Lord Clyde

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Lord Clyde
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A haven of tranquillity in a Borough sidestreet bookended by Peabody Trust residences, the Lord Clyde is a lived-in home from home for middle-aged regulars and penny-conscious students.

A Truman’s landmark – note the pub sign outside and the etched mirror within (‘Unrivalled Mild Ales & Double Stout’) – the Clyde now offers a multitude of brewery flagship ales: Young’s, London Pride, Adnams.

Prices are more than reasonable, but perhaps not as affordable as the 1/6d pale ale on offer when England last won the World Cup, as revealed by a July 1966 price list mounted under a large TV linked up to Sky Sports. Draught lagers are glugged by regulars playing darts in a back room otherwise decorated by a print depicting the Lord Clyde’s heroic action at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War.

Pictures of ships and Spitfires, and an old Player’s cigarette ad, continue the armed forces theme.


Venue name: Lord Clyde
Address: 27 Clennam Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun. Food served 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-9pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Borough tube
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The fillings in the burgers/sandwiches are very small relative to the price you pay. Not what you would expect from a traditional English pub. I ordered the chicken burger, which only had a few small pieces of chicken in it (not a proper sized breast fillet, as one might expect). I explained that I was disappointed with the portion size to the server/busboy and asked for a little more chicken. His response was, "sorry but that's the standard sized portion". Not very good customer service; unwilling to accommodate reasonable customer requests. The friends I went with ordered salt beef sandwiches, all of which were similarly skimpy on the filling. I would not recommend eating here. It's not bad for just a beer however.

Utterly horrified to see this only given a 3 star rating by Time Out. It's a a gloriously understated 'real' pub run by the same family for three generations. Great ales, including my favourite T.E.A.. There's simple, cheap grub to keep you going. Interesting mix of locals, workers, students. Always friendly. Has a carpet, which for me is an increasingly rare and wonderful thing since it soaks up sound and creates that snug pub/living room vibe. The old-fashioned Kings Arms on Newcomen Street is another overlooked gem.