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The Castle, Tooting, SW17

38 Tooting High Street
SW17 0RG
Phone: 02086727018
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john gray left this review about The Castle

Another big old boozer that has seen better times.Busy enough with Wimbledon -pitbull (good) and Proper Job as guests on cask.

On 9th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Castle

Any former charisma this pub may have had has long since been knocked out of it, now bland and gastrosised lacking in any ambiance whatsoever.
Six pumps on the bar but only two on, strangely both Sambrooks in this youngs pub, though the barman was pulling something new through the pipes,I didn't hang around to find out what.

On 11th February 2018 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Castle

This was my first visit since the latest of this pub's refurbishments, and it has to be said that it's unrecognisable from the last time I was here. It's had a standard Young's refurbishment, which are usually pretty dramatic events and tend to remove any traditional pub character that the pub might have, and this one's no different. We now have a bare-boarded floor of course, massive tall tables with backless benches, and some with tall stools (one enormous specimen had no less than 17 stools accompanying it), armchars and sofas, and banquettes complete with cushions. Normal tables and chairs were very much in the minority here, with only two or three available other than those in the area at the back where all the tables were laid for diners. It's big pub, stretching a long way to the rear. There's stainless steel ducting on the ceiling; and on much of the walls, some surfaces, and the bar counter front are new (or possibly reclaimed) bare scrubbed boards. Everything's ultra modern in here now. I could bang on about the decorative style, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. There's a sizeable garden to one side of the pub, much of it covered. I say "garden", although I couldn't see anything growing in it. I don't suppose that matters to anyone though.

One very unusual thing in this pub is the pair of copper brewing tanks behind the servery, labelled "Meantime", thus indicating some sort of arrangement with that brewery. According to the barmaid, it's not possible to but a Meantime beer direct from the tank, as a sign in the pub proclaims, but they did have at least a couple of Meantime beers on tap. Being a Young's pub the usual range is on including something called Wooden Spoon, which apparently had a charity connection with some of the cost going to the Wooden Spoon charity. There were no guest ales on when I visited, but they did have an Aspall's cider on handpump. I didn't see a menu, but they obviously do food as, as well as the aforementioned dining area, there was an open to view kitchen beyond the drinks servery.

This one is fair enough if you like pubs that have been modernised to death. Perhaps mid-afternoon on a Monday is not the best time to judge a pub, but when I was in there were a couple of mummies in with babes in arms, enjoying a no doubt well deserved libation - coffee probably. It's not really my sort of pub now, but at least it's still a going concern.

On 6th October 2015 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Tooting, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Balham, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Haydons Road, 1.6 miles, 30 min walk (show)
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9th Nov 2019, 21:55
Review submitted by john gray
13th Apr 2018, 23:47
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 07 June 2011 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
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