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Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

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user reviews of the Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

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Beautiful beer garden. Wonderful place to spend a summers day. Trouble is, spent most of it waiting at the bar to be served at the bar. Wasn't even particularly busy.
strangetorpor - 19 Jun 2018 19:43
Not a bad pub but expensive.
I don't see the need to be charge £15.50 for 3 pints.
Will be going to cheaper pubs within walking distance of the Leather Bottle
thompson2000 - 13 Jun 2014 12:21
This week my family had a wake for my auntie at this pub. The food and service was very good. However while we were eating a meal that we had decided to have while ewe were there, a member of the bar staff came up to my cousin and virtually accused her of lying about paying for the use of the room and the drinks bill.
My cousin (who is extremely honest and whose mum we had buried that say) was told she had not paid. They were not prepared to take my families word that it had been paid.
In the end the only thing that resolved the situation was the fact that they had given us a receipt and change of the bar bill stopped the situation.
This caused a very sad day to go from bad to worse and my cousin broke down at that point and has been signed off work sick.
The management need to think about the customers and don't send a silly girl to sort this type of thing out. Also it was very wrong to do that in front of 15 other people.
We will not be returning to this pub again.
Pinkyoliver - 20 Nov 2013 12:43
Nice pub with a large garden; very busy at the weekend with a good atmosphere. I would echo some of the other comments but would say the food isn't that bad; we ate from the outside grill and found it very quick too. Price and service.... this is what unfortunately lets it down: they serve very short measures ie. unlined glasses with an inch of head; wine is served from measures but only filled to 4 mm from top. When you're paying nearly seven pounds a glass for something you'd expect to pay £4.00 per bottle in the supermarket, it's just really, really greedy !
georgey48 - 21 Jul 2013 11:21
Nice beer garden, but awful food and the bar service is appalling on. Won't be back..
Monkey86 - 24 May 2013 17:17
Dont bother going to this place to eat, they have always run out of what you want, or have closed the restaurant early "due to being busy", pathetic !.
Vastly overpriced, mass produced food of poor quality. I do not expect frozen tasteless chips, at the prices they charge. Too many tables in the beer 'garden', they might as well have tarmaced the place, and wierd 'beach huts' that you can hire. Message to the management we are in ENGLAND, not South Africa, cater for local long term patrons and dont pander to the younger overloud fly by night southern hemisphere types, who will be gone in a few months. Lastly, when you advertise Bombadier Ale at 2 on St Georges Day, make sure it is actually available, or if it ran out early like the food does, get somebody who can run the place properly.
londongeordie67 - 16 Aug 2012 13:46
Visited this boozer a while back - like all Young's pubs the prices are fairly extortionate, but the beer is very kept. So I suppose that was just about excusable.

Lovely garden too - probably one of the biggest I've ever seen in London - I bet it must be great in summer!

Food, however, left much to be desired. Very expensive for what was only a slightly above average meal. Also the night I visited was a burger night, with a 2 for 1 offer. However, someone else had the normal burger which was about twice the size of the paltry 2 for 1 burgers! Very misleading in my opinion.

Also I don't know if he's still there, but the enormous chef was very distracting, using absolutely obscene language with no regard to our table. Once he finally decided to lift himself out of his chair and stop playing with his laptop, he prepared food that to be fair was ok - but for the price I'd expect a lot more.

Come on Young's sort out this lovely boozer by getting in some professional staff!
earlsfieldbill - 19 Feb 2012 20:09
The Leather Bottle is a Youngs pub, but is a complete contrast from the Prince of Wales up the road. It is a fine old building, but has been spoilt by makeovers. There are at least 3 rooms and outdoor drinking areas at the front and rear. One of the front rooms is currently undergoing refurbishment. The clientle is mainly middle class families and couples. Food was clearly a priority for most. Beers were Butcombe Bitter, Youngs Bitter & Youngs Special. Addlestones cider is also available.
blue_scrumpy - 16 Oct 2011 17:15
Extremely disappointed by the food.
My partner and I have been going to the Leather Bottle regularly over the past 2 years and have always really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the incredible beer garden. However, on our last visit the experience was completely different as we found the food to be completely inedible. When we complained, the manager explained that they have very recently changed suppliers and unfortunately the quality of the ingredients has suffered as a result. They have replaced high quality items with substandard substitutes and the chef should be ashamed of himself for allowing this food to be served to his customers.

