England > Greater London > Battersea
jercraigs (418) Toronto, Ontario | October 5, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
2015-09-22. Huge bar around the whole place, with a fairly traditional dark wood decor to it. I like the space but the sheer size and the crowd is a bit daunting today. Good range of casks on but not many are particularly exciting, and the ticks we chose are uninspired. It is absolutely packed at 7:00 on a Tuesday. I suspect this is at least partly due to the proximity to the train station. Decent number of casks but not much exciting today. Toilet is a disaster with busted seats and an empty mini-vodka bottle in the other. I hope thatís an exception and not the norm. I would come back to give it another shot at a quieter time, but wasnít overly thrilled today. Agree with the sentiment that it is worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood but not worth a special trip on itís own.
FatPhil (397) Tallinn, Estonia | September 22, 2015
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Bank Holiday monday was not a good day to come here, many of the taps were out (something like 5HP and 3KK taps on, out of the supposed 24). It was also very understaffed, basically one guy doing everything. However, service was professional and friendly. Selection looked decent but "coming soon" on the pump clip seemed to map onto "hasnít even been delivered yet". Have they never heard of "stillage", and little things like yeast? Or maybe "coming soon" is on the clip for a whole week, in which case most of their pumps will be out of action at any point in time, not just on bank holidays. Either way doesnít make sense. Beer quality was not as good as in other Nichelsons pubs Iíve been in. It fitted into a pub crawl of Clapham quite well, but not worth going out of your way for as it stands.
The_Osprey (135) Richmond, England | September 3, 2014| Updated November 7, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited here several times now. Nice interior - decorated glass, dark wood furniture. Very busy in the evenings, but you can get a seat around the back, decent cask selection. Good pub.
EdKing (159) London, England | February 17, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Traditional pub 2 mins from Clapham Junction, that really feels like one of those inbetween places. Itís probably been here for decades, but most of the punters are commuters passing through. Nicholson Pub with a bigger range than most. Has about 12 on cask and then standard boring lager selection. Night I was in it had Sambrooks Junction, Elland Top of the Hops, Nicholsonís Pale Ale, London Pride, SA Brains, and several other regionals. Beer quality was decent. Itís a huge old place and on a Monday night felt a bit depressing, although itís heaving later in the week. Good place to stop if youíre passing through, and very decent range of beers.
Boudicca (986) London, England | January 1, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
A nice, traditional pub almost opposite the old Arding and Hobbs department store and close to Clapham Junction station. It has a lot of character, having retained some impressive stained and etched glass as well as original wood panelling in the various little rooms and cubicles around the large central bar. It can get rather busy so you may find itís vertical drinking only but there are lots of places to stand, including alongside shelves built into the panelling for that very purpose. The beer range was pretty good when I visited. It was just prior to one of their festivals and the service was friendly but slightly chaotic as the staff had no clue as to what was on or which taps were which.
(Visited 30 October 2013).
jjsint (312) Ely, England | December 2, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
An above-average Nicholsonís pub, very convenient for Clapham Junction station. About 10-12 interesting real ales on, plus a smattering of decent bottles. Well worth a visit if youíre in the area.
Theydon_Bois (857) Tourist Town (West), England | October 27, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited at 9.30pm on Thursday 25th October.
Traditional Victorian boozer with a long bar that vanishes around the corner. One of the friendly locals I was chatting to said it was once the longest bar in Europe ! (could be local folklore methinks but it is certainly impressive but is now sadly broken with a permanent gap!).
Nicholsons had a festival on (presumably to coincide with JDW) so there were a good 14 or 15 cask ales available. Got to admit I didnít take too much notice as I had 10 or so minutes for my train and rated a quick half of Kelburn Cart Noir.
I wouldnít reccomend anyone heading out here as a destination venue but if you are passing through CLJ or changing trains, well worth dropping in as itís literally a minutes walk from the station entrance.
wellinformed (10) , England | April 2, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Highly enjoyable post Battersea beer festival visit, canít remember the beers, too many to list and too many drunk !!!
chriso (476) London, England | March 26, 2011| Updated August 29, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Big Nicholsons pub, very handy for Clapham Junction station. Victorian architecture with lots of wood and some stained glass. 16 handpumps plus the usual lager taps. Although the beers will mainly come from the Nicholsons seasonal list (which isnít bad), they do seem to have some leeway to depart from that. Didnít really look at the bottles. Also hold a few beer festivals a year. Can get packed at weekends (hence Iíve knocked down the ambience score a little). Maybe not a destination in itself but certainly worth a look if you are in the area. Donít make the mistake of accidentally walking into the Slug & Lettuce, which is right next door.
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