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182 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London SW4 7UG
Oh how I wish we’d read these reviews before going here.
We live locally and just fancied breakfast one Saturday, so we headed to the High Street to see what took our fancy.
We both ordered The Bird each, which consists of tomato and basil sausages, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, 2 eggs, hash browns, and toast.
The drinks we had were fine, although I felt that it would have been nice to have included what beers they stocked on the drinks menu. Not a problem though, the pint of Meantime was perfect for my thirst.
Sadly, this was just as well as the meals took about 40 minutes to arrive and were only lukewarm. The place really wasn’t busy enough to justify that wait — I could have gone out, bought the ingredients and cooked them myself in that time. To be fair, a waitress did say it would be another 10 minutes, but that was after half an hour.
The sausages were very nice and the rest of it got eaten pretty quickly while we waited for the toast to arrive on separate side plates.
Once we’d reminded them about the toast, one serving did eventually turn up. It was cold and stiff as a board. And served in a bowl rather than a plate. With no knife.
Toast is not a dish best served cold. Even students get grilled bread right.
We complained about the service when we paid, but it was met with a blank look and what came across as complete apathy.
I’m sure the place is very different as a bar in the evening, but if they aren’t good at doing food then maybe they should consider specialising a bit more.
18 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2AF
Ah. Um. Yes. Well...
As others have said, if you don't go expecting the quality associated with his great-grandmother, then it's possible to have a great time playing Guess Who at the House Of Wax before you see the names attached to each famous figure.
You do wonder if any of the celebrities featured would laugh or prosecute. Even Mussolini (in spite of death). My favourite was undoubtedly The Man in The Iron Mask – with the mask on, it was an uncanny resemblance.
Given how much fun you can have per pound of the entrance fee, you could actually argue that this is better value than Madame Tussauds.
Euston RoS, London NW1 2BF
06-11-2010 (updated on 11-06-2011)
What an utterly lovely little bar.
Easily entering into my Top 10 bars for beer in London, this provides a great and much appreciated contrast to the nice but somewhat smelly Bree Louise pub around the corner.
The selling point of the Tap is the range of craft beers. Over a dozen from casks, about 8 on draught, and goodness knows how many bottles make this place perfect for a pleasant pint. Or three.
There are other bars and pubs in London that have such a range but beer lovers generally have to go out of their way to get to them.
Another plus is the service. Not sure how knowledgeable the staff are about their stock (yet - they only opened yesterday) but they are certainly friendly, eager and willing.
This bar is great for quality beer. Whether an entire evening could be spent here remains to be seen though. It could be prove to be so popular that the comfy seats may be at a premium, even upstairs or in the small beer garden.
147 East Hill, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QB
Typically good quality Young's pub and hotel.
Ideally placed for local office workers, visiting dignitaries to Wandsworth Town Hall, and those about to be sentenced to life at the Registry Office, the Brewers Inn has 16 en-suite bedrooms, a large and comfy pub, a large and comfy dining room, and a beautifully large and comfy "Moroccan Room".
The pub gives a warm welcome, good value food, and Wells & Youngs ales under its beamed ceilings. The wood panelling on the walls actually adds to the feeling that you're in a swisher inn rather than an old man's pub. This means that for my tastes, it's not as relaxing as it could be and has the transient ambience of most hotel bars.
The dining room, range of food and prices all look pretty appealing.
There's private parking and a small beer garden out the back, which those wanting fresh air or the nicotine-tainted equivalent should appreciate.
There are one or two TVs around but this is a civilised inn, so the volume's turned down so as not to disturb those taking advantage of the Wi-Fi, playing board games or dozing by the fire in winter.
The Moroccan Room looks lovely. Wooden shutters, lanterns and colourfully-cushioned seating would be just the venue for a few dozen guests to have a gut-busting buffet.
Very moreish for meetings and parties, I'm sure.
22 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SL
Was there tonight too and - as a Byron virgin - I have now become another firm fan.
Naturally we received a warm welcome on their opening night but the impression I got was that the great service, fab food, and fun decor are just the way that Byron Hamburgers roll.
The marvellous beers involved in their Craft Beer season during this summer were cracking too. Can highly recommend the Camden Wheat Beer.
The house burger (dry cure bacon, mature Cheddar and Byron sauce) totally hit the spot, the fries were pretty good, and the macaroni cheese has a wonderfully thick and flavoursome crust on top.
