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In what is a desert area for pubs, this is an oasis. Quite a trendy place; three beers on handpump and a decent wine list.
16jamesdoc - 15 Jan 2014 10:55
Pubs like this are hard to find; a pleasant place to drink with a great set up for watching football (two projectors and two big screens). Also does a very good quality roast.

Foghorn1 - 20 Jan 2013 17:01
Good beer and fantastic food at this pub, especially Sunday roasts.

However.

Am I alone in finding the practice of reserving tables in a ‘public house’ abhorrent?

Turned up last Sunday to find nearly every table reserved but no-one sitting at them. We located a table round the back and were about to sit down when a surly member of staff asked ‘do you have to sit there? Can’t you sit here?’ pointing to a table for two (there were three of us) near the toilet door.

He went on to say if more people turn up there won’t be any space for them. I pointed out this was the only table not reserved and no-one was sitting at these anyway. He tutted and turned away. We were close to walking out but found a table near the bar which was ok.

It was worth hanging on for the food but I think certain members of staff there could benefit from a customer care course.

Joppa - 18 Dec 2012 16:43
Fairly pretentious corner pub in the back streets of Clapham. It's reasonably large, but was very quiet on my Monday afternoon visit. Food is clearly one of its main raison d'etres these days. Although there does appear to be a theatre either behind or above the pub. Service didn't appear particularly friendly. The price was mumbled at me and there were no please or thank you's. Old Speckled Hen & Old Hooky were the beers. The best of the ciders was Stowford Press. Probably fairly popular with the trendy Clapham upper-middle classes. But I didn't find anything to warrant me going back for.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Sep 2012 20:51
Bit of a moan about the food here, ordered fish and chips quite expensive, nine quid for a measely portion and its not even cod, they serve you coley of all things. If my memory serves me I think we used to feed this to our cat as it was so cheap..Wouldnt recomend, rather a rip off..
landormick - 12 Aug 2012 12:16
This building has a small theatre upstairs, and it is the signs for this that one sees when approaching. Inside, the pub is part-way through a refurbishment programme and is quite spacious and has very high ceilings. Three real ales on handpump - Doom Bar, Old Hooky and Summer Lightning (3.30, but served far too warm on a hot summer day). Inside and outside pool tables (the latter in a large patio beer garden).
rpadam - 27 Jun 2010 21:45
After not visiting The Landor for some years, I was amazed at the transformation upon visiting last week. The place seems much lighter and more welcoming, to the point where my friend and I decided to stay & give their food a go, and this was the real treat; I went for a steak pie washed down with a few pints of well served Doom Bar. All in a sunny beer garden......brilliant.
timmcc - 18 Jun 2010 08:40
I visited this pub on Saturday evening having not been in since last August. To my mind it's gone slightly downhill in that time, though I was pleased that they had three different ales (Doom Bar, Norton's Bitter, and Hop Back's Summer Lightning) rather than just Greene King.

Well the Bitter was just gorgeous (well-kept ale is like hens' teeth in Clapham). Summer Lightning was far too warm, though (imagine drinking from a bottle left in a car boot on a hot day). I also found the pub to be really dark and dingy (even though it was 6pm), and the table at which I sat was very sticky. It was mostly solitary old men when I arrived at 6 but became slightly more cosmopolitan over the next hour.

I feel this pub could be a real gem, if only they would turn up the lights, give it a lick of paint and clean the place more thoroughly.
DanielH - 1 Jun 2010 13:48
The Landor ticks a box as it hasn;t slid into looking like every other pub in the bourgeois hinterlands. It looks scary from the outside but reassuring on the inside, which is always a smart move in South London if you ask me.

Nothing outstanding as such, but the beer (Tribute) was well kept. Worth a drop in if you're passing by or even if you're not.
terenced - 12 Mar 2010 09:12
Ample old fashioned type pub which does the trick
Very different that alot of which Clapham has to offer
Serves food
Quite unassuming and nothing spectacular. Miserable barmaid
the_original_rawnsleys - 10 Mar 2010 13:41
Nice atmosphere. 2 or 3 real ales on tap - can't quite remember as I was drinking lovely Hobgoblin.
infidel - 20 Oct 2009 09:54
The toilets smell like decaying rats. It has pool tables, though they are small, especially the one st the rear of the bar. The London Pride was good! The barmaid was not the most polite.
razorlaugh - 11 Aug 2009 22:35
The toilets smell like decaying rats. It has pool tables, though they are small, especially the one st the rear of the bar. The London Pride was good! The barmaid was not the most polite.
razorlaugh - 11 Aug 2009 22:35
wonderful ales, great staff - its a bit off the beaten track so no fools


mikeh1 - 11 Aug 2009 20:38
As with many pubs with theatres above or below them, this place is a winner because of the mixed crowd that attracts. A great local on the fringes of Clapham - a diabolical part of London for the discerning drinker that is full of braying Henrys and Henriettas. This place is far from a working class bastion but is far enough afield from the main "action" to be acceptable.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Apr 2009 19:59
A cosy welcoming regulars place, fairly big, ales on tap.
Sounds like it has a couple of charms to it from previous posts
More a ramshackle look to it, may not become a best of on my list but future visits would not be out of the question. If your in this neck of the woods, worth a pop in.
the_original_rawnsleys - 28 Mar 2008 12:38
Great pub. And as regards the 'warm beer' issue... in my experience, beer that should be served at room temperature, the Landor serves... at room temperature! Maybe Carling Cold drinkers would get more joy elsewhere?
che_ze_one - 8 Jan 2008 10:16
Pleasant place with lots of different sofas, benches and tables and chairs. You can walk round the back of the Victorian bar and play pool. There's a big boat hanging from the ceiling and it's all very amusing and pleasant to pass time in. The theatre is fantastic, particularly its musicals.
I know it's according to taste, but the comments about the warm beer are true, and I'm not keen. Even the last time I was there there was no real ale at all - this must be a one-off.
AbeC - 11 Dec 2007 23:24
Good 'proper' pub- retains locals who have clearly been drinking there for years, and also welcomes newcomers. Good music, couple of pool tables. Good beer.
Quite a nice change from the average Clapham pub!
edaj - 13 Aug 2007 15:40
Enjoyed this alot. Friendly and welcoming and just a bit more rustic / real than the rest of clapham - definitely would make a great local.
CharlesS - 9 Aug 2007 11:29
Visited last night for 'The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas'. Excellent show. The pub is friendly and efficient and we had pre-show food which was very tasty. Beer was a bit warm, but well kept other than that. Thoroughly recommend this place as a pub and for the theatre.
Oolybel - 28 Jun 2007 10:32
Very nice, interesting genuine feeling interior, comfy stools at the bar and good pump ales. They do tabs as well which can prove dangerous! Would make a cracking local.
OldRogue - 7 Jun 2007 13:15
Hi,
We visited 'The Landor' Theatre Pub on Wednesday for the first time ever to see 'Black Slap & Sequins'. As we go to the theatre quite a bit I suppose we can be quite critical, but nothing to worry about here. First of all the staff at the pub were very helpful and friendly and have a great mixture of clientel (including Polish, French, Spanish and lots of English people there too). This made for a wonderful friendly atmosphere. The show itself was far and above what we expected. Loads of good belly laughs and quite an insite to what goes on back stage. The cast were great and the only girl in it had good legs, so what more could you want? All in all a brilliant night out and if this is an example of what 'The Landor' is all about, we will be back! Excellent and well recommended!
Danny & Sandra McGowan
dannymc1 - 11 May 2007 20:36
A pretty good pub this. Beer has been fine on the 5 or 6 occasions I have been in, and the staff are efficient and friendly.

The place can be a bit luvvied-up, what with the theatre and everything, but generally speaking this is well worth a visit, and is significantly better than the vast majority of pubs in the area. Good work.

womble54321 - 9 Mar 2007 16:24
good standard pub with theatre - little pretension just good
trousers - 18 Feb 2007 23:20
Had a few pints in here today it was certainly cold you must have been unlucky this is one of the best pubs in the area.
juzza - 5 Jul 2006 19:30
Nice pub, shame about the beer (warm)
mtaylor40 - 2 Jul 2006 19:48
Keeping it real, keeping it Landor, great pub what more can I say
yt22uk - 18 May 2006 23:54
This used to be my local and I loved it so. I have now found an even better local but this remains my second favourite pub in London.

I had many a great evening (and afternoon) in here and the Sunday roast is fab.
katep - 26 Apr 2006 16:12
Came here for the first time yesterday very impressed good beers nice relaxed atmosphere to the place one of the best pubs in the area
juzza - 6 Apr 2006 09:37
This was once my local, and though we've moved away from the area, we still return for a catch-up with friends from time to time. Constant TV sports in the evenings can be annoying if you just want to meet up for some drinks with mates, but it still remains one of my favourite pubs - life's good, so long as there is the Landor to go.
anonymous - 4 Apr 2006 15:13
Great Pub, my favorite local. Crowd has young, not so young, sports and theatre fiends. Beer good, food tasty, atmos friendly, service fast enough but often blunt...well you can't have everything. A superb local boozer with tons of character
mooky - 28 Mar 2006 16:20
Used to sit on the step of this pub when I was a kid while my dad had a drink inside,that was back in the 60s when it was strictly spit and sawdust.Now its alive and heaving with a fresh new leash of life,due mainly to the new young Landor set.Popular on Sat afternoons for the footie,boisterous,friendly and as I say packed to the gummels with a new generation that makes me feel ancient,how times change,sad but its nice to see this pub busy again.I was born just up the road and lived round the corner for 20 years.
That was a long time ago but I still pop in now and again,mainly for sentimental reasons.Mind you the beer is really good too..
landormick - 19 Feb 2006 23:11
Had a good night there watching Spanish football. Not everyone's thing I know, but had it on a TV so that you could watch and not get in the way of others doing other things.

Staff were ok but not outstanding. One time the girl was lovely, the next time up it was like she had been bitten on the arse by a dog.

Overall good place to enjoy a quiet one
tour_contact - 3 Dec 2005 17:46
I watched Othello in the theatre upstairs last night and it was a fantastic play. The seats are a little uncomfortable with very little leg-space, but the play was so entralling the discomfort of sitting didn't bother me too much.

