Down the River
Pubs in Wandsworth & Battersea
This printout of the online version of Down the River 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/
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, with the details.
We tried to make the information in this guide as accurate as possible but given the way that the licensed trade changes these days, and particularly as licensing hours are now being adjusted, it is inevitable that we will have been caught out somewhere. The publishers and editors cannot therefore accept any responsibility for the consequences of any errors, omissions and other inaccuracies. All work on this guide has been carried out by volunteers. No fees have been paid, nor were any sought, for the inclusion of any pub.
This is the third of the set of local guides for the area covered by the South West London Branch of CAMRA which are replacing the former South West London Pub Guide in this area.
The area covered by this guide contrasts greatly with the last. We have left the leafy surrounds of Barnes Common, Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common for the more urban postal districts of SW18 and SW11 navigating, correctly to starboard, down the river from Wandsworth to Battersea and taking in all the pubs in these areas, extending to Southfields, Earlsfield and Clapham Common.
Breweries Down the River
Young’s moved their operations from Wandsworth in 2006, sadly ending a brewing tradition of some 400 years at the Ram Brewery site. At least for now we continue to have Young’s pubs proudly selling Young’s beers, although these are now brewed by the Wells & Young’s Brewing Company in Bedford alongside the Charles Wells and national Courage brands. We await news of the redevelopment plans for the site.
Elsewhere in Wandsworth, Messrs Shuckford & Speedy brewed at the Clifton Brewery in Clifton Street until taken over by Taylor Walker in 1927. Thomas Woodward & Son brewed at the Plough Brewery in Wandsworth Road from 1869 until taken over by Simonds in 1925. The premises still stand as business units.
Most interesting was the Holsten Brewery. Various owners operated the Union Brewery, Point Pleasant from the 1860s until it was taken over by the Holsten Brauerei of Hamburg in 1902. Lager was produced there until the anti-German feelings of the First World War put them out of business and they went into voluntary liquidation in 1920.
Until the early 1980s, there was a pub brewery called the Battersea Brewery at the Prince of Wales in Battersea Park Road. This had no connection with the Battersea Brewery Company, owned and operated by Stephen Nockolds, which until recently operated in Nine Elms where the production was largely concentrated on their very successful bottled Power Station Porter.
Brewing once again returned to South West London in 2008 with the establishment of Sambrook’s Brewery at Yelverton Road, Battersea. It is currently the only brewery operating in our area. Partners Duncan Sambrook and David Welsh have their first beer, Wandle a 3.8%ABV bitter, available in selected pubs. For more information, including a list of pubs where the beer is available, see our Sambrook’s Brewery page.
Transport across the Commons
The area covered by the guide is served by South West Trains calling at Clapham Junction and either Wandsworth Town on the Richmond line or Earlsfield on the Wimbledon line. The easternmost pubs in Battersea are closer to Battersea Park (between Clapham Jct and Victoria) or Queenstown Road (between Clapham Jct and Waterloo). To the south west, Southfields is served by the London Underground District Line.
There are plenty of buses and the following selection should be useful to you:
- 37 Peckham to Putney via Clapham Jct and Wandsworth
- 44 Tooting to Victoria via Wandsworth and Battersea
- 49 White City Bus Station and Kensington to Clapham Jct
- 77 Tooting to Waterloo via Earlsfield and Clapham Jct
- 87 Aldwych to Wandsworth via Lavender Hill
- 88 Camden Town to Clapham Common via Lavender Hill
- 137 Oxford Circus to Streatham via Battersea Park
- 156 Wimbledon to Vauxhall via Southfields, Wandsworth, Clapham Jct and Battersea Park
- 219 Wimbledon to Clapham Jct via Wandsworth Common
- 220 Willesden Jct to Wandsworth via Putney
- 270 Putney Bridge to Mitcham via Wandsworth
- 295 Hammersmith and Fulham to Clapham Jct
- 319 Sloane Square to Streatham Hill via Battersea
- 337 Richmond to Clapham Jct via Wandsworth
- G1 Shaftesbury Estate to St George’s Hospital, Tooting