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The Antelope, Surbiton

87 Maple Road
Phone: 02083995565
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paulof horsham left this review about The Antelope

The Big Smoke Brewery may have moved out, but they retain a strong presence on the bar, both keg (about 12 taps to the left) and cask (10 pumps - something like that). It's a busy pub, and with good reason - the beer range is top-quality with the guests well-chosen (for example Ilkley and Pig & Porter on my visit); the incoming crowd pounced on my vacated seat as I left.

As well as that, there's a reasonably-priced menu, though the availability may not quite tally with the times quoted on the menu (as I was disappointed to discover).

All-in-all then, I'd say The Antelope has to be a must-visit pub for anyone looking for great beer in a good pub.

On 12th May 2019 - rating: 9
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Moby Duck left this review about The Antelope

Update August 2017
Since my first visit nearly three years ago the beer quality and choice has remained consistently excellent,I have been averaging at least one visit a month if not more for some time, a very top pub now elevated to 9/10.
October 2014
A first visit here and I was quite impressed,the internal decor is a strange mix of modern yet with a traditional feel,faux rustic maybe.The stalactite like fire place decoration formed from molten wax was a little over the top if not impressive and gave a Brothers Grim fairy tale feel.
The main bar as you enter from the street doglegs round to the left to a seating area down a level with leather clad sofas much in evidence,beyond this you are led out to the beer garden and beyond this again you can view the pubs own brewery,Big Smoke Brew Co, through large windows.Back to the main bar there are 10 ales available from far and wide all interesting in nature,tasting notes can be viewed via a blackboard on the wall.5 real ciders are also available as well as some Craft keg offerings. The beers alone demand a rapid return to this pub.

On 20th August 2017 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Antelope

This lively two room pub was taken over by the same people behind the successful Sussex Arms in Twickenham and has become a similar 'destination' pub with the added interest of an on-site brewery. You enter into a bare boarded front bar with an L-shaped servery directly opposite, half panelled walls with grey uppers and various beer themed items dotted around for decorative purposes. A fireplace on the left hand wall acts as something of a focal point for a front section mainly given over to standing room, although a few tables and chairs have been squeezed into the two bay windows on the front wall. The servery has a plain tongue and groove counter and bar back which contrasts with the colourful pump clip lined canopy. In fact, the pump clip collection has far outgrown the canopy and now snakes around the walls and ceiling to the left of the bar, where the room extends past a few small round tables with low stools and an impressive vinyl collection and turntable behind this part of the bar. To the rear is a lower level room with lots of mixed seating, smart decor and a bookcase in the rear corner. This seemed like a pleasant place to relax with a pint, but unbeknown to me, the pub was hosting a beer festival when I visited and the room was packed, including a few noisy children, so I retreated back to the front bar instead. The festival was taking place in the beer garden, which seemed like a nice spot and had a good deal of seating as well as around 60 cask ales on a large racking system set up in front of the in-house Big Smoke brewery.
Unfortunately for me, the festival was already well into its final day and very few of the beers were left, but the consolation was that the bar still had a great selection to choose from. The Big Smoke brewery was represented with their Underworld, Milk Stout, Sunshower and Medicine Man brews and an extensive guest line-up of Long Arm Peacemaker, XT 2, G2 Vela, Oakham The Navigation, Portobello Market Porter, Dark Star Original and Sherfield Valley TBA broadened the options considerably. I fancied a darker beer and opted for the Milk Stout which was a great example of the style and served in tip-top condition. A separate row of handpulls around the corner dispensed several ciders and there was an interesting keg selection as well.
I really enjoyed this place which I thought had managed to bring together a lot of elements to create a pub that appeals to a wide range of customers whilst ensuring the beer remains the primary focus. Obviously, visiting during a beer festival meant that I didn't really get to see the pub in the truest light, but it still managed to score highly in important areas such as comfort, service and beer quality. This is worth going out of your way for and I'll certainly be looking to make a return sooner rather than later.

On 2nd October 2016 - rating: 9
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 02 October 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Patio outside the brewery, - last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 August 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 30 August 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 October 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 14 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 August 2014 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
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