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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 SW19(S) SOUTH WIMBLEDON, MERTON and COLLIERS WOOD

For pubs in Wimbledon Hill, Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon Common see our SW19(N) page.

This printout of the online version of Through the Gateway to the South has been updated by information reported up to June 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 - Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon (Northern); Wimbledon (District)
NR - Wimbledon, Haydons Road, Wimbledon Chase
Tramlink - Dundonald Road, Merton Park, Morden Road (info)

Access is easy by Underground, bus, tram or National Rail. Use the TfL Journey Planner to find your way.

HISTORY

SW19 is made up of several contrasting areas. This guide covers those areas to the south of the main railway line from Waterloo. From the main station, the Broadway leads us to Merton, famous as the home of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, and Colliers Wood. The River Wandle forms the border between Merton and Colliers Wood and was famous for its industry. Alongside runs the Wandle trail.

William Morris had his works near to where the Sainsbury’s Savacentre now stands and he is commemorated in the name of the pub at the restored Liberty works a little upstream. Close by in a subway can be seen part of the remains of Merton Abbey founded by Gilbert the Norman in 1114. Wimbledon/Merton/Colliers Wood provides some good locals, many recently refurbished.

Pubs of Merton (Past & Present), by Clive Whichelow, published in 2003 @ £3.95, is gratefully acknowledged as the source of some of the information included here.

PUBS

Pubs are listed in alphabetical order.

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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ANTOINETTE HOTEL

249-263 The Broadway

SW19 1SD

Free

No real ale

Formerly Way Inn (Wayfairer Hotel)

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BAR SIA

105-109 The Broadway

SW19 1QG

Punch

No real ale

Formerly JJ’s Bar Café

BLUE

222 High Street, Colliers Wood

SW19 2BH

Free

CLOSED

Remains shut since flood damage in July 2007. Formerly Baobab, previously Riverside and originally Royal Six Bells

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COLLIERS TUP

198 High Street, Colliers Wood

SW19 2BH

Tel: 07880 748448 Website: www.thecollierstup.co.uk/

12.00 - 23.00 Mon - Thu, 12.00 - 00.00 Fri, 12.00 - 01.00 Sat, 12.00 - 22.30 Sun

New Pub Co.

Adnams Broadside; Sharps Doombar; Wells Bombardier; guest beer

Victorian frontage belies a light, airy pub with pine tables. ‘SW19’s Premier Rugby pub’ with many screens showing games from around the world broadcast on Sky and ESPN. Also shows some other sporting events. Music alternative Fridays at present. Party zones for hire, as can barbecues (with all the necessary for £10 - bring your own food) held in the pleasant garden at the rear - shame about the pylon! Saturday and Sunday lunches (with a plan to extend to weekdays). The guest beer changes monthly. Refurbished in 2005 when its original name, the Victory, with the sign portraying Nelson’s flagship, was sadly abandoned just before the Trafalgar bicentenary

LU(Colliers Wood)

CP GD ME

EDWARDS

8 Hartfield Road

SW19 1AE

Punch

No real ale


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GJ’S

62 High Street, Colliers Wood

SW19 2BY

Orchid

No real ale

Formerly Red Lion.

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GROVE TAVERN

2 Morden Road

SW19 3BH

Free

No real ale

Renamed Doyle’s for a while

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HENRY J BEANS

153-163 The Broadway

SW19 1NE

Hartford (Henry J Beans)

No real ale

Formerly The (Bar Café)

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HORSE & GROOM

143-145 Haydons Road

SW19 1AN

Enterprise

No real ale


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HOUSE BAR

141 The Broadway

SW19 1QJ

Orchid

No real ale

Now a South African cocktail bar with keg lagers. Formerly Broadway & Dragon, Drift, Jim Thompson’s Flaming Wok, originally Broadway Tavern

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KILKENNY TAVERN

131 Merton High Street

SW19 1DE

Enterprise

No real ale

Formerly Horse & Groom, (and prior to that the Bricklayers’ Arms until 1882) and officially known by its nickname the Dark House from 1984 until 1994, reverting to its original name until 1997.