Vanderbilt - 4 Jun 2011 15:33
Youngs beers, massive beer garden, overpriced food........ good on a summers night, not sure I'd want to go there every week. Friendly bar staff.
richakn - 24 Jun 2010 21:06
Thanks Leather Bottle for ignoring our request for a table because you were too busy looking after the mayoress ... you have just lost 500 worth of business !
ROBERTA - 15 Jun 2010 17:02
Visit 11th December 2009.

Expensive pub, but on it's way to becoming totally brilliant.

Check your ladies loo's more often Phil !

Too much choice on that menu, and dishes could be better, ie cook the veg more. Less choice, better nosh Phil...and don't chuck us out at 11pm. Drop the poncy service charge, it belongs in the 70's.

Otherwise a good night all round.
ROBERTA - 16 Dec 2009 14:01
its a really great lil pub with quality beer and spirits offering would definitely go here for a lazy afternoon in the garden or for a meal. But definitely would not go here to watch sport. Great idea to have tvs outside. but there is no sound so theres no atmosphere!!! The speakers are being used to announce BBQ orders. Wouldnt they be better used to keep supporters in the pub! We had to leave at half time and go to the Puzzle (!!!EEK which we hate) and watch the rest of the game there, whil reluctuntly giving them our hard earned pounds! Sort it out guys so we can come back!
alcoholreplondon - 9 Aug 2009 12:01
This is no longer a pub but an overprices Youngs eaterie. Most of the space is devoted to serving food to parrallel lines of tables in the garden. The Youngs was far too cold so we sat in the sun at the front away from the clatter of cutlery although odd tables there. Did not have the food but similar (overpriced) menu to the Pied Bull
lout_from_the_lane_ - 6 Aug 2009 11:28
Well done on fixing up the garden. A good pub. A place for everybody and even of there are loads of prams and kids running around the garden is big enough and there is place for everybody.

Decent bar that can keep up with the pace when there is a busy rugby match so full compliments.

If you have afternoon drinks here on a saturday, dont make plans for hanging around in the evening, this is a top class lunchtime / early evening pub but leave it at that.
mrloftysson - 5 Aug 2009 16:34
The garden is much improved and good on a sunny day but the drinks are way to much and sometimes the service is slow. The puzzle has decent Ales on now and has smarted up their beer garden. sorry guys but i am visiting your pub less and less.
hez - 20 Jul 2009 14:53
Must agree with most of the later reviews, have been drinking here for nearly 30 years, and seen changes, most of which I have not liked. Food and drinks extremely overpriced, landlord always calls time dead on 11.00, even when pub is busrting at the seams, quoting "we are in a residential area", so what about the other pubs in the area that stay open later. Latest refurb, was obviously done to entice diners not drinkers, far too formal. This is a PUB not a restaurant. Cant get normal pub food or snacks. They have sacrificed the patio area for the new larger restaurant, and turned the old restaurant into a lounge, but no enough comfy sofas, and a bit detached from the pub area. Agree that its a stupid idea to have to go past the mens loo door, to get to the garden, bad planning. Has a no smoking area OUTSIDE in the garden ?? ( I am not a smoker by the way ). We used to pop over at least every other day in summer or winter, but at nearly 10 for one wine and a pint, cant afford to any more, but there are other places to drink, without resorting to the 'yobbo' pubs.

londongeordie67 - 7 Jul 2009 13:37
Decent venue, but the service was beyond shocking - never going back again!
scouttt - 27 Jun 2009 00:00
I agree that it's a shame the back bit got changed into a restaurant. I quite enjoyed seeing the shock (good shock!) on my friends' faces when I led them outside down the little pathway and BANG there was a huge garden!
Last time I went (about 2 weeks ago) I had the sharing platter with my friend which was very tasty (although not huge) and then a burger, which I can almost guarantee wasn't grilled, as promised, more deep fried, and unfortunately so unbelievably hard at one end that I had to leave it. It was just purely overcooked.
But my friend's beer was alright and my orange juice and lemonade very well received.The garden is this place's saving grace.
Goggles123 - 3 Jun 2009 12:46
Well, the newly refurbed Leather Bottle.... bit of a mixed bag now really. The exit point to the garden is now via the door to the mens loo's and is utterly ridiculous - especially while trying to carry a tray of drinks and negotiate opening 2 doors without dropping anything,.

