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Halfway House, Earlsfield

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user reviews of the Halfway House, Earlsfield

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They have now withdrawn Guinness and replaced it with Young's Stout, which is awful.
thirsty_meerkat - 17 Mar 2014 21:39
why does this pub keep running out of Youngs ordinary and special? Making Winter Warmer the only ale at £4.14 a pint? Seems to be every week.
afcgazzard - 27 Jan 2014 19:04
I have only eaten once in the halfway because it was so bad the manerger took one look at it and gave our money back and a free drink for me and my friend.The largers are not really my favourites I like stella or kronenberg but I still go there because its near my house and the staff are friendly.
jack8888 - 21 Aug 2013 12:03
Ridiculous! £4.80 for a pint of Meantime Pale Ale? The price was quoted with a straight face at 16:30, 14 December 2011. Earlsfield is in London, right? It's not like, it's been exported from The States.

Nonetheless, nice pub, despite the small, congested, serving area, and the pretentious pricing of non-Youngs ales.

Not a drinking man's pub.
BatterseaDog - 14 Dec 2011 16:53
Very disappointing to see that this pub has had a refurb but despite all of their cosmetic work they have not bothered to extend the bar serving area.

The only problem with this pub is that the bar counter is too small and there is always a queue to get a pint. What a waste of an opportunity!
mrloftysson - 20 Nov 2011 14:25
Popped in for a half and to ask directions.Very friendly East European girl gave me perfect directions.The bitter was good too.But i left wandering do Youngs have any traditional pubs left ? Or have they all gone gastro/upmarket ?
boundsgreenboy - 14 May 2011 13:53
I see and hear alot of people moaning that this pub is very expensive or the food is awfull but they always packed.... they must be doing something right!!!!
sergioramos - 11 Sep 2010 14:57
I have to agree with mrloftyson. The serving area is too small so you end up waiting for ages. On top of that a large glass of house white wine was over £6 which is too expensive.

The actual pub is nice and the service is friendly (once you get to the bar)
ljones00 - 16 Aug 2010 15:31
Useless barmaids, they rather pick up glasses than serve the customers. Crazy
demond - 14 Aug 2010 12:24
Unspeakably awful, largely due to the unspeakably awful manager.
Mr_Lash - 5 Jul 2010 14:07
Just reading other reviews and honestly I don't know where you have been. I have quickly become a regular. The bar staff are fantastic and offer table service which is a massive bonus. the pub has a really nice atmosphere about it. great for wine and dinner with the girls or just a quick beer with the hubby. last sunday my parents came down and took them here for a sunday roast. they were delicious and hada great deal where yu get wine and dessert for free. loved it!
LucyLouu - 15 May 2010 22:33
Absolutely, totally cripplingly expensive! Even beer prices take the micky.
Save your money and drink in central London, which is cheaper!
redjim73 - 8 Apr 2010 18:01
There's too much going on, decoratively speaking, in this pub. Some of the walls have got flowery wallpaper, some are painted, there's all kinds of different light features from spray painted chandeliers to low hanging fittings and in the middle of the front bar there's a whacking great blackboard telling you what the specials are. It feels like you've walked into the studio of a particularly untidy art student. Worse still, my pint of Winter Warmer cost an exorbitant £3.47, when in arguably more well-heeled Putney it cost significantly less than that. A young and vaguely trendy air permeates this place but it hardly left a brilliant impression on me. I believe there are more traditional Youngs pubs in the area and these should be sought out in preference to this one.
ChrisP87 - 21 Jan 2010 19:14
If the pub is even a little busy then the bar service falls right through the floor.
It means you end up having to wait for 15 mins to get a drink.
No comment about the food. Drinks are cold when you finally get them.

The problem is not so much as the bar serving area is small, but the customers ordering drinks are bankers from the city trying to order fancy combinations of drinks. Wish they could just order a pint and be done with it!

