78 Norman Road,
Telephone: 0208 544 9323
South West London CAMRA pub of the year 2004. On the outside a 'roadhouse' type public house, typical of the suburban pub style of the 1930s, the Sultan is, on the inside, one of South London's hidden treasures.
The saloon bar is perhaps unique in being named after a living personality. Ted Higgins's name may not immediately spring to everyone's mind, but he was the original Walter Gabriel in Radio 4s The Archers, before eschewing the wayward life of an actor for the sake of love. He is honored not for his acting but for his 'beer fingers' and his life-long devotion to good beer.
"The real ale, particularly the G.F.B. hit new levels, so good as to be unbelievable. closest I've been to a perfect pint for many a long year. Just superb.10/10."
"The Sultan clearly is a community local and serves its purpose very satisfactorily in that way, but this is not to the exclusion or detriment of those of us who are not regulars. It was a foul evening and the pub's main bar area was nice and cosy, with its slightly faux but somehow appropriate wood-panelled interior and busy carpet. I thoroughly approved of the fact that the two-bar layout has been retained and not insensitively bulldozed into one. The place has many fans, as attested to by the numerous awards it has won during the last 15 years."
*Source: Beer in the Evening
Sunday to Thursday: 12 noon to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 12 noon to 12 midnight
Polypins and carry outs available