Brewery Tap, SW19 5EE
- 68-69 High Street
The Brewery Tap was a pub in the Wimbledon Village area of Wimbledon. According to London Drinker, it closed in September 2011, with planning permission being granted for the upper floor to be redeveloped for residental use, and the lease of the ground floor being advertised as for a "former pub". It later became a branch of Caffe Nero.
The information below is retained for people who want to know what it used to be like.
Although it's quite small inside, it has two areas with a somewhat different feel. The front part is almost cafe-bar-style, with exposed floorboards, cream-coloured walls and large windows all along the front with high chairs and tables next to them. The smaller, snugger area at the back is carpeted and has exposed brickwork.
bob and others visited on a Thursday evening in January 2009. They had five beers on: Old Mill Bitter, Slater's Top Totty, Wadworth 6X (£2.90), Adnam's Bitter (£2.90/pint) and London Pride. We tried all of the beers except for the London Pride; they were all fine.
Kake visited again on a Monday early evening in July 2009. Five beers on again: Slater's Sunstruck, Everard's Tiger, Spitfire, Adnam's Bitter, and London Pride. I had a pint of lime and soda (£2.70). Service was quite distracted; although I had to wait for some time at the bar while the staff member on duty prepared some kind of complicated coffee-based drink for another customer, she didn't acknowledge me at all and hardly even looked at me when she was finally free to take my order.
There were around 15 people in at 5pm, all watching the live tennis coverage on the TV (sound up, no music). Like the other pubs in the area, though, they were expecting an influx after the day's tennis was over; signs taped around the pub warned that only plastic glasses would be allowed for drinking outside.
An advert in the April/May 2009 London Drinker magazine states that they serve tapas on Thursday evenings as well as "traditional pub grub" every lunchtime and a roast on Sundays.
Quiz night is Mondays from 8:30pm, according to an advert in the April/May 2009 London Drinker.
Accessibility: Step-free at one of the entrances (the other has a step), and it's step-free once you're in, though the tables are quite close together, and the ladies' at least is a bit of a squeeze to get into. Wouldn't like to try to negotiate it in a wheelchair.