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Latest reviews from Merton

78 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Small corner shop focusing on wine and beer, with a very good selection of Belgian and British stuff and a handful of German and USA stuff. Got an unusual Blaugies beer and few other bits and bobs. Has a small collection of spirits bit I did manage to get the owner to dig out a slightly older bottling of Four Roses single barrel which was cool. Owner was friendly and helpful too and prices were very competitive. Very much an old school shop compared to the new breed of craft beer outlet, but still worth dropping by for a visit.“
EdKing 1088 days ago
62 /100 78 NORMAN ROAD
“I agree with most of the comments already posted. As of November 2014 rumours they will start brewing here soon!“
b727trijet 2122 days ago
78 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Small shop with a large selection. Easy to reach by bus from Wimbledon station or walk from South Wimbledon station. The owner is friendly enough, will speak when spoken to and give recommendations when asked. The focus is mainly on local stuff, which is good, and Belgian classics, which is also good. Also a rather large selection of German beers, but many of them past best before date when I was there. Also has wine and booze, but I never touch that stuff. A small selection of snacks and a couple of fridges filled with crappy lagers.

The good part: Reasonable prices and good selection of Belgian sours from Cantillon, Hanssens, Giradin, Boon and Oud Beersel. Also a couple of fresh Kernel IPA’s and pale ales which is always a treat, and some Belgian classics like Orval, De Ranke and Fantome again at fair prices.
The bad part: Freshness. Many bottles past best before date and few fresh ones. Few American beers and no IIPA’s or imperial stouts. Some Dupont would be a nice addition to the Belgian selection. All in all a good place to pick up sours and Orval for the fridge and try out a couple of other bottles if anything looks interesting.“
SlackerMads 2253 days ago
88 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Love this place. Discovered it recently and has quickly become my local source of bottled beer. Incredibly friendly owner who is always ready to chat about his stock and what he’s planning to bring in. Cramped, yes, but I think that adds to the appeal of the place. Good range of UK and European beers. Not so strong on American bottles. Incredibly good value IMO.“
campbega 2400 days ago
70 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Decent beer store. I wasn’t sure whether this store was still open as there is no website. I got there at about 6:10pm and it wasn’t open. Phoned the number and the guy said he was on his way. Beer selection isn’t bad - mostly Belgian and British. Mostly low ABV British offerings. I saw a few Kernels, Moor, Hardknott. I bought Delirium Nocturnum and Arbor Ales Impy Stout. There was one Mikkeller, a couple of standard American beers, a couple of Italian craft brews. Prices were OK but no bargains.“
The_Osprey 2648 days ago
56 /100 78 NORMAN ROAD
“30’s style council estate pub with a decent sized beer garden. Place is a little rough around the edges, a definate locals local but the vibe was OK. Hopback tied house in London serving 3 or 4 of their beers with Entire Stout having replaced Guinness as is the Hopback way. Not really one to go our of the way for. Accessible by the Northern line between South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood stations.“
Theydon_Bois 2697 days ago
78 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Nelson Wines is a cramped shop filled ceiling to floor with bottles. The UK selection is pretty strong, with a number of UK micros represented that I hadn’t realised were bottled. The German and Belgian selection is quite good, too. Don’t go there expecting anything interesting from the US or Scandanavia, you’ll be disappointed! On my last visit, I was able to score some cool French craft beers that I had never heard of. All in all, a very nice place. I would visit often if it wasn’t so far South!“
jackl 3019 days ago
90 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“I read about this place and wanted to have a look for myself. A bit out of the way in south London but not a bad trip for me personally. Just a short walk from South Wimbledon Station on the Northern line. When I got there the shop was closed (it was a Sunday, a lot of small shops are closed). I called the number on the building to see what the hours were. the man who answered (the owner, Tom as I later found out) quickly opened up shop for me to come in. Great selection of Belgians, and British micros. A nice section of German beers and small but good selection of the US beers that are generally available in the UK. I found there to be a very decent selection gueze and lambics. The Prices were very, very good and I had a hard time deciding what to get. Tom, was a very friendly guy and before I left we had a nice chat about some of the beers he should be getting in amoungst many other things. Also, a nice selection of Scotch and other spirits, I didn’t even look at the wine but it was there. I will be back“
thepeter 3022 days ago
72 /100 23 HIGH PATH, MERTON
“A small, single room boozer located in a residential area in Merton. CAMRA greater London pub of the year 2008. There is plenty of battle of Trafalgar paraphernalia about, including a massive wooden wheel that dominates the room. There are 6 hand pumps of ale, with a strong focus on micros (including Ascot and Dark Star) and 1 hand pump of cider. Unfortunately I was here mid-week so a few of the hand-pumps were not on (will have to come back at the weekend). I am also glad to see that the keg range is not just fosters and carling, but includes Freedom Dark lager and interesting-looking ciders. The owner and regulars were all very friendly. This place has great potential; I will look forward to returning via a trip to Nelson Wines.“