Dont get me wrong - it is an excellent location for a few afterwork drinks.
It is a sanitised pub but still retains some of the pub feel so if you are looking for a pub to meet up for a quick drink give this one a chance. Just make sure you order 2 pints when you get served you wont get another chance for ages.
mrloftysson - 5 Aug 2009 16:30
This is a Young’s house so you get the usual ales on offer – but they had Kew Gold, which I guess is a seasonal ale. I had a pint, and it was pretty good, but at £3.18 a pint it is 10p more expensive than the last pint I had in Ye White Hart at Barnes. The pub itself has been given the Young’s upmarket treatment – sofas, armchairs, high tables/stools and walls painted a winning combination of taupe and battleship grey. It’s a lot larger than it looks from the outside, and has a small area outside at the back for smokers; but when I was in it was full of mums, pushchairs and tots.

They have some sort of colouring competition on the go. All the tables have coloured pens on them, plus paper so that you can draw a flower in the hope of winning a £25 bar tab. They even have the entries pinned on the wall in the back bar. Bizarre, but different.

Anyway, the pub is OK if you like this sort of modernised and sanitised Young’s pub. It’s alright for a pint or two, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit again.
RexRattus - 26 Jul 2009 12:31
I agree with the other remarks, music to loud, over priced drinks and rubbish food, the best location in earlfield would have to be The Leather Bottle [even if the drinks are still over priced] and the Puzzle, who have finally spent some money doing the garden and the women toilets [according to my girlfriend]. I only visited the leather bottle because of its garden and sport at the Puzzle. but i am finding myself at the Puzzle more and more, as the drinks are cheaper [even cheaper now during happy hour] and the service is better. i now miss the halfway house out completely!!
hez - 20 Jul 2009 14:49
Far too loud and far too pricey for me. Seems to be a place for all the "bankers" who come back from the city in the evening. Would be much better if they turned the music down a bit .... well alot really. The Leather bottle seems to be going the same way. Struggling to find a decent ordinary local in Earlsfield; somewhere quiet and not full of braying 20/30 somethings. The Fog can be ok but if you're not a regular walking in can sometimes be like the Yorkshire pub scene in "American werewolf in London"
HowardRoadRunner - 7 Jul 2009 14:21
This pub could be so much better. The bar is far too small for the size of the pub and despite it being there for roughly two years, the staff are still very inexperienced and very slow. The food is awful and I would say NEVER eat here. Even if you're not a particularly good cook, anyone could make better food at home for far less money. I have had quite a few meals here and never been entirely satisfied but after my last visit, I will never make the mistake of eating here again, you will feel thoroughly ripped off. The last time we went it was so bad we didn't eat it, got our money back and went over the road to a lovely place which is value for money and has excellent service. There are plenty of eateries in Earlsfield now and I would say that every single one is far better than here (apart from the Leather Bottle which incidentally is also a youngs pub!) Think the manager here has bitten off more than she can chew and its two year success so far is ultimately down to its proximity to the station. I will continue to drink here despite the music which is generally too loud after 8pm regardless of the number of people in there and the atmosphere as it is close to my house and other friends often go there. However, the food is a disgrace! I repeat, DO NOT EAT HERE!
catdw01 - 27 May 2009 13:42
Probably the best spot for a quick meetup drink after work or if you have friends heading down to Earlsfield before heading elsewhere.

The refurb has certainly worked some magic here - this place used to be dead & disgusting and is now probably the busiest in the area.

Food is the usual Youngs fare, although in fairness I have had 2 pretty good steaks here which I'm always a bit loath to order at a pub unless I know the kitchen actually knows how to properly cook them and that the steak isn't some tiny little thing.
kiwimafia - 23 Apr 2009 18:46
Called in on an early Friday evening for a post work drink but didn't stay as there was loud music (at 4:30PM ?) and a fairly rowdy crowd and we really wanted to sit in relative calm and chat. I did notice there only appeared to be one person behind the bar and given the number of people there this could have been a problem had we wanted to be served quickly.
nrj746 - 18 Apr 2009 13:06
The worst staff in the area, never smile, always prefer talking to each other than serving customers and have little knowledge of the menu's.
hez - 10 Mar 2009 14:16
Took a friend here for Saturday lunch a few weeks back and to be honest, was utterly disappointed.
First off head to the bar for drinks, had to wait while the bar staff finished their conversation before they would serve me.
Then went back to order food. Not a problem.
45 minutes later, I ask about whether our food is on its way. The barman said someone had popped out to get bread, we'd ordered a pie and some fishcakes, no need for bread, but was sure that it was on its way.
Table next to us get their food and as bar girl walks past, I ask whether our food is on its way, without stopping she grunted over her shoulder, "should be".
A little disgruntled I went to speak to her, suggesting that she might have told us about a wait when we ordered or she might be able to give us some indication about when we might get our food. She then said quite aggressively that it wasn't her fault, they were short staffed and she then carried on with what she was doing. No apology, nothing.
I then asked to speak to the manager.... who was lovely! She listened to my complaints, got us more drinks, brought our food and then refunded the cost of the meal. It was a shame that only she had any inkling of what great customer service should be.
I really like this pub, the food was lovely (when it arrived) and the atmosphere was great. But let down by the barstaff.

tandt - 22 Nov 2008 09:34
Ignore the Numchuck below, he she or it obviously owns 'mel's' down the road.

Halfway House - not for me, but it's a damn sight busier than it ever used to be so perhaps Youngs are onto something.

Ah well.
Mr_Lash - 30 May 2008 10:43
Quite possibly the worst service i've ever had in a pub / bar! Absolutly awful ... if you're gonna have muppets behind the bar i recommend teaching them the menu - and i have never ever waited 45 minutes for bangers and mash (which were awful) but what's worse is waiting another 10 mins before my drinking companion got his food ... (which he also said was crap!)
Numchuck - 18 May 2008 21:45
If you're going to sell Peroni for four quid a pint, you should at least make sure it's in a Peroni pint glass rather than a Fosters one!
DelmeJ - 29 Jan 2008 15:31
Another pub ruined - Mr Lash is spot on with his comments unfortunately, this place is no longer recommended to anyone who likes proper pubs
JohnBonser - 18 Dec 2007 10:12
It’s had a few months to ‘bed in’ now so it’s fair to give it an objective report.

Another proper local boozer ruined by Young’s. Destroyed. A horrible mish mash of crap design in the interior, the beer tastes like water (mainly just lagers now anyway), food is mediocre and LUDICROUSLY expensive, staff are utterly clueless… another one bites the dust. Some sort of wannabe gastro ‘style bar’ crossed (Jeff Goldblum in ‘The Fly’ style) with some Islingtonite numpty’s idea of what an old fashioned pub should be… fails miserably on both counts.

I should have seen this coming, difficult not to be very disappointed by Young’s. Again.


Mr_Lash - 20 Nov 2007 17:13
The pictures on the site need updating following its refurbishment.

The old locals have been pushed out in order to make room for the young uns with far too much money. (Willing to spend about £10+ on a burger! i kid ye not).

All is fine with the ale etc (it should be at that price) and you can smoke in the beer garden. huray.

I quite like it but they have gone a bit too far on the price of the food for the quality they serve. I am used to paying too much and being ripped off every where i go but it is even more expensive than the city.

