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One of the first big successes of the gastropub movement, The Earl Spencer displays its big wood-lined bar, its ceiling fans and its chalked-up boards with pride. The kitchen still hasn’t taken its eye off the ball, producing a vibrant menu that changes every day and is full of seasonal interest. In summer you might find asparagus and poached eggs or strawberry Pavlova; in winter, daube of beef and sticky toffee pudding. There’s a thought-out wine list for accompaniment, but also plenty of interest for ale drinkers and those on the wagon, all fairly priced. A separate entrance leads to a function room for up to 100 people; given the non-corporate, individual nature of the pub, it’s hardly surprising that praise has been unanimous for events held here.

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The Earl Spencer

260-262 Merton Road ,London SW18 5JL

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Changed hands last year: similar menu, very poor quality

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Apr 2015

It was only after three visits that someone told me what had happened! Living locally, it was my preferred place for years - but the change of hands has resulted in indifferent service and very poor cooking. Flacid pale chips. rubbery food, poor wines. The menu looks similar, but this place is not a shadow of its former self. Very, very disappointing.

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 4

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The Earl Spencer

260-262 Merton Road ,London SW18 5JL

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Dec 2010

The Earl Spencer is a real find, and one of the few credible reasons to venture down Southfields way. The food is simple, but a testament to the virtues of first-class ingredients cooked by people who know what they're about. For my visit, I had the atlantic prawns (I'm a sucker for seafood) followed by the pigs cheeks (likewise, unusual cuts of meat).The former were excellent, juicy,succulent and well-prepared, and went splendidly with a pint of real ale. The latter was a revelation. The pork was...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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260-262 Merton Road ,London SW18 5JL

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Feb 2009

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The Earl Spencer is a real gem of a pub. A great selection of wines and the food is excellent – definitely not your classic pub fare. A great menu of tasty, hearty food with home made bread and delicious puds. I shared the chicken terrine – there was plenty for the two of us. Followed by a generous portion of tender roast duck breast on creamed swede mash with cabbage and red wine sauce. Already full, but unable to refuse pudding, I settled on the panna cotta with rhubarb – a perfect ending. I get...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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    TheFoodaholic :: TheFoodaholic: REVIEW: The Earl Spencer, Merton Road, Southfields

    Having access to a car for me these days is proving to be a dream, especially considering I'm not the designated driver. The idea of becoming a responsible driver who has to drive other people around, thus preventing me from drinking - I can't see a single benefit. Closer to home and craving a hearty lunch we found ourselves at The Earl Spencer. A charming Edwardian pub which was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin. Parking (again not me) here at The Earl Spencer is a bit of a problem, but it certainly beats a £1 Megabus journey which takes around 8 hours to get just about anywhere.

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