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The Star, Wallington

Pub added by Tony Jaglo
89 Manor Road
Phone: 02087734537

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Quinno _ left this review about The Star

Large pub with a knocked-through C-shaped interior, which looks to have had a recent exterior makeover. Enter to the old top bar which is a geezers hang out - two pool tables, darts and tellies with sport. The rear area is more comfortable with some pretty tiled flooring, third length blue painted wood panelling and a raised carpeted seating area. Toilets were surprisingly clean and out back is a decent little seating area with astroturf and three beach hut style booths. Three ales on all under 3 quid a pop - GK IPA, Doom Bar and Youngs Bitter, the latter of which tasted musty, unfortunately. It serves a purpose and if the beer was better it'd be worth a quick look.

On 1st July 2017 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Melbourne

A large Victorian style pub of the type you don't generally see this far into suburbia, I assume built to serve the railway over the road. A central bar, the room winds back around to the rear. TVs and music; unfortunately as every one of the numerous handpumps were all clipped with that pernicious beer GK IPA I didn't bother the till, to me that is a sign of lazy indifference or perhaps the clientele just don't drink real ale. I certainly won't bother again.

On 18th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about The Melbourne

The Melbourne is a large pub that is handily placed opposite Walllington Railway Station. To the right of the entrance is a small raised seating area that comes with a plasma screen. Some more seating faces the bar as it runs along the left hand wall and there is a larger seating area at the rear. Both of these areas also come with plasma screens and Sky Sports is advertised, although Six Nations rugby was being aired via BBC during my recent Saturday afternoon visit. Out the back is a beer yard that houses some picnic tables and a smoking shelter.
Peroni is available and the bar is also stocked with standard draught products. Three hand pumps are supported and these were drawing Landlord, Pride and Pedigree. I didn’t see any of the twenty or so other customers eating, but pub grub is advertised with the mains costing around £6.50. There is an open mic night every Sunday and live music is advertised for every Friday and Saturday night.

This place used to be an O’Neill’s pub so it is much improved in its present guise and it is perfectly acceptable for a couple of beers after a long commute. If I lived locally I would even consider watching midweek football here, but this place isn’t worth making a special trip to visit.

On 8th April 2012 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Melbourne

Previously an O’Neill’s bar, this pub has now reverted to its original name of The Melbourne. Although the exterior is painted black, never a good sign in my opinion, it’s a marked improvement over its previous incarnation. It’s one of the growing number of Stonegate pubs. There were three ales on – London Pride, Pedigree and Sambrook’s Wandle. The Wandle at £2.70 a pint is a good bet price-wise, although I think this ale can be a little underwhelming at times. The menus featured pubco pub grub at reasonable prices.
Furnishings are essentially normal tables and chairs, with the inevitable banquette seating and stools at the bar. The bar is a large horseshoe on the right, with the drinking area stretching around it to the left and rear, with what would have been separate rooms at one time with separate doors leading from the main road and probably Melbourne Road on the right. There’s some unusual floor tiling comprising foot-square pattern blocks encased by wooden surrounds, plus a bit of carpeting and bare boarding. They still have the trademark Victorian (or possibly Edwardian) cast iron pillars with ornate capitals, but everything else is modern. I’m not yet familiar enough with the Stonegate chain to form an opinion of their pubs, but they seem to have made a decent stab at improving this one. It’s certainly not a destination pub, but OK for a pint if passing.

On 7th May 2011 - rating: 5
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