I have to agree about the food. It's always been very hit & miss here (I've lived locally a long time and believe it's due to high staff turn over and no consistency in the kitchen)
Prices have gone up and the quality / quantity just doen't reflect it. The "sharing boards" in particular are a complete joke and caused much hilarity watching two large South African lads trying to share barely enough for one person, probably the worst I've ever seen. Come on !! A few frozen mini spring rolls etc costs you bugger all and you expect to be able to actually want to share.

Pub staples such as Fish & Chips, burgers etc are fine.

It still seems fairly family friendly to me so I'm not sure about previous comments (yes, I frequently visit with friends and their children) but kids are expected to be behaved and not running around like the great unwashed screaming masses. There is a park behind the bottle for those who don't like this arrangement, but on any weekend day there are plenty of families enjoying the pub.

All up it's still a great place, it just needs to take a step back a bit.


kiwimafia - 23 Apr 2009 18:27
the food is shocking!! and really over priced. thats what really gets my goat. the food has never been great but was at least decently priced.
there are loads of good places to eat on garratt lane/earlsfield - halfway house, county arms, amaranth, san pietro. all good, all good value.
nickleuk - 16 Apr 2009 15:42
What a load of balls these last two postings are, the bottle looks amazing, i was so worried that it would be yuppified but its been tarted up a treat, its still a pub for sure but with a great area for dining. Its always done food so why not put it in proper settings and for those who think Earlsfield got to many places to eat your tastebuds obviously dont go further than double bubble and marmaris . Cant wait for the summer to see the garden back in full swing and lots of great rugby days
paddypint - 11 Mar 2009 01:04
Yep - checked the refurb the other day. Shame. There's no doubt it needed work but...

EARLSFIELD DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER RESTAURANT!!!!!!

I don't think these pubs understand what made them popular in the first place.
DelmeJ - 6 Mar 2009 16:36
This place has been recently refurbished. I wish I could say that it has improved the place. Unfortunately it has gone the way that majority of pubs in this area are going. Trying to target the middle class young family crowd. Faux 'gatro pub' menu, lovely gazebo area replaced by a formal dining room, everything overpriced (9 for a white wine and a pint of cider!)
There are loads of restaurants in the area that offer better food for better value, and loads of pubs that offer better atmosphere at lower prices. I think the place is really going to suffer for it.
nickleuk - 6 Mar 2009 12:17
no room, grouchy staff, average food and grouchier baby hating locals (even when you go at 11.30am to try and assist the self absorbed child hating crowd). why would you bother when so many pubs to choose from
sw19drinker - 3 Jan 2009 17:15
One of the greatest pubs in South West london, have had so many good nights here especilly the Tuesday poker sessions. Great food, great staff and the best beer garden ive ever seen in London.
paddypint - 14 Jun 2008 14:39
We went there on 16th May 2008, no yummy mummies thank god. Mezzanine room needs decorating badly.
Manager wonderful and fitted our party of 12 into the restuarant at short notice and we had a great time, food cooked to order, none of the usual pre-prepared pub grub.
Freezing cold draught Kronenbourg Blanc - lovely.

Shhh South West London's best kept secret !!!!!
ROBERTA - 23 May 2008 10:52
Good food but feels like a hotel restaurant. Not the place it once was.
mitomighty - 27 Apr 2008 22:07
Newish modern interior, seems to be aiming for the affluent 20-30 somethings. Absolutely chock full of the afternoon mums club, 3 wheeler buggies abound, plus the noise of bored kids. Don't worry ladies, property prices will fall soon and you'll be able to go back to Fulham/Putney/SW19.

