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The Clarence, SW1

53 Whitehall
Phone: 02079304808
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Clarence

Refurbished by Geronimo, this ground-floor bar features a reasonable part rustic / part gastro-pub look. However, it is noticeably different upstairs in the smart Bulldog Bar and very upmarket Tin Belly Dining Room. Usually offers a decent selection from the eight handpumps on the main counter, and on this visit I found beers in a variety of styles from Adnams (2), Sharp's, Redemption, Truman's, Wimbledon, Sambrook's and, yes, Young's. This one won't be to everybody's taste, and it can be difficult to get a seat if not dining, but it remains one of the better bets for a pint in Whitehall.

On 12th November 2017 - rating: 7
[User has posted 4755 recommendations about 4755 pubs]

Ian Mapp left this review about The Clarence

Saturday afternoon in rainy London. We opened the door to be met instantly by a waitress asking if we were dining. If we had said no, we wouldn't have been allowed to sit at one of the tables that all had reserved signs - although they were just being kept for food eating punters coming in off the street.

This meant that I couldn't see what beers were on and knowing it was a Youngs house, I asked for a special. It was that bad, I had to take it back to the bar, when I found out they dont do Youngs Special - just the standard.

It was swapped without fuss for a Naked Lady (who could resist?) which was in much better condition.

Food was OK. Service was good, seeing as how run ragged she was. Wouldn't necessarily come again.

On 11th August 2017 - rating: 5
[User has posted 276 recommendations about 275 pubs]

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E TA left this review about The Clarence

Currently operated by Geronimo, this well-placed pub is something of a tourist trap, but it still manages to serve 8 real ales on draft, all in reasonable condition, although kept a bit too cold, probably because that's how the foreigners like it. There were also a few megakeg offerings, but these included some unusual ones like Meantime London Lager, Youngs London Stout and Camden Pale Ale alongside the Amstel and Aspalls Cider. My pint of Sambrooks Junction was fine, not the best beer that Brewery makes, but well kept and on good form. The staff were mainly OK, but the bearded troll who lurked at the end of the bar kept calling us ‘guys' in a slightly over-familiar way, which irritated a bit. Clientele were a mixed a - mostly tourists, but also a mixture of workmen, office staff and even what we took to be a couple conducting an extra-marital flirtation. It was predictably expensive, given its location, but the atmosphere was good, the WIFI worked, and I'd be happy to stop by again.

On 5th January 2016 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 January 2009 by Will Larter
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
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Last inspected: November 24th 2016
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