Wheatsheaf

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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
Contact:
Address: 2 Upper Tooting Rd
London
SW17 7PG
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Thur; 4pm-midnight Fri; noon-midnight Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Tooting Bec

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Alex

Please, please, if you are reading this, sign the 38degrees petition to save this iconic local. The Wheatsheaf’s a special pub where you can find all sorts of people, from all walks of life mingling, chatting and having fun together in a way you sadly can longer in most other parts of London. Walk in and you would be forgiven if you thought there was a hint of Liquorish in the air. This pub is like a bag of "Liquorish Allsorts" full of diversity, and so colourful. Truly magic! She’s an Old Pub (in fact VERY Old) who’s recently given a fantastic, yet sensitively balanced modern make-over drawing back in a younger crowd, without pushing out those loyal, most highly valued older and probably wiser, customers. A pub/social hub Tooting can be rightly proud of. So go on, don't let a global bully destroy another community hub that has been here since 1737.-Tesco - your mother would be ashamed of you. Please go to: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-wheatsheaf-tooting-bec and Just Say No to Tesco!

Alex B

Please, please, if you are reading this, sign the 38degrees petition to save this iconic local. It's a special pub where you can really find all sorts of people mingling and having fun together in a way you can in most part of London, not the UK,or do I mean the world?!. Just like those bags of "Liquorish allsorts"- the magic is in the diversity- something Tooting can be rightly proud of. So go on, don't let a global bully distroy another community hub that has been here since 1737. Tesco - your mother would be ashamed of you. Go to: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-wheatsheaf-tooting-bec Power to the People!

Simon

A great pub with lgreat beer and a lovely atmosphere. But after 150 year Tesco are calling time and want to to destroy this great pub to make a mini market. The landlords are fighting them and you can help by signing the Tooting Bec Wheatsheaf petition on 38degrees. Tell your friends or it's last orders for the Wheatsheaf.