Youngs bitter, spec and CW Bombardier.

Sorry folks but I didn't like it here.
Maldenman - 26 Oct 2007 02:34
please,please get rid of the mums and babies,we would spend a lot more if only it did n't smell of nappies.
is it a pub or a nursery?
anonymous - 22 Aug 2007 12:54
Good pub - and not too much of a restaurant. Worth a stroll or bus from Tooting. Well kept ale.
bristolbeerboy - 2 Apr 2007 14:19
I like this pub. I tend to avoid it during the 'baby-hell' of Sat/Sun afternoon. I go for a good pint on a Mon-Thurs after work when it is not too busy. Very cosy with it's real fires in winter and a nice garden for long summer nights. The small bar can make getting a drink thirsty work at other times.
gusdiamond - 13 Mar 2007 17:00
I agree completely with propertyking, stopped off here for a pint saturday afternoon and the air was think with the screaches of toddlers. This is what parks and playground are for, not boozers!
anonymous - 19 Feb 2007 12:54
I really like this pub. Small bar inside is great for winter drinks and the garden outside is massive. Good Youngs and I found the staff really friendly.
pezza132 - 9 Jun 2006 16:05
This was a very nice pub until the refit. But as was said by someone before me it's 'more a restaurant now'. This is sadly very true, and it does feel like the place has lost some of it's character and quite charm. It's a shame because their beer is alsways well kept, as well has having a very good selection of Young's ales.
Not been in since the new management has started though. I may give it another try this summer.
anonymous - 20 May 2006 20:05
Baby hell in the beer garden... what is it about the middle class londoners that think it is acceptable to bring children to pubs and let them run amock...?

Good beer, but the staff were appallingly slow on friday evening.
propertyking - 15 May 2006 10:37
No idea what all the whingeing is about. The ale is great. The food is fine, if a little overpriced. The staff are friendly and competent. It's my local, I've been using it for years and I wouldn't change it. Keep up the good work.
MrLash - 19 Apr 2006 16:46
Will a full range of young's beers be available in all bars. Will staff smile and be a little more attentive?
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 17:08
Firstly I would like to introduce a new management team of Pete Smith, Laura George (General Managers)& Stefan Babel (Assistant Manager) to the Leather Bottle. It is a shame to have seen so many poor & negative comments/reviews on this place.
Our aim here is to take the Leather Bottle forward & get the reputation back to where it should be.

We are currently gearing up for a busy summer by changing our menu for the restaurant in early May, the outside BBQ is now open with a new & varied selection of food & will be open Friday evenings & Saturday & Sundays for the duration of the day.

The outside bar is now also open offering Pimms by the Jug/glass, draught Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664 & Stella & a wide selection of bottled beers, soft drinks & Wines.

Both the Garden Bar & BBQ will only be open weather permitting.

We will look forward to welcoming you in the near future
blanket - 16 Apr 2006 14:55
wotz happened? the food is awful,the beer is crap and you have to wait while some sourpuss thinks about serving you.where@ the big kiwi chef?he used to sort everything out,now well i don't know.you won@t see the colour of our money and we spend big time.shame on you youngs
anonymous - 5 Apr 2006 14:22
Like so many places in Earlsfield its not the welcoming place it used to be, unless you're a young professional who can't afford to live in Clapham. Former landlords Jim & Bev were tops as was Kathy who worked behind the bar.
Notasaffa - 10 Mar 2006 01:58
Please don't go to this excuse for a pub. In the words of Joni Mitchell, "they paved paradise
and put up a parking lot" or in this case, they took down a children's playground so they could get maximum money from hoards of drunken young people. That's fine. Then they decided to charge top restaurant prices for average food. Again, not uncommon. But what is unacceptable is serving inedible food and screaming for five minutes at customers who dare to suggest it might not be up to scratch. The chef did this on Saturday to me. The place is vile, the staff are rude. Youngs might be making a packet out of it at the moment but I think this is very shortsighted. The damage to the Youngs brand is surely not worth any short-term profit.

