Bars and pubs , Pubs Balham
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Guy Dimond

This vast Young’s pub occupies a prime corner site on one of the smarter bits of gentrified Balham, just out of sight from Balham High Road. A refurb over the autumn on 2012 turned it into a looker of a local, complete with atrium roof, drapes and plenty of nooks and crannies; a repaint of the exterior in spring 2014 also gave it a fillip.

To drink there are Young’s fine brews, plus a pick of Meantime’s brews. In March 2012 a new feature was added - 'tanks' of fresh Meantime lager, which ensure a prime quality pint of their premium lager at £4.45 a pint.

Unfortunately, the menu was not given as much of an overhaul as the interior design in 2012; the dish selection seemed to have been picked by a central committee, and covered standard pub fare (fish and chips, burger, banoffee pie) as well as more trend-conscious dishes such as pork belly ribs.

A three-bean vegetable chilli was not an inspired dish, reminding us of student canteen cooking; and the ‘fish of the day’ we ordered was replaced by the dover sole from the everyday menu, the substitution and our query of the silent swap handled gracelessly.

A new chef in 2014 changed a few elements of the menu, but essentially, it's still just a Young's pub menu.

A good place for a drink then, but with plenty of other options for eating out in Balham, The Grove is a dining opportunity missed.


Venue name: Grove
Address: 39 Oldridge Road
SW12 8PN
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Clapham South tube or Balham tube/rail
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Samantha H

great place to watch the rugby if you book an area in advance.  We were a large group and we ended up in an area with sofas and a screen to ourselves.  Drinks are reasonably priced, food was ok.  Unfortunately there were a few items missing that we were not informed about when ordering but not the end of the world, just would be something they could improve on for the future. Reasonable place.

Danny H

Great local pub in Balham. Fantastic atmosphere, fantastic food and a cracking pub quiz on a Sunday evening!

timothy w

A nice place for pub grub especially if the sun is shining and you can grab a seat outside. Does all it needs to do for food and drink. Food is good quality pub food and the staff are friendly and attentive. Tried the film night one evening and unfortunately the film seemed to be different to the one advertised but this may have been my error. Worth a visit and one of the better pubs in the area

Becky Russell

Dear Time Out, Thank you for your review of our pub. We appreciate you taking the time to visit us. I wanted to let you know that we've recently taken a new Head Chef on board who starts this week. We'd love to invite you in for a meal on us at the end of February / March perhaps to try and improve our Time Out rating and hope you will give us that chance. Kindest Regards Becky Russell The Grove Balham