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KISS ME HARDY

Unit 5, Priory Retail Park, 131 High Street, Colliers Wood

SW19 2PP

Punch (Spirit)

No real ale


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LEATHER BOTTLE

277 Kingston Road

SW19 3NW

Tel: 020-8542 7490

11.00-23.00 Mon-Wed, 11.00-23.30 Thu, 11.00-00.00 Fri, 12.00-22.30 Sun

Punch (Spirit - ‘John Barras’)

Caledonian Deuchars IPA; Fuller’s London Pride; Greene King Old Speckled Hen

Large one bar pub with various distinct areas. The current building dates from 1897 although it is understood a pub of the same name stood in what is now the pub car park from the early 18th century. Restrained decor and variety of seating helps makes for a welcoming atmosphere. Children welcome to 19.00. Guest beer changes weekly, usually from an independent brewery. Occasionally a second guest can replace London Pride. Food 12.00-20.30 (21.30 Thu) with two for one offer on main meals 15.00-20.30 Mon & Thu (not Bank Holidays). Sky TV, quiz Thursday, karaoke Friday and music some Saturdays. Pool and darts. It was the Old Leather Bottle for a time.

NR(Wimbledon Chase) TL(Merton Park) Buses 152, 163, 164 and K5.

CP DF FA GD SN ML ME PG

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MARIMBA

190 Merton High Street

SW19 1AX

Free

CLOSED

Formerly Piano Lounge

MARQUIS OF LORNE

117 Haydons Road

SW19 1HH

Free

CLOSED

licence withdrawn

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NELSON ARMS

15 Merton High Street

SW19 1DF

020-3132 4590 Website: www.thenelson.co.uk

12.00 - 22.30 Sun - Wed, 12.00 - 00.00 Thu, 12.00 - 00.00 or later Fri & Sat

Punch

Caledonian Deuchers IPA; Wychwood Hobgoblin

The extraordinary full Charrington tiling and series of murals by Garters of Poole, depicting Lord Nelson and HMS Victory on the exterior of this pub make it a local landmark and the most iconic building on Merton High Street. Functional interior with L-shaped area round the large bar, with main area with wooden floor, which includes a small stage area and a dartboard, furnished with tables sofas and chairs. To one side of the bar is a raised comfortably furnished carpeted area, which can be booked for functions. Note the ‘Warhol’ style pictures of Nelson and the spherical chandelier. Sky and ESPN sports, with facilities to show two different sports at once - there is also a screen in the garden. The garden is a reasonably sized paved area at the rear and includes a heated, covered smoking area. Semi-professional quality music at open mike night on Thursday. Occasional live bands - check website. Quiz nights alternate Tuesdays - see website. Children welcome to 20.00. Free WiFi. Food available 12.00 - 22.00 Mon - Sat, 12.00 - 20.00 Sun.

LU (South Wimbledon)

DF FA GD PG

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O’NEILLS

66 The Broadway

SW19 1RQ

Mitchells & Butlers

No real ale


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PRINCE OF WALES

2 Hartfield Road

SW19 3TA

Tel: 020-8946 5369

12.00-23.00 Mon-Thu, 12.00-00.00 Fri & Sat, 12.00-22.30 Sun

Punch (Spirit - ‘T&J Bernard’)

Adnams Broadside; Fuller’s London Pride; Greene King IPA; Theakston Old Peculier; Young’s Bitter; guest beer

Victorian town centre pub, built during the early years of the railway in Wimbledon, with a large single bar and a raised non-smoking area to the rear, though you have to pass through the main bar to get there. "Bertie’s" wine bar downstairs. With its prominent position opposite the station and the Centre Court shopping mall, this pub can become crowded during the early evening and is busy all day. One or two guest beers, changing weekly.

