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Shinner & Sudtone, Sutton

67 High Street

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Malden man left this review about Shinner & Sudtone

Apparently, the unusual name is derived from what was once an adjoining department store and an historic name for what has become Sutton. Inside it is unmistakably Antic, the front area has cobbled together tables seemingly fashioned from off-cuts of wood, there are cases of all sorts on the walls including some old tobacco tins, all over the walls are fixed tin trays with brewery and cigarette branding and the doors to the toilets look like they've been dragged from a skip then bashed about a bit more. Towards the end of the bar a high ledge holds some ancient suitcases with shelves of board games below, then there is a flight of steps leading up to another area where lines cross the room at ceiling level, each holding a number of music sheets attached by washing pegs.
The bar counter front has glass cases of plates, glassware etc which I assume is as a homage to the erstwhile department store. Curiously a picture of a young Queen Elizabeth looks down on proceedings from above the bar back.
As an Antic pub there will be a Volden beer, on this occasion their Session Ale. Also on were Siren Undercurrent, Wiper and True Doves and Raisins plus Lilley's Dark cider.
The shabby and random style appeals to me as there are all kinds of unusual items to catch the eye and above all a decent and less usual range of beers.

On 18th February 2018 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about Shinner & Sudtone

Was expecting more from this place. It was OK but only four hand pumps on the bar. Basic seating arrangements in place. Probably worth a revisit if I'm ever in Sutton again.

On 14th January 2018 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about Shinner & Sudtone

This one had four ales on - a Milk Stout (brewery not displayed); Bragdy Heavy Industry Collaborator (think I noted it correctly - never heard of it before); Volden Session Ale; and London Beer Factory Chelsea Blond (£4). There were no menus about when I visited at about 5.30 on Monday evening.

This is one of Antic's most recent acquisitions, and as is usual with this chain they've stripped it back to its bare bones. Very often the pub is left with rough plaster, rough concrete floors and other stuff some might argue is best left covered up, but in here it's revealed a parquet floor at the front, some mosaic tiled floor in the rest of the room, plus loads of tiling on the walls. Apparently this place started out in life as a Sainsbury's many years ago, and at some stage subsequently became Shinner's store - hence the name; Sudtone is the old name for Sutton. I would guess that the wall tiling and mosaic flooring would be from its time as a Sainsbury's.

As usual for an Antic pub, they've not pushed out the boat on top of the range furnishings. Some tables seem to be made from old gash bits of wood, most chairs are folding jobbies, possibly re-cycled from somewhere like an old erstwhile cinema. The bar counter seems to be constructed from old department store drawers and display cases; the wall on the left as you enter has more display cases and chinaware on it; shelving units are used as dividers between some bench seating; and I saw loads of old suitcases down at the end as some sort of decorative feature. There's another seating area at the back up on a mezzanine level, but I didn't explore it.

All in all it's a fairly predictable Antic "conversion". But the beer's good and the barman was friendly and chatty, and it had the usual laid back Antic feel. Whatever else you might say about Antic pubs, they're not boring and there's always something to look at.

On 8th January 2017 - rating: 7
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