Nightingale, Balham

Our rating: FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
When an area gentrifies there's usually an impact on the local pubs. Round these parts the rise in house prices has seen pubs remodelling themselves with lounge style interiors, or, as in the case of the Surrey Tavern, being shut down to make way for luxury flats. For remaining true to its boozer roots then, this Nightingale is indeed a rare bird. Devotees of gastropubs won't be stepping foot over the threshold until there's at least one lunchtime option featuring balsamic vinegar; the rest of us will make do with a pub that plays to the traditional pleasures of good beer, bantering locals and an atmosphere conducive to knocking a few back. And given the pub is big on collecting for charity (photos of all the Guide Dogs the pub has raised money for take up a whole wall) the punters seem a decent lot as well. All in all, a fine little pub.
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29 Jan 2013
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Nightingale in Balham is a friendly local pub and has been hailed as the last in traditional style pubs around the Balham area. It's a lovely place for locals to chat and have a well cooked bite to eat.
It's a small 1853 mid-Victorian building which is also Grade II listed. The Nightingale has the best of Young's ales and showcases smaller breweries.
Each week they host, Pie Tuesdays, Quiz Wednesdays, Burger Thursdays and Guess the Mystery Guest on Friday nights. What's more, they have a monthly arts and crafts fair and are expanding their events more and more!
They get everyone involved with the annual 'Nightingale Walk' raising nearly half a million for various charities since 1979.
Great pub and great people!!

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97 Nightingale Lane, Balham, London, SW12 8NX
020 8673 1637

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