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 SW17 TOOTING

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 - Tooting Bec, Tooting Broadway (Northern)
NR - Earlsfield SW18, Tooting, Wandsworth Common SW12
Access is easy by Underground, Bus or National Rail.
Use the TfL Journey Planner to find your way.

HISTORY

The centre of the area is basically around Tooting Broadway station with a variety of shops running along Mitcham Lane and Tooting High Street/Upper Tooting Road to Tooting Bec. During the 18th century mock elections were held opposite the Leather Bottle in Garratt Lane for the Mayor of Garratt in what appears to have started as a protest against land enclosures. At its height it was said over 100,000 people would attend. See Wikipedia for more details. The Broadway used to be a major junction for trams, with a terminus near the Mitre (now the Long Room).

PUBS

Pubs are listed in alphabetical order.

Photos are by our webmaster, Mike Flynn - Click on any picture to see a large version (2400 x 1350px).

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

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A BAR 2 FAR

40 Mitcham Road

SW17 9NA

Enterprise

No real ale

Formerly Horse & Groom

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AMBIANCE

16 London Road

SW17 9HW

Free

No real ale

Directly opposite the Gorringe Park

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ANTELOPE

76 Mitcham Road

SW17 9NG

Website: www.antic-ltd.com

16.00 - 00.00 Mon - Fri, 12.00 - 00.00 Sat, 12.00 - 22.30 Sun

Antic

Four changing real ales

Opened in July 2009. Real ale reinstated by new owners following refurbishment. Same ownership as nearby Tooting Tram and Social but more of a traditional pub. Restaurant and Beer Garden to open in August 2009. Currently has 4 changing real ales but will have at least two permanent ales alongside 2 guests once favourites have been established. Formerly Jack Beard’s and previously Foresters Arms for 40 years

LU(Tooting Broadway)

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BAR VIVA

238 Balham High Road

SW17 7AW

Free

No real ale

Independent bar opened in 2004 in former shop premises.

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BEC BAR

26 Tooting Bec Road

SW17 8BD

Free

No real ale


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BLUE PUMPKIN

16/18 Ritherdon Road

SW17 8QD

Free

No real ale


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CASTLE

38 Tooting High Street

SW17 0RG

Tel: 020-8672 7018 website: youngs.co.uk

11.00 - 00.00 Mon - Sat, 12.00 - 00.00 Sun

Young

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

Well run single-bar community pub, comfortably furnished with wood panelling and a large Bass mirror. Across the road from the covered market and well placed for Tooting’s many South Asian restaurants. Big screen TV for sports. Versatile function room hosts occasional comedy nights. Meals until 20.00 on weekdays and 19.00 at weekends.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

CP DF FA GD SN ML ME FR

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CORNER PIN

10 Summerstown

SW17 0AY

Tel: 020-8946 3521

11.00 - 00.00 Mon - Thu, 11.00 - 01.00 Fri & Sat, 12.00 - 00.00 Sun

Free

Young’s Bitter

Brick-built pub with long, single bar and a small stage at one end. Adjacent to Wimbledon Sunday market and greyhound stadium. Big screen TV for sports. Karaoke Fri, disco Sat, occasional live music Sun. Pub is available for private hire and was subtitled Riverside (Function Room) from 1999 to 2001. No food.

DF FA GD PG

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GATEWAY

214 Trinity Road

SW17 7HP

Free

No real ale


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GORRINGE PARK

29 London Road

SW17 9JR

Tel: 020-8648 4478 website: youngs.co.uk

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

Young

Young’s Bitter, Special, Seasonal Beer

Charming little community pub by Tooting station, once a hotel, named after an estate now swallowed up by suburbia. The public bar with TV sports is at the front while the quiet, cosy, wood panelled saloon down behind is directly accessed from the side street. Disco or karaoke on Saturday nights. Traditional Sunday lunches but otherwise snacks only.

NR(Tooting)

FA GD SN PB PG RI

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HARE & HOUNDS

99 Summerstown

SW17 0BQ

Tel: 020-8946 6030

11.00 - 01.00 Mon - Sat, 11.00 - 23.00 Sun

Enterprise

Courage Best Bitter

Three-roomed Victorian corner pub with some original stained glass and wood panelling, close to Wimbledon Sunday market and greyhound stadium. Big screen TV, live music, over 21s only. Occasionally a guest beer. Snacks available Mon - Sat only. Formerly White Lion.

