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The Prince of Wales, SW9

469 Brixton Road

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custodian 42 left this review about The Prince of Wales

Large one roomed pub with the bar to the right hand side. No real ales, just craft. Nothing special at all.

On 23rd September 2019 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Prince of Wales

This one had three ales on during my Monday afternoon visit - Doom Bar (of course), St Austell Tribute and Brixton Brewery Effra Ale (£2.25 a half) which judging by the previous review seems to be a regular ale. There really was no choice but to go for the ale from the local brewery, and it was in fine shape as well. There was no sign of any food.

I seem to recall that this used to be more of a giant landmark pub than it is now; it's been truncated I reckon. But it's still a fairly large single-room pub. There's nothing of heritage value left now, with both the bar counter and bar back being modern constructs; it's bare-boarded with a tiled splash area surrounding the bar. There are one or two tall tables/tall stools, but furnishings are mainly normal tables and chairs on a raised area on the left. There are modern looking arty prints on the walls, plus new mirrors covered with advertisements and the like.

Oddly enough, not that many Brixton pubs are open at lunchtime on a weekday in Brixton, so this one was a welcome stopping off point even if it's not really my kind of pub. But it gets extra marks for the excellent Brixton Effra ale though.

On 17th October 2018 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Prince of Wales

A rather large pub on a curved corner site with the Prince of Wales feathers high on an end wall, the main building is split between the pub and a branch of KFC next door. Split level inside, the bar along a side wall, boarded floor except around the bar where it is tiled. Ceiling beams have ornate cornices in between which numerous fans whirr away, lots of exposed brickwork is painted white. The overall feel is bright and comfortably airy. Seating during my afternoon visit was traditional with plenty of small tables and a curved dark red banquette in one corner, being a music and DJ venue I'd expect the main floor could be cleared on certain occasions. One corner has an interesting collection of framed prints mainly of advertisements but also film and theatre flyers looking like they date from the 30s.
The DJ nights offer reggae, soul, salsa, Ska as well as rock with rotating DJs, I assume by style rather than stool type. Food served, mainly pizzas but also local favourites such as jerk dishes.
Three handpumps, spread around, Doom Bar, Tribute, ok at £2.20 a half and unfortunately off, Brixton Brewery Effra Ale.
A pleasingly lively buzzy feel on my Saturday afternoon visit, an ok spot.

On 17th September 2017 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Prince of Wales

Prominently located on a busy crossroads in the heart of Brixton, a short walk from tube and train stations, the Prince of Wales is a large pub and live music venue with a separate nightclub venue on the first floor. The pub has a huge, single room layout accessed through a porch manned by two burly bouncers on our Saturday evening visit. The servery runs down most of the right hand side, with a counter that kinks a number of times along its length. Opposite is an extremely large open area for vertical drinking which was being tested to its capacity by a large and lively evening time crowd. Further to the left there are a number of seating areas, including a couple of raised sections, offering standard and comfy seating options. To the rear, beyond the reach of the bar, the crowds thinned out a bit, revealing another seating area with smart tables and chairs under plain, uninteresting walls. A door to the rear right seemed to lead into another room, but again the crowd was in full force and I didn't have the motivation to fight my way through to explore where it led. Unsurprisingly, loud music played throughout our visit, none of which was really to my taste although the punters seemed to be lapping it up.
Three handpulls were offering Sharps Doom Bar, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and London Beer Factory Chelsea Blonde. Sadly I didn't spot the latter until late in my visit, by which time I was already enjoying a bottle of Goose Island IPA; part of a fairly limited bottled beer range.
I didn't find much to recommend about this place, although to be fair, it wasn't the ideal time to visit and opportunities to properly explore were limited. The pub is clearly popular and serves its purpose in that respect, but I think if I was going to return I would want to do so out of peak hours.

On 17th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Prince of Wales

Modernised pub (also known as the POW) with club and roof terraces advertised above (not visited). Gastro-pub by day, lively party-type venue by night. Three handpumps on the counter, with Deuchars IPA and LBF Chelsea Blonde (£4.20) available (and Doom Bar off) when I visited.

On 14th December 2014 - rating: 6
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Philip Carter left this review about The Prince

Building work finished. Light interior. No real ale. not much else to say really. Wasn't busy when I visited, but may pick up in the evenings when the DJ starts.

On 15th November 2008 - rating: 4
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