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The Selkirk

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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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This pub on a quiet residential street in Tooting was taken over in spring 2015 by new owners, and now has a new menu and look.

Looking for a great pub barbecue? Then head to Tooting, where the revamped Selkirk (under new management since spring) is on sizzling-hot form. The food-focused landlords have installed an Argentinian-style asado grill in the spacious back garden, and it was in use even on a quiet lunchtime.

And it was being put to very good use indeed. A beef short rib (£12) was large enough to feed both Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. Also getting the grill treatment were pork, lamb, chicken, sea bass, mozzarella and peppers, all served with courgettes, tomato, a toasted bun, and rocket. Sitting in the back garden isn’t exactly like being in the Pampas, but it’s the closest you’ll get in this suburban setting.

You’ll not be disappointed if you just pop in for a pint, either, as the bar is Cask Marque approved: one of seven in (lucky) Tooting to win this accreditation. There are session ales such as Sharp’s Coaster from Cornwall, at a steady-as-you-go 3.6 percent ABV. For something more flavourful, there’s the amber ale Portobello Star, or the coppery Junction ale from Sambrooks at 4.5 percent. Most of the draught ale selection costs around £4 a pint. The wine list is lengthy and well-chosen, with plenty by the glass.

If you’re kicking back in one of the big Chesterfield sofas and looking for less inebriating refreshment, the house-made lemonade (£3.50) tastes like summer in a glass. ‘We spend a lot of effort squeezing the lemons by hand,’ the barmaid told us. It sure got a big hand from us. 

Details

Address: 60 Selkirk Rd
Tooting
London
SW17 0ES
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50.
Contact:
Opening hours: 4pm-11pm Mon-Wed; Noon - Midnight Sat - Sun.
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