Critics' choice

The interior of this brilliantly tasteful south London boozer is strewn with so many taxidermied animals and skulls it’s like a homage to the Grant Museum of Zoology. A fox rears proudly above the main bar, a deer reads the events listings on a chalkboard and the titular antelope horns hang above a vintagey dining area. Best to head to the vast rear room to sample a impressive selection of wines, spirits and draught craft beers, though. Think ‘1950s village hall’: it’s full of gorgeous wood panelling, stained glass windows, church pews and criss-crossing floral fabric bunting. If it weren’t for the young, trendy drinkers it attracted, you could be at a meeting of your nan’s bridge club.

Venue name: Antelope
Address: 76 Mitcham Road
SW17 9NG
Opening hours: Bar Open 4pm-11pm Mon-Wed; 4pm-midnight Thur; 4pm-1am Fri; noon-1am Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Meals served 5.30-10pm Mon-Fri. Dishes £4-£6.Restaurant Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6.30-10.30pm Fri, Sat. Lunch served noon-4pm Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway tube
Price: Main courses £10.50-£15

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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I really don't understand where these bad reviews have come from. I love this place. I'm new to the area and find it a welcome repreive from one to many shabby institutions. I've had food from the restaurant on four occassions in the last 2 months; Plaice, Angus Steak, Pork belly and Lamb roast. Each was beautifully cooked and well presented. I've also sampled the Creme catalana and a few of the flavours of ice cream - all gorgeous! Each time I've brought a different friend or family member and all have been impressed by cozy atmosphere and great food. I am shocked that time out have given this the same review as the Wheatsheaf - where food is average at best. Please don't be put pf by the few bad reviews. Go and check it out.


Used to be a great pub but has slipped of late. Loos are too shabby and some of the chairs in the restaurant need replacing as the padding has gone and therefore you get a seriously numb bum. On a positive note good food, good atmosphere and so much better than its predecessors. The Antic chain need to be careful though there shabby chic style (which generally I really like) does not end up being too shabby.

Dave Young

Absolutely awful waste if time and koney. Having lived in this part of London for 4 years we are accustomed to new pubs etc trying to make their mark. 5 of us went for Sunday lunch, with our 9 month daughter in tow. I ordered the pork which duly turned up as a cut of fat with roughly 5 bites of meat on it....for £10. I have NEVER eaten such mediocrity in my life, with another person at our table also concurring. When I informed our waiter he agreed for a Free dessert.....which I was still bloody charged for on the bill! One of us had to watch us finish our desserts before hers arrived also! Frankly the decor reeks cheap and second hand, its like dining in Dellboys garage! All in all steer clear! :(

Maria Carrubba

This one of my favourite pubs in South West. I' ve taken lots of my firends here, and they agree with me it great food and atmosphere. You have got to try the cornflake Ice-cream.

James 666

I love this pub. The staff are great, food very good and atmos wonderful! What more could you want from your local?

Happy Shopper

I Love my Local, the food is perfection and the ale goes down a treat. I'm having my birthday party there soon in the secret room upstairs and I can't bloody wait.


Yeah - nice place but food came out cold last time we were there. Nice ambiance and all that if a bit dark!


The Antelope is our local and we pop in often for a drink after work and on Sundays we often enjoy a good roast. Atmosphere is always warm and welcoming, and service is always friendly and attentive. Food is good but could come out a little faster and warmer. I agree with previous reviews that this place can feel like a creche on the weekends, which is a downside for people who don't have and want to avoid kids, but a plus for young families. Children should probably only be allowed in one section of the pub. would love if they had nice wine glasses too. overall a lovely place to go with a great selection of drinks and a great atmosphere.


I really like this place, I do, and I've been going fairly regularly for a year or so now, but lately I feel it's becoming a victim of its own success. It used to be a really nice place to go for a Sunday roast, and particularly so because they used to do some really innovative veggie options on Sundays. Now every week it seems to be the dreaded nut roast, and it's really putting me off going. It's a shame that standards seem to have slipped in this respect, as you can get nut roast anywhere, and The Antelope used to offer really nice alternatives. Also, the place is really like a creche at weekends, which can be a bit off-putting. It's knee-deep in babies and buggies, which doesn't make for a very relaxing lunch. A year or two ago I would have given a much more positive review. I really hope this can be turned around because it can be (and has been) a really nice place to go. (Oh yeah; they need to sort out their reservations line and email system too actually. They lost our booking two weeks in a row.)


|'m so impressed that this place has dragged itself up off its arse to give the good people of Tooting somewhere good to drink, eat and be merry...... I remember when this used to be the "Foresters Arms" where all you could get in the way of entertainment was an Irish Country and Western Combo, and the food ran to packets of Big D Nuts and pavement pizzas..........


me and some friends poped in while passing to garb dinner (5th nov) amazing food, amazing service and an amazing building so we stayed till the end. nothing quite like the antelope


Great food, great value and very helpful friendly staff made for a really enjoyable Sunday afternoon.


A friend chose this pub to celebrate her birthday today (Sunday) and I am happy to report that Sunday roasts are back on the menu. Ours was a party of 15 and we tried pretty much everything: roast chicken thighs, lamb, pork belly (with crispy crackling) and even nut roast. Great tasting, generously portioned food. Loved the mismatched china and mugs, and individual (mismatched) milk jugs. Surprisingly large pub at the back. Good atmosphere with just-loud-enough jazz playing on the background.