Althorp

Restaurants, Brasseries Wandsworth
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Althorp

The location of this handsome neighbourhood pub is a real draw, its garden and window seating looking out over pretty Wandsworth Common. It's in a picturesque part of Wandsworth too, taking up a corner slot where Althorp Road and Bellevue Road meet. 

A range of food menus offer dishes ranging from poshed-up pub classics to gastropub fare. Expect dishes such as fish and chips with pea purée and tartar sauce or chicken caeser salad with bacon and anchovies alongside shredded duck with poached pear, walnut salad and a stilton dressing, or Atlantic cod with chorizo, tomatoes, crushed potatoes and French beans. Sunday roasts look good.

The wine list features a good number by the glass, and ventures well into worlds old and new. Ale hounds can sup on a range of drops by the pump and the bottle, served alongside mainstream lagers, ciders and bitters.

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Venue name: Althorp
Contact:
Address: 20 Bellevue Road
London
SW17 7EB
Transport: Tube: Wandsworth Town rail, Tooting Bec tube or 319 bus
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Alexandra L
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Pubs are two a penny in any big city and London is no different. Good pubs are slightly harder to sniff out so when you find one, it’s a good idea to keep it in your back pocket. I’m not sure the Althorp is pocket worthy but it’s perfectly decent as a place in which to rest up and grab a bite to eat on a Sunday afternoon.


Much bigger than it appears upon first entering, there’s a good amount of space in the bar and a sizeable dining room at the back. Boasting the standard decent décor of a pub in yummy mummy territory, it’s large enough to accommodate the car-sized buggies and handbag-sized puppies of the locals and the staff are pleasant enough. FYI, the giant screen that pulled down in the dining room for the rugby was a little distracting especially as the game was also showing on the TV's in the bar so it’s worth bearing in mind if you want a long, lazy, chilled out and sport free lunch, this might not be the best place to set up camp.


Food wise, the Sunday menu offers the obligatory roasts which were absolutely huge with mammoth, cloud-like Yorkshire puddings precariously perched atop mounds of meat & vegetables. Crunchy edged, fluffy middled bread came served with oil and dukkah, a nice, contemporary, savoury touch while traditional dishes like sausages & mash – again an enormous portion that defeated some of our party– sat nicely alongside lighter dishes like quinoa or chicory salads. Desserts are far better portioned than their main counterparts and the sticky toffee & date pudding was hands down one of the nicest I’ve had for a long time, sinking gorgeously into a generous puddle of sweet, sticky sauce.


If you’re in the area and don’t know where to go for a quick pit-stop, you’re in pretty safe hands here I’d say. Perhaps not the best gastropub hands I’ve ever experienced but safe and reliable none the less. 

SB

Recently celebrated father's day at The Althorp. The food was delicious and a good portion size. It is very family friendly and the customer service was very good. 


Nice place to go for a Sunday roast.

Jon R

This place has been renamed - it's now called The Althorp, but the same comments apply as per The Bowler. The Good: It's a really nicely laid out pub - comfy, wood burning stoves, sofas, a good dining room. The bad: Nine times out of ten when you go in there the kitchen's closed - they only seem to be open for a very limited time during the day. Recently we managed to go there in the five minutes when the kitchen was open - we ordered brunch and then overheard an ill tempered exchange between the kitchen and the waitress about not taking more orders. Whether it was spite in relation to this, or just their usual low standards, my wife's scrambled eggs were cold and massively overcooked. Mine were slightly warmer, but that didn't make up for the fact that I'd actually ordered fried eggs. Service from the waitress was friendly, but the manager was pretty po-faced. Their range of beer is pretty dire. It's not exactly cheap either. It's really frustrating - this could be a fantastic pub, if only the food, drinks and service were massively improved . . . as it stands, why anyone would go here rather than The Hope (two minutes away) is beyond me. Please sort it out.

Sean C

This place is an absolute joke! A restaurant that doesn't have a chef until 6pm, I.e. no children please despite being in the middle of Nappy Valley. We hoped that the new management would have changed this from the previous owners, Bring Back Dexters!!!

Mr Jackson

Terrible food with equally poor service at 5* prices. Avoid unless somebody else is paying and you have already eaten. Disappointed new management appear to have taken this establishment to new lows when there were few positives previously.

Mrs M

How is it possible to get a roast wrong..... somehow they managed it at the Bowler. The food was stone cold- even when we sent it back! Toilets are dirty and are falling apart! Staff are just grumpy! I would rather go hungry!

Simon

Brilliant site now under new management. Improvements being made all the time and staff are pleasant and more than efficient. Do give this place a try, you'll not be dissapointed!