Rose & Crown, Wimbledon
This one proclaims itself as the only traditional pub on Wimbledon High Street, but a more truthful description would be that the front bar here is the only traditional pub on Wimbledon High Street. The rest of the pub, though not as thoroughly remodelled as the nearby Dog & Fox, still has a slightly airbrushed feel; while the courtyard at the back even contains a Beach Bar (though thankfully no beach). The pub as a whole, feels like two (or even three) pubs in one: the public bar at the front for Sky Sports fans, and the rest of the pub for families and diners. You could quibble at the cost of the food - expensive even for these parts - but somehow it all seems to fit neatly together. It's a pub that seems tailored to the needs of a fair range Wimbledon folk, and as such, is hard to argue with.
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55 High St Wimbledon, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5BA
020 8947 4713
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How to find the Rose & Crown pub
From the tube, turn right and walk up Wimbledon Hill Road for a good 10 minutes. Keep on as the road become the High Street, and you'll find the pub on the right, just before the Common sneaks into view.