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The Candlemaker

136 Battersea High Street
SW11
SW11 3JR
Phone: 02072236532
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Candlemaker

Formerly known as the Greyhound, this attractive tile fronted pub was re-opened in late 2012 by the Laine Pub Company, forming part of its small London pub estate. The place has an unusual layout, with the entrance leading you into a fairly conventional, square main bar area, which gives way to a remarkably long and narrow rear section, running at an odd angle all the way to the back of the building. The bar area has bare floorboards and a decent dark wood servery along the left hand wall. Sanded tables and good seating options including at least one button backed armchair fill the room, with those along the right hand wall looking out to the compact patio garden area to the side of the pub. The long part of the building has plenty of bench seating around large, chunky tables, including one in a nice recess with a large, graffiti-style 'Candlemaker' mural. The ceiling to the front of this section boasts a large skylight, which helps keep the place bright during daylight hours, a there are no windows the further back you head. Further back, the seating includes increasingly comfier looking options as well as a few smaller tables with standard chairs. A roaring fire, presumably gas, was on the go at the far end and I also spotted a pram full of board games, which is a pretty unexpected feature. The Mexican street food menu mentioned below seems to be a thing of the past, as our visit found a menu full of pub classics, from which we ate and found the food to be good quality with meals available over a range of prices. As we were leaving, some blokes had started to set up a poker night and I got the impression that the pub tried to put on a varied range of events.
Three handpulls were in operation on this visit, dispensing Laines 48, Sambrooks Wandle and Kings Poachers Moon. A number of other Laines beers were available on keg along with a mix of mainstream and slightly more obscure keg products. I had a pint of the 48, which was unfortunately not in the best of condition.
As with most Laines pubs I have visited, this place seemed like a decent pub with a reasonable beer range and friendly service, but sadly nothing to really make it stand out and encourage repeat visits. I certainly enjoyed eating here and could imagine settling down over a pint or two, but in many ways it was a fairly unmemorable experience.

On 18th January 2016 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Candlemaker

The original glazed brown tiling remains externally however the interior is fully made over in a modern style leaving no evidence of original fittings. It's not a bad spot though, if a bit quirky. The bar is to the left on entering, this is a squareish boarded area with bench seats at rectangular tables. There were five handpumps, three in use offering Sambrook's Junction, Truman's Bold as Brass plus Laine's Best. I initially thought the friendly barmaid had given me too much change and feeling honest, queried the price. It turns out that the Laine's is now £2.80 a pint while the others are £3.80. That's a pretty decent offer around here these days.
The pub extends back quite some way beyond the bar area where it kinks around to the left and narrows. The quirky candle related pictures remain and a huge candle featured in a projecting candleholder. At the end is a wood burner and wall mounted TV, seating in this area is more avant-garde with styled armchairs and stools as well as the inevitable sofas.
Lots of exposed brickwork, flowers and candles (of course) on the tables and subdued lighting together with the low key background music gave a laid back feel. On the bar back are a number of small skull like figures, painted in bright colours, some stacked on top of each other resembling totem poles. Curious.
Food is "Ranch Style" Mexican street food, a couple of blokes ordered some enchiladas while I was there, they didn't look half bad. You pick a type of wrap then your choice of meat or veg and then your salsa. A different concept in pub food.
There is a large covered outdoor area to the side and another smaller one towards the rear.
I enjoyed my brief stay here even if the place is not traditional in any way and getting a decent pint for under three quid no doubt played a big part in that.

On 8th December 2013 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Candlemaker

Rather good pub with 4 decent beers on . Unusual shaped pub with nice artwork on the walls. Didnt notice the candles but thought the pub was called the Shoemaker so was looking for shoe related things. Really good outside seating to the side in the form of booths. Had a perfect pint of Laines -best(brewed at wj Kings

On 9th November 2013 - rating: 7
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4th Jul 2016, 20:46
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4th Jul 2016, 20:46
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
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Last inspected: March 9th 2015
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