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lovely pub,nice service,seemed friendly enough.doom bar on draught,so thatchers gold for function room advertised if u have buffet,also doing Christmas dinners in December!
hoppyal - 12 Oct 2016 11:37
The first of 3 pubs in Cheam. None of them impressed me greatly. The interior was fine. A few appeared to be in for meals. 2 ales were on - Doom Bar & Hobgoblin. New tills appeared to be giving staff some problems. £5.70 seemed to be far too expensive for halves of Hobgoblin & Guinness. But the computer said no when it was queried. The young barmaid didn't see anything wrong either. But couldn't tell me how much each half was! I was eventually refunded £2. God knows how I managed to pick up on it after 10 pubs!
blue_scrumpy - 15 Nov 2015 18:14
Interesting and friendly local pub up the hill from Cheam, a couple of good beers on. Glad to find it as I toiled up the hill.
rainlight - 25 Mar 2015 21:44
Excellent pub with good beer.
talesofthebar - 8 Jan 2014 12:53
Now serving decent LocAle and doing a good job at it :)
Bigveees - 1 Nov 2013 20:55
nice place. decent banter. landlord looks like Andy Parsons.
HDIGGITY86 - 31 Oct 2013 17:36
Most of the actual beer on offer seems to be coming from main listings, maybe its tied on all the beer they can serve?
Hope to be able to get something better soon...................
Bigveees - 31 Aug 2013 15:42
Popped in here last night,good beer nice pub very good service.
blackdragon66 - 4 Apr 2013 16:58
great pub ,cracking beer its the only reason to drink in cheam the rest of the pubs are poor.
beerman44 - 24 Feb 2012 16:11
Beer quality now very good along with the food. Decent pub.
pwilkins - 17 Jun 2011 15:54
Unassuming from the outside but on my visit a busy bar with further seating and a restaurant section in the extension. Decent, honest, homemade food, reasonably priced. Bar staff were very friendly. Decent real ales- had a couple of cracking pints of Doom Bar. Clearly hard working owners doing their bit to serve the local community and raise the bar ('scuse the pun) a bit at the same time. Worthy of support!
Phantom_Power - 4 May 2010 21:05
FOLK CLUB 1st Sunday of every month in the back room from 8.30pm.
This friendly session has been going since February 2005.
English, Scottish, Irish, American, World Music, Jazz, Comedy, Poetry.... All welcome. Variety is positively encouraged. See you there! Cheers. Sam.
fiddlersam - 29 Mar 2010 20:07
Without a doubt the best pub in Cheam, although it looks small from the front it go,s back quite a bit. The service was superb and the beer very well kept. Definately worth another visit.
Donnerund - 19 Dec 2009 13:45
Lovely pub which was an ideal refuge from a horribly wet autumn day. Fine beer included Pilgrim Progress which was also very reasonably priced. Also made to feel very welcome by pub staff and locals alike and they have Sky Sports which is usually switched on for Footie and Rugby which gets a good following.
Oakman100 - 15 Nov 2009 16:03
Very pleasant proper Pub; I had an excellent bright foaming pint (well! three actually!) of Pilgrim 's Progress and congratulated landlady on its condition.This is now my favoured pub in Cheam when in the area.Good for viewing Rugby internationals
jeffdaff - 17 Aug 2009 21:54
Definitely on the up as are the prices. Seems to be working though.
KittyChumley - 20 Jul 2009 14:59
nice garden and good beer but the female manager/owner is less than friendly. There does not seem to be a clear policy on children, even in the garden. She usually refuses to allow my 11yo son in the garden yet nicer staff members have even invited him inside. I prefer the Red Lion
Timbosxm - 6 Aug 2008 21:14
Oh dear! went in there with a freind as we had been told that food was good,full of very rough and crude men and hardly a woman in site! As the night went on it got a lot worse, enter ladies at your peril.
runninghampster - 7 Jul 2008 01:24
Having used this pub for the last 3 years, i have always found the food absolutely first class and wouldnt hesitate to recommend to anyone.
The staff are always friendly especially Phil and Julie(owners)who always find time to chat.Sunday lunch seems to be the busiest of days where the roasts & veg are always fresh and served on hot plates.
i therfore decided to book my xmas party there, the food and service was first class and have already booked next year.
contented - 8 Jan 2008 14:40
My wife and I are fairly new to the district and having tried several pubs in the Cheam area discovered the Prince of Wales in the run-up to Xmas last year.
We both had a couple of drinks at the bar(good choice of wines and beers reasonably priced)and then decided to have lunch as the menu looked comprehensive and inviting.

