Bars and pubs Tooting Bec
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The Wheatsheaf
The Wheatsheaf
The Wheatsheaf
The Wheatsheaf
The Wheatsheaf
The Wheatsheaf

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.

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Wheatsheaf says
A great British pub offering great seasonal British pub food and an extensive range of local and continental craft beer and wine. Banging brunches on a Saturday and the best roasts in SW17 every Sunday. Quiz night Sundays from 7pm.

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Venue name: Wheatsheaf
Address: 2 Upper Tooting Rd
SW17 7PG
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm
Transport: Tube: Tooting Bec
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Cheryl T

The food...the ambience....it's a buzzing hip place to be!!!
My father in law also drank here in the 70's!!
The wheatsheaf makes me happy 😁😁

Nicola O

My not so local local when in London. It's a home from home where I recharge, nourish and regroup. It has the most amaizing staff that treat you like a friend with such warmth,care and attenshion. The food is outstanding and all is delishious!
The Sunday roast totaly rocks!
It's a gem of pub and would rate it number one beyond tooting!
Thanks wheatsheaf and David with out your safe haven I would be lost x

Sarah G

I live in Tooting Broadway where there is now a plethora of lovely places to drink and eat, but unusually I have had cause to go to Tooting Bec and the Wheatsheaf a couple of times recently.

The pub was 'saved' from becoming a Tesco's or some such by a local campaign. It is refurbished in the manner of a partially refurbished place. Both times I've been in it's been busy. Last night we went for the quiz and a bite to eat. The first time just for a quick drink. I love pub quizzes and so take the chance to go whenever we have a child free eve (sad i know but true!) 

The food menu on a Sunday is more limited than in the week - roasts, a few starters and a couple of other mains. In truth little grabbed either of us so we ended up having a baked camembert and a burger between us. Even though they were advertised as a starter and a main they came together. The food was ok - the camembert came with lots of bread and whilst perfectly oozy wasn't hot which was weird. The burger was decent and the chips very nice - fresh and homemade. There was little visible service and all in all a lack of atmosphere.

The quiz lacked heart - a woman reading someone else's questions with little idea of the answers etc. All in all it wasn't a wow evening just OK - so I would probably go elsewhere next time I had a free night!


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.