The Bobbin

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400 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
The Bobbin pays equal attention to ‘gastro’ and ‘pub’.

Tucked away on Lillieshall Road, this red brick pub has an airy conservatory for the summer, wood fires for the winter, a Quiz Night on Wednesdays for the cerebral and a dart board at all times for the dextrous!
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, quick service, attentive and friendly staff, with a local pub feel. We will be back again.

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TB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Sunday Lunch at The Bobbin is always good. I always go for the roast pork, because you get some crackling with it. On a sunny day, the garden at the rear is a nice spot. They always have a couple of well-kept real ales on draught. The Harvey's Best is particularly good

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious Sunday roast. Can't wait to visit again soon!

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OT
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Paella was excellent - not the cheapest place though

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Booked I for 7.30 on a Sunday. The vegetables and potatoes seemed like they had been cooked for a while and were unpleasant. The roast beef was good and plentiful whilst the chicken was just ok albeit expensive for what it was. I doubt I would eat there again although I do like the pub

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KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great, when it came to pay, they said they didn’t accept AMEX, it’s says on this site they do. This should be corrected.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Service was very slow. We waited ages for our main course.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service, with preoccupied staff, perhaps because it’d been a full day. The ravioli was tasteless and the highlight was the portion of fries. Disappointing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

While the food was relatively tasty the service was very slow. It took almost 2 hours to get our main course delivered to the table from the time we ordered.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The beef roast dinner was potentially the best roast I have ever eaten. Already recommended to all my friends and will definitely be returning.

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CT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I've eaten Sunday lunch at The Bobbin a few times and I like the atmosphere and the food. One thing that lets it down is the service. We waited over an hour for the food and when it did finally arrive we didn't even get an apology. I was hosting my birthday lunch so it was disappointing.

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best Irish coffee (I had a second) in south london

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food quality and service far exceeds your average pub. Indeed this is a gourmet experience at very reasonable prices. The waiter was charming and the food ordered came very quickly. This is probably the best pub eating experience we have had to date and would recommend without hesitation. Definitely need to book though.

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious food and great customer service. Thank you!

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VS
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The food is passable, the service is poor. Would not visit again.

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CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Our experience was so shocking I’m considering never going back. The staff were clearly extremely unhappy, uninterested in their job and thoroughly unpleasant and unprofessional. At the end of dinner the male member of staff actually scraped of all the food in front of us onto plates and edged one of our guests out of the way to do so. The staff never smiled, they made us all feel uncomfortable and even after complaining to the Manager we were left feeling as though no one cared less, disgusting and disgraceful service and behaviour.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Service was not great.

We were seated in the bar area, no waiting staff informed us that the kitchen was closing 15 minutes after we arrived at our booking for lunch.

Waiting staff consistently took a long time to visit the table with menu’s, drinks, taking orders and the bill. Each time they had to be flagged down.

Really disappointing experience as I’ve been previously several times and it was always a great experience

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely, lively pretty pub with nice atmosphere that isn't too noisy and joy of joys no horrible background music. The food was generally okay on the night (a very busy Saturday) but the pasta ravioli I chose was definitely not freshly made and was therefore a little bit rubbery and the filling wasn't so great (pumpkin) and overall the dish was slightly oily. I wouldn't pick it again. My companion's dish (risotto with asparagus & egg) was really lovely according to my companion. Everything else was good and the server super sweet new recruit, going the extra mile.

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JA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

great meal (both pasta dish are amazing) but not convinced about the meze plater and the crumble is not a crumble as the "biscuit" layer is solely powder with no chunks

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S
Manchester
31 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really lovely staff. Patient and friendly. Great food. Good choices on the menu. Great garden.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely space with great food.

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RD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great gastropub experience with food to match. Well worth a visit.

