Balham Bowls Club, Balham

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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Well, you can't fault this one on originality. The name says it all: once the Clubhouse for the local bowls club, when the club closed down, the property was bought up and reopened as a bar. The fixtures and fittings were pretty much left in situ, with minor adjustments in keeping with the building's past: scorecards still adorn the walls and you expect a prize giving for the year's champion bowler to take place any minute. It's quite a setting - we can think of few other London pubs with a full size snooker table in them - and probably a few fashion shoots will book the space as time goes by, but as a place to drink in, it's an odd one. When we popped by on a recent Saturday afternoon, the place was pretty busy, predominantly with chaps watching the rugby and a private party occupying two of the rooms. They have quietly dropped the description which said it was "a working men's club for men and women into hedge funds and rolling news channels", for which we can only be thankful. The drink is decent enough with a couple of ales on tap, while the food - in keeping with the surroundings - was along the lines of sausage rolls, pasties and cakes. Although there's just something a little too knowing at work here, you can't argue that this is a wonderful and quirky place to have a drink.
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7-9 Ramsden Road, Balham, London, SW12 8QX
0208 673 4700

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