Food arrived quickly and served hot (and actually served on hot plates something of a rarity in pubs I find)and came with a smile and "enjoy your lunch".This might seem a tad old-fashioned but personally I like courtesy and friendliness particularly when it is so obviously well meant.

We had a spectacular dessert and finished with some nice fresh coffee again a rarity in pubs nowadays.
The owner and his wife Phil and Julie both had time for a quick chat to see if we enjoyed our meal and came across as nice friendly folk genuinely interested to see that we both had a pleasant time.

My wife and I have both been back several times since at different times of the day and have never found the bar staff and owners less than friendly and courteous and always ready for a quick chat no matter how busy they might be.

I would personally thoroughly recommend the Prince of Wales for the huge selection of drinks quality interesting menu reasonably priced and above all delivered with a smile and friendly attitude making you feel very welcome indeed.

In other words exactly what a good pub should be but rarely is in my wide experience.
slickster - 8 Jan 2008 12:50
My how this pub has changed in the last while.Once a first class eating establishment but of late it has divebombed.How can a new landlord get it so wrong?There used to be a Kiwi and an Irish manager and in fairness the food,wines,ales,atmosphere were top notch.They even used to spoil my dog as well as being children/elderly friendly.All the components that make a proper local.Shame that brewery pubs change hands like that.
livelyjoe - 11 Dec 2007 04:58
Both myself and my partner have recently moved to Cheam and have visited the Prince of Wales on several occasions. The pub has been painted recently to enhance the interior as a result of the smoking ban and as non smokers we find this an added benefit in addition to the hospitality shown to us, not just by the staff but also by the existing regular customers. Yes i agree with the previous comment relating to loud customers but they are always in the minority and from what i understand are no longer permitted to visit the pub. I take both my children into the pub usually for Sunday lunch and have nver had a problem with this and the lunch is always fresh and delicious.What makes this pub different to some of the others is the lack of microwaved dishes, the willingness by the staff to accommodate our food requirements, the friendliness of the customers and thr fact that you can take your children. All in all a good old fashioned pub
bertieb - 1 Nov 2007 22:12
I first came across the Prince of Wales some five years ago when a new contract brought me to Cheam for 10 months. The then landlord was a Kiwi and, despite his nationality, seemed to have embraced all the best characteristics of a good British local. The atmosphere was very friendly, the beers were excellent, the food was more than satisfactory, the staff were welcoming and the locals although initially a little wary of a newcomer like myself soon warmed as I became a regular customer. The landlord (Mike?) took good care of his customers with regular bonus nights Toss the Boss and Free Drinks til First Points Scored (certain TV rugby internationals) to name but two examples. I certainly missed this pub when my contract in Cheam ran out.
I was delighted when a recent opportunity brought me back to Cheam and I lost no time in revisiting my former haunt. The pub is now under new management andwhat a huge disappointment this place has become.
The vast majority of the locals I had got to know were nowhere to be seen they now drink down at The Claret, having been made to feel unwelcome in The Prince by its new landlord and the loud, coarse clientele he brought with him from the infamous Sutton pub (The Litten Tree) he had managed before it had to be closed down. With little or no experience of running a village pub he had quickly upset the vast majority of my former drinking acquaintances and replaced them with people more to his likingheavy drinking foul-mouthed types who were happy to take over a pub where their inconsiderate behaviour was now deemed acceptable. The landlord was/is clearly interested solely in lining his own back pocket nothing more highlighting this fact than the introduction of a Casino gaming machine, rumoured to be making the esteemed host over 1500 per week.
The quality of the real ale has plummeted and I quickly learnt not to bother with it. The staff themselves are very friendly and helpful, although the previous air of general enjoyment and work satisfaction is now sadly lacking.
A recent lick of paint has done something to clean the place up but the underlying problems now run much deeper.
I now drink only very occasionally in the Prince, and would even prefer The Bell and that would have been unthinkable five years agoand still should be.
What a waste.

Spinoza - 4 Sep 2007 13:28
The FOLK MUSIC SESSION is still going strong after more than a couple of years.

Singers and instrumentalists all welcome in the back room on the FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH from 8.30pm. English, Irish, Scottish, American, World music, Comedy songs, your own compositions ......Variety is the keynote.

