Remember the 1990s. Ale pubs were the fashion – JD Wetherspoons were rising high, the Firkin pubs gave a microbrewery to many a high street and Hogshead were dispensing ale from the cask behind the bar.
Roll on ten years. Firkin are long gone, Wetherspoons have started introducing the sport and music that they once ridiculed other pub chains for having, and Hogsheads have been renamed Hog’s Head and now have a grotesque cartoon hog logo shoved outside.
Well most anyway. Some didn’t get ‘contemporised’. Some kept their handpulls, their casks behind the bar, and the wood panelling.
Some, like Hogshead Wimbledon.
It’s a Hogshead. It has lots of handpulls. And casks behind the bar. The beer range is good and well kept. Which is good.
Ultimately it is a high street bar though and as usual with such outlets, doesn’t have much of an atmosphere, and the food is pretty naff. If it wasn’t for the good range of beer (although they were a bit low on our visit), it would only get a 2 star rating. But it does have it, so it gets a three.
3 out of 5
25-27 Wimbledon Hill Rd, Wimbledon, London, SW19 7NE
- Beers on handpull during visit:
Regulars – Fuller’s London Pride, Caledonian Deuchers IPA, plus guests (Bateman’s PortuGOAL, Cottage Brewing Company’s Flintrock, Titanic’s They Think It’s Ale Over – spot a football theme going on?) on cask.