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“A real gastropub”
Review of The Manor Arms

The Manor Arms
Ranked #8,322 of 22,853 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A real gastropub”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is our local and we love it, as do all of our friends and family that we've dragged down to SW16. In fact, we like this pub so much that we made our offer on our flat whilst sitting in their garden drinking wine and watching staff wander about with enormous trays of crabs (their summer crab shack is wonderful). The pub was so nice, it alone convinced us that Streatham must surely be becoming significantly less stabby (oh please, please let it be true) and that moving there was a good idea. The owners are very friendly and hands on, the food really is very good and quite inventive and the very reasonably priced menu changes with the seasons so it's lovely to have it around the corner for the nights when one really can't be bothered to cook. Should you happen to be there when they have wet garlic on the menu, don't order anything else. Just order three plates of it. They were recently reviewed by Giles Coren who called them the most family friendly pub in London, "almost a primary school with a bar". That, in our childless mind, is the only potential fly in the ointment. One of the staff mentioned that they were planning to have a child-free area but that doesn't seem to have materialised. Don't get me wrong, children in restaurants are fine. I grew up in a country where the idea of a babysitter is completely foreign. Kids go everywhere. However, they're also generally well behaved. Sadly the lovely toys etc scattered all over this pub appear to act as an inducement for parents to rock up, open the paper and promptly ignore their kids as they scamper around yelling which does rather ruin it for everyone else. Given that the ratio of (screaming, free range) children appears to be about 1:2 to adults during the day on the weekends, we've simply modified our visits. We now only go during the evenings. if we fancy a local lunch out at the weekend, we go elsewhere. It's a shame, because a child-free area would be a wonderful addition but the whole theme of the place is family friendliness so we understand that this isn't a direction they want to take. We still love it and we'll still visit on a regular basis, but you couldn't pay me enough to eat lunch there on a weekend. We tried it for the last time last weekend and it was weird. I've never seen so many children in one restaurant! In summary: lovely looking pub with great and reasonably priced food and a good wine list - but packed to the rafters with children during the day on weekends.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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“We love it!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is an excellent restaurant/bar, full of buzz, especially at lunch time on Sundays, and with delicious food. The service is also good, with friendly staff. However, if you don't like lots of families and children, then perhaps you should avoid Sunday lunch, but we like the buzz and don't at all mind children and families! It can be a little draughty (as it is quite large - an old pub), but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. For dinner, very occasionally I find myself stuck as to what to choose for the main course, as I am fussy and don't particularly like sea food or game, and the vegetarian options aren't always to my taste. Perhaps one or two less fancy (and smaller) dishes would be good (I sometimes struggle to manage the massive portions, but my husband loves them!). But, having said that, it has become one of our favourite places to eat in Streatham.

  • Visited January 2013
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London
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100 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely lunch at the manor”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Just had lunch at the Manor Arms in Streatham after shopping at the Streatham Green Artisans Market.. Great pub with good selection of real ale and wines. Food was very good. My son and I had the pork and my wife had the duck. Excellent and good sized servings. Fixed price 2 course £18 or 3 course £22.50. We did the 2 course. Puddings were great!
Superb wine if a little pricey.
Very busy place with loads of young mums, dads and babies getting together for Sunday lunch.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Excellent”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

We enjoyed a most excellent meal on New Years Eve. Happy and kind attention from the young staff and very good food. The venison in particular was well received. Our Japanese friends were most impressed.

The wine list was well chosen with good accompanying advice.

We were all well pleased.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Simon H
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London
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“Great Pub Grub”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Great food, wine and service and in this cosy pub. Apparently they show Sky too. Definitely the best in the area - will be going back soon.

  • Visited January 2013
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