Nelson Wines


168 Merton High Street
London, England, SW19 1AZ
United Kingdom

// CLOSED //

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thepeter from England

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

I read about this place and wanted to have a look for myself. A bit out of the way in south London but not a bad trip for me personally. Just a short walk from South Wimbledon Station on the Northern line. When I got there the shop was closed (it was a Sunday, a lot of small shops are closed). I called the number on the building to see what the hours were. the man who answered (the owner, Tom as I later found out) quickly opened up shop for me to come in.
Great selection of Belgians, and British micros. A nice section of German beers and small but good selection of the US beers that are generally available in the UK. I found there to be a very decent selection gueze and lambics. The Prices were very, very good and I had a hard time deciding what to get. Tom, was a very friendly guy and before I left we had a nice chat about some of the beers he should be getting in amoungst many other things.
Also, a nice selection of Scotch and other spirits, I didn't even look at the wine but it was there. I will be back

Aug 24, 2009
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ImperialStoat from Ireland

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Although I'm otherwise too lazy for these Beerfly reviews, I thought it utterly necessary to shed some light on this inconspicuous beer-topia. Located in South-West London, I'm lucky enough in that I can walk to Nelson Wines but I urge anyone in the city who's on the look out for quality brews and unbeatable value to check this place out. The easiest way to get there is via South Wimbledon or Colliers Wood tube stops.

There's a varied selection of beers from around the world but the stars are undoubtedly those from the UK and Belgium (maybe Germany too); Brooklyn, Anchor and Goose Island feature quite prominently but I would say anyone looking purely for rare American beers needn't bother.

Here's what I picked up this evening:

4 x Brooklyn Chocolate Stout
3 x Girardin Geuze
2 x Duchesse De Bourgogne
2 x Rodenbach Grand Cru
2 x Guldenberg Tripel
2 x Saison Dupont
1 x Traquair House Ale
1 x Andechser Doppelbock
1 x Hanssens Oude Kriek

How much for these 18 world class beers (including several usually-expensive Lambics and Imperial Stouts)?


Unbelievable. If that value doesn't seem impressive, I dare suggest you're impossible to satisfy.

Oct 02, 2009
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soulgrowl from England

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Way down towards the southern end of the Northern Line lies this little gem, in the otherwise unremarkable area of South Wimbledon. It's a tiny place - no bigger than the average off-license, or probably a little smaller. Three customers are all it takes to get this place pretty crowded. But the small space is put to good use; there is a wall of wine, but basically the entire remainder of the store is dedicated to beer, packed floor-to-ceiling with an impressive, international selection.

Plenty of British ales are on offer, including many from microbreweries, and many seasonals. Expect the full lines of beers from the big brewers, too. Prices are almost as good as supermarkets, and although there aren't a lot of rarer styles (like milds and stouts), the UK selection is rivaled by nowhere but Utobeer.

And then there are lots and lots of imports, which to me is the real draw here. Not all of them are good (I think there is a little too much shelf space dedicated to miscellaneous adjunct lagers from around the world), but the selection is still excellent. Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, and others represent America; from Germany, the likes of Andechs, Schlenkerla, and Weihenstephan can be found; and the range of Belgians is extensive. I was very pleased to have found Saison Dupont here - and for under two quid!

I cannot say much about the service because the man working there didn't really say anything to me, and I had no questions for him. But it wasn't unfriendly. And besides, I'd still come here often even if the staff swore and shouted at me - the selection is just too good.

Jun 28, 2009
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wl0307 from England

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

A lovely small offie half-way b/w the Sultan pub and South Wimbledon tube station. I was taken there following RichLightWeight's lead after having a session at the Sultan, and was truly impressed to find what a gem this shop is!

The shop, very small, is packed with all kinds of beers, wines, spirits, etc., and roughly divided into two parts by a high, double-sided shelf, hence the very narrow space for walking about. But the sharp-eyed will be able to find quite a few rare British bottle-conditioned beers along with some well-selected bottles of Belgian stuffs hidden silently in the corners/on the floor, here and there. The owner, a jolly Irish fellow, kindly offered me 10% off for a purchase of 12 bottles, and almost all the good beers I saw there are much much cheaper than those at any other beer shops in London (mostly under 2 quid). The smart selection, in my opinion, in quality is equivalent to but in quantity no larger than UTOBEER and (the previous) Pitfield Beer Shop. But at the prices it offers it simply is unbeatable in London, and certainly suits beer-geeks better than beginners. I only wish I'd heard of this shop much earlier.

Almost at the southern end of Northern Line, it's definitely out of my beaten track (and I bet most Londoners'...). But now that Pitfield Beer Shop is closed, I might travel more often to the Wimbledon area for a good evening out, for Sultan's Hop Back beers and a bulk take-away at this friendly offie~~

Mar 19, 2006
Nelson Wines in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 4 ratings