Restaurants , Contemporary European Balham
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Avalon gastropub opened in 2008, aimed squarely at the young, affluent couples swarming into the Balham area. It remains one of the key hangouts for thirtysomething professionals seeking a decent real ale (such as Sambrook’s Wandle or Timothy Taylor Landlord) to go with footie on the telly, or a decent glass of wine on one of the deep leather sofas. Away from the occasionally raucous front bar, there are three outdoor areas, from a smokers’ front terrace to an elaborately decked rear garden, complete with its own bar. The lavishly decorated dining room, with its steampunk-style chain-link chandeliers and Victoriana theme, has a menu that started out fairly ambitious, but over the years has increasingly resorted to fail-safe pub grub such as fish and chips, burgers and steaks. Roast pork belly – one of the more interesting choices – was nicely tender with a crisp skin, and came with well-flavoured braised red cabbage and apple sauce. A lemon posset was set firm like a panna cotta, and sticky toffee pudding resembled a brownie in appearance, but both were well received. Service is slow, and prices are on the high side for pub food, but this is Balham’s poshest gastropub, where black labradors and country wellies are accessories everyone seems to aspire to.

Venue name: Avalon
Address: 16 Balham Hill
SW12 9EB
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thur; noon-1am Fri; 11am-1am Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served 11am-4pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Meals served 11am-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Clapham South tube
Price: Main courses £9.50-£21
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3 / 5

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Sam B

The good bits - great space, nice vibes, good crowd (not too rowdy, but not too quiet!), lovely beer garden, 2mins from the tube 

The bad bits - erratic service and overpriced food.... but that's it! 

All in all, this is a great pub that is perfectly suited to the local crowd. 

Lizzie W

This place is HUGE! Outdoor seating out the front on the main road, bar stools, big tables inside the pub area, a dining area and then another two outdoor seating areas. The large area at the back (you have to go through the dining room!) was the best, with outdoor heating, a bar, big tables and smaller booths and also when we went they had a BBQ and a beer festival with plenty of London ale selections for a very reasonable price of £10 for 6 half pints. Lovely to try them all - not sure about their normal beer selection. Dinner menu looked good however didn't try and didn't get to see anyone's order. Also show the sport on big screens. Would love this to be my local!


This is a favourite amongst Saaaaf Londoners because it’s big, buzzing and has an awesome beer garden. However I have found the service to be a little erratic - the staff haven’t been trained to deal with a busy pub which seems silly considering the place’s reputation. Meals tend to arrive at different times, drinks have a tendency to arrive wrong and you may be left waiting a while just to be shown a menu. However when it’s less busy, it’s difficult to find a fault with this place, and it offers and pretty brilliant pub quiz on a Monday.

Danny H

Great food, a varied choice of drinks, the best Sunday dinner in Clapham/Balham. What more could you want from a local pub? Oh and they have the football on the TV too on a Sunday afternoon - bliss!

Khin chong

Went for drinks and had the most appalling service. The staff were unfriendly, unwelcoming and did not smile or say thank you to any customers. When I mentioned this all they just disagreed with me and walked off! Not the way to handle a complaint and I won't be back.