No idea how we managed to fit them in, but the desserts were devilishly good. I preferred the almond tart to the banana split but it was a close run thing.
As Gary mentioned above, the atmosphere was just the ticket – colourful seats, good tunes and the occasional model cow.
Byron Putney deserves to do well with such attention to detail and quality. They'll probably make mincemeat out the decidedly poky and cramped GBK around the corner.
35 Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth, London SW18 1NP
It's such a shame that this pub suffers from its location because it really is rather good.
Great service, nice Wells & Young's beers, clean and smart, and a place so large that it can cater for pretty much everyone all at the same time.
Separate areas for dining and watching sport on the TV help, as does the pretty big beer garden and conservatory. Not seen a pub garden so large since the Edinboro Castle in Camden - it looks a lot nicer though as it's been landscaped and has heaters on the decking, meaning it can be used all year round.
The location is the only downside to be honest. It's a bit out of the way but as it's right next to Putney Bridge Road, the rail tracks and the flight path, the beer garden might get a bit noisy. Not a problem if you're inside or outside with a crowd of friends or family though.
It's a good job they put on so many lively events to bring people out of the way. The occasional sports on the TV (but not all the time), a tasty Sunday roast, quiz nights on Mondays, poker nights on Wednesdays, and gourmet burger nights on Thursdays mean that this is a lovely lively place to visit.
Not sure I'd come here unless I was living/working locally but I'd definitely consider it for large groups and parties or a barbecue.
312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA
As you can no doubt tell from my photo, I loved this place.
This was my nearest museum when I lived in Tooting Bec and its rather limited opening hours and free admission only served to urge me inside one Saturday, accompanied by a friend easily bribed/persuaded by beer.
It may not look like much from the outside (except for an uncanny resemblance to the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company in which it's found), but with somewhat limited resources they've done well, stitching together hundreds of sewing machines from the last two centuries in just a few rooms.
These fine examples of mechanical majesty include the very first model by Singer. You can only imagine my excitement at seeing that.
If you're in the vicinity of this marvellous museum on the first Saturday of a month (providing it's between 2pm and 5pm), then it might be worth a look. If you're into that kind of thing. Or it's hailing.
Gun Garden, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HH
I've been going to this pub for beers and a bite to eat for over 10 years now as my monthly trips to Rye usually lead to a pint with my parents.
Good service and well-kept ales are always on hand, and its decent size means there's usually space for everyone.
The meals I've had in the "Wipers" have been great for quality and value (hence the photo of a delicious dressed crab uploaded to this profile), and usually use the freshest seasonal ingredients the area has to offer. Seafood's usually the speciality, especially during the Rye Scallop Festival, and the shared platter is well worth trying if you have a few fellow fish-eating foodies with you.
You'll definitely have to book early for a Sunday lunch in my experience.
The pub's very comfortable, whether you're sat by the fire in winter or in the big beer garden in the summer, and if you're looking for entertainment then visit on a Friday when local bands take centre stage.
14 Lavender Hill, Clapham, London SW11 5RW
Great selection of beers from the US and all around the rest of our planet, good atmosphere (as Farnambilly has already said, and unlike our planet) and very knowledgeable staff.
Possibly a bit of a pain for some people to get to location-wise but if you're in the area for decent food anyway (Santa Maria del Sur, Enak Enak, Tom Ilic, etc), then it's just the place for pre- or post-meal drinks.
Personally, I'm local and I use it for post-drinks drinks.
Portinatx, 07810 Ibiza
I have just come back from a holiday here and for a family hotel this is very good.
Good value if you are on an all-inclusive holiday, it was clean and the staff were always friendly or helpful.
Our room was simple but very clean (a normal 3* hotel), the included drinks were local brands and the food was OK. Some food was better than others depending on the day and given that it was cooked for European tourists rather than offering any local specialities. Again though, this is typical of all-inclusive holidays in my experience.
The children sounded like they were having great fun in the pool, on the beach and in the hotel. The hotel is ideally placed for the beach in the quiet resort of Portinatx.
If you are a young couple with no children on a romantic break or want a very quiet holiday or exciting nights out or you have any mobility worries, this isn't the place for you, but this won't be a surprise if you research your vacation properly. Or you are reading this.
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