CP GD SN PB PG

HOOCHI MAMA’S

88 Tooting High Street

SW17 6RN

Free

CLOSED

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HOPE

1 Bellevue Road

SW17 7EG

Tel: 020-8672 8717 website: thehopepub.co.uk

12.00 - 23.00 Sun - Wed; 12.00 - 00.00 Thu - Fri; 10.00 - 00.00 Sat

Mitchells & Butlers

3 varying beers, mainly from regional breweries; Weston: Organic Draught Cider, Old Rosie

Now having reverted to its original name (it was the Faith and Firkin from 1997 to 2002), this prominent pub opposite Wandsworth Common Station has recently seen a resurgence in real ale with five ever-changing choices. Gastropub meals and snacks are available 12.00 - 22.00 Monday to Friday, 10.00 - 22.00 Saturday and 12.00 - 21.00 on Sunday when roasts predominate. Live music some weekend evenings and a quiz every Monday. The patio at the front affords a sunny drinking area in the warmer months.

NR(Wandsworth Common)

GD SN ML ME

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JJ MOONS

56a Tooting High Street

SW17 0RN

Tel: 020-8672 4726

10.00 - 00.00 every day

Wetherspoon

Courage Best Bitter; Greene King Abbot; Shepherd Neame Spitfire; Marston Pedigree; guest beers; Weston’s Old Rosie Scrumpy or Organic Vintage Cider

Opposite the tube station, one of Wetherspoon’s earliest (1991) South London shop conversions and a welcoming refuge for all customers. The long, narrow interior features photographs of Edwardian Tooting. Two or three regularly changing guest beers. Cheap meals and curry nights.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

FA SN ML ME

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KINGS HEAD

84 Upper Tooting Road

SW17 7PB

Tel: 020-8767 6708

12.00 - 23.00 Sun - Thu; 12.00 - 00.00 Fri-Sat

Punch (Spirit)

Up to 4 varying beers, mainly from regional brewers.

Splendid pub of 1896 by W M Brutton with possibly the most ornate pub interior in South London. Although altered in recent years, it retains magnificent glass, tiles, bar-fittings and screens, including unusual pierced work. As a result it is on Part II of CAMRA’s National Inventory. Food is served from noon to 22.00 daily. Live music on Saturday night and comedy club on Thursday night. Patio at back.

LU(Tooting Bec)

CP GD SN ML ME RI

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LEATHER BOTTLE

538 Garratt Lane

SW17 0NY

Tel: 020-8946 2309; website: leatherbottlepub.co.uk

11.00 - 00.00 Mon - Sat; 12.00 - 00.00 Sun

Young

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

Split level pub dating from the 17th century, with a distinctive Dutch-style roof and a large back garden. Extensively refurbished in 2004 and popular with the 20-40s, the pub now has a separate dining area and a heated marquee for winter drinking. Live music on Friday evenings.

NR(Earlsfield)

CP DF FA GD SN ML ME QP

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LITTLE HOUSE

13 Tooting Grove

SW17 0RA

Tel: 020-8672 3265

10.00 - 23.00 Sun - Thu, 10.00 - 00.00 Fri & Sat

Punch

No Real Ale - handpump unused

Two-bar 1930s estate pub close to St George’s Hospital, with a wood panelled interior that is now listed on CAMRA’s Regional Inventory. A locals’ pub, named the Queen Victoria until October 2004. Occasional live music and big screen TV for sports. Meals available weekday lunchtimes only.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

FA GD SN ML PB PG RI

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LONG ROOM

130 Mitcham Road

SW17 9NH

Punch (Spirit)

Fuller’s London Pride or another real ale.

A ‘bar & hotel’ after complete internal refurbishment. Formerly Mitre.

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MANOR

196 Tooting High Street

SW17 0SF

Tel: 020-8767 6582

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

Mitchells & Butlers

Fuller’s London Pride; Greene King Old Speckled Hen; Black Sheep Bitter

Imposing corner pub with dark, ‘stripped down’ interior of bare floorboards, exposed brickwork and plain furniture. Less busy than it was before 2003 as the Freedom & Firkin but big screen TV covers sporting events. Evening meals on weekdays only. Originally Tooting Tavern, more recently George until 2006 when it became Garden House until another refurbishment in 2009.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

DF GD SN ML ME PG

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MAYFAIR TAVERN

127 Upper Tooting Road

SW17 7TJ

Free

No real ale

An Irish Bar

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PICCOLINO

27-29 Bellevue Road

SW17 7EB

Free

No real ale

Overlooks Wandsworth Common: an independent bar and Italian restaurant opened in 2006 in former ‘Est, Est, Est’ restaurant premises.

