Through the Gateway to the South

Pubs down the Northern Line from Balham to Morden

| INTRODUCTION | SW12 BALHAM | SW17 TOOTING | SW19(S) | MORDEN SM4 | LOST LOCALS |

PUBS IN SW12 BALHAM

This printout of the online version of Through the Gateway to the South has been updated by information reported up to January 2010. To buy the printed version of any of our local guides go to the CAMRA on-line shop at http://shop.camra.org.uk/click the links to the right. Use the area links above for the on-line pub lists. There are also on-line versions of our second guide Across the Commons and our third guide, Down the River available on this website - see the Local Pubs Guide page for details.

Eventually we will have all the pubs in our area available on-line via the very useful www.camrahops.com website. We intend this to be the most up-to-date pubs listing available for South West London pubs.

For now we now have UPDATED on-line versions of the three earliest publications available on this website. Either use the Pubs drop down menu at the top of any page for direct links to the on-line pubs lists or click the links below for a list of the pubs in the relevant postcode area:

If you spot any errors or omissions in our listings please contact our Pubs Officer, Geoff Strawbridge geoff.strawbridge@camraswl.org.uk, with the details.

TRANSPORT

Stations
LU - Balham, Clapham South (Northern)
NR - Balham, Wandsworth Common
Access is easy by Underground, bus routes or British Rail.
Use the TfL Journey Planner to find your way.

HISTORY

Balham was originally called Balgenham until 1542 when the more modern Balams was the name of the local farm. The High Road came into being in the 1850s with country mansions being built along it. These were replaced in the 1890s by commercial development.

PUBS

Pubs are listed in alphabetical order.

Photos are by our webmaster, Mike Flynn - Click on any picture to see a large version on Flickr.

Facilities are coded under each real ale pub entry:
NR/LU/TL - Rail, tube or tram station within 1/2 mile: AC - Accommodation
CP - Own car park: DF - Disabled access + WC
FA - Children welcome: GD - Garden or outdoor drinking area
SN - Snacks (sandwiches, pies etc): ML - Lunchtime meals
ME - Evening meals: RS - Restaurant
FR - Function room: PB - Separate public bar
PG - Traditional pub games: QP - Quiet pub
RI - Regional Inventory: LocAle - CAMRA LocAle Accredited

Small picture of the Avalon

AVALON

16 Balham Hill

SW12 9EB

Tel: 020-8675 8613; Website theavalonlondon.co.uk

Enterprise

Timothy Taylor: Landlord; +2 guest beers

A few hundred yards down the hill from Clapham South tube, once a coaching inn and probably the oldest pub in the area though little of historical/architectural interest remains. Renamed by new leaseholder Renaissance Pubs, after comprehensive refurbishment in November 2008 into attractive gastropub, retaining traditional bar with front lounge but transforming rear sports bar into sumptuous restaurant area. Meals served 12.00 - 15.30, 18.00 - 22.30 Mon - Fri; 12.00 - 16.00, 18.00 - 22.30 Sat; 12.00 - 21.00 Sun. Children under 16 welcome until 20.00. Pavement seating. Formerly the George.

LU(Clapham South)

DF FA GD ML ME RS

Small picture of Balham Tup

BALHAM TUP

21 Chestnut Grove

SW12 8JB

Tel: 020-8776 0546 website: www.inventiveoperations.com

15.00 - 23.00 Mon - Thu, 15.00 - 00.00 Fri, 12.00 - 01.00 Sat, 12.00 - 23.00 Sun

Inventive Operations

Greene King IPA; Wells Bombardier

Formerly Clouseaus (1996-1999) and originally the Balham Hotel. A vast sports bar with big screen TV at each end. Small fenced patio off the road. Meals 18.00 - 22.00 on weekdays and 12.00 - 22.00 at weekends. Strictly over 18s only.

