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Reviews of Old Frizzle (Average Rating: 5½ of 10) see review guidelines
Pub SignMan left this review about Old Frizzle
The reviews below convinced me that this relatively new bar in the centre of Wimbledon might yield an interesting beer or two, so when I found myself passing through recently, I decided to pop in and check it out. Sadly, on this occasion the four hand pumps on the front bar could only muster up Sharp's Doom Bar between them, so I rather begrudgingly ordered a pint before having a quick nose around.
The layout certainly favours diners, with the whole bare boarded front room filled with set tables and standard seating. A curved servery runs along the back wall before making its way down the extended left hand side of the room, where a high banquette runs parallel on the opposite side. The windows were filled with lit fairy lights, which slightly screens the diners from outside, although no-one was eating on my early evening visit - the only customers being a couple of old boys propping up the bar. However, moving through into the rear room, there were quite a few more punters in an area clearly more suited to those just wanting a drink. This is quite a large, space with a high gabled ceiling, dark wood flooring, walls painted in dark shades, a skylit rear half and large display shelves and artworks adorning the walls. In the rear corner there is a nice raised seating area with a comfy curved banquette, whilst to the other side there is a small stage with an elaborate chesterfield sofa and armchairs arranged next to it. A few high tables and stools close to the bar round out the seating options in this part of the pub and I thought it was actually quite a decent spot for a relaxing pint. A TV screen near the bar was turned off throughout my stay, although funk music played quietly in the background instead. I didn't get a proper look at the menu, but did notice a 'Theatre Menu' advertising three courses for £17.
I think there is an opportunity for a decent ale outlet (other than the Wetherspoons) to thrive in central Wimbledon and I had hoped this place might fill that void, but was very disappointed with an average pint of Doom Bar. I thought there were some glimpses of potential here but not really enough to draw me back for a second visit. Whatever way you look at it though, it's a massive improvement on the Walkabout pub that used to occupy this premises.
On 3rd February 2014
- rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about Old Frizzle
This is still mainly a restaurant with all the tables (apart from a low table accompanying the sofa/armchairs) being laid for diners (cutlery and paper knapkins). There were no reserved signs when I was in, and I didn’t get the impression that they were off limits to drinkers. But maybe it depends on the time and day and how busy they are. This place has already been well described, and the only things I would add are that for me it had something of the feel of a Mexican cantina, and that as well as the common feature of a bare-boarded floor it also had the more uncommon feature of a bare-boarded ceiling.
I only saw two handpumps, but maybe I missed others if they were tucked away at the other end of the bar. But when I saw that one of the pumps had on By The Horns Diamond Geezer (£3.90 a pint), I didn’t really look any further. The other pump had a reversed clip for By The Horns Stiff Upper Lip. The food is what I would term international cuisine, with sausage and mash, chicken Kiev and the like.
This is not really a pub, and is not the sort of place where you are likely to go for an evening session, but if you’re in Wimbledon looking for somewhere to eat you could do a lot worse than go for this place where you stand a good chance of getting an excellent pint or two to wash down your meal.
On 11th April 2013
- rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about Old Frizzle
This was previously a Walkabout, not the type of bar I would dream of entering and for a while in the new incarnation of The Old Frizzle I was still reluctant due to the strange name which certainly doesn't shout traditional pub at me. I braved it however the other afternoon and it actually wasn't too bad at all. A large L-shaped room with a long bar running along the rear side, the front area is more geared up for eating with the return section to the rear opposite the bar having more of a drinking and socialising feel. some exposed brickwork, open timber A-frame beams, mixed seating, different styles of wooden flooring, there are large wall mounted bookshelves, tables have menus, lists of cocktails, wine lists laid out. A fold down screen was showing Sky Sports News.
The overall feel is leaning more to a trendy bar rather than traditional pub however there are hints of both and on the beer front the selection was refreshingly eclectic with the four handpumps offering beer from two local micros. By the Horns Bobby on the Wheat, Head in a Hat Beekeeper and also from the same, doubled up, Topper, a porter,(£3.90). Head in a Hat specialise in recreating recipes of beers from bygone times. Service was friendly and as I hadn't sampled any of the beers on offer before the barman was happy to give me tasters of each. Plenty of tables were "Reserved" however a note states that the reservations are timed and that customers are free to sit at these tables until the appointed slot.
Clearly rather foody with an upmarket menu (the pub's signature dish is steak and oyster pie), mains are £10.50 to £15.95. There is a small stage with a mic set up in the rear corner and I believe there are regular acts on. Low key jazz and blues were playing while I was in.
A quiet calm and comfortable spot for my afternoon pint, my impression is that the place may be more lively and vibrant later, but its different and certainly worth a look in for a pint of something more unusual. This is the only pub I've yet to visit that has a popcorn machine behind the bar.
On 21st February 2013
- rating: 6
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- Accommodation : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Live Music : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Pinball : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Pool Table : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Quiz Night : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 April 2013 by hondo .
- Real Cider : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan