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Definitely a place that specialises in food and offers beer as a sideline rather than a pub. I went there on a Sunday afternoon and waited at the bar along with another customer for a lengthy period before eventually being served. The many staff behind the bar seem much more concerned with serving their tables for diners (looking for juicy tips?) and do not even give any eye contact let alone an acknowledgement. In keeping with its food-led pretensions, the beer is fine but now over-priced. Avoid on a Sunday unless you are dining.
Man_from_Del_Monte - 17 Dec 2016 09:28
Was supposed to be studying all day at St George's but after a shitty couple of days decided to take a break and head here for a roast and a couple of pints because 'I'm worth it'! I had the slow roast pork belly-mmmmmmmmmm. The best roast I've had in a very long time accompanied by a couple of well kept ales. The staff were friendly, there was a nice mix of families, couples and regulars in and some good tunes in the back ground. Suffice to say I didn't get much more study done but my soul was edified! Recommended.
aj74 - 17 Nov 2013 20:30
Been in this pub a few times and was in just recently on a visit to London. I had an outstanding pint of Wandle Ale, in fact I had two or three over the course of an afternoon. No complaints with the beer at all but I had the feeling that this place is trying to re-position itself as a food out-let that sells beer rather than a pub that sells food. If I was going on a pub crawl in Tooting, this one would be first on the list as an early visit, while you don't need to actively think about your behaviour.
FARUPNORTH - 31 Oct 2012 08:53
Sorry a bit late, but these are my notes from a visit on July 14, 2007:
The wife and I visited the Selkirk in Tooting on a beautiful sunny day, prior to taking in the football 'friendly' Tooting & Mitcham v AFC Wimbledon.
Drinks were expensive - £3-18 for two halves of cider (That was then !)
Nice atmosphere though, there's a huge conservatory leading out into the beer garden. Parking a nightmare.
The bar billiards table: One of Ken Hussey's, post-war Jelkes with thrupenny bit legs. The muckiest surface I've ever seen, couldn't have seen a brush for about 5 years. Rolled left about a half ball all over, once I was able to suss it, got the break and the split going at the end and got a 3k break on it. All things being equal, a very nice table and have seen a hell of a lot worse.
As with many non-league tables, they're never in the right place, this one has a leather settee alongside the entire left flank of the table. backing on to it. I had to laugh when wifey had to do a shot by walking round the other side, kneeling on the settee and playing the shot with the cue leaning over the back of it. I've seen everything now.

tommo5 - 25 Jul 2011 23:24

Nice pub with a good cider and beer range. Nice outdoor space, good food, friendly staff and an interesting range of entertainment. Liek the reviewer below, I'd put it alongside the Antelope (and increasingly the ever improving Wheatsheaf) in terms of the best pubs in Tooting.
BallaBoy - 12 Jul 2011 13:52
I have recentley moved to the area and found two very nice pubs in Tooting, The selkirk and the Antelope. if i was to reccomend a pint in the area it would have to be one of these. The Selkirk i found had very welcoming staff and quite cool back ground musnic, but i am really looking forward to a couple of afternoon pints in the beer garden they have. the food just seems like it is nice honest grub, and as a NHS worker they give me 10%.

The antelope is a more trendy high street boozer with slightley more up market food, lovely place the only off putting thing was the strange chap standing outside just staring into the pub, not their fault i dont suppose. they have a great selection of ales so it suits me.

i am looking forward to drinking in both of these boozers

Jimbo66 - 2 Feb 2011 08:53
Absolutely undeniably the WORST pub in Tooting, possibly in all of South London. I would only recommend it to my worst enemy if I wanted to destroy any semblence of a night out for them..hmmm. We booked for a large party and paid a price in the high 3 figures for a timely hot buffet. We GOT, an hour late, a few trays of cheap white bread sandwiches with processed meat prepared in haste & which made one guest vomit (had they forgotten?) and two bowls of undercooked low grade mushrooms in oil and fake butter who had suffered secondary drowning over and over again. Apparently these were for the wheat intolerant guests (bargain at £16 per bowl ten!) and veggies. they denied, very rudely and abruptly, the long phonecall over vegetarians and co and their promise to cater. 2 hours later long after the sandwiches and a couple of trays of Iceland's budget deep fried fishcakes (covered in breadcrumbs and yet for 'coeliacs', a small deep fried omelette cut into triangles, a small repulsive smelling limp salad featuring walnuts which weren't walnuts and beetroot which looked like it had been rescued from another dish and two tiny bowls of dodgy wedges. This apparently cost over £500. Not to mention the fortune they made out of us in drinks. DO NOT GO TO THE SELKIRK! Rude, rude, rude rip off merchants. They now have a boycott in place from us and we realise, a terrible repuation locally, deservedly so. As for ratings...where are the minus numbers?
medic2010 - 11 Dec 2010 12:15
I've been to the Selkirk help for a few pub quizzes and it's definitely a quality night out. It's the only night I've been to at this pub but one I'll definitely go back to and recommend. It's a young crowd in general but a great atmosphere.
adamsh0re - 29 Jun 2010 20:18
I've been to the Selkirk help for a few pub quizzes and it's definitely a quality night out. It's the only night I've been to at this pub but one I'll definitely go back to and recommend. It's a young crowd in general but a great atmosphere.
adamsh0re - 29 Jun 2010 20:18
Quite like this place. Have been there a few times in the last few months. I like the atmosphere, a young persons sort of place but not too loud and oldies like me feel ok in there. One bid downer is that they no longer sell Tribute which to my taste was the best beer in Tooting - shame.
howardhopkins - 7 Mar 2010 18:33
Went to the Selirk yesterday and had a great Sunday lunch. Generous portions and tasty tender chicken. The staff were attentive, and best of all, the stinking loos are no more - they've been renovated and were spotless.

Will be going back very soon.
happyhank - 1 Mar 2010 18:49
Worse than it should be. Wandle ales on tap not in the best condition. Overly complicated menu, poorly executed. I've never seen so many dishes that required smoked haddock. Cramped too, with the usual plethora of large empty tables with reserved notices on them.
bumpby - 13 Feb 2010 02:04
We haven't eaten at The Selkirk for over 12 months and unfortunately will not be rushing back. Food was very disappointing (roast was dry and salty) and staff were not exactly forthcoming or friendly. The waitress was confused when we asked for red currant sauce to go with the chicken and offered mustard instead. The toilets are disgusting. Such a shame seeing as it used to be quite good.
northernwino - 10 Jan 2010 19:57
This pub has improved in recent weeks, Food is WAY better than it was a few months ago, I have eaten here twice. Staff are friendly, remember your name, clear up, etc etc. place is clean and I like it, it is tucked away but is very good. Only problem is that in needs a lick of paint.
SilkFrog - 30 Nov 2009 21:04
A large comfortable looking (from the outside at least) pub tucked away in residential streets a couple of hundred yards of Tooting High St. The inside is a little disappointing the two rooms are quite spartan and lack the warmth one might expect in a pub of this type On the upside though there is a pleasant conservatory area at the rear and a nice garden both of which are unusual in London.

The clientele is more of the Clapham type than some of the pubs on the High St itself and the bar staff were young but friendly enough on my last visit.

If I lived nearby I wouldd probably use this place quite a bit and along with the Castle it's probably the best pub in Tooting (although there is not a great deal of competition)
murgatroyd - 18 Oct 2009 11:26
Why is the Selkirk always a disapointment?

After spending 5 years in Tooting and spending 5 years avoiding the pubs in Tooting like the plague and heading to Clapham and Balham, I thought I would get a group of 5 friends together for a Bank Holiday lunch and a few pints in a beer garden.

3pm. 5 minutes in, drinks memorised and taste buds watering at a great 12pm-10pm menu - I wait a few minutes at the bar with the guy in front of me ordering food. Then when I get served I receive the news that the kitchen is closed for an hour. End of conversation. Eh? Sorry...oh right...so i'll tell my mates that in fact we should have gone to Clapham instead of wasting our time in a pub that I wanted to give one last chance to. How can I break the news that we need to trapse through Tooting and go to another 4 pubs than dont serve food...

What would have been nice is "Sorry, the kitchen is closed even though this is not listed on the menu but its an hour wait so lets get you guys some drinks and then when it re-opens youll be first served. because as 500 pubs close down in the South every month we really value guys spending £100 plus in the on-trade."

But nothing of the sort. So money still in pocket we jump on a bus and drop £100 in Earsfield at the Leather Bottle where the BBQ is fired up and the staff are helpful and Young's seem to have got it just right.

So, the moral of the story is:
1. A hungry group of people don't take kindly to suprises - consistency is king
2. SW12/SW17 pubs are still a million miles away from proper gastro pubs - try Fulham and Chelsea
3. If a pub has home made scotch eggs on the menu then are are nearly always not available
4. Get a house with a big garden, buy a load of booze from Bargain Booze and watch more pubs go under

Cheers


benjaminreed - 31 Aug 2009 19:03
marsden15, I apologise if I was wrong with my sausage roll comment but I stick by my comment that the food isn't as good as it was.

I love the pub and have been going there for 4 years, so is it not right that I should say if I see certain things changing for the worse? For pub food, the Selkirk has always been a bit more expensive than other pubs in the area but you never minded before because you knew that you would get a good meal and be full up at the end of it. Last week I ordered a steak and ale pie with veg and had to order chips afterwards just to feel full. The pastry felt like frozen puff pastry, but again, I apologise if I'm wrong. It seems like the chef has changed and the food isn't as good as it was, that's all.
jcreedy - 25 Aug 2009 12:37
Binty.
monkeyboysupreme - 25 Aug 2009 03:06
I'd like to quickly agree with the previous comment: 'Iceland Sausage rolls shouldn't be £4', no they shouldn't. They should be home made daily and priced accordingly.. oh they are. Ok, one out the way, The Kirk Burger and a Pie of the Day have been a permanent fixture for some time now and Risottos are often on the daily changing menu.
And finally, Lobster, in Tooting? who'd of thought there were people out there working through the night to deliver fresh fish on a daily basis, what is the world coming to ey?
marsden15 - 24 Aug 2009 20:09
Sadly, the food side of things seems to be changing at The Selkirk. The staff are still happy and friendly but the good pub food, which was guaranteed every time you ate there, now seems to have vanished. The homemade chicken and tarragon pies, lamb steaks, kirk burgers, and yummy risottos are sorely missed and there is now lobster on the menu (in Tooting!?). A pint of Iceland sausage rolls shouldn't be £4.

Hopefully they'll get the food back on track soon.
jcreedy - 21 Aug 2009 10:55
Good food, good staff, reasonably priced, good decor.. Love this place... Well worth a visit..
DB17 - 7 Jun 2009 11:14
A good pub! Decent beer, good staff better then the other 'boozers' in the hood. Well worth the visit, possibly if you run the south wimbledon - tooting gaunlet, nice way to end your day.
clarkie08 - 27 May 2009 22:23
The green shoots of recovery are definable in Tooting: that most nondescript of south London neighbourhoods. This is a pretty good backstreet boozer, making good use of its capaciousness, both inside and out. The bar staff are friendly and they had a couple of good beers on tap. The slightly quirky, curved benches are ideal seating if there is a big group of you. Bar billiards in a pub should always gain it an extra point.
BoehmBawerk - 8 Apr 2009 11:06
Now I'm sorry, some of the people who have been writing reviews in my eyes are a bunch of spoon fed morons. The Selkirk is a lovely pub and is THE BEST TOOTING HAS TO OFFER.
Those people who claim they waited for 80 minutes for their food must be LYING!!! I feel you just wrote that cause you have to complain about EVERYTHING.
I have visited The Kirk on a number of occassions and everytime was a gem. Great food, great music and the staff are friendly. I understand they now have a new manager who is getting this pub back to it's former glory.
If all you complainers wanna complain about a pub in Tooting, go to JJ MOONS.
To the staff in the Kirk
Great job all of you. I will visit time and time again
Release - 26 Mar 2009 16:09
i popped into the kirk recently to assess what all the fuss was about - it is a clean freindl boozer but sadly that really is where it stopped

had sausage and mash and wasnt overley impressed but i am a fussy diner !

will try again an report back on my rounds !
mikeh1 - 17 Mar 2009 11:46
food is great but vibe is a bit lame , still you cant get everything spot on - the tram doesnt do food but the vibe is great !!
petey.p - 13 Mar 2009 17:55
Love the Selkirk but the tables always need a good clean. The service can be a bit slow. They're probably complacent because they have the monopoly in the area, but with the popularity of the Tramshed recently they should watch themselves
fivedollarshake24 - 6 Mar 2009 13:30
Just returned from having lunch here and yes it is an unexpected Snow Day but no excuses for the lousy service and poor quality of food especially when half of it is blatantly stuck inthe microwave!

We got there, ordered 2 hot chocolates which still hadnt arrived 20 minutes later! We had to remind the barman (who didnt know what the Veggie brekkie had in it and looked at us like we had punched his mum each time we dared to order at the bar). He then still forgot so we had to ask someone else! Our food (bangers and mash and veggie lasagne) arrived after 80 minutes! we got in there when it was empty.

One of the sausages in the b and m was cold and there was no gravy. The lasagne had next to no pasta in it and was swimming in grease. The salad with it was muddy and service appallingly slow. When we complained we were told it was unexpectedly busy due to the weather. Er dont care! It is a big pub and there is no excuse when all they did was fry some bangers and stick something int he microwave.

This place used to be amazing for food up until new management and you guys need to pull your socks up and get happier bar staff who know what they are doing.

Wont be going back.
EJS - 2 Feb 2009 16:26
Sligtly quirky feel inside, a Victorian building stripped back. Good choice of beers although I didn't get the best pint of Deuchars. The crowd probably are a bit more "upmarket" than the average round these parts, but a good bet anyhow.
OldRogue - 5 Jan 2009 13:55
well rich, you would say that , having been the manager for several years......... !
CunningStunt - 3 Jan 2009 12:18
The Kirk is my local and I love it.
The staff are cool and fun and beer is good.
If anything the pub looks alot cleaner that it has in donkey's years.
The Xmas decor is tasteful and the music is bloody marvellous.
I had a burger there on Monday and it was very very nice.
I also had too much beer, but hey what's new?
rjbradburnesq - 18 Dec 2008 01:00
yes andy we couldnt agree more ! its a shame your hard work has gone to pot and emily ? the owner has the arrogance to think this is still her flagship pub !!

seems other posters are feeling the same ; a bland pub with overpriced food in essence
CunningStunt - 30 Sep 2008 12:09
Sorry but as the ex head chef of this pub who worked bloody hard to build it, I am finding some of the recent coments quite disturbing. Maybe the pub got too popular but with a change of management all has gone awry, who knows. Also Stout needs to get out more, all those reviews in one afternoon and some where def done with more than alcohol.
west10 - 8 Sep 2008 21:55
Selkirks a hard one to call- it's nice. And, er, thats about it. Sunday afternoons, yummy mummy set in the garden with push chairs and husbands in three quarter length trousers. Overpriced roasts with a "carve yourself" gimmick.

Beer is nice, but spendy, quiz is good.

I think the Selkirk knows it's one of a few places in tooting broadway that will attract the young professionals who cant afford to live in balham and everyone is being screwed over as such. I suggest those who like it try the new tramshed and social next to the McDonalds in tooting- similar set of people, but nicely decked out and not content to be the Tooting Estate Agents choice. 7 on 10.
Stout - 4 Sep 2008 17:12
Interesting to read the recent comments about the food. I'd always heard good things about the food but when I finally got round to eating here a couple of weeks ago me and my friends were all really disappointed. Quality was average at best and the portion sizes were appallingly small.

The "famous" burger was a standard supermarket 8-pack size, the fish & chips came with about 8 chips and the portion of nachos (paying extra for additional cheese) was small enough to be served on a side plate and came with the lightest splattering of cheese shavings.

A nice pub over all (although a bit pricey) with a nice atmosphere and definitely one of the best gardens in the area. Just don't bother with any of the food until they sort it out.
mydogminton - 15 Jul 2008 16:11
Unfortunately theadz01's review is spot on - a great pub - but it seems to be slipping slightly... maybe it's gone and got complacent.

Last time I was in there I was even disappointed with the fantastic selkirk burgers - the burger was half the size of last year and the bun was burnt!

Still the bar billiards is awesome and it has the best beer garden locally!
randommalarky - 8 May 2008 16:08
I'd previously said the food was great. Sadly, on recent visits, the standards seem to be slipping. My friend ordered a portion of chips, the tiniest portion came out of hard potatoes literally swimming in oil.

Some of the other things haven't been so great. Beer is pricey, and they don't do so many of their food offers any more.

Don't get me wrong, it's still the best pub in Tooting, just needs tweaking back up to how it used to be last year.
theadz01 - 21 Apr 2008 17:04
i dont understand the fuss about this place - its nothing special. When i popped in last saturday it was like a mortuary with about 4 staff looking like spare parts

the food was fine but the pub style is more 'all bar one' than anything else

nice range of drinks but thats standard unless you are a regular of wetherspoons !
quirky45 - 18 Apr 2008 13:05
just recently returned to this pub due to the refurb at the KH and its still as good as ever. good crowd good booze and good food with the added bonus of bar billiards. remains the best in tooting by some way. only thin i'd change about the place is to make it half a mile closer to my flat!
westyw9 - 15 Apr 2008 13:48
Nice pub. Had never been in here before but went in as it was the only pub I could find that had a quiz on a Thursday. I'm glad I did though as it's a nice pub. The food looked good (Didn't have any though) and the beer was nice. The quiz was good especially for a free one. Overall a good pub.
theoneandonlyjoe - 14 Apr 2008 10:53
missing the craic in the SEL, some really nice people to meet in there....
lee303 - 22 Dec 2007 22:29
Top, Top Pub. I frequently come from Wimbledon to visit The Selkirk. Fantastic atmosphere, Naturally friendly staff and a wider range of lagers on offer than most central pubs. Food menu looks good aswell, haven't eaten there yet but always seems busy with diners. Thumbs up guys!!
anonymous - 19 Nov 2007 02:34
The opening hours are a problem - in that they make them up as they go along! They say they're open till midnight then close at eleven. Useless if people are coming to meet you.

Shame because it's a decent boozer...

anonymous - 30 Oct 2007 11:09
I'm not quite so enthusuastic about this pub as previous reviewers. It was very cold in there yesterday lunchtime, and both the real ales (Landlord and Deuchars IPA) were off. On the plus side the staff were very friendly and helpful and they did have a wide range of lagers on - Hooegarden's; Beck's Vier; Staropramen; Stella, Peeterman's, and Boks Artois were the ones I remembered. The "Kirk" burger was excellent, but you would expect that at &7.95 a throw. Very stingy with the chips though! Probably a great pub in the summer with the conservatory and outside seating, but I think I will avoid it at other times.
RexRattus - 25 Oct 2007 14:40
Really good pub, great bar staff and amazing food - the Kirk burger is great!
theadz01 - 2 Aug 2007 17:41
Bloody great boozer, nice staff, bitter in handle glasses if you want it. Only gripe is that it's a bit pricy. A bag of nuts and a pint of premium lager will cost you more than 4 quid. I suppose you can't have it all though. Keep up the good work.
anonymous - 26 Jul 2007 15:42
the selkirk is a fav in tooting for alot of reasons - good food and great management. It deserves the trade it gets and ahs clearly worked hard to achieve its position.

well done selkirk !
petey.p - 3 Jul 2007 16:08
All round superb boozer. The food is excellent, the choice of drinks is great. Staff always friendly - the place is spotless. Always a good atmosphere. It's simply BRILL!
anitas - 23 Apr 2007 13:24
All I can say is if you have't had the fab roast since December you are missing out. The old ploy of waiting ages seems to have gone and the quality now puts them back in the Best Roast in South London chase. If you've found better let me know.
The beer selection has certainly gone up in my estimation as well since the introduction of Becks Vier.
The Selkirk we salute you, fab staff, fab booze and fab food..............what more can the discerning punter want
anonymous - 6 Apr 2007 17:31
I've never had any problem with the real ale in the selkirk, and really like the fact that they change the ales from time to time, so even though they only sell 2 ales at any time it is varied. The Deauchars is top notch at the moment and the abbot that I tried Sunday is pretty good too!
Must have been an off day I reckon.
It's brilliant that Tooting has so many nice boozers now and let's celebrate by visiting them all as much as possible!
Bingo all round!
Toodle pip.
monkeyboysupreme - 6 Apr 2007 02:15
I good reliable pub. Friendly staff, reasonable food, beer garden. Some footie and rugby in the back bar only, but I don't think they've got Sky.

They could do with a little help looking after their real ale - I've had to take a few pints back to the bar as they're cloudy, etc
bristolbeerboy - 2 Apr 2007 14:08
Have to agree with jimmythefish -the roasts aren't the best in London (South or North), but they are reasonably good...and the place is light years better than The Frog used to be.

The staff are genuinely friendly though, and the cocktails are suprisingly good!
scorchio75 - 21 Dec 2006 12:28
"Best roast in London" is pushing it a bit but the food is decent (if a little overpriced). A nice local, staff are friendly and efficient, and the stand-out feature of this place is the beer garden, which is the best in the area by a long way. Have whiled away a few summer evenings here, don't make such an effort to walk down here as often now the nights have drawn in but it's still a solid bet for few pints on a Sunday afternoon. 7/10.
jimmythefish - 11 Dec 2006 18:07
Well done to the Manager and staff at the Selkirk. It's a very good pub.
rockd1509 - 4 Dec 2006 16:51
Tucked away on a side street of Tooting’s ‘main drag’ this place has steadily improved since being converted from The Frog a couple of years ago. The new décor is smart and modern. There are 2 rooms, a side ‘snug’ room with comfy chairs, a conservatory and a fair sized beer garden. The drinks are a bit on the expensive side (£2.80 for a pint of ale) but the food is excellent and the staff have been friendly and attentive during my visits. I recently whiled away a rainy Saturday afternoon playing bar billiards in here after a fantastic chicken pie. One good feature is two sets of toilets – one in each bar – so there’s no need to walk to the other side of the pub to take a leak. It seems they are making an effort to cover all bases with various food offers, live music, quiz nights etc. If they maintain the good overall quality, this place should be a great local success once word of mouth gets around.
djburns - 21 Sep 2006 16:57
Tasty birds behing the bar and tastier food from the kitchen.
I would eat either.
Mmmmmmmmm!
anonymous - 17 Aug 2006 01:39
The service at this pub is exemplary. You can pre-order your food online or over the phone so that if you have a tight 1-hour lunch break, you can comfortably go there and the food will come staight to you.

Also, they make a real effort to serve everyone on a table at the same time which really makes a difference.

This is not a cheap pub to eat or drink at, but their grub is genuinely home-made.

The menu has changed twice in the last month - check the web version to make sure you're up to date.
buzwad - 29 Jun 2006 15:40
Love this place! The roast on Sundays is the best in London - get there early or book ahead. The food at all others times is fab as well. Friendly service, great quiz on Thursdays - can't fault the free entry and prize of crates of beers, although the scoring is a bit erratic(!)

All in all, I did prefer the decor with big sloppy sofas that got taken out a year ago. But it's still a great pub with a great atmosphere and the food is top-notch. Keep up the good work guys.
anonymous - 20 Feb 2006 11:07
Always good fun down at The Selkirk, everyone makes you feel welcome and the crowd is just right. Not many nobheads - just the nice folk! It would be great to see some sport back on the big screen and the bar billiards back but otherwise it's wicked.
The food is always great value and really tasty, even if the beer is a little pricier than other Tooting pubs. But hey if you are watching yer pennies you should be in one of the scum pubs or in the park with a can of special brew (aka central heating for tramps). Well done you lot at The Selkirk, Tooting salutes you!
monkeyboysupreme - 17 Jan 2006 16:26
richard and his team certainly give excellent customer service.

this is the best pub in tooting, bar none. yes, it's pricy, but that keeps away the... others.

food is always excellent quality.
quiz night is now back on thursday by the way.

well done guys, keep up the good work.
tingles - 15 Jan 2006 09:32
Only gripe is the price of the drinks which are more like prices in the centre of town. Probably paying for all the new floors. AND they got rid of the bar billiards table. GUTTED. But very friendly staff lovely roast on Sunday. great quiz. So all in all I think well done.
emperor.ming - 13 Jan 2006 18:03
Since its refurb it has become an extremely nice place to drink. Off the high street enough not to get too packed and with a good atmosphere, good beers and amazing pub grub (even though I still liked the old Thai food).

If you went a year ago try it again you'll be surprised!
wickenss - 15 Dec 2005 20:08
Isn't it called the skylark?? This was OK. The decor is VERY boring. There was London Pride and probably one guest ale both OK. The staff were very friendly and not what i was expecting. Good stuff!! I wanted to dislike the place because i'm an inverse snob but it's a decent pub. OK little back room. Just nice! The management have got an interactive approach so it seems - One more Ale please...
mitomighty - 11 Dec 2005 00:37
Was in this pub the other night for some food and the experience could have gone either way. There was a problem and our (and a couple of other people's) order went astray. After half an hour we asked what was going on and a few minutes later were told that it had got lost and hadn't been started yet. Normally this would be the cue for me to start ranting about shitty service and staff not caring blah blah, but not today.

The staff really couldn't have done more. We got a free drink straight away and were offered money back or wait 20 minutes for the food. When this turned into 25 minutes we asked again what was going on and were given more apologies and offered another drink. When the food did come it was all very nice, albeit an hour after we ordered.

On leaving the manager came over and apologised again for all the problems and said he hoped we'd be back anyway. BAR STAFF EVERYWHERE TAKE NOTE: THIS IS GOOD SERVICE!
Beermeup - 28 Nov 2005 13:42
Wow, what a clean up! I used to come to the Frog when I was studying in the area and didn't really like it but there was bugger all competition so I still went. I've now moved into the area and there's still no competition but The Selkirk is awesome, will be a regular in no time. With regards to the previous statement of no bar stools, thank god, I can get to the bar without having to push my way through hoards of drunks who refuse to give up their spot. Well done!
anonymous - 3 Oct 2005 16:09
Really friendly bar staff, pleasant decor - I especially like the conservatory opening out on to the garden. Food looks great. They have a BBQ/party in the garden on Wednesdays, which draws in the punters. My only gripe is the cost of the drinks - £3.70 for a g and t and £3.10 for a San Miguel - come on this is Tooting not Hoxton!
ellie_v - 8 Aug 2005 12:27
Getting better; nice beer, nice food, nice tunes, nice vibe, nice garden, nice staff, nice sofas, nice roasts, nice wine. Would I be wrong to call it nice?
rjbradburnesq - 9 May 2005 16:12
This recently re-opened pub offers some of the delights of the previous "Frog" pub, but with none of the filth and grime. They have cleaned up there act!
The beer is okay, a bit steep, and needs a bit of originality with the range, but the pints are well served with no flaky bits in the pils.
Some of the new staff are amazingly friendly and efficient, but are let down by the old staff still hanging about from the last team. Smile occaisionly!!!!!!
The quiz is now on a Monday, but is still with the old geezer, Theo, yay! They also have a cash prize game of "Play your cards right", which is a bit of a giggle. You know higher/lower with the oversized playing cards etc.
All in all, a nice pub, food is pretty good if not a wee bit pricey, and still has a few nice sofas the best beer garden in Tooting!
anonymous - 19 Apr 2005 14:36
Yep it's open again after a bit of a gastro-pub refit. Wood everywhere, large tables, comfy chairs, food in the £8 - £10 range (haven't tried it). Good but pricey (£3 for a Guinness) beer and very friendly staff. Is strangely lacking stools at the bar however - never good especially for a 'local' pub! Regulars stand around uncomfortably in their absence...
superjohn13 - 13 Apr 2005 18:04
Went there a week back on a Thursday for the quiz night- its closed down! Hopefully a funky new pub will re-open at the same location soon.
Amym - 21 Jan 2005 13:28
Great Pub, Loads of Sofas, Free Quiz on Thursdays, Fantastic Food, Garden, etc, etc, etc

