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The Sun is a large and friendly pub that has a good range of beers and spirits. They offer Thai style food on their pub menu.

Ranked #343 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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By Andrew M.

I've had more than one drunken night at the Sun. It is a good pub to go and get absolutely trashed with friendly punters and staff. The Sun gets very crowded, especially on a hot summers night. I rate this place, it is a good time pub.

By T.

I've never understood why Sun is always so busy. I guess its because it's plain, dull, busy and grubby, which fits in with Claphamites' image of being 'up and coming'. I don't like it, but it just about sums up what to expect in skanky Clapham.

By Boere B.

Rude UN-attentive staff. Advertised as a great Sunday Roast...."lashings of gravy" when mine arrived with what I can only be described as a "lick" of gravy, 40 mins late with frozen veg and potatoes..... that's it! Asked for some gravy only to be told "well that will cost you extra" by the surly staff! Disappointing microwaved food,, perhaps what you should expect from a central kitchen, chain restaurant (which i didn't realize till I later googled and discovered). Do you pay for what you get? Well for a Minimum of £12.00 for frozen food, prepared elsewhere and re-heated, I still do not think that's value for money. Served by staff who were complaining loudly about their new manager, really guys....I find it sad that customers are deliberately made UN-aware that you belong to the same Big Company structures that are ruining our dining experiences.I so wanted to like this place as it's a great location near my home. I will definitely not be returning and neither will my friends, of all who live in the area. Too many decent places around that deserve our custom!

By Lisa S.

Don't go there - bar staff over charged, and when disputed, the barmaids friend, who was drinking there, knocked over all our drink (£100 worth) and when we spoke the manager, she was rude condescending and arrogant. If they are happy with that level of customer service then so be it. But honestly the worst customer service. They think just because the place has good reviews they can get away with it, but we used to be regulars - no more.

By Hannah W.

I've been attracted to this place on a few occasions because of its large outdoor area and cosy interior. But I have left disappointed every time by the unfriendly staff who are disinterested and careless. Every wait at the bar is a long one and you stand getting elbowed and talked at by the boring crowd. Won't be returning!

By Kelly H.

One of the most popular pubs in Clapham, The Sun benefits from its position away from the main throng of Clapham High Street.

The Venue
The Sun is mostly known for its large beer garden, an area complete with parasols for the inevitable rain and plenty of outdoor seating. Foliage creates a real sense of the great outdoors and in the warmer months it’s a hotspot for Claphamites. Inside, it’s a more rough around the edges affair, albeit one with charm. A huge central bar is perfect for the many busy periods as you can be served from three sides, reducing queues. The array of seating, mainly comprising of high stools and lower tables, are slightly rickety in their appearance but do the job and offer a certain shabby chic appeal. An upstairs area with lots of sofas and a downstairs space are also available for hire.

The Atmosphere
The staff here often work under the stress of throngs of thirsty after work drinkers and aren’t always that efficient of keeping check of who’s next in line. You need to be vocal and make yourself seen in order to be served in a timely manner – it’s survival of the fittest at the bar. Trendy Antipodeans make up the bulk of the clientele – it is Clapham after all – but the drunken partygoers of the main Clapham High Street strip are refreshingly absent. You’ll find that punters here are almost entirely local.

The Food
Perhaps surprisingly given its boozer appeal, the food at The Sun is posh pub grub. Think sea bass and pork belly alongside the usual burger and chips staples with prices to match. Expect to pay around £10-£15 on average for a main meal but also expect the quality to be beyond what you’d expect in a typical pub. The food is good quality with fresh ingredients that are well prepared. Even the burger is decent with a thick patty, toasted bun and fresh salad alongside chunky chips. It’s more than just an afterthought.

The Drink
The prices at The Sun are a little on the high side but in keeping with the Clapham Common/Clapham Old Town location. The main complaint is that, despite quite a strong showing of beer on draught, often there are several taps unavailable and it can take a while to be served. A strong draught beer selection includes Spitfire, Wandle, Landlord and Franziskaner. There’s also a healthy wine list, and with house bottles priced at under £15, it’s great value.

The Last Word
Despite long waiting times to get served, The Sun remains popular for a variety of reasons: an excellent beer garden, good food and a decent selection of drink help keep it competitive against the many quality pubs in the area.

By Laura C.

In two minds about the Sun - in summer it's wonderful to sit outside BUT it obviously gets remarkably busy due to its proximity to the common - not getting a seat and there not being any standing space is a common occurrence (although I fully understand that this isn't the pub's fault).

In winter I find the indoors area a bit vacuous - don't know why but the atmosphere is a weird one, as if you're in a bank or something!

But with drunk people...The sharing platters are nice though and the staff are really friendly so it's still on my summer's day list of pubs to go to for an afternoon drink.

By David P.

This pub is now under new ownership. Apparently the new landlord wants to get rid of the open mic night on Mondays, so he's not a supporter of live music.

The decor is okay, but when I asked for half a lager the barman snarled back "just a half?" as if I'd just blown farts in his face.


By K.

The Sun is a really great little pub just off the high street with a good atmosphere and excellent garden. I have been there on a chilled out summers afternoon as well as a lively New Years Eve and both times it has been just what I have been looking for. The Sun is a good place to go if you are looking for a friendly pub with a lively atmosphere.

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