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The Nightingale, Balham, SW12

97 Nightingale Lane
SW12 8NX
Phone: 02086731637
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hondo . left this review about The Nightingale

Young's pub with a bare boarded interior and a U shaped bar. 6 real ales and food served.

On 29th October 2017 - no rating submitted
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custodian 42 left this review about The Nightingale

Young's pub with six hand pumps with their usual offerings. Lounge and tap room with the bar in the middle. TV not on, happily. Some outside seating.

On 28th August 2017 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Nightingale

This is a Grade II listed Young's pub, dating back to 1853, that has thankfully survived the brewery's penchant for destroying this type of pub with over the top refurbishments, leaving a wonderful, community based pub that is well worth seeking out. The interior, despite having no physical demarcation, is essentially a two room affair, with a U shaped area to the right which wraps itself around the servery and seems popular with the locals, and a more open space to the left with a lot more room and a mixed clientele. The area around the servery boasts some lovely etched glass windows and a huge Nightingale mirror. A few button backed pews and standard banquettes provide a bit of seating for those who decide not to line the bar counter. There are old paintings on the wall, all in keeping with the pub's traditional feel and I noticed a big TV screen which was turned off on my visit. In the furthest corner there is a dartboard, but you'd need to visit at a much quieter moment than I did to stand any chance of playing on it. The rest of the pub is essentially a decent sized rectangular room split by a few structural pillars and walls. Banquettes and standard chairs provide most of the seating options although there are a few centrally placed armchairs that look worth bagging if you arrive early enough. More old pictures can be viewed on the walls, as well as cigarette cards, a lovely painting of the pub and a display of the Young's bottled beer range. There is also a large cheque on the back wall which I believe shows the amount raised by the 'Nightingale Walk' - an annual charity event run by the pub for over 30 years. A small extension at the rear has a few stools along a ledge and leads out to a garden which I didn't bother to explore in the dark, although I did notice posters promoting garden parties. The pub does food and there were a fair few eating when I arrived. I didn't manage to spot a menu, but the specials board listed a few very tempting meals.
The ale selection here is encouragingly not exclusively restricted to Youngs beers, although Ordinary and Special were both available. Guests on my visit were Adnams Topaz Gold, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde and McMullen's Cask Ale. I gave the Dizzy Blonde a try and it was in great shape. Keg options included Meantime Yakima Red and Aspalls Cider.
I have been meaning to pay this pub a visit for ages but it's slightly isolated location meant that I never got round to it. I'm really glad I finally made the effort to get out here as it's a really well run pub that serves a good cross section of the community well. I was really impressed and will be back sooner rather than later.

On 8th December 2013 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Wandsworth Common, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Balham, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Clapham Junction, 1.47 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Nightingale, SW12
29th Oct 2017, 08:18
Review submitted by hondo .
28th Aug 2017, 09:27
Review submitted by custodian 42

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 08 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes - Doombar - last updated 29 October 2017 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday11am - Midnight
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