More of these please.
Steve - 10 Sep 2004 15:33
the sofas look like they were pulled out of a skip. however it is the best pub in tooting due to the total lack of competition...
ted - 3 Feb 2004 13:12
This pub is cooooool! The quiz is great, Thanks To Theo on Thursday!! Olivia
Olivia - knoxmill@aol.com - 30 Nov 2003 19:48
The best Thai food definitely worth a visit but the staff are very unfriendly. Probably best to go at the beginning of the night for some food and beers and then head off. The quiz on a Thursday night is fab.
Shirls - 25 Nov 2003 17:31
I live in Tooting so by saying this I do not wish to negate from Tooting's magnetic qualities but when u enter this place you would not think you were in Tooting, sofas galore, lovely decor!
mr derek mcauley - mrderekmcauley@yahoo.com - 24 Jul 2003 16:52
This place has the best Thai food I've had in London!
Mark - 16 Jul 2003 15:04
I've always lived around the corner from this pub, used to be good for a quality game of pool and a laugh but you would have needed to know a couple of face's. Since the frog and the forget me not took it over it has become a far more pleasant juicer in which to intoxicate oneself! The pool table has been swapped for a fairly constant stream of fit birds (can't be bad!), and although the beer is a bit pricey due to the recent influx of the educated masses into the manor (which includes the fit birds), I would have to say that this is the best boozer in Tooting.
Johnny - John.whelehan@dur.ac.uk - 16 May 2003 15:17
Used to be a great old boozer called The Selkirk. Like Tooting in general, it is now spoiled by irritating poshkids in engineered denim and combat trousers who can't afford to live in Clapham.
Col - 16 May 2003 14:59
Decent boozer, theres not many in tooting, this one and the kings head, good beer garden and normally some decent totty serving behind the bar!
matt - 13 May 2003 17:08
what a classic pub. well at least it was until it got turn into posh bloody place with sofas and stuff. wheres the pool table? And is there still even a dart board or what? This place is not a pub no more. it looks more like a country bloddy club house.
you really would wanna know - 29 Jan 2003 15:24
Pub quiz every Thursday from 8.30 :)
Briony - 28 Jan 2003 14:47
Lovely pub with big comfy sofas to lounge on. Perfect for sunday drinking with mates.
Gorgeous thai food as well!
Lisa - 7 Jan 2003 14:43
changed management mid 2001. last time i went there they were serving some pretty scrummy thai food, which may however affect the dynamics of the clientele...
brendon - 22 Jul 2002 10:39
Bar billiards, top totty.
hungbunny - 14 Jun 2002 22:14
Nice big comfortable sofas, conservatory & beer garden. Excellent pub quiz on Thursday nights with beer and cash prizes.
adrian - 2 Jun 2002 22:52

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