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Address: 7 - 9 Ramsden Road, Balham, London, SW12 8QX [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30134) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Website: http://www.antic-ltd.com/bbc

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This place is now an Antic pub. It was first of 3 Antic pubs in South West London I visited on Sunday evening. It is tucked away on a side street near Balham mainline station and Balham tube. The layout is certainly intriguing with a large entrance room and a few other large rooms, all with interesting decoration. One guy was playing the piano (not very well) in the main bar area. Volden Session Ale appears to be always on. Guests were Twickenham Winter Star & Grandstand & Saltaire Blonde. Probably the nicest of the 3 Antic pubs I tried, from an aesthetic point of view.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Mar 2019 20:25
I've had some excellent pints and good food here over the past couple of years. However I went in last night and it really is starting to look very, very tatty (yes I know it's shabby chic but there is a limit!). I might go back if I become a tramp but otherwise will steer clear.
aj74 - 3 Mar 2014 21:06
This used to be a great bar and very friendly, now a victim of its own success. Last time I was here the glass collector knocked a drink over which they refused to replace.
Slimer - 30 Dec 2011 16:39
Well I love the bbc, it has something for everyone.
I have been a local in Balham for over two years now and i'm very proud to call this my local.
The staff are always so friendly even when they look rushed off their feet.

I had dinner with my friend there last week and I must say it was super tasty.
I like what they have done with the place and it looks as though there are more things to come from this place.
I hope they improve the loo's, there is always a queue for the ladies when it's busy.
But over all I love it and it just keeps getting better and better.
beerlovingbird - 16 Nov 2010 03:38
This place is different to your usual boozer, It's quirky, individual and atmospheric. This is turn makes it popular with the locals and it's always pretty busy. BUT, it could be a whole lot better.

You see, whilst the staff are perfectly friendly, they're not the most efficient and there rarely seem to be enough of them. Beers are forever off (I've lost count of the times Guinness has been unavailable) and the glasses are invariably filthy. It's also quite expensive, which given the state of the place isn't really acceptable. There are weeds growing above the front door, furniture is broken, sofas are missing cushions and the whole place just has an air of being on the wrong side of "rough round the edges". OK, so it's shabby/your own front room/slice of the 1970s. Yes, it's a time warp, but it's looking tired, needs a bloody good clean and a lick of paint.

All in all, it's still a place I like, and go to often. It's got a great laid back atmosphere and it's not your run of the mill indentikit London pub. However, with a little more TLC it could move from A pub in Balham to THE pub in Balham. Must try harder.
Air.Guitar.Maestro - 5 Aug 2010 15:57

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