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.
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