NR/LU/TL(Wimbledon)

SN ME ML

PRINCE OF WALES

336 Western Road, Colliers Wood

SW19 2QA

Wellington Pub Co

CLOSED

Boarded up - Future uncertain

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PRINCE OF WALES

98 Morden Road

SW19 3BP

Tel: 020-8542 0573 Website: www.powmerton.co.uk

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

Young

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

Recently reverted to original name after sympathetic refurbishment aiming to capture some of the atmosphere of the past. A one-bar pub with three fairly distinct areas, carpeted throughout with a variety of seating. The pub itself dates from around mid 19th century and has evolved over the years. Garden with covered area (suitable for smokers) and pool table. Guest beer from the Young’s list, Food 12.00—15.00, 18.00—21.00 Tues to Sat, 12.00—17.00 Sun. Children allowed to 20.30. Was the Princess of Wales, 1997 to 2010. Wi-Fi. Home to the Young’s cricket team who play on the nearby Abbey Recreation Ground.

LU(South Wimbledon) TL(Morden Road)

CP CF GD ML ME PG

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PRINCESS ROYAL

25 Abbey Road, Merton

SW19 2LZ

Tel: 020-8542 3273

11.00-23.30 Mon-Fri, 11.00-00.30 Sat, 12.00-22.30 Sun

Enterprise

Greene King IPA

Compact early 19th century corner house, sensitively preserved and including rare example of a public bar, which has a dartboard and a collection of sports shirts. Comfortable saloon bar; note the copy of the 1859 lease and pictures of film stars. Children welcome in bar to 19.30. Large enclosed beer garden with gazebo type shelter and heaters. Food 12.00-15.00 Mon to Fri. Sky Sports.

LU(South Wimbledon)

FA GD ML PB PG

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REHAB

186A High Street, Colliers Wood

SW19 2BN

Free

No real ale

Formerly Gazpacho

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ROYAL STANDARD

180 High Street, Colliers Wood

SW19 2BN

Greene King

No real ale


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SLUG & LETTUCE

16-26 Hartfield Road

SW19 3TA

Tel: 020-8947 1791

10.00-23.00 Mon-Thu, 10.00-00.00 Fri & Sat, 10.00-22.30 Sun

Laurel

Wells Bombardier

Formerly RSVP, originally Yates’s Wine Lodge

NR/LU/TL(Wimbledon)

SN ME ML

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SULTAN

78 Norman Road

SW19 1BT

Tel: 020-8542 4532

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

Hop Back

Hop Back GFB, Entire Stout, Summer Lightning; Weekly seasonal beer or guest beer, usually from Downton - RAiB: Summer Lightning, Crop Circle, Entire Stout; Downton Dark Delight, IPA

Hop Back’s only tied house in London (since 1994; Taylor Walker had previously run it down). An attractive two-bar 1950s brick building built to replace original demolished during the war. Large tables encourage conversation among customers. Beer Club on Wednesday when cask beers are discounted between 18.00 and 21.00. Quiz night Tuesday. A beer festival is held over a weekend in September or early October. Dartboard. In 2004 received Time Out’s Eating and Drinking Best Pub award. It is also a past winner of the CAMRA London Regional Pub of the Year award and has also been voted CAMRA South West London Branch Pub of the Year on a number of occasions.

LU(Colliers Wood or South Wimbledon)

DF GD PB PG

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TERRACE BAR

Centre Court Shopping Centre, Queens Road

SW19 8YA

Free

No real ale

Formerly Footlights

THREE WAYS BAR

175 Kingston Road

SW19 1LH

Tel: 020 8540 8811

Free

No real ale

Formerly Hideaway, Wilkies, originally Jaspers

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TRAFALGAR

23 High Path

SW19 2JY

Tel: 020-8542 5342; Website: www.thetraf.com

15.00 - 23.00 Mon - Thu, 12.00 - 23.00 Fri - Sun

Free

Pilgrim Thru'penny Hop Bitter (brewed exclusively for the pub); four or five guest beers; Westons 1st Quality draught cider. Guests change constantly and are often from small breweries such as Dark Star (Hophead is a regular), Downton and Sharps. Also a changing selection of milds during May - RAiB: Range varies.

