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Kings Head, Tooting Bec, SW17

84 Upper Tooting Road
SW17
SW17 7PB
Phone: 02087676708
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Pub Type

Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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hondo . left this review about Kings Head

Impressive exterior with an equally grand interior that still retains most of its original fittings and layout. Central U shaped bar serves 7 real ales and "craft keg".

On 28th October 2017 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about Kings Head

An attractive well preserved interior with wood and glass screens, original tiling to two entrances and a side room and wood panelling to the former billiard room at the rear. Jug and Bottle, Private Bar, Saloon glazed doors and screens all remain. All has been well documented already however. At the front, to the right of the outdoor seated area is a gated off passage with a building beyond which looks like it may have been the original stables.
Inside, the bar is central and serves different areas, but the main room is the larger space and was where the handful of drinkers were located during my afternoon visit. Part wood floored, carpeted in another area, seating is mixed with a few sofas and high tables, but mostly for traditional. There are a few TVs dotted around and the main fireplace has a selection of games on top of the mantle. A fairly modern piano sits against the rear partition.
The menus and faux chalkboards detract from the surroundings a little, but this is a Taylor Walker branded pubco place so that goes with the territory.
Beers were not too adventurous being Pride, Bombardier, Old Speckled Hen and Youngs London Gold. I went for the London Gold which was perfectly drinkable.
Worth a visit for the interior if nothing else, however I found this cavernous place to be a little spiritless probably due to the lack of customers at the time.

On 29th May 2011 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about Kings Head

The Kings Head is a large imposing late Victorian gin palace style pub with a Grade 2 listing. Externally, note in particular the canopied balcony and the gargoyles depicting a king’s head. A large central oval shaped bar counter with a fine bar back in the middle serves a number of different areas. Etched glass, windows and screens tell us that this was formerly a multi roomed pub and, although it’s been somewhat opened out, you still get a good sense of what it must have been like in its Victorian heyday. As well as the preserved glasswork, there are fine tiled mini-corridors at either end of the pub. A former billiards room at the back has dark wood panelling and now seems to serve mainly as a room for watching live sports. The pub features in CAMRA’s book of London Heritage Pubs.

Outside we learn that the pub was rebuilt in 1896. Inside a framed information print tells us that the architect was one W M Brutton, who also designed The Fitzroy Tavern in Fitzrovia and The Princess Victoria in Hammersmith. The original Kings Head apparently dates back to the 1700’s and was a coaching inn for travellers from London.

In one corner is a table football machine. A shelf over a fireplace has a collection of board games such as Scrabble. There’s a large outside patio at the side and some seats at the front should you feel inclined to breath in the traffic fumes from the busy main road on which the pub is situated

Despite the splendid interior, large pub menus on each table betray the fact that this is a chain pub These menus reveal that The Kings Head is now part of the Taylor Walker - “Built on Tradition “ - branded portfolio, a somewhat cynical attempt by Punch Taverns to gain mileage from a long lost well known former brewery. Other typical chain pub features are also in evidence – staff in black shirts, some high tables and stools etc – but the overall feel and atmosphere is not displeasing, by any means.

Beers on were Bombardier, Doom Bar and Youngs London Gold. This is a pub that serves real ale, rather than a real ale pub, if you get my drift. Perhaps surprisingly, the Bombardier was really rather good.

If you’re a fan of pub architecture, you’ll want to go here if you haven’t already.

On 17th March 2011 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Malden man
Balham, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Common, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Tooting, 1.24 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Kings Head, SW17
28th Oct 2017, 16:20
Review submitted by hondo .
 
30th Apr 2017, 09:53
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 29 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 28 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 09 December 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 October 2017 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: February 3rd 2017
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