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The Mermaid, E5

Pub added by Tris C
181 Clarence Road
E5 8EE

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Mermaid

This looks like a fairly regular street corner pub on approach, but upon entering it becomes clear that this is in fact a modern craft beer bar with the resultant dull makeover that such establishments usually demand. This essentially means we find a pretty plain L-shaped room with exposed floorboards and a similarly shaped servery to the rear right. The bar has a tongue and groove panelled counter and bar back, with the latter decorated with lots of hipster-style art. The room tapers off to the right where some small tables are served by chairs, but it opens out nicely to the left, allowing ample space for upholstered banquettes to run around the perimeter as the room extends to the rear. Scrubbed tables are a bit of a non-feature and there is a sizeable open-plan standing area which adds to the bland feel of the interior. The room has been decorated in a drab neutral colour scheme, mostly grey, brightened up somewhat by the occasional framed print, a beer board to the front left (although the beer menus at the bar were a lot easier to read) and some beer fridges to the side of the servery. Stairs lead down to a small, unwelcoming basement room with quite a bit more seating but even less charm, which is saying something. For best results, a seat out on the front pavement might be the way to get around the interior design atrocities within. A hip indie soundtrack played quietly in the background and I don’t recall spotting any TV screens.
There are a total of seventeen keg beer lines and a further two dispensing keg ciders, but cask ale is conspicuous by its absence. After consulting the handy printed menus on the bar, I opted for the catchy-named Cloudwater DDH IPA Enigma Chinook which turned out to be a cloudy mess probably better enjoyed with a spoon than from the glass. It had an overwhelming yeast flavour, but such is the way with these craft beers that you can’t question such gunk as it is doubtless an unfined brew that is supposed to taste like you’re licking the bottom of the fermenting vessel.
This place was a bit of a disaster from what I experienced, suffering from the sort of makeover that seems so unutterably unloveable that you have to wonder who thought it would be a good idea in the first place. Added to this, my beer was a rotten affair and the prices, although not noted by me on this visit, were far from good value. Not somewhere I’ll be heading back to in a hurry.

On 1st October 2018 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Mermaid

Wedge-shaped building with rather doom-laden dark grey paintwork, clearly shouting "here be a craft keggery" at all and sundry... The interior featured a slightly lighter two-tone colour scheme and fairly minimalist furniture. Also has a number of outside table on a narrow terrace. A wall-mounted board in the corner announced a total of 18 keg beers and ciders in a wide variety of styles which were available from the anonymous taps, from which I went for the Amager Khaleesi IPA imported from Denmark (£2.90, half).

On 15th April 2017 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Mermaid

Just about everywhere in here was painted a sort of khaki colour, and there were arty prints all over the place that meant nothing to me. The board in the corner listing the beers, with prices and ABVs was useful - in fact absolutely essential as the tap fonts didn't identify the beers available. The only beers available were keg "craft" beers, but I guess they still get people coming in and asking for a pint of lager.

It was as expensive as you would expect. This is not really my sort of place, but I guess one should drop into this sort of place every now and again to see how the other half lives.

On 12th April 2017 - rating: 4
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Moby Duck left this review about The Mermaid

A single roomed craft keg pub with a decent range of beers in varying styles and prices,none of which were particularly cheap,but this is the nature of the beast and as such It was ok as was my Beavertown Neck Oil at £2.50 for a half, although It wouldn't be top of my list I would be happy to call by again.

On 26th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Mermaid

The exterior paintwork in dark grey marks this out as a modern refurb into a trendy drinking establishment.The open plan interior is quite small and minimalist,with some fitted bench seating running around two walls,and some other seating dotted about.There is a large board listing the 18 keg options,many exotic sounding brews at exotic prices,although there is a wide range of ABV's.There is no cask ale,and on my short crawl visit there wasn't enough time to discover if key kegs are being used.Hopefully someone has photographed the board,the list of beers was just too long to write down.
The bar is a modest three sided affair and all the keg taps are unclipped,there is a fridge to the side and a decent small selection of whisky.
My Burning Sky Saison a la Provision was a challenging drink,no doubt true to the style.However I found this bar a bit sterile and not really my cup of tea.

On 26th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Mermaid

Trendy keg only place situated on a corner site. Large clear glass windows, boarded floor and decor in various shades of green. Around twenty keg taps on the bar, the choices and prices are listed on a board in one corner. Typically expensive, it was a quick half and move on, I tried the Beavertown Neck Oil which had some flavour but was also cold and heavily carbonated as you'd expect. There is a large glass fronted fridge full of continental bottled beers, probably also at a price. The brunch menus were out, Blackened swordfish steak, roasted sweet potato wedges and guacamole at £15 gives a clue at to the type of customer base they expect here.
Framed arty prints on the walls and behind the bar, flowers in wine bottles, there was also a gin menu.
Outdoor seating on a front terrace.
Not my sort of place at all, I don't get the concept of these cold fizzy keg beers at a hefty price but I'm sure it will suit their chosen customer base and I suppose that's fair enough.

On 26th March 2017 - rating: 5
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john gray left this review about The Mermaid

Re-opened as the Mermaid.Large one roomed high ceiling bar.Bit dark and gloomy on my night-time visit.Outside seating to the front.About 20 keg beerS no cask but a good mix of styles and breweries if you can afford them.

On 11th March 2017 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about Verden

Reopened as a wine bar and restaurant. Closed Mondays.

On 23rd September 2014 - no rating submitted
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