Location: Old Town, Clapham
Visit: Thursday evening, Saturday Afternoon, anytime!
To Note? GREAT date pub
Extra LBS star: *
You can already tell from the scores where I am going with this one. You do not come here to ask for a Mojito let alone a glass of Riesling - the closest you will get to fresh fruit here is a slice of lemon in your G&T. You do come here and admire the range of "homemade" - shudder to think where - ciders from quirky named bags-in-boxes in the fridge. The one with the skull and cross bones looked particularly fun and was actually one of the best. We tried all of them, that is why it gets my special star...
This is a local pub and to be completely honest you would not go out of your way to find it. Saying that if you are in the area and thirsty there is always a very friendly atmosphere here. In fact you are unlikely to leave without a conversation with your neighbouring table. As for the staff, they will happily pour you a little bit of something be it beer, perry or cider to try first but they are there to serve and not necessarily with a smile. It is not unfriendly per say, just London!
So what do I keep coming back for? The ceiling!
This place looks like a car on its way to a 1960's inspired car boot sale exploded inside. There is STUFF everywhere - on the walls, the ceiling, the tables, the bar. One day I definitely plan on stealing their lamp. There is so much to talk about here that everyone should have their first date here; and the cider doesn't hurt the conversation flow either.
It is the simply the kind of bar you want around the corner, so pop in and say hello. I will no doubt be perched on a stool admiring the tuba, or the wooden sleigh, or the typewriter...