The Castle

38 Tooting High Street, Tooting, London, SW17 0RG
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Address
38 Tooting High Street, Tooting, London, SW17 0RG

Telephone
020 8672 7018

Region
Tooting

Nearest Station
Tooting Broadway (0.13 miles)

Category
Pubs

Opening Times
monday Opens 11:00 - Closes 23:00
tuesday Opens 11:00 - Closes 23:00
wednesday Opens 11:00 - Closes 23:00
thursday Opens 11:00 - Closes 23:00
friday Opens 11:00 - Closes 23:00
saturday Opens 11:00 - Closes 23:00
sunday Opens 12:00 - Closes 22:30

The Castle has been a Young’s house since 1832, and although it may be one of Tooting’s oldest pubs, you’ll hardly recognise the newly refurbished space.

Our menus are designed to suit every taste and occasion by our Head Chef, Stuart, who has a true passion for fresh seasonal British produce.
Enjoy a pint of one of our award winning cask ales, Meantime lager or craft bottled beers from around the world, or try something from our exceptional spirit & wines list.

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All In London Review

The Castle is certain to be a packed location this summer

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One of Tooting’s oldest pubs, The Castle has been a Young’s house since 1832, but thanks to a recent refurbishment it’s still one of the area's favourites. The front half of the space feels properly cosy but modern, with leather wing back chairs, tartan cushions and board games offering what will certainly be a welcoming atmosphere come the winter months.

The dining room, situated towards the back of the venue, feels like stepping into an orangery. Light and airy with wooden tables and chairs and accents of colourful seat cushions, it feels exceptionally homely without being too fussy.

Tooting might not be first on your list as a London foodie destination, but if you’re ever in the area – or south of the river at all to be honest – I’d urge you to pay a visit; the menu is exceptional, the service impeccable, and the whole ambience of the venue totally transports you out of Tooting to the English countryside.

My meal began with a completely mouthwatering portion of juicy south coast crab with avocado and pink grapefruit, Melba toast and lemon oil. My companion’s pan-seared scallops came with chunks of black pudding, pea and beetroot purees and a tomato concasse. An explosion of taste and flavour. Definitely one to try again at home.

The main of whole rosemary and lemon infused sea bream came baked in a parchment parcel with crunchy spring vegetables, white wine and herbs, deliciously flaky fish perfectly complemented by some very tasty fennel, beetroot and carrots. Obviously had to try a cheeky side of fries with it which didn’t disappoint. The rotisserie Dingley Dell pork came with full on crackling, cider fondant potato, purple broccoli, ‘toffee love apples’ – like a caramelised sugar-dipped physalis I think – and wholegrain sauce. There was a comment that the potatoes were slightly overcooked, but the rest was so good we let it slide.

On to dessert, and while the sticky toffee pudding was itself pretty darn tasty, the accompanying toffee banana ice cream was absolutely dreamy. My salted caramel and vanilla cheesecake, complete with spun sugar trimming, was out of this world. Next time I might just forgo the mains and head straight for pudding…

With a cosy new garden of wooden chalet style seating areas, The Castle is certain to be a packed location this summer. Book early – it’s definitely worth the trek. I look forward to returning once the weather turns for a cosy night of pub quizzing.

Reviewed by All In London
Published on Jul 3, 2014


User Reviews

Reviewed by Sheesh
It's a notch above pub grub but it's well done, we had the chicken terrine, chutney and toast and also the rare beef, rocket and horseradish dressing. Then we had the fully loaded burger with all the trimmings: bacon, cheese, onion rings etc and the battered haddock and chips.

Too full for a pud - but the selection looked appetising!

There's something honest about the food, we really enjoyed it. Nice surrounds too and couldn't fault the staff.

Jul 3, 2014

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