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The Surprise, South Lambeth, SW8

16 Southville
Phone: 02076224623
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Philip Carter left this review about The Surprise

A Youngs pub, so only Youngs ale on sale, no hardship there. Has had a refurb, the seating area at the side, which was open to the elements, has now been converted to a conservatory. The bar area has been done up, all the mugs & things hanging behind the bar have gone. The drawings in the back area are still there. The gents toilet has been refurbed as well. Whole place looks good.

On 19th December 2018 - rating: 8
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john mcgraw left this review about The Surprise

Well this pub is a surprise after walking most of the Wandsworth Road it was a surprise to see a pub that is still open!A very small front bar and a drinking area at the back.Young's/Well's beers on offer with the special being on good form.Outside drinking area overlooking the park.

On 4th April 2011 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The Surprise

Visited in June 2010

The Surprise is an excellent, unpretentious, traditional locals pub situated at the end of a small cul de sac off the Wandsworth Road and backing on to Larkhall Park. It's one of a sadly diminishing breed of old fashioned "proper" Youngs pubs - let's hope the Wells and Youngs changing rooms brigade can be persuaded to continue to leave it largely well alone.

It's a small pub with a narrow curved bar area at the front which leads through to a further room at the back with a dartboard and which, pleasingly, retains the framed caricatures of regulars that I remember from previous visits, although I suspect that, by now, some of them are now drinking in that great pub in the sky.

On my previous visit,I expressed my dislike at being incessantly barked at and licked all over by the pub dog. Whilst the landlord and the pub dog in question are no longer in situ, it was perhaps ironic, as I'm sitting outside in the evening sunshine thinking how much more enjoyable the pub is now, that I suddenly realise that I've trodden in ….( you can guess the rest ), necessitating a quick visit to the nearby park to clean my shoe on the grass.

Unfortunately, I arrived too late for the advertised happy hour between 4-6pm, but the Youngs Special - £ 3.15p - was in good form. The pub has been in CAMRA Good Beer Guides.

Pubs like this are sadly disappearing from the London landscape - even though I wouldn't describe it as my "lucky" pub, let's hope this one is still around for years to come

On 18th October 2010 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Wandsworth Road, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Clapham High Street, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Queenstown Road (Battersea), 1.13 miles, 21 min walk (show)
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19th Dec 2018, 12:47
Review submitted by Philip Carter amended by Philip Carter
19th Dec 2018, 12:46
Review submitted by Philip Carter

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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 January 2010 by Will Larter
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - Midnight
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
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