NR/LU

DF GD SN ME

Small picture of BBC Bar Restaurant

BBC BAR RESTAURANT

7-9 Ramsden Rd

SW12 8QX

Tel: 020-8673 4700 website: www.antic-ltd.com

16.00 - 23.00 Tue - Thu, 16.00 - 00.00 Fri, 12.00 - 00.00 Sat, 12.00 - 23.00 Sun

Antic

Taylor Landlord

Three cosy, wood panelled downstairs rooms around former bar of Balham Club (incorporating Balham Bowls Club - hence BBC), opened c. July 2006. Dinners served Wed - Sat from 19.00, Sunday lunches from 13.00.

ME

Small picture of the Bedford

BEDFORD

77 Bedford Hill

SW12 9HD

Tel: 020-8682 8940 website: www.thebedford.co.uk

11.00 - 00.00 Mon - Thu, 11.00 - 02.00 Fri & Sat, 12.00 - 22.30 Sun

Enterprise (Onifas)

Fuller’s London Pride; Sambrook’s Wandle; Westerham Summer Perle; Wychwood Hobgoblin

A thriving community boozer with added attractions. Early Victorian house now comprising the main saloon, a separate 1950s style public bar and two function rooms. Live music Mon - Thu, comedy Fri - Sat and jazz Sun. Nightclub until 02.00 at weekends. Big screen sports. Food 12.00 - 14.45 and 19.00 - 22.00 in the week, 12.00 - 15.30 and 19.00 - 21.00 Sat, and 12.00 - 17.00 and 19.00 - 21.45 Sun.

NR/LU

DF SN ML ME FR PB

Small picture of the Blithe Spirit

BLITHE SPIRIT

157 Balham High Road

SW12 9AU

Tel: 020-8772 0082 website: marstonsinnsandtaverns

11.00 - 23.00 Mon - Thu, 11.00 - 01.00 Fri, 10.00 - 01.00 Sat, 10.00 - 23.00 Sun

Wolverhampton & Dudley (Pathfinder)

Marston Pedigree

1997 shop conversion opened as the Eclipse by Regent Inns, acquired by Wizard Inns and changing its name in 2003. A tasteful, comfortably furnished, upbeat pub with drinking areas on different levels in front of, opposite and behind the bar and upstairs and downstairs patios at the back. Meals 12.00 - 22.00 weekdays and 10.00 - 22.00 weekends.

NR/LU

GD ML ME

Small picture of the Clarence

CLARENCE

90-92 Balham High Road

SW12 9AA

Free

Adnams Explorer, Broadside

This pub was converted from a shop to one failed wine bar, then another, before becoming the Dragons Puzzle (1994) and then just the Puzzle (1997). Taken over by Capital Pub Co in 2004, it was transformed into the Balham Arms, with attractive dining areas alongside a traditional long bar and a lounge at the back. Leaseholder since February 2006, Scott Collins is a beer enthusiast with two other pubs: the Bishop, East Dulwich and the Castle, Camberwell. Keg beers include Meantime (Kolsch and Raspberry), Erdinger and Maredsous.

NR/LU

FA SN ML ME

Small picture of the Devonshire

DEVONSHIRE

39 Balham High Road

SW12 9AN

Tel: 020-8673 1363 website: thedevonshirebalham.co.uk

12.00 - 00.00 Sun - Thu, 12.00 - 00.00 Fri & Sat

Young

Young’s Bitter, Special, Waggledance, Seasonal Beer - RAiB: Special London Ale

Large, cavernous Victorian corner house retaining high ceilings and some original mirrors. Refurbished as more of a gastropub and renamed from Duke of Devonshire early in 2008. Split level seating areas behind the central bar with a large garden open in the summer. Meals 12.00 - 22.00 Mon - Sat and 12.00 - 21.00 Sun.