Youngs, be warned, you have reached the peak/ elastic limit of the price/ quality curve with this one.
Miss_Dinner - 1 Aug 2007 15:09
Closed for a refurb to reopen in about a month. They're totally gutting the place - fingers crossed it's not the same stripped-pine-and-polenta wrecking crew that did such a comprehensive job of destroying the Dog & Fox.
MrLash - 4 Jun 2007 09:09
Thank god this pit of a place is closing for a month. It has taken the management of this dump to realise that it needs updating. I cannot wait to see the nicotine coloured walls go. Lets wait and see, maybe the red necks who run this place will discover taste.
TheWizard - 30 May 2007 02:44
Very good pub for one next to a station.
Miss_Dinner - 10 Nov 2006 10:31
They really must put blinds up in the toilets, the whole street outside can watch you wazzing.
afcgazzard - 28 Jun 2006 09:46
Expensive Youngs pub with standard decor. Friendly staff, a good quiz night and a decent mix of locals mean it's always fairly busy. If you're in the area then the HH has comfortably enough plus-points to ensure that a trip into the dire Puzzle is not necessary. Perhaps slightly worrying that Earlsfield drinking has become so polarised over recent years - but I suppose that's a discussion for elsewhere.
LondonWolf - 14 Feb 2006 12:58
I've been going in on and off over the years to this place and have to say that is quite a decent little pub.The beer quality seems to be generally good and they do the odd seasonal Youngs (Winter Warmer at the moment)as well as the take out bottles(4 for £5).
I find the service pretty good and the regulars friendly enough. A bonus is now that this place is open to midnight.
Matt43 - 6 Jan 2006 14:41
The bonser knows best BUT I think the pub tends to be full of older regulars - which is good! The front of the pub always seems to be full of the locals while the back has much younger feel! There used to be a screen for footie doesn't seem to be there anymore but it wouldn't be my footie pub of choice anyway! So where do you watch footie in Earlsfield???
mitomighty - 11 Dec 2005 00:25
My nearest pub, so by default my local, a bit expensive as it is a Youngs, beer quality varies but is mostly OK
anonymous - 16 Oct 2005 16:41
Solidly traditional Youngs pub. Looks like it's been around for ages, but it actually only goes back till 1991, replacing an earlier Youngs pub down the road of the same name which closed in 1976, due to a road widening scheme. Contrary to previous comments, our group found the guv'nor and his staff to be friendly and welcoming. Best pub in the area - recommended
JohnBonser - 20 Jun 2005 13:26
OK local, beer quality varies. Staff try hard.

Doesn't seem to sell much food these days, previous landlady (going back a few years) served an excellent Sunday lunch which had a regular following, which has not been sustained.

Cosy in winter, gloomy in summer, choices of places to have a quiet drink in this area have been reduced by the demographics of Southveldts.

No longer has BSKYB which might be a plus for sport haters.
anonymous - 16 Jun 2005 16:47
Just been back to the Halfway. Same barman, same redundent face muscles!
gazzard - 28 May 2005 14:41
I use this pub regularly. Being youngs, its not cheap. Espeicially the wine (so leave the girlfriend at home!) One of the newer barman seems to have trouble smiling or indeed projecting any kind of niceties to the customers. If you can ignore him then this is the best place to drink in the area.
gazzard - 18 Dec 2004 12:21
Pretty typical Young's pub, although now seemingly one of the better ones in the area now the The County Arms and Leather Bottle have turned into almost trendy wine bars. The quiz on Tusday is always a laugh and is recommended.
anonymous - 22 Nov 2004 18:54
Was an ok pub until I was moved on for not giving the "Govenor" enough respect. Beer is well looked / nice beergarden but please remember dont use the toilet until after your've brought a drink.
The Timunator - 27 Aug 2004 08:36
Nice Young's house near Earlfield station. Ideal meeting point. All beers well kept. 3/4 single malt whiskys available.
Rodders - 12 Mar 2004 14:43
Trying to raise a smile or even eye contact from the bar staff is more painful that pulling teeth!
hotbear - 20 Oct 2003 15:54
Good standard local, ideal for meeting people off trains.
Sam - 6 Aug 2003 15:26
love the pub quiz but it always starts too late. 9 would be better
babs - 23 Jul 2003 11:23
Bit of an old mans pub. Nice if you like brown decor.
anonymous - 10 Jun 2003 15:49
Good beer - but yes full of Aussies
Olly - 13 Dec 2002 13:25
Full of moaning Aussies bleating about London/England and the rest of the world. Other than that it's fine for a jar or two.
Ed - 5 Dec 2002 10:12
The telly is above the door and is really uncomfortable to watch.
Kevin - 5 Jul 2002 12:37
it's got the cheapest golf machine in town
anne - 28 Jun 2002 10:46

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