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The Grove, Balham, SW12

39 Oldridge Road
SW12 8PN
Phone: 02086736531
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custodian 42 left this review about The Grove

Still looks like a Young's pub. Room to the right, then the bar with four hand pumps, nothing above 4.5% ABV. Walk past the bar and there is a far longer room to the left, which was hosting a private party on my visit.

On 2nd September 2017 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about The Grove

Whereas the previous pub I visited on my Balham wander, the Nightingale, has been allowed to remain a traditional pub by Wells/Youngs, this one hasn't, I doubt that I have encountered such a messed up poncified pub as this ever. The proper Victorian exterior with the pomp and grandeur it once would have contained has been destroyed inside. Two booths confront you as you enter, they were bedecked with white roses so much that I thought I'd entered a wedding party, sofas, throws, cushions and pouffes, murals of venetion blinds, beyond, in what would once have been the billiards room under the skylight is now a set restaurant, I was pounced upon on arrival to check if I wanted to "scan the menu", I didn't. The bar is central in an elongated U-shaped space, every manner of seating possible apart from a standard banquette or bench with stools opposite. Parts of the ceiling are highly decorative and possibly original but everything has been painted in battleship grey or light green, the scheme of choice for gastro/yuppy pubs. A nice original fire surround has been retained to the front of the bar, stained in mid-brown, nearby is a long thick wood butcher's block style table with empty birdcages and fake berry clad branches on top.
Youngs beers, just Ordinary Bitter, Special and Bombardier, two large copper tanks at the end of the bar contained offerings from Meantime. The pub is foody as alluded too and to be fair, all smelled very good, chicken pot pie, mash and seasonal veg £10.50, The Balham Burger, £12.50. Monday is "Movie Night" with free admission and popcorn.
The front has a decked area with large white brollies heavily populated on Saturday afternoon by flip-flop wearing folk with sunglasses. Pimms £15 a jug.

On 21st April 2013 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Grove

This is a backstreet Young’s pub, with the usual Young’s range plus Sambrook’s Wandle of course. They are about to commence a “beer festival” whereby two guest ales are introduced for a couple of weeks. The ales chosen by The Grove are Young’s Ramrod and Black Sheep Bitter. This is yet another largely madeover Young’s pub that would have been a traditional boozer used by locals at some stage. I suppose it may still be used as a local by some (there were no customers in there at 1400 on a Wednesday) but it doesn’t really feel like one. There’s the usual mix of seating in the main bar area – tall tables/stools; normal tables and solid wood tables; but prominence seems to be given over to sofas, including some lodged in “alcoves” around to the left of the pub. At the back on the left is a largish area that looks as if it is intended as a dining area. The music being played was something of a mixed bag, including some soft jazz piano, to some Motown classics played a bit too loudly to be regarded as background music.
The menu indicates clearly the importance of food to this place, with some fairly basic items being fairly expensive by pub standards – e.g. Steak & Ale Pie & Mash at £11.00, and Bangers and Mash at £9.95. A ham sarny was £5. By contrast, a blackboard behind the bar advertised snacks such as pasties, pork pies, and sausage rolls all at £2.65 a throw. This might be good value, but rather depends on the size of the snack. An old CAMRA booklet that I saw said that this pub has a convivial public bar where the game of dominoes is played – not the case now I’m afraid, and the public bar is long gone. It’s by no means now a cosy backstreet boozer, but its upmarket aspirations have not ruined it as a pub, and despite its more modern makeover it’s still a reasonably comfortable place to stop off for a pint.

On 18th September 2010 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Balham, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Common, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Streatham Hill, 1.44 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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2nd Sep 2017, 08:56
Review submitted by custodian 42
23rd Oct 2014, 16:50
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 January 2009 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 January 2009 by Moby Duck
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