The Clarence

90-92 Balham High Road , London, SW12 9AG

1 reviews


SquareMeal Review of The Clarence

After five years of operation, this odd but likeable pub has been smartened up & had a pizza oven installed. Happily, the slightly off-the-wall quirkiness of The Clarence (named after the owner’s dog; there are statues & pictures of him all over) has survived the refurbishment. Staff obviously care about their beers – there are in-depth tasting notes on the pumps for all to read, & a row of bottles from around the world, as well as plenty of wine by glass & bottle. The kitchen makes full use of its new oven, but food still has a pleasingly homely flavour. Expect halloumi cheese sticks with cauliflower dip, & foot-long hot dogs with chorizo chilli, alongside eccentrically topped pizzas (rosemary potatoes, red onion, Stilton & truffle oil: no kidding).

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Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Fiona M. gold reviewer 16 August 2010

The Clarence is a great addition to Balham High Street. Trendy mixed-up furniture and a small but pretty courtyard at the back, combined with a tasty and good value menu make it a local favourite for those who avoid identikit chains like All Bar One or over-priced cocktail bars.