Saturday, 6 February 2016

Lord Clyde

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.


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(The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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