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Pub of the Year 2007

The CAMRA SW London Pub of the Year for 2007 (i.e. the current Pub of the Year throughout 2008) is the Trafalgar <www.thetraf.com> in Merton. The Pub of the Year is voted for by members’ ballot and was announced at the Battersea Beer Festival on Thursday 7th February 2008. The Traf is only a ten minute walk from the Sultan so a visit to the top two pubs is easily possible in a single session.

The Trafalgar in Merton - Pub of the Year 2007 A five minute walk from South Wimbledon Underground Station this is a small, traditional local pub dating from the 1860s and adorned with Nelson memorabilia. It’s a free house serving Fuller’s Gales HSB and 4 or 5 changing guest beers, many coming from the microbreweries including Dark Star, and often including a mild.

Following this success in SW London, the Trafalgar was also voted the 2008 CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year for the whole of the Greater London area. See photo top right or click for more details. The Pub featured on the cover of the October/November 2008 edition of the London Drinker Magazine.

The other five finalists were - in Post Code order:

They are all well worth visiting too.

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POTY 2008 Presentation
The presentation to David & Karen at the Trafalgar in Merton for winning the CAMRA Greater London Regional Pub of the Year 2008 award. Click for full details.

CAMRAswl Pub of the Year 2007 announcement at the Battersea Beer Festival, 07 Feb 2008, winner - the Trafalgar, South Wimbledon
The VIPs at the announcement of the Trafalgar as Pub of the Year 2007 at the Battersea Beer Festival on Thursday 7 Feb 2008.Click for more Battersea photos

London Drinker Oct-Nov 2008

Beehive

Beehive

197 St Johns Hill, Battersea SW11 1TH
An excellent local on St. John’s Hill, serving London Pride, ESB and a changing guest. The beer is always on superb form and the quiet, friendly atmosphere makes for a pleasant experience.

Crown & Sceptre

Crown & Sceptre

2a Streatham Hill, Streatham, London SW2 4AH
An ex-Truman pub standing alone on the junction of the South Circular and Brixton Hill, still badged with the Truman fascia. The first Wetherspoons to be opened in our branch area, it usually has 6 guest ales on offer, which the young manager looks after impeccably.

Grapes

Grapes

39 Fairfield Street, Wandsworth SW18 1DX
Our 2005 Pub of the Year winner is an old traditional, compact, community local, with a small patio leading to a delightful enclosed garden. Friendly and welcoming licensees look after the pub, the customers and the beers. Young’s Bitter and Special are always in excellent condition.

Nightingale

Nightingale

97 Nightingale Lane, Balham SW12 8NX
The ‘bird’ is like a country pub in London and easily the best in the Balham area. It is very well looked after by people who really care for their Young’s beers and also raises huge sums for charity with it’s famous annual walk. There is a family conservatory at the back and you are always assured of a warm welcome.

Princess of Wales

Princess of Wales

98 Morden Rd, Merton SW19 3BP
A five minute walk from the Trafalgar, a traditional local Young’s pub which has been run by the same couple, Terry and Debbie, for over 20 years. It is twinned with the Horse Brass pub in Portland, Oregon, whose customers presented the glasswork and the portrait in the bar.

Sultan

Sultan

78 Norman Road, South Wimbledon SW19 1BT
A past SW London and Greater London CAMRA award winner, renowned for the quality of its Hop Back beers and others, is more of a village pub than back street boozer, with engaging bar staff and a warm and friendly atmosphere. It is a proper pub serving excellent ales, full of character with locals to match.

Trafalgar

Trafalgar

23 High Path, Merton, SW19 2JY
A five minute walk from South Wimbledon Underground station, this is a small, traditional local pub dating from the 1860s and adorned with Nelson memorabilia. It’s a free house serving Fuller’s Gales HSB and 4 or 5 changing guest beers, many coming from the microbreweries including Dark Star, and often including a mild.

Trinity Arms

Trinity Arms

45 Trinity Gardens, Stockwell, London, SW9 8DR
Our 2004 Pub of the Year winner is an oasis in a quiet square off Brixton’s main road which is superbly run and serves top quality Young’s beers. It is extremely popular with Town Hall staff and with those attending events at the nearby Brixton Academy, though locals are the mainstay customers.