The Clarence

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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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The Clarence

90-92 Balham High Road ,London SW12 9AG

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by   gold reviewer (35)

Aug 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.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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  • Cuisine: Pubs
  • Wine: £16.50

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