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PRINCE OF WALES

646 Garratt Lane

SW17 0NT

Tel: 020-8947 3190

11.00 - 23.00 Mon - Sat; 12.00 - 22.30 Sun but may close in afternoon

Young

Young’s Bitter, Special

Three roomed corner pub with some fine exterior tiling and embossed ceiling. Seafood stall outside. Handy for the Sunday market and greyhound stadium. A locals’ pub with its own darts team, big screen TV for sports and Saturday evening karaoke once a month. Parties catered for. Meals at lunchtimes only.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

CP FA GD SN ML PB PG RI

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RAILWAY BELL

284 Mitcham Road

SW17 9NT

Tel: 020-8672 2777

11.00 - 23.00 Mon - Thu, 11.00 - 00.00 Fri & Sat, 12.00 - 23.30 Sun

Enterprise (Pubs ‘n’ Bars)

Courage Best Bitter; Fuller’s London Pride

Large Mock Tudor 1930s pub opposite Tooting train station. The back bar features a mural depicting players and crests of the main London football clubs. Live music Friday and Saturday evenings, karaoke Sunday evenings. No food.

NR(Tooting)

AC FA GD PB PG

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RAMBLE INN

223 Mitcham Road

SW17 9JG

Free

No real ale


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ROSE & CROWN

140 Tooting Bec Road

SW17 8BH

Tel: 020-8672 2691

11.00 - 23.30 Sun - Thu; 11.00 - 00.00 Fri - Sat

Enterprise

Flowers Original; Marston Pedigree; Young’s Special

Well kept pub built in domestic style which has been recently refurbished to a comfortable standard.

LU(Tooting Bec)

ROUNDED OAK

24 Mitcham Road

SW17 9AN

Wolverhampton & Dudley (Pathfinder)

CLOSED - converted to shop

Formerly Gordon Bennett

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SELKIRK

60 Selkirk Road

SW17 0ES

Tel: 020-8672 6235 website: www.theselkirk.co.uk

Enterprise (Larrik)

Caledonian Deuchars IPA; Taylor Landlord

Victorian two-bar corner pub with attached conservatory, reverting to original name in 2005 after 4 years as the Frog & Forget-me-not. Refurbished in contemporary style with bare floorboards, leather sofas and potted palms. Popular with the 20-30s but no baseball caps! Quiz on Tuesdays, live jazz on Sundays and occasional live music on Fridays.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

DF FA GD SN ML ME FR PG

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SMOKE

14 Trinity Road

SW17 7RE

Tel: 020 8767 3902 website: smokeroomsclapham.com

Free

No real ale

SPIRIT

94 Tooting High Street

SW17 0RR

Free

CLOSED

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TOOTING TRAM AND SOCIAL

48A Mitcham Road

SW17 9NA

Tel: 020-8767 0278 website: www.antic-ltd.com

Antic

16.00 - 00.00 Tue - Thu, 12.00 - 02.00 Fri & Sat, 12.00 - 00.00 Sun

Mitchells & Butlers (Antic)

Black Sheep Bitter; Taylor Landlord; guest beer

Young clientele, soft ambience with subdued lighting, no noisy music or machines, and the tiled walls now decorated with framed pictures, mirrors, lamps and other paraphernalia. Note the use of the innovative Dyson Airblade hand dryers in the toilets. Formerly Tramshed.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

FR

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TRAFALGAR ARMS

148 Tooting High Street

SW17 0RT

Tel: 020-8767 6059

11.00 - 00.00 Sun - Wed, 11.00 - 01.00 Thu - Sat

Enterprise

Greene King IPA; Shepherd Neame Spitfire

Listed building with an impressive art deco frontage that still bears the name of Hodgson’s brewery at Kingston (closed 1965). Set back from the main road with seats in front forecourt, the pub is now open plan inside. Popular with young people, it has close connections with nearby St George’s Hospital and offers food discounts to staff and students. Bingo (with drag caller!) on Thursdays. Occasionally a guest beer. Styled Hardy’s at the Trafalgar Arns from 2001 to 2005.

LU(Tooting Broadway)

CP FA GD SN ML ME

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WHEATSHEAF

2 Upper Tooting Road

SW17 7PG

Enterprise

No real ale


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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