The Goat Public House

Carshalton Road Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4HJ

By Carol Smiles

The Goat is a large, spacious pub with an enviable location on the busy Carshalton Road overlooking Mill Green, popular with ramblers and dog walkers.

Photo:The Goat at Beddington corner

The Goat at Beddington corner

Noel Foster

The Surrey Iron Railway, the world's first public railway, passed the door at Beddington Corner, where Goat Road meets Carshalton Road. Once there were lavender and leather works in the vicinity and the latter gave the Goat its name. The building is reasonably well kept and the main room has a wooden interior with banquettes along the front wall and a separate space used for dining. The walls are decorated with a number of old photos of Mitcham.

Photo:Goat, Mitcham

Goat, Mitcham

This pub is described by one local on "wwwbeerevening.com" as a pub with "a nice atmosphere, friendly staff, nothing spectacular on tap but what is there goes down a treat. Kareoke takes place a couple of times a week. Does get a bit loud at times but it is thankfully in good atmosphere other than 'lets start a fight'"

Photo:The Goat, Mitcham

The Goat, Mitcham

Rex Rattus, WWW.Beerintheevening.com



This page was added by Carol Smiles on 27/05/2011.
Comments about this page

The Goat was never one of my favourite haunts but it is a good landmark. I can remember walking along the towpath of The Wandle to the last remaining tannery. The smell at times was unbelievable. It looks as though that is all built on now, I hope they managed to get rid of the smells.

By Peter Leonard
On 19/06/2011

My dad had a shellfish stall outside The Goat in the fifties. He also used to push a barrow round the estate on Sunday mornings selling shellfish. The Goat was a great pub in those days - real people, never any trouble.

By Dave Mabbutt
On 07/01/2012

I used to work in"The Goat" for T.J. and Christine in the early eighties, while I was a student nurse in St. Helier Hospital. Happy Daze. I remember the fishstall well.The owner was a big friendly man with a Rolls Royce. His name was Ron Sparrowhawk.

By Henry Lally.
On 25/09/2012

I remember the seafood stall at The Goat and also the Sunday street sales of shrimps and winkles with the cry....'Shrimp..Winkaaaal.' The really nice man who was ready with a quip. The Goat was a meeting place long before I was old enough to drink beer. If we kids or youths were planning to cross the common to go to the fair, or fancied taking our airguns to the disused turrets on the opposite side of the road to the pub, we would collect there, as we might also do when Barbour's fire was about to be lit on November 5th. I didn't drink in there much when I grew older but before I moved down to Devon three years ago, I just had to make a last visit and sit outside thinking about how things had changed since I was a kid.

By Ron Harris
On 09/05/2013

The Goat I remember it well.My job on a Sunday was to get the shrimps and winkles for tea. I also did a paper  round from the shop on the corner on the other side of Mill Green,past the swings and pool. Was an engineering firm, next door were two bungalows which were my grans. I would like to know what happened to the Queens Head and the general store.

By Peter Rowling
On 10/10/2013

Don't know if it was your Dad Dave Mabbutt. but I've had a few plates of cockles at the Goat. My Dad and his Brother used to go there from time to time. If I was lucky when the crisps came out I'd get a plate, sometimes whelks. I think they went there because when they were kids they lived in a Green grocers shop in Woleseley Road on the other side of Mill Green. Never understood why they never used the Queen.

By Jack. Goodchild.
On 05/09/2015

I was born in Buckhurst Avenue, Carshalton, left there at 10 years old in 1953 and have lived in Devon for the last 57 years. But I remember waiting outside the Goat while my mum, dad and aunt went in for a quick drink. I also remember us buying shrimps and winkles when the cart came down our road. Good memories!

By Richard Prince
On 03/02/2016

I went to school in Mitcham even tho' I lived in Raynes Park.I am watching a TV program about Ska,Specials,Madness etc and it reminded me of my first experience of a "gig" .It was in the Goat and I remember that it was so crowded and hot that I used to lean against the walls to cool down as their were so many people that the walls ran with condensation.this would be about 1969ish.

By Ian Campbell
On 19/05/2016

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