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The Clarence, West Kensington, W14

Pub added by Steve C
148 North End Road
W14
W14 9PP
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Clarence

This is still a fairly large pub that still retains its original and classic two-room format. The main entrance now takes you into what was once a snug, but which has now been incorporated into what used to be the Public Bar. The Public Bar’s original doors on the corner are now unused. This room is carpeted, has a pool table in the middle of the room and is furnished with normal tables and chairs. There’s a fair bit of interesting decor in here, the most unusual being numerous stuffed fish mounted in glass cases on a shelf at the top of the walls.

The other room used to be the Saloon Bar and can only be accessed by doors in the side street - or via the doorway leading to the gents. Apparently this room only gets used when the pub gets busy (typically in the evenings), but as I was the only customer in on Wednesday afternoon the friendly landlady gave me the guided tour. This room is bare-boarded and seemed to me a bit more Spartan than the old Public Bar, which is a role reversal of sorts. All the windows have some rather nice leaded lights glazing.

As much as I like this pub, having no real ale is a great shame (just keg John Smith's being available). There is presumably no call for it, as there is presumably no call for food on weekday lunchtimes. This looks like a pub that has seen much better days and I guess is kept going by loyal regulars, although none were in when I visited. It struck me as the sort of friendly pub that would have loyal regulars. If it had a real ale on I would up its rating a couple of notches.

On 12th June 2013 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Clarence

Traditional, single-bar pub housed in quite a substantial building on a corner plot. The large room is plainly furnished and sparsely decorated, but gives the impression of being pretty much in its original form. However, an internal partition must have been taken out at some stage as there are separate doors - each with a pair of Watney Combe Reid lanterns above - on each facade. Apart from the solid 'U'-shaped counter, the main feature is the pool table in the middle of the main seating area. Friendly landlord. No real ale, and the keg Courage Best was off, so it had to be John Smiths (£3.20). Most unusual feature - Classic FM being played quietly over the sound system...

On 19th March 2011 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Clarence

This is very much a local's boozer with a nice enough governor. There's only a generic selection of draught and no real ale, but the Guinness was good and did its job. There are a couple of plasma screens and a pool table takes centre stage in the middle of the pub not far from the shelf full of pool trophies.

There's nothing spectacular about this place, but I liked it and would go back again if in the area.

On 7th April 2009 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
West Brompton, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Kensington (Olympia), 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Imperial Wharf, 1.67 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Clarence, W14
19th Jun 2019, 21:43
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved
 
19th Jun 2019, 21:43
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 December 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 December 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 December 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No - Children are expressly barred. - last updated 15 February 2014 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 08 December 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 December 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 07 April 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : No last updated 07 April 2009 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 December 2019 by Tris C
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