Earl Spencer

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Southfields
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Earl Spencer
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Earl Spencer

On a cold and wet Saturday afternoon there are two types of pub. One where you decide 'well, that's us here for the rest of the day' and the other where you longingly look out of the window and question 'how cold and wet is it really?' The Earl Spencer falls into the second category. The welcome is fair enough – a bright and knowledgeable barman explains that all of their ales are London-brewed and around 80 percent are local, and serves up tasters with his opinions.

But there needs to be more, and in truth this is a soul-less, echoey husk that is closer to a restaurant than a pub (the food, it should be said, is excellent). 'It's usually only busy at lunchtimes, from Friday to Sunday' we were told – a testament to the direction they have chosen – and then after a brief look around 'but there must be a lot of people on holiday at the moment'.

On our ten-minute walk from the tube station to the Earl Spencer we asked ourselves 'why would you disembark at Southfields?' on leaving the pub the answer was still the same – 'because you live there'.

By: Dave Faulkner

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Venue name: Earl Spencer
Contact:
Address: 260-262 Merton Rd
London
SW18 5JL
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served 12.30-3pm Sat; 12.30-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 7-10pm Mon-Sat; 7-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Southfields
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Ladyvp
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This pub feel like it should be in the countryside.

The food is good but I felt that each dish a tried sort of missed the mark somehow. The smoked prawns were a bit overcooked, chicken terrine underseasoned, the marrow butter for the steak being a bit too cold for the steak and the sauce for my lamb tasted slightly like something burnt along the way. Now if this was a pub that churned the same microwaved stuff most stuff do I would removed more stars

however to me it felt a lot more homemade to me.

This is not a fun pub to have raucous evening. This is a quiet local to have a nice drink and a catch up. The food has yet to impress me but maybe I was there at a off night.

SWT

Time Out's review accurately reflects our experience of this place on many visits over several years. Very good food and great service from the staff even at the busiest times.