Thanks to the local community and local MP’s The Wheatsheaf is still a pub. A few years back it faced closure and the doom of many a London pub – becoming a Tesco. Fortunately this didn’t happen and instead the site was granted ‘Asset of Community Value’ status meaning it has to continue as a pub. Urban Pubs and Bars took over and gave it a new lease of life with the refurb you will see if you visit it today.
The UPB group have ambitious plans and since their conception in 2014 already operate 5 venues including another south London site, The Rose Pub and Kitchen on New Cross Road.
I was invited along to see for myself what this saved pub had to offer and was impressed with the slick design throughout. The pub now boasts a designated dining room with open kitchen and there’s a small garden out the back for drinking and dining.
The food goes beyond the pub classics and with mains at upwards of £12 the Wheatsheaf cements its status as a Gastro Pub. On my visit I tried the sharing charcuterie board to start which came with a good selection of meats as well as a chunky chutney and pickles with grilled bread.
For the main course I went for the fish and chips, which for me is always a winner at a pub. This portion didn’t disappoint and I was particularly fond of the minted pea puree which accompanied the meal. Friends tried a pumpkin, sweet potato and ginger hash which looked great and tasted just as good, this dish is a lighter option which it’s good to see on the menu, you don’t always want burger and chips at a pub.
The wine menu lives up to the website claim being both interesting and varied. I tried the Picpoul de Pinet which is lovely and smooth and would recommend both this or the Gavi if you are going for a bottle.
My final mention will go to our server, Pete, who was friendly and patient when for the third time of asking we still hadn’t looked at the menu, oops! Overall I would encourage you to visit this good looking pub, the community saved it from closure but let’s make sure the support doesn’t end there.
The Wheatsheaf – 2 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7PG