Small friendly one-bar street corner house with two distinct areas. Much Nelson memorabilia and real fire. The main part of the pub dates from 1860s with the extension from 1906. Historically it had the nickname of the ‘Threepenny Hop’ as it was said that men would occasionally hop over the fence from the now disused Merton Abbey railway line for a threepenny pint. Good value themed food night usually second Thursday of the month (see website <www.thetraf.com> for details). Quiz nights as advertised and TV has both Sky Sports and Setanta in HD. Trafalgar Day on 21st October is enthusiastically commemorated. Runs a darts team and cricket team, which raises money for the local hospital and schools. The ‘garden’ is a small seating area. The Traf was the 2008 Winner of the CAMRA London Regional Pub of the Year award and was also the 2007 South West London CAMRA Pub of the year (see CAMRAswl POTY2007 for details).

LU(South Wimbledon) TL(Morden Road)

GD SN ML PG LocAle

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TYCOON BAR

Phoenix Hotel, 123-125 Merton Road

SW19 1ED

Tel: 020 8542 0826; Website the-phoenix-hotel.co.uk

Free

No real ale

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VENUS BAR & BRASSERIE

12-14 Christchurch Road

SW19 2NX

Tel: 020 8542 0222; Website: venusbarandbrasserie.co.uk

Free

No real ale

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WALKABOUT

74-78 The Broadway

SW19 1RQ

Regent Inns

No real ale

Formerly Chumleys

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WHITE HART

144 Kingston Road

SW19 1LY

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

Free

No Real Ale - Handpump unused

Light and airy: light wooden floor boards and painted walls; high tables with bar stools and settees. Sky sports on big screens. Pool table. Occasional live music Fri/Sat. Was Bodhran Barneys for a while.

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WIBBAS DOWN INN

6-12 Gladstone Road

SW19 1QT

Tel: 020-8540 6788

09.00-00.00 Sun-Thu, 09.00-01.00 Fri & Sat

Wetherspoon

Courage Directors; Fuller’s London Pride; Theakston Old Peculier; guest beers; Weston’s Old Rosie Scrumpy and Organic Vintage Cider

An enormous two bar pub stretching all the way back from Gladstone Road opposite the bus station to Russell Road, this was converted in 1995 from a Tesco supermarket. Popular with all types due to its low prices, it is often used at the weekend for pre-clubbing groups of young people (if they can get past the doormen). The bar at the back is handy for Wimbledon Theatre interval drinks. Reputed to have wireless Internet access if you want that sort of thing with your beer. Four or five guest beers, changing frequently; beer festivals twice a year, usually around St George’s Day and Halloween. Food is relatively cheap and coffee is also available all day.

NR/LU/TL(Wimbledon)

DF FA GD SN ML ME QP

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WILLIAM MORRIS

20 Watermill Way, Merton Abbey Mills (off Merantun Way)

SW19 2RD

Tel: 020-8540 0216

12.00 - 23.00 Mon - Thu, 12.00 - 00.00 Fri, 11.00 - 00.00 Sat, 12.00 - 22.30 Sun

Faucet Inns

Adnam’s Broadside; Thwaites Lancaster Bomber, guest beer.

Guest beer from e.g. Adnam’s or Westerham. Opened by Regent Inns in 1990 and owned until recently by Broken Foot. An imaginative conversion of the block-house of the former Liberty print works a quarter mile upstream on the Wandle from the former William Morris works, this pub can be quiet midweek but caters for customers of the nearby art and craft market at weekends. A large central bar with separate food area. Food 12.00 to 21.00. Extra seating in upstairs bar available for private functions and, in summer, on first floor balcony or by the riverside. Quiz night Wednesday. Children welcome to 21.00. Dogs welcome on terrace only.

LU(Colliers Wood)

DF FA SN ML ME FR

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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