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The Clachan, Soho, W1

34 Kingly Street
W1
W1B 5QH
Phone: 02074940834

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)
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Tris C left this review about The Clachan

Described as ‘Renaissance’, the pub dates from 1898, rebuilt on the site of the Bricklayers Arms (c. 1750) and has a CAMRA listed inventory interior of Regional Importance.
Certainly, there’s much of heritage value in here, in the form of elaborate woodwork and etched glass. There’s a raised area to the rear and furniture is dark wood conventional. The floor is part mosaic, the ceiling Lincrusta; all about shows a good patina of age, with lighting coming from Victorian-style glass and brass lamps. There are tea lights in holders to tables, along with little glass salt filled bottles and silk flowers; décor comes in the form of knickknacks in a glass fronted cupboard; framed prints adorn the walls. Music played at a decent level and The Antiques Roadshow played silently on a TV; the efficient staff were transfixed.
Ales: Doom, Pride, Nicholson’s Pale and Proper Job at £2.70 a half and nice.
This is a pleasant place to spend some time, not appearing to be at the epicentre of ‘nightlife’ Soho.

On 11th October 2021 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Clachan

An impressive looking pub, which still retains some interesting features, I especially liked the mosaics found outside the right hand side door entrance, with the pubs name inscribed. These tiles also continue into the pub, and can be just made out under the row of small tables along the wall. Another main feature was the patterned ceilings which had the shape of flower heads, made up of concentric petals. The ceilings were either painted in a deep brown colour or had aged from many years of tobacco smoke. Seven ales on handpump, with many usual suspects, so we went for the Trumans Zephyr, which was decent enough.

On 8th January 2018 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Clachan

Typical Nicolson pub with smart interior.Busy. 10 beers on cask and my Hopstuff -1888 was good.

On 11th February 2016 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Clachan

Nicholson's pub with a central island bar serving 8 real ales and food. Didn't visit upstairs (dark interior on ground floor).

On 16th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Moby Duck left this review about The Clachan

Nice looking pub but on my visit there was a very ordinary beer choice of usual suspect beer including London Pride ,Doombar ,St Austell Pale and Adnams Broadside, couple of more interesting looking beers had coming soon tags on, so not really impressed.

On 30th December 2014 - rating: 5
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Mark Davey left this review about The Clachan

Fine old pub now part of the Nicholsons group. 8 handpulls on the bar, usually have Pride and a couple of Nicholsons brews plus several rotating guest beers. Always good for a pre dinner pint would reccommend to anyone.

On 10th February 2013 - rating: 7
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BobOs . left this review about The Clachan

Decent Nicholson's corner-site pub with fine Victorian exterior and many good Victorian fittings inside - carved wood, mirrors, tiles, etc. The original subdivisions have been removed to form a single, large room with a central bar retaining much of its carving. The normal decent range of well-kept ales you expect of the chain, together with its less impressive menu (although I must say that the scampi and chips was really good). Overall a decent experience of ale, food and ambience.

On 23rd March 2012 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Clachan

Substantial Nicholsons pub, with a traditional-looking interior (but which probably comprised various rooms which have been opened out to leave a large island bar). Quite a lot of interesting features remain, both inside and out, such as the impressive main entrance, the mosaics at the side doors and the curious-shaped ceiling at the top of the stairs. Fair amount of seating and standing space, plus the Liberty Bar dining area at first-floor level. Eight handpumps in the front part of the main bar and two more upstairs (plus four disused ones at the back of the main bar), offering a number of interesting guest ales - such as Ananstasia's Exile Stout from Ascot Ales at £3.20 - in addition to the regular Landlord, Pride, etc. Overall, pretty good for a chain pub and worth seeking out.

On 29th January 2011 - rating: 7
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john mcgraw left this review about The Clachan

A very good pub for real ales with up to 8 on at any one time.A fairly large front bar with a smaller eating area upstairs.The landlord is very keen on real ales and makes an effort to have different ones on.This is a good West End pub and is 5 mins walk from Oxford Circus tube station.

On 24th June 2010 - rating: 9
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Clachan

The Clachan is a very good example of a Victorian drinking house hidden behind the Liberty store, off Great Marlborough Street. The original multi bar set up has been opened up into one large area and much of the etched glasswork and screened partitions have disappeared. But a lot of the original wooden carving and ironwork still remain, as does the very fine bar backing and moulded ceiling , along with some nice Victorian tiling in the entrances.
Outside the original Victorian turret and dome can be seen along with some ornate plasterwork which shows the pub dating back to 1898.
It is a Nicholson’s House and as such has an impressive range of ales, but in my experience and common with Nicholson’s houses, sometimes a not very impressive bar staff. So be prepared to ask for top ups during busy periods.
The bar area now supports 8 hand pumps which as well as the house TT Landlord and Pride usually includes some good regional’s. There was Deuchars IPA, Sharps Doombar, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, Moorhouse Black Cat and RCH Pitchfork on during last Sundays visit and the Jaipur IPA was an excellent pint.
The information board just inside the pub door gives a bit of info on the history of this place and does confirm that it was formerly known as the Bricklayers, and was once owned by Liberty, who had plans to turn it into a warehouse. Unfortunately it does not give any information on where the current name comes from.
There is also an upstairs room, mainly for dining, but I have never bothered to venture up.

On 25th May 2010 - rating: 7
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