NR/LU

GD SN ML ME PG RI

Small picture of the Exhibit

EXHIBIT

12 Balham Station Road

SW12 9SG

Tel: 020 8772 6556 website: www.theexhibit.co.uk

Free

No real ale

Small picture of the Grove

GROVE

39 Oldridge Road

SW12 8PN

Tel: 020-8673 6531 website: youngs.co.uk

11.00 - 00.00 every day

Young

Young’s Bitter, Special, Seasonal Beer - RAiB: Kew Gold, Special London Ale

Large Victorian corner pub retaining separate drinking areas despite the complete refurbishment that sadly saw a popular public bar knocked through. Clean, tasteful, relaxed and quiet, a stylish but not trendy pub for everyone including families and especially diners. Restaurant meals all day until 22.30. Board games but no darts, fortnightly Sunday quiz. Pavement seating.

NR/LU

FA SN ML ME QP

Small picture of Harrison’s

HARRISON’S

15-19 Bedford Hill

SW12 9EX

Free

No real ale

Formerly BALHAM KITCHEN & BAR. Owned by Sam Harrison, of Sam’s Brasserie & Bar Chiswick.

Small picture of the Jackdaw & Rook

JACKDAW & ROOK

96-100 Balham High Road

SW12 9AA

Tel: 020-8772 9021 website: fullers.co.uk

12.00 - 23.30 Mon - Thu, 12.00 - 01.00 Fri & Sat, 11.00 - 23.00 Sun

Fuller

Fuller’s London Pride

Formerly a furniture store, opened by Fuller’s as Bar Interlude in 1999, renamed in 2002. Very much a "boys" club’. Over 18s only, with music, pool competitions and televised football. Hosted World Table Football Championships in February 2005. Meals until 21.00 every day; bar snacks till 23.00 Fri & Sat.

NR/LU

DF SN ML ME PG

Small picture of the Lounge

LOUNGE

76 Bedford Hill

SW12 9HR

Tel: 020 8673 8781 website: www.thebalhamlounge.co.uk

Free

No real ale

Tapas bar

Small picture of the Moon Under Water

MOON UNDER WATER

194 Balham High Road

SW12 9BP

Tel: 020-8673 0535 website: jdwetherspoon.co.uk

09.00 - 00.00 every day

Wetherspoon

Courage Best Bitter; Greene King Abbot; Marston Pedigree; Shepherd Neame Spitfire; guest beers; Weston Old Rosie Scrumpy

Tasteful wood-panelled 1993 shop conversion, close to Balham station, offering four rotating guest beers besides the permanent range. A lively pub for everyone to eat, drink, talk or watch televised football etc. Food served until after 21.00. Good value menu including curry night offers.

NR/LU

DF SN ML ME

Small picture of the Nightingale

NIGHTINGALE

97 Nightingale Lane

SW12 8NX

Tel: 020-8673 1637 website: youngs.co.uk

11.00 - 23.00 Mon - Sat, 12.00 - 22.30 Sun

Young

Young’s Bitter, Special, Seasonal Beer - RAiB: Kew Gold, Special London Ale

This pub has been a focus for the local community since early Victorian times and is nowadays renowned for its annual walk for local charities and Guide Dogs for the Blind. The conservatory is child-friendly and the back garden is a real suntrap in summer. Food served from noon to 22.00 daily. Always a mixed clientele but moving gradually more upmarket. Worth going out of your way to find. The G1 bus travels Nightingale Lane.

NR(Wandsworth Common)

DF FA GD SN ML ME QP

Small picture of the Prince of Wales

PRINCE OF WALES

270 Cavendish Road

SW12 0BT

Enterprise (Ascot Inns)

No real ale

This pub is 70 metres down Balham New Road from the Devonshire

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Facilities

NR/LU/TL - Rail, tube or tram station within 1/2 mile
AC - Accommodation
CP - Own car park
DF - Disabled access + WC
FA - Children welcome
GD - Garden or outdoor drinking area
SN - Snacks (sandwiches, pies etc)
ML - Lunchtime meals
ME - Evening meals
RS - Restaurant
FR - Function room
PB - Separate public bar
PG - Traditional pub games
QP - Quiet pub
RI - Regional Inventory
LocAle - CAMRA LocAle Accredited