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The Regent

21 Chestnut Grove, Balham, London, SW12 8JB.
Tel: (0208) 772 0546
The Regent

Reviews of The Regent


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15th Apr 2012 - Another large pub in Balham - this one seemingly split in two parts. Basically it is two rooms, one reserved for diners (aka gastro) and the other more 'pubby' with two projectors and numerous TVs showing sport. They'd be better off deciding which one they want to be - today the number of football shirts made it very much 'pub'.

It was quite busy and seemed under staffed. It took about 10 minutes to get served and the staff were clearly stressed. There are two things a pub shouldn't run out of - beer and glasses. They were ok on the former but there was a definite shortage of glassware, probably because a few hundred dirty glasses were stacked on the bar in the dining area. Not pretty and not good if you're eating.

In the dining side there was a staff member whose job it seemed to be to stand there looking pretty. In the forty or so minutes I was there I saw her collect three glasses and take one steak knife to a table. The rest of the time was spent walking around doing nothing (except distract the males from the slow service). When things are that stressed, it should be all hands on deck.

Hopefully they genuinely did have some people call in sick or not turn up, will have to try it again and see.
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15th Apr 2012 - The Regent isn't a bad pub, but it's far from being my favourite.
If you like sports in your face and shouting blokes then you'd be more of a regular than me.
If they could seperate the sports and give more of an area to sit, relax and enjoy a drink then they'd be laughing.
I prefer places that give a bit of something for everyone, a place you can go whatever your mood.

Good things I have enjoyed about The Regent are they put on a good show for the Royal wedding, opened early enough for you to have a champagne breakfast and watch the whole event.

Things I'd change are, less football, less shouting blokes and better choice on beers!!
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3rd May 2009 - Unfortunately for this pub the only time I've visited it, there was a big football match on and the pub was absolutely rammed. From what I could see, there are a few tatty sofas and a concrete beer garden. Although it didn't give me a great impression, I suspect on a quiet afternoon it would be alright, but it's certainly not an attractive interior.
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Balham 0.1 miles


Tooting Bec 0.6 miles


Clapham South 0.6 miles


Streatham Hill 1.2 miles


Tooting Broadway 1.3 miles


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Former names

The Balham Tup