The pub has newly been decorated and the new lack of indoor smokers makes this a more attractive venue. Please come and join our friendly musicians and bar staff.
fiddlersam - 18 Jul 2007 15:12
This pub is in Cheam village, so while it is a bit more "spit and sawdust" than some other pubs nearby, the reports of marauding swearing, fighting mobs are well wide of the mark. It's all relative.

This is a pub proud of the traditions of the licensing trade, and should be celebrated as such. No, it's not for the gastro-pub lovers, but I think you realise that from the outside.

And as for the comment about not taking children in, well that defies belief. Despite the fact that it really is quite a nice old-fashioned place, I was under the impression that pubs are, broadly speaking, for adults.
parkhillian - 11 May 2007 10:50
This used to be a wonderful amazing comunity local. Great for families or groups of friends. The staff were amazing and knew that people wanted to be treated special. New management came in in July 2005, now i would not take a child in their if you payed me. It's full of football yobs swearing and yelling. The food is still fantastic if you can stand the atmosphere.
annon2828 - 23 May 2006 11:23
One of my favourite pubs since I have more or less taken up eating lunch as a full-time career.

I haven't had a bad lunch there over the last three years or so that I've been an occasional visitor and, although the menu may not be quite as extensive as at one time, it is still nice and varied and there are always some good specials. The staff are very friendly and attentive. One of them seems to have appointed me as his cullinary advisor and often asks what I think of my choice with a view to making his own lunch selection.

As for the clientele, it never ceases to amaze me that some people seem to want to go to pubs full of clones of themselves; from what I read nearly all pubs are full of pretentious gits or yobbos (and often both!) and I rather suspect that some of these comments may tell as more about the commentator than about the pub and its habitues. For goodness' sake variety is the spice of life and life would be pretty dull if we were all the same. We sat on a table next to Colonel Hangem-High-and-Flogem-Raw the other day (in a diferent pub) and he didn't cease to talk complete and utter ******** in a loud voice the whole time - he was great value for money and single-handedly justified the cost of the lunch!

I may actually be a bonehead and am almost certainly a complete yob. I suppose some of the regulars have more tattoos than I have (none) and some may have more degrees but does that make them bad people?

Well done Prince of Wales (and can I have a cheap lunch next time I'm there?)
trevorfletcher_diarist - 28 Apr 2006 19:28
We have been liviing in the area for the past 3 years, at first we found this pub to be intimidating & unwelcoming & so it was avoided until last summer, when we re-visited & were pleasantly suprised by the friendly Landlord & approachable bar staff. The food has always been of a very high standard whether we have been on our own or in groups of ten+. We also can assure you that neither of us are yobs or boneheads.
Lissimon - 2 Apr 2006 14:41
As per DisgruntledLocal, new management, not good.
johnbabercomb - 1 Dec 2005 20:21
great pub, fantastic fresh food, would always recommend to anyone.
philwin - 26 Sep 2005 18:54
used to be lovely pub! new management have ruined atmosphere of the friendly local! manager does not know any of his regulars nor has he made the effort to get to know them! new customers in the pub fit catorgory of yobs and bone heads unfortunatly!
DisgruntledLocal - 26 Aug 2005 16:15

Traditional Folk Session planned for 1st Sunday in the month starting Feb 2005 at 8.30pm. Instrumentalists and singers welcome. English, Scottish, Irish, American, World Music, Comedy songs etc. Great pub!
fiddlersam - 12 Dec 2004 13:30
Proper old fashioned, village pub. Excellent fresh food, not your "Brake Bros" stuff. Good real ale and attractive bar staff. Natives seem friendly.
Jeff - 6 Nov 2004 12:32
Very good range of freesh food and draft beer. Made very welcome by the staff and customers.
Steve & Gwen - 23 Oct 2004 14:18
Okay beer, but furnishings very tired and if you are not a regular, you get looked at like you are on "American Weirwolf in London" when they entered teh "Slaughtered Lamb".
Leslie - 21 Sep 2004 11:27
My local. No boneheads no yobs good beer excellent food great staff
PJ - 23 May 2004 14:28
Excellent food, great beer, friendly staff and atmosphere an all round fantastic boozer
John - 24 Jan 2004 15:45
Easy going and friendly pub. Staff very good. Excellent range of affordable, fresh food.
j - 13 Nov 2003 15:30

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