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Windmill on the Common, Clapham Common, SW4

Windmill Drive
Clapham Common
SW4
SW4 9DE
Phone: 02086734578
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custodian 42 left this review about Windmill on the Common

Large rambling Young's pub with various rooms and bars. Usual selection of Young's beers on sale. Nothing spectacular about this place.

On 2nd September 2017 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about Windmill on the Common

Located to the eastern side of Clapham Common, roughly equidistant from Clapham Common and Clapham South tube station, this is a large pub and hotel dating back to the 17th century. Sadly the passage of time hasn't been particularly kind to this place (nor I expect has its ownership by Young's) so that we are now presented with a pub heavy with history but very light on charm. Everything is on a pretty large scale here, with the whole pub opened out to form a massive U-shaped room with three distinct areas, all served by a long curved bar counter. Entering into the right hand side of the pub there is a lot of high stool seating in a bare boarded space facing the bar, with a rustic looking shelving unit screening a rear seating area which offers sofas and some comfy looking armchairs. There are a few nice looking stained glass windows here, but the general effect is pretty bland and the presence of the hotel entrance serves to put you in mind of a characterless hotel lobby. Moving round to the rear portion of the room, known as the 'Blue Room', you'll find fairly limited seating options, some painted wall panelling and a fairly attractive frieze. This area was packed with vertical drinkers and a few making the most of the ribbon of seating along the perimeter. The centrepiece here is a nice fireplace with a mirror and candles above and a few interesting bits such as an old typewriter and various prints dotted around. You finally emerge into 'The Dome', named for the pub's best feature - the high domed ceiling with a gallery running around it. This is a pretty vast space with lots of mixed seating, antlers and the like on the walls, a marble fireplace, pictures of Queen Victoria and some nice light fittings. A separate restaurant area can be found in another room to the front, with standard tables and chairs set up for diners. Loud music blasted away on my Saturday evening visit and there was a big crowd in, helping to fill the place quite a bit.
Three ales were available on the bar - Young's Ordinary and London Gold (Special was off) plus Brains SA. I tried the latter and found it pretty average, much like the pub itself. The barman in the Dome room told me that I should go and order from the other bar, as despite the fact that it was busier there, they had more staff on that side and I would get served much quicker, which turned out to be very good advice.
I have to admit to being pretty disappointed with this place. I had hoped to find an interesting, opulent, well maintained pub with well kept beer, as per its regular inclusion in the Good Beer Guide, but instead discovered a pub that has had much of its soul ripped out and replaced by a rather bland, corporate look coupled with sub-par beer. It's worth a look for the impressive Dome room and may well come into its own in summer months after a day on the Common, but it's not somewhere I'll be making an effort to return to.

On 15th March 2015 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Windmill on the Common

Substantial pub and hotel located in a small cluster of buildings within the common. However, the bar within the main building isn't anything like as large as I was expecting, and it appears that more space around the back has been dedicated as an upmarket dining area in addition to the separate dining room housed in an extension beyond. Refurbished by the Youngs makeover team, so the decor and furniture won't be to everybody's taste. Very large front patio, with numerous wooden benches plus some more comfortable all-weather seating on a slightly-raised decking area. Three of four handpumps in operation, with Ordinary, Special and Waggledance (£3.84) available. Also has three of the new Meantime 'brewery fresh' tanks by the front door. I imagine it gets horrible busy in the middle of summer, but it was pleasantly relaxed when I visited on a cool-ish Sunday lunchtime.

On 16th June 2013 - rating: 7
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Clapham High Street, 0.91 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Road, 1.14 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Balham, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Windmill on the Common, SW4
2nd Sep 2017, 08:30
Review submitted by custodian 42
 
15th Mar 2015, 14:56
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Accommodation : Yes - 42 rooms. - last updated 09 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes - Saturdays. - last updated 09 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 09 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sundays 8.00-10.00pm. - last updated 09 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 October 2011 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 15 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
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