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This former notorious boozer has been transformed into a gastro pub that reflects the recent influx of professionals and creative types.

The scene: The walls look unfinished, mismatched tables and chairs stand alongside quirky chandaliers trapped inside bird cages with ornaments that would be more at home in your gran’s flat.

There is a reason for the pub being rough around the edges; it isn’t finished yet, but this adds to its homemade charm. Expect to see families out for dinner, workers after a long day at the office, and the usual old men supping real ales.

The staff are plentiful and chirpy, which means efficient and super-friendly service, although the bar is on the small size for such a large place.

There are also picnic tables at the front and rear for soaking up the evening sun.

The grub With a daily menu served from 4pm to 9.30pm including starters, mains and desserts, it is possible to have a full dining experience. Expect posh pub grub such as Cumberland sausage and mash, and whitebait with handcut chips.

Behind the bar There is a good selection of draft larger, wines and spirits with a regular turnover of popular real ales on draft.

Bill please Food from £4; mixers from £3.60; beers from £3.60; wine from £3.55.
 

Verdict This new gem of a pub means the up-and-coming area of Clapton has finally arrived. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

 231 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EG  
Station | Clapton
claptonhart.com

 

 


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