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The Grapes, Wandsworth, SW18

39 Fairfield Street
SW18
SW18 1DX
Phone: 02088743414
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Grapes

This is a rather simple Youngs pub located no more than a stone’s throw away from their former brewery site. Like most Youngs pubs around these parts, the place has been opened out from an old multi-room layout, into a simple single L-shaped room, with the old corner entrance now out of action, which is a shame because it boasts some impressive etched glass work on the internal door. The room is bare boarded throughout, with low wood panels on the walls beneath plain painted upper sections dotted with blackboards, mirrors and a TV screen to the right showing a pub menu and another to the left screening Italian football. There are some high tables and stools to the right of the entrance and a row of comfy banquettes to the left, along the front wall. The far left side of the room had several more high tables and stools and another fine etched glass door, whilst to the rear, there is a drinking ledge, with a few books on the shelf and some attractive art prints either side of a large mirror. The bar has a modern dark wood panel counter front that turns ninety degrees to the left and then again to run back behind itself. All of this is topped with an intricate metalwork gantry lined with fairy lights to create an attractive feature, but the bar back is essentially non-existent, having been stripped out when the room was opened up. A door to the rear seems to lead out to a beer garden, but I didn’t explore this in the dark, and there were some decent indie tunes playing sensibly in the background.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much excitement at the bar, with two handpulls double clipped with Youngs Ordinary and two more left unclipped. My pint of the Ordinary was maybe a touch past its best and a little too warm, although I kind of enjoyed sitting supping it, as the pub’s clientele were endlessly entertaining, offering some top quality people watching/eavesdropping opportunities.
This is quite a nice, attractive pub that hasn’t suffered too badly from the remodelling and interior design of the Youngs pub-wrecking crew. The pub offers a nice traditional drinking environment with decent service and an entertaining customer base, but the lack of any decent beer means this will probably remain a one-off visit, although I wouldn’t wish to deter others from giving the place a chance.

On 23rd January 2022 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Grapes

A small Young's Pub surrounded by seemingly perpetual traffic. Inside is a single U shaped room wrapped around the central bar.Furniture-wise there is some banquet seating along with some normal height tables and chairs, also a couple of loftier perches at one end, the floor is carpeted. It's very much unchanged from my previous visit some seven or eight years ago as is the beer, just Youngs Bitter and Special, I had the Bitter and for what its worth nowadays it was in decent nick reasonably priced at £3.70 a pint. This is a good no frills, proper boozer , and as such is worth a visit.

On 4th March 2018 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Grapes

A traditional street corner pub serving Young's beers. The original corner entrance has now gone, but once inside you can still make out the original lobby with some good looking etched glass remaining. There is a rectangular island bar with an attractive detailed carved bar back. Mixed seating now, some traditional cast iron three legged Britannia tables with benches and small stools plus a trio of high tables and stools at the end window. The bench seats are very tidy in green fake leather and I'd guess have been reupholstered since the previous review. Very clean and tidy, poished wood and gleaming brass, carpeted. Behind the bench seats there are stained wood backs with mirrored inserts above head height. A couple of screens were off, but I also noted an upright piano at the end of the room, with a piano stool so possibly it sees some use. Covered booths outside to cater for the smokers and a garden beyond. Just Ordinary and Special on, but I liked this immaculate little pub and enjoyed the honest atmosphere provided by a group of regulars in friendly debate with the barman about football.

On 26th April 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Wandsworth Town, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Clapham Junction, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Clapham Junction, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Grapes, SW18
23rd Jan 2022, 16:47
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
16th Jul 2019, 22:14
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 July 2019 by paulof horsham
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes - Lunch Mon-Fri only - last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 January 2008 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
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