Lord Clyde

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Lord Clyde
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Lord Clyde

A quality makeover, this, a few bus stops north of the spaghetti junction of bars around the Angel.

It’s a big place to keep busy with return custom, with the huge interior supplemented by an umbrella-festooned front terrace (‘The Deck’), but the owners succeed thanks to excellent food, decent ales (Harveys Sussex Best plus a guest, such as Hook Norton’s Old Hooky or Cotleigh’s 25) and a pub-like atmosphere with nods to modern manners.

Lending itself to peaceful newspaper perusal at lunchtimes, ideally in the big armchair by the open fire, the Lord Clyde also suits the pre-party crowd, with music at conversational level, San Miguel, Amstel and Aspall Cyder on draught, and superior, own-made bar snacks (sausage rolls, scotch eggs). Lunchtime meze, Harveys-battered haddock and chips, and Sunday roasts (served until 7pm) provide further sustenance.



Venue name: Lord Clyde
Address: 340-342 Essex Road
N1 3PB
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-3pm, 6-10pm Sat; noon-5pm, 6-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Highbury & Islington tube/rail
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I went here for a Christmas meal with a large group of 25 people. I have to say on previous years at other places we have waited significant amounts of time for meals to arrive and orders have been mixed up. This was where the Lord Clyde shined. The food arrived in a timely manner for the whole group, they even called your name so you didn't have to remember what you had pre-ordered. Servings were generous and they catered well for a range of dietary requirements. Staff were very friendly and helpful, the bill was easily split and the entire vibe in the pub felt very festive! I will definitely go here again for another meal or casual drink.


I attended a Christmas lunch at the Lord Clyde, with a large group (30+). The table was beautifully decorated, staff were friendly, and meals very well organised (never easy in large groups). The restaurant happily accommodated a variety of meal preferences (GF, DF, vegetarian and vegan) and did so very well (‘special meals’ were equal to (and better than!) their counterparts). The prices were average and the bar very well stocked. I would highly recommend the Lord Clyde for large group bookings, and will definitely go again for a casual meal/drink.

I booked The Lord Clyde for my husbands birthday for 8 adults and 1 child for Sunday lunch (23/08/15). We all ordered a roast with the exception of one who ordered a lamb dish. For those who ordered the roast beef received one TINY slither of meat which was advertised as rib eye steak.

I specifically asked the bar staff whether the roast pork belly came with crackling and was told it did. Instead what we got was one slice of rolled pork which was fatty!!!! My husband ordered the roast chicken which he did enjoy.  We did complain to the owner who did give us a free cheese board to their credit. However to get six roasts so disasterously wrong is very poor in my book....!

For the price I would've expected much better quality food.  I can honestly say, and I speak for my friends as well, that the roasts at The Lord Clyde have to be the worst we've ever had in our lives.  Very disappointing. Don't waste your money.

A fantastic place, lovely friendly staff and customers,food great, great day on Sunday arts festival. Have to come back to this one.

Oh dear. Arrived with high hopes for their Sunday roast but the slice of beef was quite meagre. The chicken breast stuffed with Cumberland sausage and wrapped in bacon was boiled and bland. The roast potatoes were soggy [frozen?] and covered in thin gravy, along with the boiled broccoli [frozen?] and carrot [not the promised 'sautéed' veg]. The boss was duly apologetic and took the mains off the menu, but maybe the empty room means we weren't alone in finding the 5 star ratings here disappointing?

We went there yesterday for our Christmas dinner and had a lovely time. The food was delicious, the staff were great and the pub had a relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely go again!

A great pub. The Beer is always very fine, as is the food. Staff are friendly and have never been rude. Music is usually pretty good too. Best thing in my opinion are the home made scotch eggs which they make most nights and are awsome if you get one when still hot.

Fantastic pub, lovely lovely staff, good food (particularly Sunday Roast), and a brilliant quiz on Monday nights. Suffice to say I'm a regular... and this is a great pub to have as a local.

A local of mine that I hold dear to me. Great service, great atmosphere and very hospitable. Food is fantastic. As I live and study in Scotland I miss it. Every time I go back to London, I will always have pint or two there and relax.