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16a Clapham Common Southside, Clapham, London SW4 7AB
Probably not quite as good as the People's Republic (yet) but The Underdog is making decent strides into the Clapham nightlife scene. Decent food, great atmosphere on Friday/Saturday nights and a fun crowd. Nearest tube station is Clapham Common and best place to head after here is Lost Society (about a 10 minute walk)
177 South Lambeth Road, Stockwell, London SW8 1XP
The Canton Arms is the Manchester United of pubs in South London. So easy to love and yet so easy to hate.
Why should you love the Canton Arms?
- Excellent service at the bar and in dining area. I remember eating in the restaurant for the first time and being completely taken aback by the attentive, warm service. By the end of the night we were practically best pals with out waiter.
- Great real ale rotation. The take their ale seriously in here and there are always interesting and daring new beers on the pumps as well as favourites like Timothy Taylor and Summer Lightening.
- Toasties. I never thought i could get this excited about something made in a brevelle, but the Canton toasted sandwiches are exceptional in every way. Cheese & Chutney or Cheese & Beans for a light snack or the Fois Gras if you're feeling particularly decadent.
- Great location and excellent setup at the front of the pub. Plenty of big tables and a great place to watch the world go by.
Why should you hate the Canton Arms?
One word - Snobbery. While the food is fantastic, there are pungent wafts of snobbery pouring out of the kitchen area. I don't know whether it's the chef or the management, but there are some fatal flaws in the Canton operation. Let me give you an example:
Last night, i met some friends here for dinner. It was a warm night and we managed to bag ourselves a table outside. As the evening went on and the ales were sunk, we grew peckish and decided to order some food. Upon placing our order we were told that we had to eat in the dining area and couldn't eat outside (even though others were). Despite protestations from us (and others) the chef refused to serve us outside but said that he would serve us in the dining room (5 metres away). The reason was odd and flimsy and had something to do with new staff and consistency of service. Hmmmm. This all seemed a bit odd and it reeked of gastro snobbery and a "my way or the high way" attitude from the chef. I'm really not surprised to see the comments below from others not being able to get steaks cooked to their liking and menus which may as well be in Hebrew.
My message to the landlord - This is a problem and it's holding the pub back from greatness. My advice would be keep 99% of what you are doing the same. You've created a near perfect pub here but some of your most loyal customers (and i'm one of them) are beginning to question whether to continue calling this "the local". Be flexible, listen to your customers and don't be afraid to adapt (in other words - let your customers eat outside if they want to, give them a medium well steak if that's how they would like it cooked etc). This pub has gone from strength to strength in the last 6 months and, i'm sure, with a little bit of a nip & a tuck this summer, that trajectory will continue on the up.
165 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London SW4 7SS
SO.UK used to be the "hot new thing" on Clapham High Street, but it feels like it's lost it's cool factor in recent months. The food is good and the staff are always friendly, it just seems to be empty most of the time. I'm really not sure why.... trying to be too cool for school perhaps?
Anyway, i recommend SO.UK if you're looking for a quiet night, a cocktail and a light bite to eat.
697 Wandsworth Road, Clapham, London SW8 3JX
Clapham has great pubs, but is somewhat lacking good nighclubs. Lost Society is probably the best of a mediocre bunch. Ok, it's not that bad - pretty girls, decent cocktails, nice patio area and it's relatively cheap to get in on a Friday or Saturday night (£5). Posh clientele and the bar staff "can" be a bit rude.
Not one of my favourite spots in Clapham, but it's worth checking out if you're looking for somewhere to head after midnight.
26 Westgate, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1NX
15-01-2008 (updated on 16-05-2010)
This place s great. The giant chocolate chip cookies are phenomenal. I had friends who worked here when i was a student saw i got a bit of a discount ;)
Probably the best cookies you will ever eat.
162 Clapham High Street, Clapham Common, London SW4 6BS
14-05-2010 (updated on 16-05-2010)
Great pizza. This place is hugely under rated and seems to be drowned out by the mass of eateries on Clapham high street. I can highly recommend the Quattro Stagioni or the classic italian pizza. Both are excellent and almost too big for one person!
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Jeune Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1BN
10-05-2010 (updated on 16-05-2010)
This is my favourite cinema in Oxford. A real gem of Cowley. Tickets are still cheap and the staff are incredibly friendly!
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47 Old Town, Clapham, London SW4 0JL
The Sun in Clapham is probably one of the best pubs in the area. Cracking menu - I can highly recommend the pork belly (soft meat, mounds of mashed potatoes and drowning in gravy. Lovely!). Plenty of interesting Ales to try here and an extensive wine list. They also run a rather good pub quiz on Sunday nights.
Can they improve?
Yes. The Sun isn't perfect, and i think if they could ensure real ales are restocked promptly (you often see pumps that have run out of the good stuff) + work on customer service a bit (the Sunday lunch service felt quite disorganized) they would graduate to 5 stars.
Walton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6AH
Love this place! Some of the best pizzas in Oxford and an incredible setting. Great for birthdays and celebrations.
10A The Polygon, Clapham, London SW4 0JG
Wines of the World is a fantastic, fantastic wine shop. Extremely friendly staff and a superb selection of wines, fortified wines, whisky and cognac. My personal fave is the Italian Selene. This wine is one of the most popular in the River Cafe and is only £7 a bottle. Bargain!
Probably the best wine shop in Clapham....
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