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A Slice of Blue, E5

43 Lower Clapton Road
E5
E5 0NS
Phone: 02085333301
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Tris C left this review about A Slice of Blue

Situated on the edge of beautiful Georgian Clapton Square, this was once the Elephant’s Head, a pargeted relief of which can be seen to the pediment of the fine Victorian (1897) frontage.
Much of the original interior is retained too, with a worn bare floor and some polychromatic mosaic tiling. The real draw here is the striking leaded and stained-glass backlit barrel-vaulted ceiling, shown to great effect on the website. After that, there’s little of the original interior which is really quite long and narrow with a modern wood bar to the right, with deep recesses for spirit and liqueur bottles, as well as craft cans and boxes for the heavily marketed pizzas. Walls to the right are largely bare brick, otherwise some white paint with the left and rear walls being fairly distressed; the ceiling is duck egg blue Anaglypta with hanging spherical smoked glass lampshades over the bar and of course fitted with filament bulbs; there are metal shaded spotlights screwed to walls, along with exposed trunking. Furniture comprises a red oxblood studded banquette to the left with similarly upholstered booth-style seats to either side of an aisle in the rear, with tables laid for dining. Front tables are rather catching square topped, made from marbled cobalt blue acrylic. Décor comes in the form of framed prints to walls, including one of Elton John.
I’m not sure if this is a gay venue, (DJ’d music being a medley of Melba Moore, Donna Summer and Sister Sledge) but it seemed very gay-friendly, me being met and served by two very friendly members of staff, with many of the youngish customers seeming quite intimate.
There’s a pinboard to the left of the bar listing brewer, type, origin and price. No real ale unsurprisingly, but there are 11 taps, four to the wall behind the bar with Budvar and a cider, but thereafter Tiny Rebel and Thornbridge then probably everything else coming from somewhere in Hackney, including Five Points Pale at £5.10 which is pretty good going for craft keg in the ‘new normal’ and a decent drop too.
I shouldn’t really take to this type of venue and only visited as it used to be a pub, but it actually makes for something different if in the area and I’d probably include it on a crawl.

On 1st September 2021 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Bonneville

I have often passed by this bar and thought it was a Belgian style bar but found they now do craft keg. No cask.Long rectangular room with bar on right.Very stylish décor with a barrel vaulted roof to rear.Nice and quirky.Wax sculpture on the bar formed by candles burning made me think of something that chased Dr Who around when I was a kid.Six beers on inc Tiny Rebel -fubar,Forest rd -work and my Beavertown -neck oil.Even though the barman put my beer in an iced glass he could not kill the flavour of this lovely beer.Bit of a gem imo.

On 30th December 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Hackney Central, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Hackney Downs, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Homerton, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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1st Sep 2021, 19:38
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
1st Sep 2021, 18:27
Review submitted by Tris C

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