Unlike some of its local rivals, the Sun Inn doesn’t enjoy a view of the Thames, but it’s got the next best thing: from the large front terrace, drinkers can gaze out on to Barnes Green and its village-like duck pond.
The interior amplifies the old-fashioned nature of the place, with bar staff and customers on first-name terms in the cramped, low-ceilinged space. Although it feels like one of those City pubs rebuilt after the Great Fire, the Sun Inn doesn’t make much of its history but lets the drinks do the talking: ales such as Sharp’s Doom Bar, Adnams Wheat Beer and Timothy Taylor Landlord are all attractive finds on draught.
There are a few treasures by the bottle, too, mainly Belgian: Duvel and Vedett, for example. Wines start with a cheapish but acceptable Italian at £13; tippling is encouraged over conversation with strangers on Wednesdays at the pub’s In Vino Veritas theme nights.