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The Effra Hall, Brixton, SW2

38 Kellett Road
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Rex Rattus left this review about Effra Hall

There was just the single real ale on in here - Sambrook's Battersea Rye (£4.50 a pint), which was in fine shape. I didn't see any sign of food when I was in at early doors (soon after 4.00 PM) on a Monday.

This is a delightful old pub - Victorian by the look of it - with several original features remaining. You can get a clear picture of the original layout by the doors to the street, and the surviving screening between the room on the right and the rest of the pub. The bar back's original, as is some (but not all) of the bar counter, and there's also a fair bit of etched and cut glass remaining, including by the side of the internal screening behind the counter, which looks to be in situ. It all looks very attractive indeed. I too like the windows to the outside world, being attractive small lattice panes.

Furnishings are a combination tall tables/tall stools, and hard wooden block stool and some standard tables and chairs. The block stools look incredibly hard and uncomfortable, but maybe some people prefer to sit on hard lumps of wood rather than chairs. But i guess they're in there because someone thinks they look good, rather than consideration for patrons' comfort. Here we have a clash of elegant Victorian craftmanship and modern brutalist furniture. Guess which I prefer?

But overall I gave this pub the thumbs up because of the surviving original features, and the excellent pint of Sambrook's Battersea Rye. This is a decent pub just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Brixton High Street.

On 23rd October 2018 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Effra Hall

A bit hidden away in the side streets, but stands out at night due to illumination by strings of lightbulbs at several levels, Otherwise, it looks a typical corner pub. Fairly basic furniture and decor, with the appearnce not enhanced by being somewhat over-lit. A few interesting features, including the period windows with numerous small panes, and there is a gantry over part of counter. Large screen to one side of the 'U'-shaped bar created when the layout was opened out at some stage. Beer garden mentioned on the signage (not visited). Just Doom Bar (£3.60) available from the two handpumps.

On 20th October 2012 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about Effra Hall

This Jazz influenced Victorian corner pub can be found in the back streets but just a few minutes walk from the main Brixton drag.

The interior consists of a central walkaround bar and has a bit of a battered and scruffy look with bare floors containing remnants of some mosaics, paneled windows with heavy draped curtains and part of an old divide between what would have separated the original bars. The lower walls in particular look like they were stripped ready for a coat of paint but never finished. A collection of water jugs dangle from a beam and there are also collections of old cigarette cards and, at the rear, a photographic homage to a few jazz musicians. Some of the furnishings look to be quite new but it still doesn’t take away the basic and lived in appearance of the pub. At the rear is a small but tidy and functional patio with a few benches.

There is occasional live jazz and a couple of flat screen TV’s with both Sky and ESPN advertised. Also, if it takes your fancy, you can attend salsa classes.

My previous visit found no ales but a single unused hand pump was evident so I was keen to see that they have now introduced a couple of ales, Harveys Best and Courage Directors (on one of thiose hand pulls that looks like a keg pump). The Harveys was pretty expensive at £3.50 but quality decent enough. The rest of the choice is fairly standard lagers, kegs etc. Food appeared to be limited to half a dozen or so options listed on the blackboards with courses around £8-10. The blackboards also indicate that this was presumably a Youngs pub at some stage.

The place has always appeared welcoming enough although it has never been particularly busy on my early evening visits when it most likely isn’t at its peak. It is the sort of place that stays unnoticed unless you know about it and, given some of the other choices in the vicinity, is well worth the few minutes walk to drop in, especially now they have improved on the ale side of things.

On 10th August 2011 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Brixton, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Loughborough Junction, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Herne Hill, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
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6th Feb 2021, 21:31
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6th Feb 2021, 19:34
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  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 August 2011 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 October 2018 by Rex Rattus
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