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Tooting's The Antelope is a bustling pub that serves a range of real ales and fine wines. The food menu offers a variety of seasonal British dishes which change regularly.

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Mon-Wed 16:00-23:00
Thu 16:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-23:00

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By Kelly H.

Antic London pub group has been slowly expanding its empire across the capital for the last couple of years, showcasing an interest in period buildings in some of the city’s most unloved neighbourhoods. The Antelope is one such place, proving that Tooting can do quality pubs.

The Venue
It seems you can’t move in south London without running into somewhere that's deemed ‘up-and-coming’, but when it comes to Tooting, this really is the case. With many forced out of desirable areas like Clapham by ridiculous price hikes, areas like Tooting are benefiting from an influx of young professionals. The Antelope gives locals a pub perfect for chilling out. The period building is beautiful and has been thoughtfully restored. Décor is low key with a neutral colour scheme and plenty of dark woods – this is a proper pub, albeit one that is much cleaner than some of London’s more traditional boozers. And if it’s glamour you’re after, the upstairs private dining room – AKA the ‘Gymnasium’ – comprises crisp white tablecloths, refined furniture and chandeliers.

The Atmosphere
The Antelope clearly has a loyal following of Tooting locals and the banter between staff and regulars is infectious, lending the pub an upbeat, friendly atmosphere. Although there’s a full food menu, The Antelope doesn’t veer into that uncomfortable gastro pub territory that often puts off traditional pint drinkers. If you’re into pub quizzes then there’s one each Monday, otherwise it’s up to you to make your own fun.

The Food
For a venue that doesn't really sell itself as a gastro pub, the food menu at The Antelope is far fancier than you might expect. Dishes are refined with a strong British theme and are occasionally given a European skew. For example, spinach tagliatelle with purple sprouting broccoli, tapenade and garlic bread crumbs bridges the gap between British and Italian gastronomy.

If you’re not after a full meal, however, you can still sit up to a table and nibble on bar snacks. Removed from the usual olives and nuts, there's a selection of Spanish tapas-inspired dishes instead mixed with the old favourite – charcuterie platters. Priced at £4.50 (£7 for two people), it’s a good portion of cold cut meats, including a delightfully spicy chorizo with a pleasant underlying heat that is usually missing from UK-bought chorizo. It comes with chunks of bread and pickles for a decent stomach-lining exercise that also tastes great.

The Drink
This is where The Antelope really excels – it has a simply fantastic beer menu that showcases a dedication to the drinkers at this pub as well as the diners. At any one time the pub offers cask ales like Adnams Lighthouse and Purity UBU alongside four guest ales and two real ciders. If you have simpler tastes, you can still buy commercial high street lagers like Heineken, Budvar and Amstel as well as the old favourite, Guinness. The pub also embraces American beer of the moment Brooklyn beer with a range of bottles from the brewery.

The Last Word
Tooting is working hard to put itself on the map and great pubs like The Antelope can only help its cause.


By Mike H.

The Antelope, although a very good place indeed most of the time, is now suffering from the same problem that seems to be creeping into many pubs across London: it's full of families with screaming kids and crying babies. That run around the pub. A lot. To put it simply: if you don't like the sounds of dozens of screaming children, if you don't want to pay for the luxury of sitting in a creche, don't go on A sunday. It's horrible. And Saturdays aren't much better.


By Sarah C.

I can't agree with the reviewer below, I think the staff are lovely! Always friendly and have a little chat with you rather than just curtly taking your order, makes us feel very welcome. The place can feel a bit empty during the week purely because of the huge back section, though at the weekend it's always bustling (but thankfully not overcrowded). The recently opened beer garden at the back is a welcome bonus! Haven't eaten much there except for the odd bar snacks, a little intimidated by the menu to be honest as it seems a lot posher than your usual pub fare. But it's our favourite pub in Tooting - my other half loves the ale selection and I like the fact that they serve wine in little carafes. Reasonably priced, great selection of drinks, nice friendly staff and big enough that you can nearly always get a seat without feeling too cavernous or impersonal. Great stuff!


By Sarah C.

I can't agree with the reviewer below, I think the staff are lovely! Always friendly and have a little chat with you rather than just curtly taking your order, makes us feel very welcome. The place can feel a bit empty during the week purely because of the huge back section, though at the weekend it's always bustling (but thankfully not overcrowded). The recently opened beer garden at the back is a welcome bonus! Haven't eaten much there except for the odd bar snacks, a little intimidated by the menu to be honest as it seems a lot posher than your usual pub fare. But it's our favourite pub in Tooting - my other half loves the ale selection and I like the fact that they serve wine in little carafes. Reasonably priced, great selection of drinks, nice friendly staff and big enough that you can nearly always get a seat without feeling too cavernous or impersonal. Great stuff!


By Jen H.

This pub has been revamped recently and it always seems to be busy when I pop in. The staff aren't great here though - sometimes you can be standing at the bar for over 10 minutes as they routinely ignore you and serve other people. I find them the worst bit of the whole experience. The food looks lovely but is quite expensive for South London pub grub which is essentially what it is.


By Jenny A.

I just discovered this pub and wasn't that impressed. I live in Balham and I'm a regular at the bbc so when I was told about this place I thought I would go and have a look. I don't often venture down South as I don't think there is much to go for but I must say that The Antelope must be good for Tooting. They do have a nice variety of beers though, I do love a fruity one.


By Trevor J.

Went there for Easter Sunday roast with a couple of families. To be absolutely honest I was a bit skeptical as I'd just booked on the back of a good Time Out review and the fact that they had a table for ten available at short notice. But I thought...well it's the same people that did the Balham Bowls Club so it can't be terrible. It wasn't. When we arrived I was concerned that although the decor looked really quite stylish, this cavernous place was barely inhabited...we were shown through to the large empty back room restaurant, then up some wide stairs to another even larger wood-paneled room where there were more tables, comfy sofas and a pool table. Needn't have worried though. Within half an hour the place was full and buzzing, the staff were super friendly and the food and service excellent. The bill was also very reasonable I will be going back

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