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The Wandle is a bustling pub on Garratt Lane that offers a variety of draught and bottled beers, real ales and traditional pub fare.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 00:00

WED

12:00 - 00:00

THU

12:00 - 00:00

FRI

12:00 - 01:00

SAT

12:00 - 01:00

SUN

12:00 - 23:00

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The Wandle reviews



By Tracy G.

Really, really disappointing - as regulars at the Leather Bottle and the Halfway House we thought we would try the Wandle for a change - big mistake. We arrived at 1pm for our reserved table with our two kids in tow (aged 9 and 6) - we had to ask for a menu and were only given one adult one and then had to wait until we could get the opportunity to ask for a child's one to brought over too. We then waited and waited and eventually had to ask if we could order. By 2.10 our food had still not arrived. When we challenged this we were told that "all orders take 45 mins and we had only waited for 40 mins so far". We understand that service can sometimes take longer during busy times but we were not told about this when we ordered. In the end we left - the kids were starving and we were totally fed up. Won't be going back.


By Harry M.

We are regular customers of the Wandle on a Friday and Saturday evening. The pub needs more staff, should pay attention to their customers and should improve their customer service. The bouncers are aggressive and over-react. They use obscene language and are rude to customers. The actual food and beer & wine is good but the service falls apart on a busy evening. Either don't cram so many people in or hire more staff. Additionally make sure there is adequate stock, beer and ale always seem to run out. The staff should take a leaf out of some of the decent gastopubs in Putney.


By Julian T.

I have visited recently only to be ignored by the posing bar staff who blatantly serve their friends ahead of customers. Some of them should remember their manners. It is usually quite cliquey with the staff all jousting with each other rather than paying attention to what they should be doing. Which is all very unfortunate because it is an attractive looking bar and the food is very good - if over-priced - needless to say. The beer selection is excellent, in fairness, apart from the fact that on more than one occasion a certain ale was off. Nothing unusual with that - except it looks a bit silly and slapdash that a pub named 'The Wandle' can't even produce a reliable flow of locally-produced Wandle ale. Popular with braying southern hemisphere Earlsfielders with credit cards, incidentally. Paying with cash is not the norm here, it seems. Anyway, The Wandle has it's good points (beer selection, good beer garden) but whoever runs the place should understand that it could - and should - be so, so much better.


By Tammy S.

Not a bad little place, food was ok but not amazing, service wasn't too bad and drinks were pretty well priced. Music was good but this place is let down by the annoying south africans who just want to fight all the bouncers the whole time. One guy tried for nearly half an hour to get one of the bouncers to spark him before he eventually got bored. Total idiots let down venues like this. Overall 6/10 for us.


By Alan B.

Still a nice little pub with good food, but what has happened to the staff? Have to agree with some of the reviews below, as things have certainly taken a downturn service wise. The atmosphere is pretty good although at the weekends some of its clientele do make it one to avoid. Its pretty hard to beat for a pint and a burger in the week (although as I've said the service is now pretty poor), but definitely not for anyone expecting to have a fun AND civilised night at the weekend


By R A.

Little gem in Earsfield , nice and cosy inside with fireplace , perfect massive beer garden for summers. Good selections of beers and wines . Great food, best meat pie I have had. Highly recommended


By Andy D.

I recently visited this "pub" and have not come across such manners from the staff since i tried to get a cab in New York, the service was poor the attitude of the staff was poor a friend of mine was admonished for holding a £20 not to try to get the barmaids attention she deliberately ignored him and went to serve an Earlsfielder clutching a credit card, should not be amongst Pubs and Bars as just a drinking shop on credit


By K S.

I am slightly confused as to which establishment you may have been in, because going from your description it certainly wasn’t the Wandle. As I have only recently moved to the area it was one of the first pubs I’ve visited and with the prefect atmosphere of friendly staff, great food (particularly the burger especially with chunky chips and cajun mayonnaise) and lively entertainment, it has prevented me from wanting to venture else where!! It’s the type of place I know I can visit on my own and not feel uncomfortable, already making friends with some of the locals and bar staff, although I haven’t yet been introduced to the drunken women and childish ‘lads’ if they even exist? I can’t wait for summer to eventually come around and make full use of their outdoor garden and BBQ area, and I suppose if an afternoon BBQ on a summers day, ending with an evening of live music inside is not your type of place than I guess you could always just stay at home.


By Junior B.

The best pub in the area... if you're looking for a place to spent the sunday or only to drink a good beer, the Wandle is the best place in Earlsfield! Don't lose your time walking down the street looking for a better place, you'll not find it... stop at the Wandle and enjoy your stay!


