A huge, varied and unique pub, separated from the main street by a 5 minute walk down a residential road. As such, you tend not to find the Clapham visitors here; they'll stick to the obvious places on the High St, and so you'll be surrounded by locals.
The gardens (front and back) are popular in the warmer months, and chances are you'll find yourself caught up amongst a live music/poetry performance, or art sale, or ale festival. Spacious with a vintage feel and really friendly bar staff.
Well worth the visit.
Good pub for a Sunny Sunday, off Clapham high street. Good grub, reasonable drinks, secluded beer Garden. Kids allowed in until 9pm. Decent funtion room, friendly staff!
Fantastic pub, just off Clapham High Street, with a great range of beers, really inventive food, and a very relaxing ambiance.
They also have regular live music nights, screens for sports events (but only in one half - it's easy to avoid if you want to), free wifi, and a really nice secluded garden. In short, and excellent pub!
Great neighbourhood pub with non-annoying patrons, good food and nice outdoor spaces out the front and back.
There is a function room upstairs and you can book sections for parties/groups.
We went to a wedding here and it was fantastic, the staff were great and let the grooms run amok.
I discovered this pub quite late into my time in Clapham but it quickly became a favourite. My boyfriend at the time loved ale, and I love vintage so the pub was a winner on both counts. It's known for it's selection of beers, and holds regular events including Clapham or Bust Burlesque nights. The main pub is at the front, events are held upstairs and there's a conservatory at the back. An outside area is also great in summer.
At weekends, even if there isn't a big event, there is a still a dj downstairs who'll spin rock 'n' roll classics and reggae revival, with space for those who have their dancing shoes on. It's the type of place you might go to if you fancy a bit more than an evening in the pub, but don't fancy going out clubbing.
It's a relaxed but fashionable community pub, more related to Bethnal Green that its Clapham neighbours, and one that'll please any discerning beer drinker.
Food is also available. I have had a Sunday roast there which was OK but not excellent in terms of taste, but brilliantly priced at £6.
It is also interesting that the pub is run by the Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union council which is a group of dedicated, mostly unpaid volunteers, who support local and international workers' right campaigns, which explains its community feel.
A lovely pub which is run by a trades union council and affiliated with the Worker's Beer Company, which raises money for workers' rights causes. So by drinking here you are supporting good causes, but it's also really really nice. The only obvious indicators of its left-wing affiliation are a couple of murals. Open and bright interior with a big beer garden out back - looks like they are going to start BBQs soon. Also a good comedy night, and a wide variety of other nights going on (burlesque, wargaming) which I haven't tried yet. I like how they stick tasting notes on the beer taps, so you can make an informed choice.
Cosy, warm, friendly what else...just all those nice things you want a pub to be
Oh dear. Couldn't disagree more with the other reviews.
The pub is truly awful. I wish it were not. I live locally and have frequented it (less and less over the years) often.
It is mostly empty. The atmosphere is so, so, so sad (because its empty). (Don't believe the photos on the pub's website ... haven't seen it that full in 5 years). The food is dire (bought in Tapas from up the street). The decor is tatty (it was great when done up around 10 years or so ago). Brown curtains for heaven's sake! The beer garden is nice, true.
But generally its all now so cheap and tawdry with dreadful attempts at trying to get punters in by putting up chalkboards in the street.
Worst, its now turning itself into a live music venue. True on those nights, it does get more than 5 people (and I include the staff)....
Its turned its back on the locals. The old codger-types tend not to go any more. The families (despite a very child friendly garden) avoid it and decamp to others (notably the Stonhouse).
Avoid at all costs (at least until they give it a radical re-think).
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