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The Sultan (Hop Back)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hop Back - TaiphoonExcellent1
Hop Back - Crop CircleExcellent1
Wimbledon - Copper LeafExcellent1
Hop Back - Entire StoutExcellent2
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)Good5
Hop Back - Summer LightningAcceptable1
Downton - ArgentoAcceptable1
Downton - Coconut Milk StoutAcceptable1
Sultan - Trial No. 2Poor1
Downton - New Forest AleNot Tried0
Downton - Honey BlondeNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Newton's DropNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Golden FoxNot Tried0
Sultan - Traditional IPANot Tried0
Sultan - Plackett's MildNot Tried0
Hop Back - Winter LightningNot Tried0
Hop Back - GB (sometimes GFB)Not Tried0
Downton - Apple Blossom AleNot Tried0
Downton - Dark DelightNot Tried0
Hop Back - CitraNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Sultan, South Wimbledon, Greater London
Picture 2. The Sultan, South Wimbledon, Greater London
Picture 3. The Sultan, South Wimbledon, Greater London
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

04 Dec 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, a superb pub with good value beers and a basic food offering. Unfortunately I had to leave just before happy hour.
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20Excellent
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)3.50Excellent
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Hop Back - Entire Stout4.50Not TriedSelling well and soon ran out.
Downton - Dark Delight5.50Not TriedThis replaced the Entire when that ran out.
Hop Back - Citra4.00Not Tried
22 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-evening with Terry and Albina. It was warm and we sat in the garden.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00AcceptableNot at its best, we thought it might be a little ‘green’.
Downton - Argento4.00AcceptableBrewed with Argentine Cascade hops. A chestnut-coloured Bitter. In somewhat ‘green’ and flat condition.
Downton - Dark Delight5.50Not Tried
Hop Back - GB (sometimes GFB)3.50Not Tried
Hop Back - Citra4.00Not Tried
17 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, latish thus finding only the stalwart few left of our Friday evening group. Seemed perverse to me that the pub had just been awarded the local CAMRA branch Pub of Year but called the 2016 award.
Hop Back - Entire Stout4.50Good
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)3.50AcceptableGFB on the pumpclip in the smaller front bar. Quite an average brew
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Hop Back - Taiphoon4.20Not Tried
Downton - Apple Blossom Ale4.30Not Tried
17 Mar 2017 (ChrisE)
Very welcoming and comfortable pub. A group of us met here for one of our regular Friday evening gatherings. Beers were good value and sandwiches available from £2.90 very good for a London pub. I was told that the brewing kit is still intact downstairs but is not currently in use.
Hop Back - Entire Stout4.50Excellent
Hop Back - Taiphoon4.20Excellent
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)3.50ExcellentI am sure it said GFB on the clip.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Downton - Apple Blossom Ale4.30Not Tried
03 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and the conversation here is more polite than at the nearby Trafalgar. Very welcoming staff. Some local CAMRA top brass in the Lounge Bar. Not a sign of any homebrew on the bar.
Wimbledon - Copper Leaf4.00ExcellentA chestnut-coloured beer in the US Red style. Very nice blend of fruitiness and hops.
Downton - Coconut Milk Stout5.00AcceptableQuite dry coconut tastes and lacking the sweetness I associate with a Milk Stout. Actually, there was some debate at the bar over whether this is a Milk Stout with coconut, or a Stout with coconut milk.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Hop Back - Winter Lightning5.50Not Tried
Hop Back - GB (sometimes GFB)3.50Not Tried
22 Sep 2015 (Jason)
Opening time and a few regulars in already
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)3.50ExcellentDry hoppy pale ale
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20Not Tried
Sultan - Traditional IPA5.40Not Tried
Sultan - Plackett's Mild4.30Not Tried
03 Jun 2015 (HSB)
15:25 On the agenda to get collective agreement for the website. Unanimous agreement on inclusion based on the surviving original fittings including the 1950s pink ribbed hardboard. The original pub sign pictured a foreign potentate but this has been replaced by a famous racehorse. Interestingly the pump clip for the pub's brewery features a turbaned figure.
Sultan - Trial No. 24.20PoorA work in progress. I would describe the taste as brackish, not a word I have used in conjunction with beer before.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Oldershaw - Newton's Drop4.10Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Golden Fox4.10Not Tried
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)3.50Not Tried
02 Apr 2015 (HSB)
12:45 Fairly busy with what appeared to be regulars. The barman told us the micro-brewery is a recent addition and has far only been used for one test brew.
Hop Back - GFB (sometimes GB)3.50GoodNot drunk for many years, found it a bit thin.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Not Tried
Downton - Honey Blonde4.30Not Tried

About The Sultan

The pub sign. The Sultan, South Wimbledon, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in South Wimbledon, Greater London, SW19 1BT.

1950s pub built to replace war damage. Two bars, still with lots of original features. Front bar has 4 handpumps and rear larger bar has 6 handpumps and any one beer although pumpclipped in both bars may only be being served from one of the pumps so don't be surprised if your server disappears to the other bar. There is also a modern conservatory, and there was a micro-brewery which seemed to brew iregularly in 2015 which has now been removed. In March 2017 awarded local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 20 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SW19 1BT