Prince of Wales, Wimbledon
Pubs directly opposite mainline train stations often fill pub goers with a slight sense of dread, but the stately exterior of the Prince of Wales is rather a charmer, and we're glad to report the pub itself isn't all that bad either. Now part of the resurgent Taylor Walker brand, it's actually looking more like one of Nicholsons' pubs, if we're honest, with their decent selection of beers. Whilst suffering from a slight air of transience - a given with Wimbledon station across the road - there's a pretty decent pub lurking in there. There's also a Victorian interior to go with the grand gin-palace exterior of the pub, and it feels like it's been there for a very long time. And it's nice to see that they've got the clock on the outside working again! With competent and friendly staff and plenty of room to lounge around in (although the area at the back was set for dining when we were in last) it's pretty welcoming and it beats most station pubs we know, hands down. Give it a go.
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2 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 3TA
020 8946 5369
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How to find the Prince of Wales pub
From Wimbledon station exit left and the pub is on the diagonal corner opposite. Use your discretion to choose between playing chicken with the traffic and the various crossing lights.