Wimbledon is well known for its sport, especially during the inevitable rainy season that beckons in every year around the famous tennis tournament. The Hand and Racquet plays perfectly on its sporting theme, offering live sport all year round and decent Wimbledon coverage in pleasant surroundings accompanied by a great choice of cheap pints.
With six widescreen TVs showing live events, this is definitely the venue for sports fans. However, the Hand and Racquet also beckons long-suffering partners to join in the fun - with plenty of places to sit courtesy of the big squashy leather sofas and tables tucked away in discreet nooks and crannies, this is also the perfect place for a clandestine date. Trendy black and white prints and an attractive rustic fireplace add to the eclectic decor.
Busy during the week with workers and at the weekend with shoppers and locals this pub has a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This atmosphere is at its best during big sporting games, with rugby, football and, of course, tennis showing on the many well placed screens. It’s also sure to be a very popular spot for those not lucky to get courtside tickets during Wimbledon season so be sure to grab a seat early. The staff are helpful and friendly, making you feel like a regular after your first visit.
Expect traditional pub grub with none of the added schmooze that is so common in the ever changing pub market. This is hearty fare with decent deals including an offer of two meals for £8 Monday-Friday on selected dishes. There’s also an impressive burger menu with an international influence that strikes a unique chord. Light bites and sharers start at around £3.65 and desserts are from £1.95 if you fancy something sweet and sticky.
As part of the Green King chain, the prices are reasonable with plenty of choice for lager and ale drinkers. There aren’t many pubs in London that can boast a pint for under 3 quid. The choice for lager lovers includes Heineken, Carling, Stella, Fosters and Kronenberg. Ale drinkers are also well catered for with a choice that spans Green King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abotts, Old Trip and seasonal guest ales.
The wine list is varied, starting at £2.95 for a glass of Zinfandel (white, Californian) or £10.45 for a bottle of Merlot. A glass of Pinot Grigio Frizzant Blush is £3.10, whilst a bottle of Bollinger will set you back £43.00.
The Last Word
A good, honest pub offering a decent pint, hearty grub and plenty of live sport. Well worth a visit.