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The Clarence, SW1

53 Whitehall
Phone: 02079304808
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Clarence

This is a simple street corner pub near the Trafalgar Square end of Whitehall, typically busy with a post-work crowd (and plenty of tourists) when I visited on a midweek early evening. The pub has a basic single room interior with bare floorboards and a nice dark wood bar counter down the left hand wall. Some well upholstered button backed banquettes run around the front walls, supplemented by chairs and a few mid-height stools, although the left hand side of the room before the bar appears had been roped off for some sort of private gathering. As the room narrows somewhat to pass the bar, the seating disappears, leaving just a single drinking ledge along the right hand wall, from where you can admire the deep servery with its mirror and tile bar back and pleasant dark wood shelving units. Some exposed wooden beams and pillars appeared to be fake but at least go some way to adding a feeling of authenticity into what would otherwise by a rather plain corporate pub. Some more seating can be found to the rear of the room and as always in Central London, there were tonnes of people out on the pavement on a hot day in the city. The decor comprises plenty of plain mirrors, a few stylised paintings and lots of bland blackboards detailing food and drink options. Stairs lead up to something called the Bulldog Bar and Tin Belly Dining Room, which I didn’t bother investigating. Music was playing in the background, but the pub’s echoey interior meant this was soon lost under the cacophony created by a busy crowd.
There were seven handpulls on the bar, two of which were out of action, leaving a choice of five – Sambrooks Wandle and Session, Wells Bombardier, Youngs Ordinary and Sharps Doom Bar. The Wandle was £5.15 for a pint, which is perhaps to be expected these days in such a prime location, but certainly didn’t make it taste any better.
I suppose it would be wrong to expect a great pub experience in a pub so well positioned on the tourist trail, but this wasn’t a total write-off despite the fact the place is clearly just going through the motions. I thought there was a decent atmosphere in here, the interior was quite well appointed and the beer was in good nick, if far too expensive. Happy enough to have stopped by but I’ll leave this one to the tourists in the future.

On 17th September 2018 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2141 recommendations about 2141 pubs]

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
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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
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17th Sep 2018, 21:57
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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
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 January 2009 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 September 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 January 2016 by E TA
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Last inspected: November 24th 2016
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