As busy and prominent as any local can be, this corner pub in Balham attracts all-comers, who sit and commune in a nondescript interior or at outdoor tables by busy traffic. No, that doesn’t sound attractive, but the Bedford succeeds because they’ve found the knack of making people feel comfortable.
After all the developments in pub culture over the last decade, mates, dates and strangers still make that easy text-message invitation of an afternoon: ‘Bedford?’
By then, the place is pretty full, and the day’s suggestions of steak sandwiches and pies wiped from the board behind the bar, but the likes of Timothy Taylor Landlord, O’Hanlon’s Yellowhammer and Sharp’s Doom Bar should still be on, and roughly ten wines should still be available.
The calendar takes in cabaret, comedy, music, dance classes, quiz nights… It’s still all happening at the Bedford.