anonymous - 27 Feb 2006 14:20
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!! I recently went into the refurbished(a while back)leather bottle and it saddens me to read the petty negative comments!I felt the staff to be very friendly, they were all laughing and joking with the customers and seemed to be very happy in their job. I did however notice the slightly louder builder types at the end of the bar but which pub doesn't have them? Yes the food was "revamped" pub food, but is it not a pub? Also, you pay for quality product and I had a very enjoyable meal with my family.They are Child friendly, without taking from the pub feel,and I so look forward to bringing my family back for another meal and the summer... I'll be in that garden!!All I can say is Well done to the managers and staff for a very job well done! I'll be back.
wow - 22 Feb 2006 09:48
Had heard great things about this pub. So I thought I'd take my missus down therefor some grub last night. Twas a long cold walk along Garrat Lane, and the inviting site of this pub was a pleasure to behold. Very nice was my first thought when first stepping through the door. Nice and cosy, with lots of raised areas and a rather pleasant, if un-used heated outside area.
Unfortunately we were served by a barperson who looked grumpier than a grumpy grump on St Grump's day.
There was a huge group of idiot "locals" crowding out the bar area and making sure that every word they uttered was heard in the next postal code area.
We were then dismayed to find the menu unoriginal, tired and pretty bloody pricey for pub grub.
So my girlfriend finished her wine whilst I tried to finish my sub standard ale and we left.
We ended up going to Willie Gunns up the road which was awesome.
Sort it out Young's, you've got a super looking pub there that is 70% great and 30% utter pants.
I believe the term is a "polished turd".
monkeyboysupreme - 31 Jan 2006 15:05
We spent a great Saturday here drinking the hours away. Lunch was pleasant, beers are a very good range of the typical Youngs selection and the staff were all helpful. The seating area up by the fire is most agreeable! I can imagine it gets crowded in the summer (massive garden) and I look forward to trying to get a pint in then. Please lose the fruit machines!
dmb - 9 Jan 2006 09:37
OH MY GOD!!! I used to live round the corner and this place was a godsend! I've been recently and WHAT HAVE THEY DONE!!! What happened to the small place the idea of character????? It's more a restaurant now!! It's like any hotel now and I don't think I'll go back for a drink. If the food turns out to be decent after all this I may go once in a while but ...It's ruined!!! It's all square badly painted and the 'regulars' can't be that regular because none that I knew were in there on a saturday night. Says a lot really!!! The only pub that has shocked me cuz of its change... !!!
mitomighty - 11 Dec 2005 00:20
Mr Blanket seems a little uptight!! I like the place but like a few Young's pubs in the area who tend to offer stuff they can't cope with. Can't keep up with demand or can't say that's it now etc., at least in a pleasant manner. It should be a wicked place but is just ok!!
anonymous - 9 Dec 2005 22:11
it get"s pretty boring with all these people saying,it"s packed the food was col etc,a load of rot.if these so called "regular"s" did n"t keep turning up in tens and twenty" all at the same time,realised it is a small pub,stopped knocking us real regulars and stopped being so idle and up themselves,then we could all have our nice food and drink effeciently and happily.no wonder the bar staff look stressed,they work like trojans.SO IF YOU DON"T LIKE OUR LOCAL,LEARN TO COOK AND STAY AT HOME.
blanket - 8 Dec 2005 16:06
I've read alot of the comments all the way back to jan this year. I would like to say, that as a regular at the leather bottle, I have noticed a HUGE difference in the attitudeof staff, service, beer,food and overall atmosphere of the pub since Matt has left. The staff are smiling, they are not running out of food on a sunday as early as they used to, and the new menu is great. I would highly recomend the pub to anyone...if only to see the change.The new manager is making the world of difference...!!!!!
fan100 - 8 Dec 2005 00:13
Quite surprised at the difference in the quality of meals from weekday to weekend. Seems there is a certain inability to cope with the increased weekend trade.