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AS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

First time visit. Dull decor, wall in blue restaurant area could do with some pictures instead of the 3 small, wonky mirrors hanging there. It was cold and draughty sat in eating area nearest door and I don’t think there was any heating on. Serving staff were okay but bar staff quite disinterested. Wine list good. Food sounded much better on the menu than it turned out to be. Ingredients seemed reasonable quality but not cooked very well. Roast potatoes were dry and tasteless (felt like microwaved) and roast chicken had some weird spicy rub on it which tasted like cheap curry powder.
Not absolutely awful but felt like a just about average pub but significantly above average prices.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I come here quite often for Sunday Roast and it was not a good experience last Sunday. Sunday roast was full of chili flakes! It took quite some time to pick them off the plate but of course the whole jus tasted like chili then too. I don't know what had happened but it ruined the whole experience. Who puts chili flakes to Sunday roast? First time I've ever experienced something like this.

Also the service is always slow and you need to work for attention, shame really.

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Lots of natural light. Food pretty good - classic modern fare. Wine, beer and cider selection notably good inc still cider. Service decent yet not invasive. Was a little dishevelled from an earlier lunch service (we arrived at 1430) but I'm sure this wouldn't be the case if arriving earlier.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

We went to The Bobbin for a roast last Sunday and the food was excellent. We had a Roast Beef and a Roast Pork and both were delicious - highlights were the meat and the gravy, and the veg was also good. However, the service was very disappointing. The staff were not personable or friendly and we did not feel welcomed. When we arrived and asked for our reservation, we were told to 'go find the empty two person table'. Nobody asked if we enjoyed our meal or if we needed anything else / any more drinks. Very disappointed.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday roast! The gravy on my beef was the best I've ever tasted, and the meat was cooked perfectly.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Pretty good roast dinner, lovely atmosphere and although not cheap, perfectly acceptable. However the service was abysmal. Real shame

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good lunch spot, food was great and the service was quick and friendly

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w
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

I've been going to the Bobbin for years and went this weekend for my boyfriend's birthday along with some friends. The staff were rude, unfriendly and made us feel like an inconvenience. Really disappointed as I normally move going to the Bobbin. The service did improve when the evening staff arrived.

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely meal for a friends birthday, food was excellent. Service was a little slow at times, but as we were there for the evening it didn’t make a difference. Much better than feeling rushed! We had a great night, thank you.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm, welcoming staff and delicious fresh food. A great place for taking time over a good meal and enjoying unrushed, private conversation with friends or family.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was absolutely fantastic, however the service very slow and it was difficult to get their attention. The pub was not full so not sure what was the reason behind this. I would definitely go back for the food though.

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L
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I've been to the Bobbin before and really enjoyed it but this time, we were given a table inside despite there being a lot of availability in the conservatory and outside and no one inside. Once I asked to move I was told we could have 'any free table' so found it a bit strange that we weren't put there originally. The food was OK but our starter came with some clingfilm still on it, suggesting it wasn't fresh. We tried to get the waiter's attention but it took so long we gave up. OK food but not worth the money in my opinion, which I'm disappointed to say as I loved it first time round.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

They haven’t changed the menu in ages which makes going there regularly quite boring. It was a sunny lunchtime so our children were in the outside space which had only two other people in it. They were sitting quietly at a table for most of the time but the manager, (who had apparently been asked by the owner who had just arrived) asked them to come in and sit down at their own table. When we asked why, he said it wasn’t a children’s play area and for ‘health and safety reasons’. We complained on the way out while having to step over the many dogs in the bar, which are apparently more welcome than children. It’s Clapham guys, children live here!

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding food - I had veggie main (which I don't usually go for). The squid starter was beautifully tender/tasty and cauliflower risotto was AMAZING - could have eaten my dish ten times over. Attentive staff (although we were end of a busy lunch time sitting on a Saturday and I think they were trying to wrap this up before the rugby really kicked off - front of house was v busy with the big screen). Highly recommend this for a relaxed, delicious, friendly lunch - 100% going back for more.

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SE
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food was nice - Sunday Roasts really good but we were stood around waiting to be seated and then didn't get given any attention or menu for some time. Service really lets this place down!

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CK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and a lovely family/dog friendly atmosphere.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The roast was good but not great value for money ie it wasn’t amazing considering the price. The Yorkshire pudding was disappointing... v tough.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

food always delicious

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