A haven of craft beer and decent pub grub, hiding discretely down a residential street in Balham (or is it Clapham South?! Who knows!). I wish it was busier because the setting and decor was of the ilk that would make me want this as my local drinking hole...with only one visit though, I cannot be too quick to judge. Overall, nice food in nice environment with friendly staff. It would take a bustling afternoon or lively evening to turn this around from nice to great though...it's the people that make a pub afterall. Read more @theTRUsocial - http://thetrusocial.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/pub-grub-south-of-river.html
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Posted: Wed May 21 2014
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.
Grove 39 Oldridge Road
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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