Star, SM6 0DE
- 020 8773 4537
- 89 Manor Road, SM6 0DE
- Mon-Thu: 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: noon-11pm
Previously an O'Neill's, it was acquired from Mitchells & Butlers by the Stonegate Pub Company in October 2010, and then refurbished and relaunched as the Melbourne (a name it has had before) in February 2011 under Stonegate's Great Traditional Pubs sub-brand. According to WhatPub, it was renamed again to the Star in spring 2017.
We haven't visited since the latest renaming, and we're not sure if there was also a refurbishment, so some of the below may be out of date.
Inside, it's divided into a number of different areas — exposed floorboards and chandelier-style lighting at the front, where service is available via the curve of the bar, through an interesting tiled area to the other side of the bar, which has a skylight and a mixture of half-round armchairs, high chairs and tables, and normal chairs and tables; right at the back is a carpeted area with banquette seating. There's a covered beer garden out the back.
Kake and bob visited on a Monday afternoon in August 2011. There were either two or three real ales on; London Pride (£2.85/pint) and Marstons Pedigree were definitely on, but it wasn't clear whether the Timothy Taylor Landlord was or not, since the clip was turned around on one bank of handpumps but not the other. The Pride was OK but not notably well-kept. A pint of lime and soda was £1.25.
Music was playing, mostly classic rock, including some Beatles. There were several flatscreens showing cricket (with the sound on, but not really audible over the music). There were quite a few people in for 4pm on a Monday.
Food is served, apparently all day, from a fairly standard pub menu including a few vegetarian options.
Accessibility: A ramp to get in. Step-free throughout, except that a small amount of the seating is on a dais. Ramp to the beer garden. Dedicated accessible toilet.