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