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The Brewers Inn (Wandsworth)

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Address: 147 East Hill / Wandsworth / London / SW18 2QB

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      23.02.2013 20:40
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      Traditional pub with restaurant and also a hotel

      The Brewers Inn, 147 East Hill, Wandsworth London. SW18 2QB T: 020 8874 4128 E: brewersinn@youngs.co.uk This is a pub that we have visted on a number of occasions as it is just around the corner from my daughter's flat. We have been known to go and wait here for my daughter and her partner to arrive back from work because we try to drive through London before traffic picks up on Friday evening. If we are eating in at my daughter's we often pop out to the brewer's for a drink first. It is convenient and also has a great tradition real English pub atmosphere. WHEN ARE THEY OPEN? The hours are pretty long really so you would be unlucky to find them closed. Monday - Friday: 7am - 11:30pm Saturday: 8am - 12am Sunday: 8am - 10pm IT IS MORE THAN JUST A PUB Although we have only ever had a drink there my daughter has eaten here a few times and says their food is good and average London prices. It always looks busy in the restaurant section and seems to offer a good range and have plenty of seating. They do get pretty busy so if you are hoping to eat there then it is advisable to book especially for the Sunday lunch. It is also a hotel with 'boutique' rooms, whatever that means. Once again we have never stayed there they have sixteen rooms all with ensuite facilities and on the website they look to be very nice. Looking on line for one adult the price for a room with breakfast for a night is £74 and for two it is £89 so not unreasonable for London and it is so easy to get into the city centre from here by bus or train/tube. A PUB WITH A HISTORY This is an older building and although some aspects internally are modern (such as the flat screen TVs showing sports) it still manages to keep its traditional character with comfortable leather seats and wooden polished floors. This is a Young's pub and my husband enjoys their beers so that is another attraction for him. It has been a Young's pub since 1831 but the outside of the pub today is newer as the pub was rebuilt in 1900. The Brewer's pub is only a short walk from the site of the old Ram Brewery where Young's beers were brewed for over 175 years and where brewing can be traced back until at least 1675. Up until 1994 the Brewer's Inn was known as the Two Brewers but not sure why they changed the name . WHY WE LIKE IT We love the fact that this is still a pub. They serve food but in a restaurant area although you can eat in the bar area it is mainly a pub where you can sit and relax and enjoy a drink with friends. There are huge flat screen TVs that show sports but it is easy to sit where you can avoid watching them if you want to and they are not on sound at all. Usually there is music playing but not so loud that you cannot have a pleasant conversation with your friends while enjoying your drinks. The seats are comfortable and range from low leather sofas to the high tables with bar chairs and also normal sized tables with various chairs ranging in their comfort. You can usually get the sort of seating of your choice but some Friday evenings we have had to sit on the high bar chairs as our preferable choice of the leather sofas were all taken. Usually the clientele is adults and groups of men and women of various ages but one Friday we did have a couple of groups of people with rather noisy young children which was a bit annoying as not only did they spread themselves over about three tables when they could have sat at one but the children were running around and quite noisy. I have no objection to children in restaurants or pubs if eating but I don't really think a pub is an appropriate place to meet friends with other children. There are cafes and shopping centres as well as other places and pubs should be somewhere you can go to enjoy a child free environment. Obviously as a pub you can get most drinks you choose but I always have a white wine spitzer with soda and my husband enjoys the beers. My daughter either joins me or has a wine. The price for the four drinks is usually over £20 so it isn't a cheap place to drink but it seems fairly standard in London so I won't mark it down for that. We usually find drinks and eating out a lot more expensive in London than in Derby where we live so have come to accept the prices there. CLEARING THE DECKS We find that we never get left with empties on out table. We do sometimes take the empties to the bar but usually they are quickly cleared by the staff. The staff are both English and people who speak English with an accent whether migrants or student from abroad I don't know but their English is always good and the service is faultless. RECOMMENDED? Yes this is a great traditional pub with plenty of varied seating and a nice comfortable atmosphere. You can choose to watch the TVs or ignore them as they are silent. My daughter and I usually sit with our backs to them while the men keep half an eye on whatever is happening. A nice traditional pub that is mighty convenient to my daughter's flat! Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username. ©Catsholiday

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