Loved the Friday lunch with a friend, good service, great food, only to return with 6 friends on Sunday after rating the venue highly to be totally let down. Very embrassing.
byson - 15 Oct 2005 17:39
My two daughters live in Earlsfield and I took one of them plus two others for what i thought would be a nice Sunday Lunch on 9th October 2005 - Wrong! At 10 a head for truly awful cater's pack pre-sliced "Lamb" & "beef" and soggy veg. I felt thoroughly ripped off. The service was achingly slow and I could find nobody to whom I could complain - the sweet East European waitress was out of her depth as well as almost non existent. I was affronted by the "included" service charge which I did get removed. However, I should have refused to pay for the whole of the so-called meals. Sailingboy
sailingboy - 11 Oct 2005 16:49
I've got to agree with the last post. The Bottle has been my local for the last 2 years and while the refurb improved things by getting rid of the fat sweaty locals farting at the bar all day and making the place feel far more welcoming, the standard of food has always been an issue.

Despite my always hoping that things would improve, they never have and recently I think they've got worse. Sunday lunch 2 weeks ago was 10 for tasteless beef (I think they boiled it) and soggy veg. A new chef and a new focus on being a quality pub rather than a pub that does Sunday lunch fast food style has to be the answer.

A more serious issue is the beer. The Youngs has always stood up well in the Bottle, very often being its saving grace, however in recent times standards have dropped while prices have gone up. Now I don't mind paying a bit more for a pint if it means the giro cashers head for a Weatherspoons rather than my local, but I won't accept it if the standard of beer is not, at the very least, maintained.

Herbie - 7 Oct 2005 15:40
The pub seems to be slowly getting worse and worse. I have been using the pub since the begining of last year, as it is close to my home and welcomes children.

My most recent meal was Sunday lunch. A fatty peice of cold lamb served with cold uncooked carrots for 10.My friends had the over cooked beef (like leather) also served with cold uncooked carrots and cold beans.

This is typical of what you can expect from the food.




herefordwhites - 5 Oct 2005 17:30
In response to the kiddies playground disappearing:

Apparently (and correct me if I'm wrong, Matt), this is due to too many uncaring parents not looking after their sprogs properly whilst drinking too much and then blaming accidents, and their blinkered faults, on the pub itself (WBC Health & Safety interveend, by all accounts).

Even though the playgroud has gone, the sign by the area still states injuries and accidents are not accountable to the staff or management. H & S have gone a little too far on this one as far as I am concerned but when you have enough idiots complain, it ruins the fun for the majority.

I, personally, am not a lover of children but, having working in this pub ten years ago, have always appreciated the value of having a family venue where you can sometimes offload the kids for a few minutes/hours as long as you keep your eye on them whilst enjoying some "free time".

