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The Sultan, SW19

Norman Road
SW19 1BT
Phone: 02085449323

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hondo . left this review about The Sultan

Hop Back Brewery pub tucked away on the backstreets. 2 roomed interior ( didn't visit room to the left) with a conservatory to the right. 5 real ales served.

On 27th September 2017 - no rating submitted
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john gray left this review about The Sultan

Bit of an old fashioned locals pub but nice enough.New conservatory added to the side was warm and comfortable Few customers on my tues night visit.Usual Hopback beers on but also hence my visit a beer from the in-house Sultan brewery-trial no1 3.5 which was quaffable but can be improved.Dont like this style of pub really

On 21st March 2015 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Sultan

Still retaining the two room format, this is an unlikely back street pub in an unremarkable part of SW London, in that it isn't really where you would expect to find London's only Hop Back pub. Summer Lightning, Entire Stout and a Downton beer tend to be ever present, my latest visit had also Hop Back Taiphoon, a light beer, hoppy and with lemon grass. A bit strange but it tasted ok.
The larger room is L shaped and leads onto a small paved garden, where occasional beer festivals are held. The smaller room has a functional dartboard and TV. Each room has a seperate entrance from the street, but can only be connected inside by passing through the gents. Traditional seating all round at tables and a few bar stools. A good old fashioned local which attracts beer fans due to the unusual brewery for the area. Worth combining with the nearby Trafalgar and Prince of Wales for a mini crawl of South Wimbledon.

On 10th July 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Sultan

Tucked away in the backstreets of South Wimbledon, this is a good local’s pub serving well kept Hopback beers. The pub is split into two rooms, the larger public bar to the right having a traditional feel to it whilst the smaller room to the left seems a bit more formal and smarter. The furnishing is fairly modern and in good order and the pub as a whole seemed very clean and pleasant.
Four hand pumps provided GFB (very good at £2.45), Summer Lightning and Entire Stout plus one guest, which was Downton Golden Goal. There was also a comprehensive stock of Hopback bottles on display behind the bar. The staff gave a bit of a muted welcome, but the service was otherwise fine.
There is a dartboard in the smaller room and an outdoor seating area as well. I also spotted a poster which depicted all of the pub signs of Wimbledon, which I appreciated.
A good backstreet pub with the novelty of being the capital's only Hopback pub, which certainly makes it worth some investigation.

On 6th June 2010 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Sultan

They had GFB, Downton Apple Blossom Ale, Entire Stout, and Summer Lightning on. It’s interesting that they call their stout “Entire”, as that is a very old name for this style of beer. I had an excellent pint of Summer Lightning, at a wallet friendly price of £2.80 a pint.
This is still a two-room pub, although I’ve only ever been in the public bar on the right hand side. Furnishings are mainly scrubbed solid pine tables, some banquette seating, small upholstered stools, and some solid pine chairs. The walls boast some wood panelling that is probably an inter-war fitting, possibly like the pub itself. The bar gantry looks a modern addition, as does the bar counter. I didn’t spot anything in the way of decor worth mentioning, and music was provided by a radio playing, although quietly enough to be background music. There is a small garden area on the right, with an attractive wisteria in flower when I visited on Tuesday lunchtime. It’s worth remembering that they don’t do food, other than crisps, peanuts, etc.
From my description it perhaps doesn’t sound like much of a pub, but it is for some reason quite a good one. It’s mostly a locals’ backstreet pub selling decent ale at decent prices, which is exactly the sort of pub that I like. But as the only Hopback pub in London it does tend to attract some real ale and real pub enthusiasts. There’s nothing wrong with that of course. I’ve been here several times before, and will no doubt visit again.

On 1st May 2010 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Sultan

Backstreet Hop Back Brewery outlet (the only one in London), situated in a brick built 1930’s building, which whilst not obviously attractive has a certain uniqueness. Spread over two bars, it’s clean and cosy inside, the furniture is pine and the carpet is busy. There’s an unfussy, paved beer garden out the back which catches the sun. The full range of Hop Back ales are on, plus the occasional Downton. Quality has always been top-notch on my visits and prices refreshingly cheap. Dart board available and and a rarely-used TV. No food either, just bar snacks - this is a drinkers pub first and foremost. Generally a local clientele but picks up a few beer tourists at weekends (like me). Watch out for the tinted mirror in bogs, it makes you look like you've been caught in a thermo-nuclear blast.

Well-worth the yomp from Colliers Green tube or Wimbledon mainline. Best take a map though, it's well in the back-streets. Recommended.

On 12th September 2009 - rating: 8
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john mcgraw left this review about The Sultan

Straight forward no nonsense two bar back street boozer selling "Hopback" beers. This is a traditional pub and has won awards from CAMRA and is well worth a visit. 10 minutes walk from Collier's Wood/South Wimbledon tube stations

On 19th November 2008 - rating: 10
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