The Castle, Tooting

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The Castle has been home to a public house since 1832, although its newly revamped decor is anything but 19th century. This Young's pub now features a British gastropub menu with Meantime brews in tanks, among many other tipples.

The new garden - where a car park used to be – was added in summer 2014. It has various outdoor seating areas including cabana-style huts and outdoor heating on demand.

The menu holds few surprises - burgers, pies, roast meats, fish and chips. Our chicken, ham and leek pie was standard pub fare, served with mash and a tiny and superfluous  saucepan of gravy.

The main attraction here is undoubtedly the garden (on warm days).

Venue name: The Castle, Tooting
Address: 38 Tooting High St
SW17 0RG
Opening hours: 11am-11pm, Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight, Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:11
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:6
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:5
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Fantastic local pub with a huge outdoor space and an excellent upmarket restaurant! Well worth a visit anytime.

Kartik P

Perfect place to meet up with friends. Brilliant atmosphere...great staff and good selection of drinks available at the bar

Caroline B

Huge pub with lots of space inside and outside - in the summer the beer garden is really enjoyable. Perfect if you're a big group (or a group of mums with prams!). Food is usually OK - but they have their off days and I think there are better places for Sunday roast in Tooting. A bit impersonal .

Chris K

It's cool with a huge mix of different people visiting with an amazing beer garden, great food and friendly staff.

Claire P

By far my favourite pub in Tooting! Good food, garden and pub quiz on a Wednesday night!

Sam B

From the outside, you would never guess that such a fab pub garden is tucked away out the back. The Castle's recent(ish) makeover has really attracted the hipper local residents. 

Standard pub grub - pies, burgers, etc - and standard pub prices, so nothing out of the ordinary there. And unfortunately it's standard slightly-slow-and-aloof London service too. 

Sarah G

It's a shame I can't give 1/2 stars as 3 is a bit low but 4 too high.

The Castle was refurbished last year from a pretty old fashioned, down at heel place to a super smart, trendy & modern place, with a great garden, restaurant & bar area.

I went a few times last year but lost heart as the service didn't quite match up to the promise of the ambience & ambition of the menu. Also some how felt it was all aimed at a younger crowd. We went back this week for the quiz & ate to accompany it. The food we had was lovely, I had an amazing on cheek terrine, my friend the fish & chips & the other a burger. They both said it was great.

The quiz was good too, though we wiped out on the picture round!

I definitely think I've been a little quick in my judgement and hope to return soon.

Staff Writer

Deceptively massive pub over the road from Tooting Broadway.

I'd been recommended this place by a friend as one of the best beer gardens in the area, so when my birthday came around, I thought it might be worth a go.

Unfortunately, due to medieval reservation procedures, my reservation wasn't processed and we turned up on a busy Saturday without an area to host about 15 people. Thankfully, a nice area was found inside which worked out fine, as I was concerned the entire day would have been ruined.

As I didn't buy a single drink in there, I can't give details on prices etc but it's worth a visit, once you are 100% certain you have something booked.

Tracy R

Four of us had a meal and throughly enjoyed it. Beef roast, gluten free pork roast and the others had burgers. Service was good and it is dog friendly inside as well as outside. I appreciated the decor and we enjoyed the friendly happy atmosphere. On the day we went the sun was shining and garden was busy with young people having a good time. We had a lovely time and met the resident pooch called Jazz! We will be back!

Samantha H

Had a couple of drinks and dinner at the Castle last night, it was ok, not great, not awful just ok.  The food was reasonably priced and there was a good selection.  The main reason for a 3/5 is the service.  It took 5 minutes to get anyone's attention to be seated (whilst stood by the 'please wait here to be seated' sign) and then we ordered drinks with waitresses on more than one occasion that we just never saw. The only part of the service that was speedy was getting the bill.  If it had been busy I would understand but there were only about 4 tables taken and plenty of staff wandering around! The pub garden looks amazing so will definitely be back in the summer to give it another shot, perhaps it was just an off night. 

