog-eared way, and reasonably kept beer. Food was above average too and good value.

Unremarkable but a nice place off the beaten track.
enfilade - 14 Apr 2011 11:38
Strange sort of place, run by an older couple who gave the impression of being temporary managers. The pint of Adnams was OK, but it is the sort of place that one fears might not be there next time you walk past. Location-wise, if there is anything less like a high street than Lambeth High Street then I have yet to see it (but it certainly ain't in Camberwell).
rpadam - 26 Jun 2009 23:40
Once there was a pub. This pub was close to a civil service building which meant it got a lot of customers at the end of the day, especially on Friday. In the old style there were two bars, a Public and a Saloon, the public on the left and the saloon on the right. In between them there was a serving space where the landlord and his two barmaids poured pints of Courage Best and Directors and called for toasted sandwiches to be delivered down the serving hatch. The thirsty office workers would go down there and line up along the counter in the Public bar - for some reason they never went in the Saloon, possibly remembering their elders' tales of days when pints in the Saloon would cost more than in the Public.
There was no outside space. In those days you could smoke in pubs, and they did. Come Friday the public bar would be awash with smoke and beer-drinkers. Some of them went at lunchtime as well as that was still permissible in those far-off days.
Then the office building was demolished, the people who worked there went their separate ways, and I didn't think about the pub again until just now.
I went back.
Imagine my dismay that the two cosy bars had been knocked through into one, the glass reading SALOON BAR and PUBLIC BAR in the doors had been replaced by clear glass, a new counter has been built at the right-hand wall where the old saloon bar was (though the food hoist is still in its original position, marking where the counter used to be). There is apparently beer on, though all the pumps were turned round: Greene King have taken this pub over, but I don't think all this has happened because it's them. Such 'renovations' happen all over. There are now red sofas and dining tables, and a pointless 'outside' area at the back where they probably used to store barrels.
It could be worse: a lot of pubs have closed down. But the Windmill, Lambeth High Street, isn't what it was when we used to go there.

I had a J20 and a cheese sandwich and remembered the way it used to be.
rainlight - 2 Oct 2008 10:58

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