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The Goat, Battersea Rise, SW11

66 Battersea Rise
SW11 1EQ
Phone: 02073500349

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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Quinno _ left this review about The Goat

An unusual but attractive green tiled frontage, replete with a dome and formerly a temperance billiards hall designed, I am told, by MC Escher. Sadly the interior in no way matches the promise of the exterior. Enter down some steps to enter a long quasi-subterranean bar with an upstairs area. Dark wood floor with nice inlaid colour tiling though the nasty yellow paint on the walls did it no favours. At the rear of the room, on a raised seating area blessed by a skylight, are many different framed pictures of the eponymous capra hircus. Three ales on at the bar - Doom Bar, Tribute and Moorhouse’s New Order theme/endorsed beer. We tried the latter which in decent shape though at £4.40 I would have damned well hope so. Now my curiosity has been satisfied I am unlikely to see myself returning.

On 26th October 2016 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Goat

This large, two floor pub and restaurant is located just a short walk from Clapham Junction station in the former Temperance Billiards Hall, resulting in a vast interior that belies the comparatively small frontage. The front door takes you into a fairly small entrance space with limited seating options and stairs leading down to the main bar area and up to the mezzanine dining room. The bar is a particularly large room, in which you can easily visualise the rows of snooker tables that would have once filled the space. The servery has been built down the left hand wall of the bare boarded room and there is a good deal of vertical drinking space and standard tables and chairs in the space opposite. To the rear, the room brightens a little and offers some comfortable looking banquette seating options under tongue and groove panelled walls which have been decorated with lots of pictures including a remarkable number depicting goats. The upper level has slightly more formalised seating under a high gabled roof with a skylight making it a bright, airy daytime spot. There is a US diner themed menu which specialises in burgers (around a tenner each) and the food we sampled was all very tasty. The upstairs area deploys table service and we were attended to by a very friendly and helpful waiter, who went out of his way to make sure everyone in our party was happy and got what they wanted.
The pub has made an effort on the beer front, with three real ales available – Sharps Doom Bar, St Austell Tribute (£4.00) and Sambrooks Junction – and a surprisingly diverse and comparatively affordable range of local and craft keg and bottle options. My pint of Tribute was a little disappointing, lacking any real condition, but my friend’s pint of Doom Bar tasted much better, so I may have just been unlucky.
This is a fairly interesting place that certainly worked well as somewhere to enjoy a bite to eat. It’s quite an attractive building from the outside, but lacks any particularly interesting features within, with the cavernous interior sapping the place of any atmosphere. I’d possibly return in passing or for food again, but there are stronger options just a few minutes away.

On 4th March 2015 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Goat

Liked the style of this pub with a bright upstairs gallery.Shame about the beer.Only Doombar on in tepid condition.

On 19th October 2013 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Goat

The Goat is a large two floored pub with seating upstairs and a bar and seating downstairs. A gastro menu is available and the mains start at around £10 a dish, but there are various meal deals and promotions throughout the week which brings the price down. A premium draught range is available from the bar which also supports three hand pumps. The cask ales available during my recent Friday afternoon visit were Sambrook’s Junction, UBU Purity and Sharp’s Doom Bar.
I didn’t note the presence of any televisions, but there was some low rock music playing in the background.

This place was very quiet compared to its peers and I didn’t see anything in here that would have me rushing back. There’s nothing really wrong with the place, I just found it a little dull.

On 2nd July 2013 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Goat

This building used to be a Temperance Billiards Hall, with the signage for it stll in place above the entrance. I gather that snooker legends Tony Meo and Jimmy White frequented it. I've walked past this place on numerous occasions, but ventured inside for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. The layout is a bit unusual in that there is little happening on the ground floor. When you enter you either go downstais to the main bar area, or upstairs to some more seating. Obviously I chose to descend rather than ascend. Naturally somewhere that used to be a 17 table billiard hall has to be quite large inside, and in fact it is much larger than it looks from the outside. It's mainly furnished with normal tables and chairs but with its fair share of sofas, and in fact is quite comfortable although little natural light seeps into the downstairs bar.

They had on Sharp's Doom Bar and Sambrook's Junction (£1.80 half), with Purity a UBU clip reversed. The tables all had single page printed menus on them. The food's not particulary cheap, with a handmade burger and chips weighing in at £9.75. Overall it's not a bad place, albeit a bit 'spoons-like in appearance. I could have done without the loud pop music though. With both The Falcon and The Eagle Ale house nearby I don't expect to make a return visit.

On 14th January 2013 - rating: 5
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Philip Carter left this review about The Goat

Split level pub, sells real ale. The food is a bit expensive. Lower floor interior is dark with a bead curtain halfway down the room. There is mish mash collection of furniture. Wheelchair access to lower bar, so that adds to my rating.

On 19th February 2007 - rating: 8
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