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Southwest London: Other locations – Carshalton
Traditional pub (Shepherd Neame)
358 Carshalton Road, Carshalton SM5 3PT
T 020 8669 1191 w www.windsorcastlepub.com f WindsorCastleCarshalton
Open 1100 (1200 Sun)-2300 (2330 Fri-Sat, 2230 Sun). Children welcome until 1800.
Cask beer 6 (Shepherd Neame, Long Man, 2 sometimes local guests) Cask Marque.
Food Pub grub in bar, more upmarket restaurant menu, Outdoor Beer garden, Wifi.
Mon,Sat live music, Tue quiz, seasonal events, functions, beer festivals.
Carshalton is curiously well served by decent pubs, so this biggish place on a prominent corner of the main road between Sutton and Croydon is doing well to hold its own against stiff competition led by the excellent Hope (p216). It’s a homely, traditionally styled wood panelled former Charrington pub which, although now a single unevenly shaped walk-through space, retains some pleasant nooks and crannies. It also boasts a pleasant garden, a separate function room in an outbuilding, and a regular programme of live music.
Though it’s been part of the Shepherd Neame estate since 2009, the pub is still run as an independently managed leasehold. Besides three rotating Shep’s beers, the handpumps dispense regularly changing guests, usually including one from the Long Man brewery in the Sussex Downs, and local choices from brewers like Croydon’s Clarence & Fredericks besides better known options from Brains, Sharp’s or St Austell. All are kept in excellent condition as the wall full of local CAMRA awards demonstrates.
National Rail Carshalton Beeches, Carshalton Cycling LCN+ 75, link to NCN 20