Scopey 3339 days ago
70 /100 78 NORMAN ROAD
“A Hop Back pub located off the beaten track in a residential area in Merton. The interior is clean and the style circa 1980, but pleasant enough. There is also a nice walled garden, perfect for a hot summer’s eve. The staff were very friendly on my visit. They had 9 hand pumps serving 5 ales, 4 from Hop Back and one from Downton. Beer condition is spot-on and the price was exceptional - £1.25 for a half. They have a decent selection of both bottled Hop Back and Downton as well. Nelson Wines is nearby, why not visit both?“
Scopey 3339 days ago
90 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Nelson Wines has to be one of best kept-secrets of the London beer scene. I visited it for the first time yesterday and was both surprised and delighted with what was on offer. It is a fairly regular looking off-license from the outside, which holds a bounty of Belgian and British beers (as well as some German, US and Czech stuff). In particular it had a good selection of trappist and lambic offerings. What made it even better was the value, which has to be the cheapest in London (£2.79 for Girardin Black Label anyone?). Another good offer is the buy 12 beers get 10% -off deal. The owner, who has been there since 1985 was very helpful and knowledgeable. Well worth the journey outside the centre!“
Scopey 3480 days ago
60 /100 78 NORMAN ROAD
“Nice place - unassuming and simply decorated in neutral tones. A nice bit of Hopback on tap, nestled in deepest Colliers Wood. Not a massive selection, but an interesting choice in Youngs-territory.“
DanielBrown 3820 days ago
60 /100 78 NORMAN ROAD
“Quiet suburban boozer run by some friendly folks but not really my style. Yellow walls and lights turned WAY up. Looking pretty dated. My stout was good but my mate’s Summer Lightning was pretty average. Good to see a place to get some Hop Back action but I doubt I’d bother again.“
mullet 3820 days ago
76 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Weird place. You’d never guess they had the range they do from the outside. One of those places where you’re almost certain to stumble across some dusty rarity at the back of some shelf. For instance they had some 4 year old Hofbrouwerijke beers when I was there, but not knowing how they age I left them be. Plenty of Belgian, German and UK stuff. Prices seemed good, but everything seems cheap in the UK these days.“
mullet 3820 days ago
88 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Probably one of the best value beer shops in England apart from Beermerchants.com A fantastic range. A substantial amount of UK craft beer. A good representation from Germany but not as many as Kriss Wines. An excellent Belgiun and UK selection had me wanting to return for more. Could do with some more beers from the US but an excellent competitor to Utobeer. Cool old rocknroll vinyl being played on the inhouse record player. Great Aladdin’s cave.“
tdtm82 3862 days ago
80 /100 78 NORMAN ROAD
“A very pleasant, backstreet local, serving HOP BACK ales, Stout, Summer Lightning, GFB plus seasonals and at least one guest usually from the Downton Brewery. Ales are in consistently good condition. No food normally available apart from crisps, nuts etc. Dogs welcome. Credit and Debit cards accepted. Smoking permitted in the beer garden, which hosts occasional summer barbecues, usually around Aug/Sept. Friendly staff. Last visited on 24/06/09 when I enjoyed the GFB and stout. Pub decor fairly traditional, with a wooden curved bar, and cosy carpet and lighting. Any recorded music played is at a very low volume. Recommended.“
ladnewton 4101 days ago
90 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Just thought I’d add a rating in here as there hasn’t been one for a while. So I wasn’t even sure if it was going to be there... the shop is still there, and still opening at 6 on weekdays. I didn’t count the bottles but there is still a brilliant beer selection from the British Isles (lots of bottle conditioned, and several more obscure), plenty from Germany and Belgium too with almost everything you’d expect and lots you wouldn’t. More choice than I’ve seen in most places in the UK. Well worth travelling south along the Northern Line for a beer in the Sultan and a top up on some interesting bottles.“
kester 4166 days ago
96 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Massive selection of bottled beers (400+). Now, with the demise of the Beer Shop prbably the best beer shop in London“
Orinoco 5292 days ago
86 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“\worthy of wider recognition.“
louchemobile 5653 days ago
68 /100
Nelson Wines (Beer Store)
168 MERTON HIGH STREET
“Very decent selection at this place. Probably the best slection of German beers in London. Good selection of belgians, including Westvleteren, Rochefort, Girardin. Some decent French Biere de Gardes, and decent slection of British ales. theres also some US beers (standard Goose Island, Anchor, Sierra Nevada stuff you can get in most of the better stores in London), good selection of beers from a wide variety of countries. Found a couple of bottle out of date, but most were pretty fresh, i like this place, but it has strange opening ours, opens after 6pm on weekdays??!!!??? Good selection though.“
duff 5847 days ago
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