By Sam H.

What an unusual review……. And so different from the others?!? As a local to The Wandle and a regular customer I have always thought one of the best things about the place was the freshness of the food (backed up by their flexibility with the menu when requested!).? If you are looking for an unfriendly, uncomfortable and boring pub but then this probably isn’t the place for you. ? I was at the pub last Saturday and Sunday and was gutted when informed that it was too early in the year for the bbq’s to start…. The smoke must have been coming from a nearby garden! With regards to the music, I am not entirely sure what ‘singling’ is, however if you are referring to the extremely attractive and talented band that plays each week I am 100% sure I have never heard them sing an abnoxious (or obnoxious for that matter) 80’s cover song…. There are plenty of other pubs in the area which don’t offer live music, bbq’s in summer and decent food, maybe you should stick to those in future.


By Alan E.

Thank you for the great review Brentalist, please feel free to pop in for a drink on me next time you are in the area! Regards, Alan Wandle pub


By Mrs S.

I visited this lovely pub last Thursday night and had a fantastic time. We sat out in the beer garden and as it was steak night I ordered the sirloin steak which was cooked perfectly. My husband had the massive T-bone and ate the whole thing. The girls looking after the garden were really nice. I'd definitely recommend this pub to anyone!!


By Miles J.

The worst place I've been. I don't know how is it possible to even call yourself a pub if all served as food as frozen and reheated. The atmosphere is abominable - shouting drunken women, and childish more drunken 'lads' - i don't know who the people in the area can live with the smoke from the barbi and the singling of abnoxious 80's songs. sorry not my type of place.


By Alan B.

Food- awesome Service- better than expected Great pub with a lot to offer, usually pretty busy so come prepared to stand. Great for the sport at he weekend and incredible for lunch. Easily the best of the traditional pubs on offer in the area


By Cat M.

It is rare to go to a pub which has segregated areas for sports fans and discerning drinkers, but The Wandle achieves this with ease and grace.

The Venue
With a brilliant location near Earlsfield station and considering the pub is huge, it’s an easy find for south west Londoners. When you enter you have a few options: to the left is a large dining room-style space, and to the right is an area for watching sports in two chilled drawing rooms. The sporting side houses a HD projector screen and flat screen TV so, when sport is on, it doesn’t interfere with the other side of the pub. The bar is also rather large so it’s easy to get served promptly.

On the left-hand-side of the pub is the entrance to the wonderful beer garden which has many facets. The walkway leads you to an area that looks stable-like and is sheltered, which is great for chillier days or unpredictable British weather. Here you will find big cushions, heaters and even some warming gingham blankets. It’s really homely and chilled. The rest of the beer garden has numerous places to sit and, when the weather is right, the huge barbecue is fired up, providing tasty treats for all. Also at the very back there is a ping pong table.

The Atmosphere
The Wandle, formerly known as The Puzzle, is a real locals’ pub, with young professionals and the like filling up the pub. On Tuesdays they hold a quiz, which leaves the pub completely packed out, so it would be advisable to get there early. On the plus side, table service is provided by the dedicated and faultlessly friendly staff, making your experience less stressful. On Fridays and Saturdays it is open until 1am, with live music being played, which is a bonus as it’s rare to see a pub open so late round these parts.

The Food
When it comes to the food, expect to find good old British seasonal grub - and plenty of it. All dishes on the menu are well priced and extremely good value. For instance if you are famished, then the half roast chicken with watercress and one of their extras for £9.25 is a good place to start. A beautifully roasted chicken arrives on a large wooden platter and, such is its size, it can be a struggle to finish. It could benefit from some sauce or gravy, but dipping it into mayo or ketchup does suffice. It’s always useful to measure a place by the quality of its burger and chips (£8.25), and The Wandle passes this test with crispy yet soft, fluffy chips and a great big juicy burger. Roasts are also a big thing on Sundays.

The Drink
There’s plenty on offer for all tastes at The Wandle, it’s just deciding what to have is the problem. For draught beers there are the usual suspects, with a few interesting ones added into the mix, such as Budvar Dark (£3.85). They even have share their name with an ale, The Wandle (£3 a pint), so you really are spoilt for choice. If you want to share some beers with mates then you can either get a 4-pint jug or a 10-pint watering can (£30). For wine you are again faced with many fantastic options. House comes in the form of a tempranillo or a Somada Verdejo, for about £14 a bottle, £3.70 a small and £5 a large glass.

The Last Word
The Wandle is a pub which may make you reconsider your living arrangements so that you can be nearby to it and pop-in every day. It has fantastic staff, huge surroundings and great food and drink, making it a favourite for all to visit.

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