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The Latchmere is one of those big, solid pubs that's as much a local landmark as a place to buy drinks. Indeed, the nearby bus stop carries its name.
The Three Cheers Pub Co. now runs this grand Victorian corner house, and a very good job they've done of the refurb. On first approach, it feels like an extended gastropub, but there's also plenty of room for an unimpeded pint.
The south-facing beer yard is perhaps the best in the area, with padded seats, a row of cosy snugs and a children's play area. (Indeed, this is a very kid-friendly pub, with baby-changing facilities, plenty of buggy space, colouring books and a dedicated kids' menu.)
The drinks list is lacking in places. The ale choice is relatively tame, but the chain's own Three Cheers beer is pretty good. Wine-lovers are better catered for, with an extensive list of tipples. Cocktails, too, are numerous and well thought-out; £8.50 feels about right.
Book yourself into a spot of fringe theatre upstairs at Theatre503, and warm yourself up with a glass of wine and meal in this comfortable and friendly pub below.
Last updated November 2018.