Charly C

Amazing food at an affordable price, great quirky garden both complimented by the lovely staff

Ruth J

Since it got a facelift last year The Castle is a great place to grab an after work drink or a weekend bite. Enjoyable comfort food that won't break the bank and a very big inside area that stops the restaurant feeling too busy. The large outside area is also very pleasant to enjoy on a nice Summers day!

Lisa Peake

This is one of my favourite locals and although the food is good rather than amazing, the staff are always super friendly to the point of tripping over themselves asking if they can help. I've never been rushed, cava is reasonably priced and the décor welcoming. It's so vast and bright I probably wouldn't come here for a romantic evening meal, but it's perfect to show off Tooting to those who visit, especially as it's so close to Broadway tube.

Tip: definitely smile - you get the bigger ones back and even more attentive service.

Amy C

Huge pub! You wouldn't realise from outside. Beautiful interior decoration and cute little huts out in the garden. It's like an oasis of awesome off the busy high street.

Pinto P

Dear Time Out,

I work at the Castle and I noticed all of these reviews were written last year almost immediately after the reopening. I'm sure there was a slight learning curve, but I am confident that there has been a dramatic improvement. As a regular customer and a member of staff I can't imagine why anyone would not give a five star rating. This pub is genuinely one of the best in South London. We are always packed. So I encourage Time Out to conduct another review as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

The Castle Barman


Newly renovated, we came to have a a pleasant drink on Friday... Very disappointed to say the least - extremely loud music from the minute we walked in at 5.30pm music was knocking as like it is a night club!!! If I wasn't meeting friends in the area we wouldn't stayed.

Food is ok, although my burger was half cold on the bun...


Having been a regular in South London, my friend and I were keen to explore this newly renovated pub. We went in, walked around the place for about 2 minutes and thought this is quite desirable. So we pleasantly asked if we there was a table available for lunch. One member of their staff replied "Sorry we're not taking any more customers...". There was a lot of tables empty and we were happy to wait and have a drink at the bar. This opportunity was dismissed by the man completely. He then proceeded to elaborately point out all the food tickets lined up on the serving bar advocating our stupidity for even asking if we could wait for a table. He then proceeded to say "If you want fast food, you can go to KFC or McDonalds...", he thought the comment was worthy of a comedy award, boring me to death with his knowledge of fast food chains, we walked out. The attitude of "We don't really need you as a customer..." is quite apparent here, very arrogant and obnoxious.

Looks can be very deceiving, decor is nice but the customer service is absolutely appalling. This man's attitude was so abhorrent, I am uncertain on how long this business can last. We eventually found out that this man was the manager after consulting with a more friendly member of staff. She apologized but this is unlikely to curb the horrendous ways her manager is conducting the treatment of customers. 

Having not been able to sit down to eat or drink, this place has been truly tainted by poor hospitality. I am glad I will not be setting my foot in this place again.

Peter D

Arranged to meet some friends here as I heard it had been recently refurbished and what a great evening we had. The food was excellent and the beer was good......if a little expensive but having previously been a customer at the "Old" Castle I and my friends were made welcome and will definitely return. Just wish it was North of the river and closer to my home.

Liga D

After opening night I'm not welcome person, reason being rood to staff who made more mistake then rest of the staff together. Guys do not leave any feedback, it's almost a crime to say that some things were wrong. And if you're from on other countries even worse. Good luck

Jurate W

A bit of a nightmare on a sunny day. Children running free in the garden, takes ages to get served as the bar is super short and staff new and inexperienced- have no idea who came when and who is next. Would rather go somewhere else, as it just makes you angry rather than relaxed! 

James H

I walked into this pub on Sunday only to be told they have pre-booked all 250 meals for the day and weren't taking any walk in orders. Despite the place being empty. It's been newly refurbished and looks well presented but the manager clearly had the 'we're the new place to be and don't need your custom' attitude when I suggested it was poor planning not to allow a single walk in order when he simply smiled, shrugged and said 'we're fully booked mate'. Neither me, or my local friends will frequent this place again. He obviously doesn't know the power of bad press!!