6 January 2009
The Wishing Well
79 Choumert Road
THIS is a hidden old-school gem that still manages to keep up with the times. As posh pubs and cosmopolitan bars take over the capital, the Wishing Well is a rare reminder of days past - and the new manager plans to keep it like that, writes Madeleine Lindh...
When Cy Stroud took over as manager in November last year, he decided it was time to up the Wishing Well's game: "I've employed a great 21-year-old chef - he makes the best food I've ever tasted!" The food goes well with the pub's image: the menu follows the seasons and Cy's plan is to offer traditional and hearty dishes, gastro pub style.
After Christmas good prices are always welcome, and the Wishing Well is a truly credit crunch friendly bar. Most days, a drink costs between £2.50 and £3.20, but Wednesday nights are 'Bar £2.50' nights, when a pint or a large glass of wine costs - you guessed it - £2.50.
It is sad but true: stepping into this pub feels a little like travelling through time. They just don't make them like this anymore.
With its carpeted floors, dark walls and dark wooden furniture, the Wishing Well ticks all the boxes for a cosy, traditional pub. There's a large functions room at the back - and as the Wishing Well is also an inn, there are even bedrooms to rent!
Again, thanks to the traditional feel of the pub, the Wishing Well is something that very few London pubs can claim to be: unpretentious. This is simply a fun-loving, relaxed pub.
It may be because of the Bellenden Road location, but this actually feels more like a friendly small town pub than an inner-city London one.
The Manager: Cy Stroud
The Barmaid: Philomena Thomas
The Regular: Phil Fitzgerald
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