Antelope, SW17 9NG

Antic pub in Tooting. Previously a Jack Beard's, it was taken over and restored by Antic in 2009.

It's quite spacious inside, with several distinct areas. At the front, claw-footed stools surround a horseshoe bar, with chairs and tables on all sides along with sofas and armchairs. Lamps and blackboards hang around the bar, suspended on chains from the high ceiling. A bright green feature wall to one side displays a collection of ceramic plates, and lines of pennants made from random unhemmed bits of material stretch across the room.

There's also a dining area behind the bar, and a large games room which according to the 2011 Good Beer Guide is decorated with antelope skulls and a stuffed beetle collection, and has a pool table and "a giant screen for major sporting events". A reasonably-sized beer garden is out the back (though a sign seen in July 2011 warned that the garden is only open until 9pm).

There are eight handpumps on the bar. On Kake's July 2011 visit, these offered Adnams Gunhill (£1.60/half), Adnams Southwold Bitter, Adnams Lighthouse, Adnams Regatta, Caledonian Nectar, Purity UBU, and a real cider. On secretlondon's May 2016 visit, six of the pumps were on and two were off, and background music was playing.

When secretlondon visited with a large group in November 2016 we felt a slightly different atmosphere. It may have been the modern jazz music which we found irritating, or perhaps the weekly events which seemed clearly not to be aimed at us. They now have yoga (£10) and a pub quiz (separately) every Monday evening, Banjo lessons every Tuesday and 'Burlesque' life drawing (£12) every Thursday. Mid afternoon the music changed to late 70s/early 80s indie and we felt more comfortable. In the games room there was a private party and sports showing. At 6pm every Friday and Saturday they open the Anchor Bar in there which serves different beer, it wasn't open on our visit.

According to the Antelope's website as of May 2016, food is served 5pm-10pm Mon-Fri, noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm Sat, and 12:30pm-7pm Sun (though with a warning that on Sundays they sometimes run out of food before 5:30pm) photo of menu as of July 2011.

Accessibility: A small step to get in, but no more than curb height. Once you're in, there's level access to the bar, most of the seating, and the accessible toilet. There are three or four steps to the other toilets, the garden, and the games room; there's a handrail on the steps to the first of these but not on the steps to the games room.

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Last visited by secretlondon, November 2016. Opening hours taken from the Antelope's website, May 2016.

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