SquareMeal Review of
Thirsty locals have recently toasted the re-opening of this handsome 1850s hostelry following a major refurbishment. The original mid-Victorian character of the interior is now juxtaposed with 1950s styling and street art – the effect is both casual and contemporary. Outdoors is a ‘secret’ garden with cushion-strewn pine cloisters: an ideal summertime spot to linger over a pint of well-kept ale from owners Young’s or bottled craft brews from Beavertown and Brixton Brewery. Alternatively, choose a chilled white Rioja from the list of easy-drinking wines that straddle £20, or plump for rum punch among the selection of classic cocktails. Food runs the gamut of pub grub: sandwiches, nosh from Young’s Burger Shack street-food concept; and main courses of cod and chips; Cumberland sausages, bubble & squeak and cider gravy; or tomato and whipped-ricotta tart with a chicory and runner-bean salad. Still hungry? Fill up on trifle, chocolate pot or the cheeseboard.