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Prominent pub opposite Tooting Bec tube.

This prominent corner pub opposite Tooting Bec tube used to be a rough diamond of a joint inhabited by a crowd of regular imbibers. Then Antic – who also run Tooting Tram & Social, Balham Bowls Club, and The Antelope in Tooting – took it over and did one of their characteristic faux-bohemian makeovers in 2011.

Then it changed hands again, after a scare in 2013 when it looked as if it might be turned into yet another Tesco. Tesco lost; the people won.

The new owners have given it more of a gastro-focus, and a very decent wine list now vies for your attention with the small but decent selection of ales. The food is pub-menu functional, done very well if not magical. There are annoyances, too: you get the occasional annoying drizzle on plates with a squeezy bottle; some meat is served on wooden boards; portions are biggish but there are restaurant prices to go with them. (A three-course meal for two with drinks and service can approach £100.)

In the early evening the room looks beautiful as light streams in from large frosted Victorian windows, giving it a very pleasant and comfortable feel. As the evening presses on, by about 8.30pm, it can get very noisy with pub crowds. It’s a good spot for people who want decent pub food – but nothing too challenging – for dinner. On our visit the service from the floor staff was sweet and perky.

Venue name: Wheatsheaf
Address: 2 Upper Tooting Rd
SW17 7PG
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Thur; 4pm-midnight Fri; noon-midnight Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Tooting Bec
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So so glad that Tesco didnt have it's wicked way here and the Wheatsheaf is still going strong. I have only been in the area a short while, but I think I prefer the Wheatsheaf's shabby chic look before it's recent facelift. Either way, Im just glad it's still here. Tesco doesn't put a smile on my face like this place. I think that it's a great spot, you can literally fall out of your tube carriage into the bar, (almost, few windy escalators to overcome first), but it's a decent pub.It does get packed out on an evening from about 7pm on a Friday, so you'd be hard pushed to find a seat. It's got a good atmosphere, good choice of booze behind the bar, what you want! The food looks good, nothing too out there, and have yet to try it. It's a gorgeous roomy building. A real asset to Tooting Bec.