So, to end my little rant, which is what this has now become, bring back the playground (and the annual August Fun Day too, the last one was in 1997???)
dagodee - 1 Sep 2005 03:04
I see that the childrens playground has been ripped out. anyone know why?
Converse - 12 Aug 2005 15:08
Don't really mind about the refit. However two points have put me off this pub.
- The beer has hit the 3 per pint mark - a little bit over the top for an out of town run of the mill pub.
- The boules pitch out the back has been ruined by a coating of sand.
I won't be returning, at least until the latter is sorted out!
philm - 27 Jun 2005 19:51
As reported by previous contributors, unfortunately the Changing Rooms brigade have moved in. The upshot is the same as always in this situation - the place has been ruined and the previously loyal punters move out elsewhere. Very sad, but it happens so often nowadays.
JohnBonser - 4 May 2005 16:53
For all the effort to make this pub look neat and welcoming, the FOOD remains at the same poor standard as it always has been. I don't mind standard pub grub, but please don't wrap it up with a fancy bow and then empty my wallet for it. Must be that the extra or 2 is going toward paying for the cost of the refurb, as it's certainly not going toward the quality of food.
I'll be using the beer garden with a belly filled somewhere else.
Fussy - 21 Apr 2005 19:18
I thought I was in a hotel reception area, very cold and bland, the staff more interested in serving food in the all too big dining area I would have been more comfortable in a Holiday Inn. Bring back the original Pub I say! It was warm and fiendly with a mixture of local people, who have all disappeared probobly to a place with atmosphere. Sorry Matt. the evenings are better but getting everyone in such a small space is going to be a disaster for the summer (think rain)and other events such as Christmas!
keredn - 20 Mar 2005 10:10
Went in here on Friday for the first time since the refit (the pub was my local a couple of years ago before I moved) and I don't see what the complaints below are all about. The dining area has been smartened up, the loos are now clean, but other than that it hasn't really changed. The loutish builder types aren't there anymore which is no great loss, and the live singer bloke was pretty good. The only criticism I would make is that the beer was nothing special but other than that there's nothing wrong with the place. Not the world's most memorable pub but you could do a lot worse.
MrLash - 24 Jan 2005 11:51
Likewise, we are absolutely gutted by the refit which is not bad in itself but has ruined the atmosphere and drastically altered the clientele. The dining area is way too big and the remaining space on a Friday night is severely curtailed by the band, which is too loud. This used to be my favourite pub in south London by some distance. Not any more.
pablo1 - 20 Jan 2005 14:35
Sadly, the refit has done for this place. What was once a lovely quiet proper pub, has now destroyed any charm it had and turned itself into a mess. All the locals who drank there have disappeared in droves and all the new-to-Earlsfield toffs have moved in. Pubs should never have board games in them.
The last decent pub to drink in in Earlsfield has now been ruined. Whoever's bright idea it was to do this should be tied over a Youngs barrel and flogged.
anonymous - 10 Dec 2004 11:07
Went late summer for sunday lunch. It would have been nice to sit in the garden but several thousand cigarrette butts mixed in the grass put us off somewhat. Food arrvied and was dissapointing: warm, bland, clearly no effort made on appearance or taste. I'm not a big fan of gastro pubs but I don't mind paying more if the food is of good quality......so I hope the re-furb includes a new menu and kitchen. The beer though cannot be faulted, good selection of Youngs served as you would want them to be.
Herbie - 4 Nov 2004 12:46
yes leatherbottle will shut on the 4th oct and reopen on the 5th nov (bomb fire night)
will do appolgise for any incovience
anonymous - 7 Sep 2004 22:17
I believe that the LB will be closed for a refit from 0ct 5th, reopening with a bang on Nov 5th.
Garratt - 7 Sep 2004 16:18
myself and my chick had a wicked meal there, i think matt cooked it. nice cooking matt!!!! will eat there again when the refurb happens
thomas kerry - shanks69@hotmail.com - 11 Aug 2004 17:02
I liked it!
Gary - 9 Aug 2004 09:43
Used to be my cherished local. A great pub, nice feel to it. Friendly when I was there and I can't imagine that's changed much. Great garden if and when we get a summer.
Jon C - 5 May 2004 12:58
Recently changed hands and for the better. Good atmosphere and good beer. About to sponsor my rugby club so expect a few lively nights/days during the World Cup and beyond
Mick - 2 Oct 2003 11:24
Off duty roozers frequent this establishment.
Paranoid - 10 Sep 2003 15:13
Good pub, excellent bitters but consistently bad lagers. With such a great garden and some (not gastro) attention to food could be excellent.
anonymous - 7 Sep 2003 18:42
Absolutely marvelous pub - friendly, relaxed, and top beer. Definitely one of the top pubs in London, it was a sad day that I moved out of the area...
Rob - 13 Jul 2003 22:47
Would be excellent if they barred the bloody children from the garden
Sam - 27 Jun 2003 14:50
Huge beer garden, complete with sunshine on occasion. Good Youngs pub. Bl##dy marvellous.
Andy Butler - 29 May 2003 15:51
i used to drink here over 17 years ago had a few hangovers from here but also some good times
anonymous - 15 May 2003 19:55
Used to go to this pub years ago, very cheap ale IIRC... and friendly to student types.
walrus - 13 May 2003 22:26
This pub serves decent beer and has an excellent beer garden - with Boule facilities. Not such a bad game if you've had a couple.
Olly - 27 Sep 2002 08:53

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