The pub however I wasn't entirely satisfied with, the bar staff seemed rude and resentful towards both the cast of the show and the audience.

At half-past eleven I couldn't help but sense a vibe of "we've taken your money, now piss off" from the old cudgeons behind the bar.

Being a theatre pub, it would really benefit from having a later license, it seems pleasant enough and the people who drink there don't seem to be a bad crew.

It's just a shame the people behind the bar were indolent.
CheekyShepherd - 7 Oct 2005 16:25
A local of mine a few years back, and glad to see last week that it hadn't changed much. a pool table was missing (used to be four) and lots of strange items hanging up and off walls, but essentially same (good) old pub. Busier than it used to be.
redrocket - 24 Aug 2005 21:09
I'm glad that ewew doesn't like the Landor, it means more tables for everyone who does. Yes, they do tend to forget to top up your pint of guiness but the food is top notch and that comes quickly!
My favourite pub for miles around...
HM76 - 6 Apr 2005 14:28
ewew - are you sure we're talking about the same pub here?!!
A great little pub with no less than three pool tables which gives us beginners a chance to enjoy a few games without a pub full of people gazing on our embarrassing mishaps! Although the pillars make some shots a bit of a challenge...
Have always found the bar staff and other customers friendly and a good mixed bunch - oh, and the food is great too (potato wedges & garlic mayo - yummy - great for lining the tum at the beginning of the night).
maggot74 - 29 Mar 2005 16:18
I wouldn't call the barmaid a minger, but the service is sometimes slow and surly. In allhonesty, I would prefer if she was an out-and-out minger.

Overall, the Landor is deceptive. It appears to be a quality pub, but in reality it is every bit as superficial as the wannabies who seem to think it is 'alternative' when compared to Clapham High St.

The decor is a case in point. The upturned scull hanging from the ceiling suggests an interesting Landlord, even a tangible theme, but the lack of proper blades reveals that the hull represents nothing more than usual meaningless pub nick-nackery.

Avoid.
ewew - 8 Mar 2005 13:34
A wonderful pub. It is dificult to fault it. I have been dropping in for some 4 years. Its always welcoming, great people, great Pool, good bear, good music. Oh yes one problem they make you pay for the drinks.
howard - 18 Jan 2005 22:06
Excellent pub. I go regularly for the pub quiz (1st Sunday of each month) and it's really good. Haven't yet tried out the theatre upstairs. Beer garden in back - bit plain but does the job for the summer. Nice wines. Bottle for about a tenner. Haven't eaten here yet but it looks nice.
Sally - 23 Oct 2004 09:49
Great pub with all amenities within a short walk. Nice One.
fat dave - 24 Sep 2004 12:13
Quality. Oozes character. Very spacious, nice beers. Lovely tequila too if you're into that. Had a birthday bash there I can heartily say it was a good day.
Keen - 10 May 2004 15:04
Fantastic pub. Great Landlord and friendly staff, food is good for the prices and a gorgeous beer garden. The theatre upstairs means there are interesting crowds in from time to time but still retains it's 'local pub' atmosphere. Would highly reccomend going - as for the comments about Trustafarians I can't imagine any braving the gauntlet run that is the delightful landor road and as a result have luckily avoided bumping into any in this pub!
Vicky - 31 Mar 2004 20:54
great pub !!! it also has a theatre upstairs, which is a little better than just drinking. Food great, and service friendly and quick. I've spent many a night here !
anonymous - 12 Feb 2004 17:14
Popped in here on Sunday for one. Looks like decent large boozer from outside. Serves good Guinness and shows footy. Full of trendies though, reading the Guardian and having Sunday Lunch. Think the high street in Clapham caters enough for them. Are there any normal pubs around this area untouched by Yuppies and Trustafarians?
Oik - 2 Dec 2003 12:14
I was actually in the Landor a few days ago teaching my boyfriend to play pool the pub is a very nice friendly place which was good as it made my boyfriend feel at ease as there was no sniggering when he kept missing the white!
jo - 26 Nov 2003 11:13
What a Great London pub, super draught beers with the added benefit of a number of top quality pool tables to thrash your girlfriend on, during cold winter nights!! A big Thumbs up from me!!
michael - 26 Nov 2003 10:24
Great to see the nimbies don't like to waklk down nasty Landor Rd. It'll keep them and their ridiculous attitude in "Style Bars" and keep this top pub for normal people.
Gary - 21 Aug 2003 13:25
Landor Road's not that bad! And the pub definitely makes up for what some would consider a dodgy location - beer garden is great in summer and the food is good too
Deborah - 1 Aug 2003 16:50
One of my favourite boozers. Top cheeseburgers, pool tables, footy and a canoe on the ceiling. What more could you ask for? Try not to get mugged on the way there
Willy - 29 May 2003 10:36
very good pub.Top beers, nice food, friendly staff. Only one problem - it's on the Landor Road!
matt - 28 May 2003 15:29
good selection of beers. 3 pool tables. great organic free range food. sun trap beer garden.
Ian Hawkins - 17 May 2002 12:10

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